It’s all in the Grain
Some species of wood are simply unstable in solid wood form. The unorganised grain in bur wood is beautiful but horribly prone to splitting. By slicing a bur into veneer, wood movement is kept under control by the adhesive and substrate. Even the most unruly woods can be sliced into veneer and used to make a beautiful panel.
Economy & Availability
Many wood species are so rare and valuable that in solid wood form, are simply non affordable. There’s a marked scarcity of fine logs available world-wide. Couple this with the idea that there is an ever-increasing demand for fine wood and you have a formula for a log that is worth ten times what it was 5 years ago. By slicing a log into veneer, the square foot of “face” material is increased by over 4,000% and a new economy is created for these forest products.
This increase in value is certainly not limited to straight grain wood. Figured wood is subjected to almost unimaginable increases in value and as these logs are sliced and exported, wood users are going to see prices rise, quality drop, and large sizes becoming extremely rare.
If you’ve ever seen a circular shaped reception, you probably understand the practicality of using veneer for curved work. Oak, cherry, walnut, and other hardwood plywood are more than just practical.
Staining and Finishing
Since veneer is real wood, it will accept stains and finishes much like solid wood. The choices of stains and finishes are many and each combination can yield a different outcome. Testing with sample boards is highly recommended.
You can create some of the most beautiful kaleidoscope designs with a keen eye and a few sheets of sequenced veneers. Visit ActFurniture.com (http://tinyurl.com/z7j2kwp) if you’re interested in owning custom designed veneer furniture or we can be reached on 01902 490273.