Veneer vernacular
April 1, 2019 | 5:44 pm CDT

Veneer is typically an extremely thin sheet of hardwood, usually thinner than 1/8 of an inch, cut and matched in a pattern. Below are some common types of matches.

Book Match: Every other leaf of veneer is turned over so that adjacent leaves are “opened” as two pages of a book.

Slip Match: Adjoining leaves are slipped out in sequence, with all the same face side being exposed.

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.

Swing Match:  Every other leaf of veneer is slipped and spun 180 degrees.

Random Match:  The random selection from one or more flitches produces a deliberate mismatch between the pieces of veneer.

Balance Match: Two or more veneer components or leaves of equal width make up a single face.

Center Match: An equal number of veneer components or leaves of equal width are matched with a joint in the center of the panel to achieve horizontal symmetry.

Running Match: The panel face is assembled from as many veneer leaves as necessary.

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