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The Heart of any Panel: Which Core is Best?

  • January 1, 2016
  • by Ang Schramm

Hardwood plywood is sold primarily for its aesthetics…we all know that! Since in reality we observe wood surfaces in 2 dimensions only, we typically don’t spend a lot of time wondering what’s underneath the beautiful, high quality, exquisitely finished maple, birch, alder, cherry, walnut, or oak face. Our first thought when we see a piece of […]

Have We Spec’d the Correct Back?

  • October 10, 2015
  • by Ang Schramm

When it comes to specifying the appearance of a decorative panel product, we quite naturally focus most of our energy into the selection of the species, grade, and limitations for the panel face. Depending on the application, we may choose a workhorse wood like hard maple for the face, then assign a grade from ANSI/HPVA […]

Matching Confusion: Uncomplicating an overused term

  • August 29, 2015
  • by Ang Schramm

The term “match”, and its derivatives, “matched” or “matching,” is frequently used in discussing decorative wood veneered panel products. It is a seemingly simple term, but it can be quite confusing at times because it has multiple applications, including describing the relationship between: one component and the adjacent component in a panel face, all the […]

Defect or Natural Characteristic?

  • April 7, 2015
  • by Ang Schramm

So often I hear the term “defect” interchanged liberally with the word “characteristic,” and it almost always makes me cringe. If we don’t understand the difference, we make it difficult to communicate, and confusion soon ensues. What IS the difference? A defect, in terms of decorative hardwood and softwood veneered panel products, is, in the […]