Purchasing Veneer? Some FAQs

Posted: 03/06/2013 10:58AM


1. What’s the difference between “book match” and “sequence match?” Book match refers to the way veneers are joined together to create one sheet. When making a sheet, many pieces of veneer, called flitches, are joined side by side to create the full width. These flitches are used in pairs and opened like a book, then joined together to create a mirror image that continues across the width of a sheet of veneer.

Sequence match refers to a multiple of full sheets made from the same log that are identical in color and grain pattern, therefore repeating the same characteristics and identifying marks from one sheet to the next.

2. What is raw veneer? Raw veneer is veneer that is sliced or rotary cut then dried, bundled and sold as a full flitch or individual “leaves” of veneer.

3. Can I apply a wood veneer to materials other than wood? Wood veneer can be applied over wood, metal, fiberglass, plastic and many other substrates. Different substrates will require the use of different glues and, in some cases, veneers with different types of backers.

4. What’s the difference between backing materials? Circumstances require different types of backed veneer.

• 10 mil Paper-backed Veneer: The most economical, it is recommended for use with a vacuum press, hot or cold hydraulic press or ironing with wood glue.

• 22 mil Bubble Free Veneer: This can be used in all the above applications as well as with contact cement for those who don’t have pressing capabilities.

• Phenolic Backed Veneer: This is ideal for use over less-than-perfect surfaces and under circumstances when extra durability and stability are required.

• 3-Ply Wood-On-Wood Veneer: This has very good durability and hiding characteristics, much the same as the phenolic, but its flexibility rivals that of the paper-backed veneers, making it ideal for curved or radius work.

Source: Oakwood Veneer Co. For more information visit OakwoodVeneer.com or call (800) 426-6018. 

For veneer suppliers, visit RedBookOnline.com


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Tim Smith    
New York  |  March, 07, 2013 at 02:26 PM

A log section is called a flitch - a single sheet of veneer is called a leaf -leaves are spliced to make a face

Katherine (Kate) Leger    
Ontario, Canada  |  October, 30, 2013 at 09:27 AM

"Sequence match refers to a multiple of full sheets made from the same log that are identical in color and grain pattern" -- This is a misleading comment. Perhaps a more suitable way to describe would be "similar in grain and color showing some consistencies in patterns from sheet to sheet". Wood is a natural product and to expect "identical color and grain pattern is unrealistic.


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