Veneer Cuts: More than Meets the Eye

There is more to cutting a natural wood veneer than initially meets the eye.  It is, without a doubt, an art form that has been perfected by expert craftspeople to bring out the very best of the grain and texture of wood. A range of cutting techniques can be used that result in unique architectural veneered panels that are suitable for both commercial and domestic settings.

Different Natural Wood Veneer Cutting Techniques Explained

Veneer experts will assess the primary wood before deciding upon which cutting method will be the most effective in bringing out the personality of the wood and making the most of individual burrs and types of grain.  The type of wood to be used, the size of natural wood veneer required and the desired effect that is hoped to be achieved are all factors to be taken into consideration.

Some of the most popular and well-used cutting methods for creating professional real wood veneers include:

  • Quarter slicing: By cutting the wood perpendicular to the tree’s natural growth rings, a light grain effect is achieved.
  • Rotary cut: A very popular cut that is made by positioning the log of wood onto a lathe and rotating it against a wide blade that cuts at a straight angle.
  • Plain slice: Slices of the log are cut parallel to the centre to achieve an effective pattern using the tree’s central growth rings.
  • Lengthwise slice: As the name might suggest this cut is made from a flat piece of lumber rather than a round log.
  • Half round slice: This cut is made on an arc that is parallel to the centre of the log.
  • Rift cut: By cutting these veneers at an angle a more uniform look, with reduced irregularities in the grain, is achieved.

Please visit our veneer cuts page to view a selection of videos demonstrating how the various natural wood veneer cutting techniques are applied.

For more information about natural wood veneer cutting and the many types of effects that can be achieved, please call the experts at Read Veneers on 01277 811 771 or get in touch via the website.