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What Are Wood Veneers?Wood veneers have a bad reputation among laypeople. This type of woodworking material is often thought of as “fake wood,” but in reality, the opposite is true.
Quality of Wooden VeneersWooden veneers are thin slices of real lumber often used in cabinetry and furniture making as well as for crown molding. The quality of wood veneer varies depending on a number of factors, including the type of wood used to create the veneer, the thickness of the veneer, and how the veneer is cut, for example.
Wooden Veneers: Color and TextureWood veneer comes in a wide variety of colors and textures, just as lumber does. When you choose exotic wooden veneers, you can give your woodworking project a truly unique flair without breaking the bank.
Types of Wooden VeneersThere are two basic types of wood veneers available: raw wood veneers and paper-backed veneers. Raw wood veneer is made from exotic wood species and comes in many different grain patterns. It is less expensive than paper-backed veneer but is also more difficult to apply.
Thickness and Sourcing of Wood VeneersWooden veneers also come in different thicknesses, including 10-mil veneers and 20-mil veneers, for instance. Wooden veneers can be cut from nearly any type of wood. Some of the most popular varieties of wood veneers include:
- American Maple
- European Oak
- American Walnut
Wooden Veneers: Cutting and Slicing TechniquesThe way the wood is cut to create the wooden veneers can also significantly impact the look and texture of the veneer. Types of slicing and cutting techniques used to create wood veneers include rift peeling, flat-cut slicing, rotary peeling, and more.
Buying Wood Veneer From UsAt House of Plywood & Paneling, we have the largest selection of wood veneers in the Inland Empire. We also have a knowledgeable staff willing and ready to assist you in finding the exact type of wooden veneer you need for your particular project.
Advantages of Using Wooden VeneersWhen you buy wood veneers, you pay a fraction of the cost you would pay if you bought the same wood in lumber form. In this way, wooden veneers open up many more options for your project since you can choose higher-priced wood that you may not be able to afford otherwise. As a result, you can add exquisite detail and stunning color to furniture pieces, cabinetry, architectural elements, and more.
Wooden veneers tend to be much more stable than other types of wood as well. This means there’s significantly less risk for the wood to crack or split. The result? A beautiful, high-quality wooden finish at an affordable price!