Hardwood Veneer

Columbia Forest Products is the largest manufacturer of rotary hardwood veneer in North America. Specializing in Northern Appalachian hardwoods, veneers from 1/28″ to 1/42″ in thickness are produced for both domestic and export markets.

The leading supplier of hardwood veneer in North America

ANSI/HPVA defines veneer as “a thin sheet of wood, rotary cut, sliced, or sawed from a log, bolt or flitch.”

Birch, red oak, maple, ash, poplar, cherry and other species of fancy veneer are supplied throughout the decorative plywood, furniture, cabinetry, door and profile-wrap industries.

Types of Veneer

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Whole Piece Veneers

Continuous pieces of veneer peeled from a log using a rotary process.

 

 

 

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Every other strip of veneer is turned over. This produces a grain pattern that is matched at the veneer joint.

 

 

 

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Each strip is laid out side by side (without turning over). This produces a repetitive pattern.

 

 

 

FSC, FSC Certified, PureBond, hardwood plywood, plywood, Columbia Forest Products, Columbia, eco-friendly, veneersSpliced Veneers.

Composed of several pieces of veneer varying in width that are glued together to form a whole sheet. The way they are laid out determines the final look of the veneer.

 

 

 

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Veneer Grades

  • Select Veneer is composed entirely of heartwood or sapwood and is matched for both grain, pattern and color.
  • Uniform Veneer is also composed of entirely heartwood or sapwood, but is matched for color only.
  • Natural Veneer is composed of both heartwood and sapwood and is generally less expensive than select or uniform veneers.
  • Paint Grade Veneer has a smooth enough finish so none of the wood grain characteristics show through the paint.
  • Stain Grade Veneer is meant to take a clear or tinted stain and still show the natural characteristics of the wood.

How Veneer is Cut

Rotary Cut Veneers

Entire log is peeled producing a continuous ribbon of veneer.

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Plain Sliced Veneers

Log is cut in half lengthwise. Each half is then sliced lengthwise producing a veneer with a unique grain pattern.

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Rift Sliced Veneers

Log is cut into quarters lengthwise then sliced at a 90-degree angle to the grain. This produces a fine pencil stripe effect. Both plain and rift sliced veneers are reserved for high-grade “fancy” panels.

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Half Round Sliced Veneers

This is a variation of rotary cutting. This effect results from the log being mounted off center in the lathe so only one side of the log is sliced at a time.

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Quarter Sliced Veneers

The quarter log is mounted so the growth rings strike the cutting knife at right angles. This produces a series of stripes in the veneer.

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