Veneer is typically an extremely thin sheet of rich-colored hardwood cut and matched in a pattern to be applied to a thicker and more durable substrate. Decorative softwood veneers from pine, fir, and other conifer species are also produced. The predominate North American hardwood species are maple, cherry, red or white oak, hickory, ash, alder, walnut, and poplar.  Veneers can also be used as the core of a substrate, which is commonly practiced in the engineered hardwood flooring business and over 75% of the hardwood plywood produced in North America.  Using a veneer as a laminate to a less expensive sheet of MDF or particleboard allows manufacturers to offer decorative natural face veneers where the performance properties of those cores meet required product performance specifications. Colors and patterns of expensive hardwood products are produced at considerably more affordable prices than solid hardwood while being as eco-friendly at the same time.

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Veneer Species Guide

This four-color publication provides detailed information and photos for the 150 wood veneer species commercially available in North America. Designed specifically to help veneer specifiers select the right species for their most challenging projects. 77 pages

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