Here is a brief overview of three common matches. Click on the corresponding links for detailed information.

Book match: The most common match, alternating leaves of veneer are turned over, so that the adjacent leaves are opened like the pages of a book. It yields  symmetry, with visually prominent features. Read: Six things to learn about book match veneer.

Slip match: The leaves of veneer are fed into the splicing machine the same way they come off the slicer or lathe. This match minimizes the “barber pole” effect, but a “cathedral” cannot be manufactured either. Read: Veneer Spotlight: What you might not know about slip match.

Plank match: This creates a rustic effect, similar to glued lumber planks. It is made when dissimilar veneer leaves are assembled in a specific order. Read: Veneer Spotlight: Plank match.

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