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What is Wood Veneer?

Before describing what wood veneer is, it's important to know what the word “veneer” means. A veneer is a thin coating over the top of a solid material that is designed to look extremely nice. This is usually done for economical reasons.

For example, you can take a nearly paper-thin sheet of madrone burl exotic wood veneer and adhere it to an inexpensive plywood or MDF panel. After completion, it looks like a solid piece of madrone burl, when in fact the expensive part is only a thin piece wrapped around the outside.

Why use Wood Veneer?

There are many reasons to use wood veneer. The first is that it is more economical than using solid wood of the same species. Another is that a much wider variety of species is available in veneer form than solid form. Additionally there are many more options for wood veneer matching across large projects.

Wood veneer with backing also bends around non-sharp corners and rounded surfaces without any problem, unlike solid wood. Wood veneer is more eco-friendly because far less wood is used to make each piece. For example, an inexpensive and highly renewable wood can be used for the panel while the not-as-quickly-renewable exotic wood can be the wood veneer portion, using only a very small section of the tree.

We hope this explanation encourages you to use our veneer products. We have lots of information on our web site that can help you learn veneering techniques and get answers to your questions. Poke around and contact us if you cannot find what you need.