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If you would like to understand what types of timber veneer sheets are available and how they are created, please refer to the information below.

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Timber veneer sheets are made from a natural and renewable resource, unlike their non-renewable counterparts, such as steel, aluminium and plastic sheets. Because they are thin yet strong, timber veneer panels cover approximately forty times more space that solid timber. Therefore, they are the most economical way of utilising our precious wood.

What is Veneer?

Timber veneer panels are produced by slicing or peeling certain logs. They are cut at approximately 0.6mm, which is the normal thickness for the Australian market, or they are peeled at a diverse range of thicknesses.

To create specific grain patterns manufacturers can use several methods. Below you can find information on some of the most common patterns that are produced today.

Flat or Crown Cut

Timber veneer sheets that are cut tangentially to the grain, meaning parallel to the growth rings of the tree, are referred to as “flat cut” or "crown cut” sheets. This cutting methods results in a beautiful pattern of bold sweeping curves and ovals along the centre of the leaf, with striped grain nearer the edges. The design is called cathedral pattern.

Quarter Cut

This cut is characterised by a pattern of relatively straight line grains and is produced by cutting at a right angle to the growth rings.

Rotary Cut

Rotary timber veneer sheets are most commonly produced in thicknesses ranging from 0.9mm up to 3mm and are predominantly used in plywood. It is created by peeling the timber from the log in a continuous ribbon using a lathe blade that operates at high speed. The resulting pattern is a bold, multi-coloured or non-descript swirl grain.

The following diagram shows the individual parts of the tree, where the different types of timber veneer panels are cut from.

The following diagram shows, where the different types of veneer cuts from the individual parts of the tree.






























Methods of Assembling Veneer Leaves

Various visual effects can be achieved by different methods of joining. Below you can find an overview of the most commonly used ones.


Book Matching

This is the most widely used methods of joining, in which each veneer leaf is a mirror image of the next one. This distinct look is created by alternatively folding leaves out, as if opening the centre spread of a book.

Slip Matching

When slip matching, the veneer leaves are laid face up, side by side. The result is a pattern in which the same grain pattern is being repeated at the width of each leaf across the layon.

Mismatched or Random Matched

For this method individual leaves are randomly matched to create a specific effect. Knotty Radiata pine is commonly laid this way. This method allows characteristics such as clusters of knots to be dispersed more evenly across the timber veneer sheets.

Reverse Slip Matching

First the leaves are slip matched, then every second veneer leaf is turned end for end. This allows manufacturers to "balance" crowns in the leaves, to ensure not all crowns appear at one single end only.

The veneer layon is then bonded to a wide range of substrates including:

  • Particle Board Std & HMR
  • Medium density Fibreboard STD, MR & E0 MR
  • Plywood
  • X-Board Plus (Lightweight board) see X-Board Plus overview page
  • Paperpack

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