19 October 2010

structural and decorative wood veneer

Any timber can be turned into veneer and used as a structural laminated material, or simply applied for decorative effect. The wood must be free from defects, such as knots, to ensure an even grain. The most flexible timbers include birch, beech, ash, oak and walnut.

Veneers are produced by cutting very thin strips of wood 0.6–5 mm thick from logs. They are either peeled continuously around the circumference of the log (rotary cut) or cut across the width of the log (so the grain runs along its length).