Veneers

Buying Guide for Veneers

What are Veneers and their applications?

They are very thin slices of wood cut from a log. In daily use these are commonly known as Wood veneer. They are used for interior applications, usually for furniture products like doors, cabinets, floors. Veneers are bonded over the other material such as wood or fiber board to form a composite strong material and are less expensive. This allows furniture makers to gain a good profit at less cost with an awesome look of furniture.

Different types of wood veneer

  • Raw Wood Veneers
They are produced from a wide range of exotic wood which is available in plenty. They are also available in many traditional patterns. The cost is low for such kind of veneer when compared to other types. And due to the factor that many of them are extracted from hardwood, so are highly durable. The basic advantage is that they can be used on either sides as they resemble the same appearance on both sides. But once they are applied, one side gets changed due to the bonding with the other material and the difference could be easily noted between the two sides.

  • Shop Sawn Veneers
This kind of veneer is usually drawn from a special made machinery named 'band saw' which is used to cut the slices of wood to desired thickness. They are normally obtained from carpenters who setup such machines to slice the lumbers. These type of veneers cost less if you can approach a carpenter who can do this for you rather getting it from a mill which obviously is more expensive. The only drawback here getting a shop-sawn veneer is that it is thicker compared to mill-sliced veneer. But this drawback overcomes when the the feature of withstanding is considered, a shop-sawn veneer can withstand as it is thicker comparatively.

  • Backed Veneers
Although they are available in many sizes, they are available in less count comparative to raw wood veneer and are more expensive compared to any other type of veneer. If one's in need of a large size veneer particularly for industrial applications, this is the best choice to go with.

  • Rotary Cut Veneers
As the name itself describes the shape, these are the category made to apply for circular or uneven surfaces. The round shaped logs obtained from the tress are sliced in such a way that the singles pieces of full length are formed in the form of thin layers using the sharp blade of the machine placed against the log. And this method is known to be the most economical for cutting.

What is Timber Veneer?

When log of timber sliced into thin layer of 0.6mm forms a timber veneer. It is renewable resource as it is a natural existing product and has been used since a long period.

Advantages of Veneers over wood

  • Stability and sustainability are two major factors to choose veneers.
  • Splitting and cracking doesn't occur due it's combination with wood applied by gluing after formation of thin layers.
  • Beautiful in look when sliced into thin sheets, and could be designed into many varieties unlike wood which cannot be moulded into any desired shape.
  • Veneers are environment friendly as they don't produce any toxins.
  • They are abundantly available due to economic use of log and this adds the material to be less expensive.
  • Veneers usage is comparatively easier than wood or plywood to make some good designs.