Wood Veneer History,
Manufacturing and Matching

About Veneer History of Veneer Veneer Manufacturing Methods Veneer Matching

History of Wood Veneer. Wood Veneer has a long and elegant history. Through the centuries from ancient Egypt, Imperial Rome, ancient Persia, Japan, etc, wealthy patrons employed veneer craftsmen to create beautiful works of art. It is doubtful if any real date for its beginnings can be established. Veneers were already an established technique for handling wood in Old Kingdom Egypt during the age of the pyramid builders. By the end of the 19th century, thin inlay veneer was an extremely popular and accessible form of furniture decoration.

Veneer Manufacturing Methods A tree has four sections that are used for veneer, the trunk, the crotch, the stump and any burls in the wood of the tree. Some of the types of wood veneer cuts are: rotary cut where the wood is peeled from the log, flat cut where the slice is made parallel to a line through the center of the log or rift cut used mostly on oak.

Veneer Matching Some of the wood veneer matching techniques are: Book Matched Veneer where the veneers are opened from the flitch much like the pages of a book. Slip Matched, where the pieces are joined together in the order they come from the flitch, and have the same face kept up. Radial Matched Veneer where the veneer is cut into wedge shaped pieces and joined together. Diamond Matched Veneer where the pattern formed is diamond shaped.