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Matching Wood Veneer Pieces:

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To make a veneer panel, logs are cut to width and spliced together. The manner in which pieces of wood veneer are arranged known as “matching”, and it has a dramatic impact on the appearance of the final product.

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Matching veneer is a process in which the woodworker decides in what order and orientation to display the veneer pieces. Different effects can be achieved by laying out the veneer in different ways. Veneers are cut thin to show the best figure in timber and they are used in furniture making to a potential buyer with how beautiful the figure of the wood is. Woodworkers can use both the back and front of a veneer together to get a pleasing, symmetrical pattern. This is called book matching, and it can result in quite fascinating layouts when used with many figured and burr veneers. Many of the designs that are possible have incredible visual appeal.

Slip Matching is a laying up two of more veneers side by side with each one showing the same face. This is often done on quartersawn veneers to negate the effect of light reflecting differently from every other piece of veneer in the lay out. Veneer pieces are laid out in sequence without flipping the pattern. If the grain is straight, the joints are not obvious.

"Architectural end matching" (End or Butt Matching) Butt-matching is laying up two or more veneers end to end with opposite faces showing. Pleasing Match is when veneer is matched by colour but not by grain pattern, and random matching is just what it sounds like. It is usually done with lower grades of veneer, there may be varying width, grain, and colour.

Quad Matching is combination of book matching and butt matching where four or more veneers are laid up end to end and side by side. Quad matching can create even more interesting patterns than book matching. The results can actually be quite astonishing.

Sunburst layup is a process of cutting veneers into pie piece shapes, then laying them side by side with alternating face direction. This type of arrangement creates a stunning effect with even the most ordinary veneers. Although time consuming to make, the results can be outstanding.

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

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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.

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Glossary of Veneer Terms

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