The Cuts Used to Create Veneer

The size of the log, the species of wood, the grain pattern desired and other factors determine which type of cut will be made to create veneer. Below are some of the mosts common methods of cutting logs.

The saw blade (right) used in these illustrations is not what is actually used to cut veneer. It is only a simple representation to show where the cut is made. The type of blades used for cutting varies from mill to mill and cut to cut. For more information, see our wood veneer glossary of terms.

Rotary Cut Veneer

Rotary Cut

The log is centered on a lathe and turned against a broad cutting knife set into the log at a slight angle.

How Veneer is Rotary Cut
Quarter Slicing Veneer

Quarter Slicing

The slicing is made perpendictular to the annual growth rings of the tree. This creates a straight grain appearance

How Veneer is cut with Quartered Slicing
Lengthwise Slicing Veneer

Lengthwise Slicing

This is done from a board of flat sawn lumber rather than from a log. A variegated figure is created with this slice.

How Veneer is cut with Lengthwise Slicing
Plain Cut Veneer

Plain Slicing

By slicing parallel to the center of the log, a raised "cathedral effect" is formed by the innermost growth rings

Half-Round Slicing

Half-Round Slicing

Sliced on an arc parallel to the center of the log, this cut achieves a flat-cut veneer appearance.

How Veneer is cut with Half-Round Slicing
Rift Cut Veneer

Rift Cut

This straight grain cut is derived by slicing red and white oak at a slight angle to minimize the irregularities in the wood.

How Veneer is Rift Cut.

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