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Glossary of Veneer Terms:  A-F  G-L  M-R  S-Z
Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF) A panel or substrate material manufactured from wood fiber and resin. Generally considered the best substrate for laminating veneers.
Mineral Streak A dark patch or discoloration in the wood which occurs because of the presence of minerals in the soil in which the tree is growing.
Mottle Figure A variegated pattern which consists principally of irregular, wavy fibers extending for short distances across the face. If there is also some irregular cross figure in a log with a twisted interwoven grain, the broken stripe figure becomes a mottle.
No Black Line, NBL Same as Wood on Wood or 2-Ply Veneer.
Particleboard A panel composed of small particles of wood and wood fiber that are bonded together with synthetic resin adhesives in the presence of heat and pressure.
Peanut Shell Figure A type of figure occurring in some woods similar to quilted or blistered figure. These woods are typically cut to promote a random and wild grain effect with a three dimensional feel. Occuring most commonly in Tamo Ash and Bubinga.
Pecky Pockets of disintegrated wood caused by localized decay, or wood areas with abrupt color change related to localized injury such as bird peck. Peck is sometimes considered as a decorative effect such as bird peck in pecan and hickory or pecks in cypress.
Pin Knot See Knots, Pin
Phenolic Veneer A flexible veneer face with a phenolic type backing material. Sometimes referred to as laminate veneer.
Plain Sliced See Flat Cut.
Pommele Figure Comes from the French word, "Pomme" (Pomme = Apple). The term given to a regular veneer marking which resembles apples.
Premium Grade A common reference to AA Grade veneer when veneer grading standards are applicable.
PSA Veneer Pressure Sensitive Adhesive, often referred to as peel and stick veneer. This is a self adhesive veneer which doesn't require the application of glue and is used much the same way as contact paper.
Quarter Slicing / Cut This cut requires the largest diameter logs and produces straight grained veneers. The quarter slicing of oak can result in the appearance of flake.
Quilted Figure A larger , more exaggerated version of pommele or blister figure. The cellular figure is elongated and closely crowded giving it a pillowy three dimensional effect. It is most commonly found in Maple, Mahogany, Moabi and Sapele.
Random Matched
/ Planked
A panel having the face made up of specially selected dissimilar (in color and grain) veneer strips of the same species to stimulate lumber planking.
Raw Veneer Wood veneer cut from any log by any slicing method that is dried and then used as a natural flitch or leaf of veneer. Much production and machining of this veneer has to be accomplished prior to the final application to a substrate.
Reconstituted Veneer A man-made veneer which uses real wood fiber with natural colorants to simulate various color, figure and grain seen in real wood veneers.
Ribbon Stripe Result of quarter-slicing a log and the appearance actually is between broken stripe and plain stripe. It gives the general appearance of a ribbon sometimes slightly twisted.
Rift Cut Produced by cutting at a slight angle to the radial to produce a quartered appearance without excessive ray flake. The rift cut method, commonly used for Oak, can only be used on sizable logs. Rift cut veneer can easily be sequenced and matched.
Ropey Figure If the twist in the grain of broken stripe is all in one direction, a rope figure results.
Rotary Slicing The log is turned in a circular motion against a knife, peeling off a continuous thin sheet of wood veneer (like unrolling wrapping paper). It is the most economical method of producing veneer, resulting in the highest yield. The grain is inconsistent and leaves are most difficult to match. This type of veneer is best suited for paint grade or utility surfaces.
Running Match The panel face is made from components running through the flitch consecutively. Any portion of a component or leaf in starting the next panel.

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How Veneer is Cut
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