WHAT ARE VENEERS?
Veneers are a thinly sliced piece of wood. Here's how it works: Premium logs are harvested for their potential to yield this "veneer quality" material. Softwoods undergo this process for cores and building materials while hardwoods like Maple, Birch, Cherry and Walnut, experience the same process for quality face veneers.
These veneers are sliced extremely thin, less than 1/32˝ in thickness to be exact. In this state, they are extremely fragile and handling is of utmost importance. It is the quality of each individual log that will determine the type of cutting process the logs will require. Throughout the process, looking for the best possible yield and closely following demand are factors which remain extremely important.
ARE THERE DIFFERENT TYPES OF VENEERS?
There are 5 primary types of veneer processes:
- Rift Cut
- Plain Sliced
- Half Round Slicing
The most popular of all of these processes is Plain Sliced, because it offers a look that we consider pleasing, and it has a good yield off of the log. Rotary is a faster, less expensive process where the grain pattern is wild and non uniform (which is not very appealing in our industry). Quarter cut and Rift cut are specialty cuts which are produced from various species of Oak. This process yields the unique qualities of fleck grain or straight grain of these beautiful hardwoods. For more information on all these processes, see the below graphics.
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