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What is Wood Veneer?


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Wood veneer, a thin sheet of wood cut in order to maximize surface area, can be used decoratively, and can be applied on top of other, less expensive pieces of wood. It is created when the trunk of a tree is peeled, or sliced into large rectangular blocks, known as flitches.

sheet of wormy chestnut veneer

Some popular species used for wood veneering include cherry, maple, birch, and oak. Some more exotic woods, commonly used by high-end manufacturers, include rare woods such as ebony, mahogany, and teak.

As they can be cost-prohibitive, rare and exotic woods are turned to veneer in order to make beautiful furniture that is also cost-effective and durable.

Veneering is a more environmentally friendly way to utilizing rare and exotic wood species so that they can go around more and be used up less. Another advantage of using wood in veneer form is that it does not twist, warp, or split the way solid wood has been known to do.

The grain, or surface texture of the wood, as well as the figure, which is the appearance of the wood as seen on a longitudinal surface, comes from slicing through the growth rings in the trunk of a tree, and depend on the angle at which the wood is sliced.

The finest and rarest logs of wood are usually used to produce veneer. Being rare, using the wood to create veneer allows more wood to be useable as a visual enhancement, and qualities like strength and density are not as critical when using wood for veneer because you can use a less expensive, more solid wood for the internal structure of a project.

Another advantage to using veneer in a wood working project such as a piece of furniture is that some projects built using wood veneer wouldn't be possible using solid lumber, because the expansion and contraction caused by temperature and humidity fluctuation would make it impractical.

Wood veneer is sold by the square foot. Being able to join veneers, you can even use small pieces, which results in less waste.

The possibilities are endless when working with wood veneer, and you'll find over 200 varieties of wood to work with on Oakwood Veneer Company's website. Order online or call us at 0-800-012-4201 to place your order with us.



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Pressure Sensitive Veneer Application
Our one page document describes the best methods we've found for this veneer:

PSA Veneer Application Guide



Iron On Veneer / PVA Glue Method
10 mil and even raw veneer can be applied with white or yellow PVA glue and a standard household iron. Here's how to do it.

Iron On Veneer / PVA Glue Method


How is Veneer Made and Matched?
Many visitors wonder how veneers are created so we have included information for you. If you have other questions, contact us and we will cheerfully answer them.

How Veneer is Cut

Veneer Matching Techniques



Glossary of Veneer Terms

If there's a term you don't understand, here's the place to look it up:

Glossary of Veneer Terms



Learn how wood veneer is made

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Have questions? Information about our company and basic veneering techniques are in our FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions).

We have a wealth of experience to share with you. Don't hestitate to contact us by phone, letter or email with your veneer and veneering questions. For technical answers, email tech@oakwoodveneer.co.uk.





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Information on some of our other veneers:
Alder VeneerBeech VeneerBirch (Red) VeneerBirch (White) VeneerBubinga VeneerButternut VeneerCherry VeneerCypress VeneerDouglas Fir VeneerCarpathian Elm BurrHickory VeneerJatoba VeneerLacewood VeneerMadrone VeneerMakore VeneerMaple VeneerPadauk VeneerPearwood VeneerPurpleheart VeneerRed Oak VeneerSapeli VeneerSycamore VeneerTeak VeneerWalnut VeneerWenge VeneerWhite Oak VeneerZebrano Veneer

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