Veneer is a very thin layer of wood that is produced by slicing or peeling timber. Only the finest quality timber is suitable for producing veneer. The importance of veneer to woodworking is the efficient yield of beautiful wood surfaces; it is much greater with veneer than with sawn lumber. Very little of the timber is wasted in the production of wood veneer. The minimal waste that is generated is still a natural material that won’t pollute our world for generations to come. Wood veneer is a very sustainable and low impact use of our precious timber resources.
Sequence Match – the veneer sheets are used in order for the production of panels and creates a matching set of panels with an ordered transition of grain structure.
End Match – the veneer sheets are allocated such that the ends of panels match up and effectively extend the length of the wood grain pattern.
Blueprint Match – panels and components are made either at net size or slightly oversized for final trimming by the woodworker. This allows for the most continuity of grain around the room.
Book Match – this is the most common technique for assembly between leaves of veneer. Every other leaf is flipped horizontally creating a mirror image pattern between adjacent leaves.
Slip Match – adjacent leaves within a panel are not flipped horizontally. The result is the grain pattern repeats on every leaf without the mirror image pattern. This technique is normally only used with quarter or rift cut veneers to minimize the light / dark repeating pattern commonly called barber pole.
Random Match – leaves within a panel are selected individually to look different from leaves adjacent to them. This creates a similar appearance to hardwood flooring.