As you can guess from our name, we at Sauers & Company Veneers are experts in all things wood veneers. We have been working with veneers for over 20 years, so it’s safe to say that we know a thing or two about how to use them to their best effect. In this article, our veneer experts will go over a few key things you should know in order to get the best results from your projects.
Raw vs. Paper-Backed
First, our veneer experts want to explain a little bit about how veneers are packaged and sold. Wood veneers come in two main varieties: raw veneers and paper-backed ones. Raw veneer sheets do not have any backing, and they are sold by the square foot. You will receive your raw veneers in a package known as a flitch, which contains veneer sheets stacked in the order each was cut from the log. Paper-backed veneer, in contrast, does have a packing (of paper or PSA), which helps to stabilize the thin wood and prevent it from cracking. In addition, backed veneer is sold in standardized lengths of 24, 48, or even 96”.
Working with Veneer
Depending on the project in question, it may be tricky to find a single sheet of veneer large enough to cover the area you need, in which case you will need to glue multiple sheets together to create a larger one. The technique for doing this is more complex than it might seem, and your best chance for success is to consult veneer experts like ourselves. If you are interested in incorporating veneer into your own projects, we encourage you to give our team a call to get the advice you need to get started.