Veneer Handling and Finishing

Like any serious building material, wood veneer not only requires specific steps for installing, as shown in our extensive "Installation" section, it also requires specific actions to be taken before and after the actual installing takes place. The "before" steps involve handling, which includes storage, acclimation, sanding, and trimming, while the "after" steps include finishing, staining and dyeing.

For example, although veneer is generally shipped rolled into a box, it is important to unroll it and let it sit in the same environment where it will remain after installation. This helps to ensure that sudden changes in humidity don't lead to fast contractions or expansions that could result in cracking. More information is available on the acclimation page.

Sanding is another question that comes to us often. Actually, sanding veneer is not necessary, because all of Oakwood's veneer sheets are sold pre-sanded. This being said, some people have reasons for sanding anyway, and necessary information for that is included on the sanding page.

Trimming veneer is generally an easy process, as a simple utility knife can get the job done. However there are certain points to take note concerning which directions to make the cuts, cutting for veneers with varying backers, and cutting with tools other than a utility knife.

Finally, finishing, staining, and dyeing veneer are each complex topics that require much care to be taken in order to perform the best possible job.