Wood Veneer - How is it made?

Wood veneer


Wood Veneer

Wood veneer is a thin slice of wood that is used to cover surfaces or create decorative effects on furniture, flooring, and other applications. Veneer is a versatile and sustainable alternative to solid wood that can be produced from a variety of wood species. In this blog, we will explore the process of making wood veneer.

  1. Harvesting the wood: The first step in making wood veneer is to harvest the wood. The wood must be cut from the tree in a specific way to ensure that the veneer is of the highest quality. The logs are then transported to a mill where they are cut into the appropriate size.

  2. Soaking the wood: The wood is then soaked in hot water to soften the fibres and make them easier to work with. This process is known as "steaming" or "boiling."

  3. Slicing the wood: Once the wood has been softened, it is ready to be sliced. The wood is placed on a machine called a veneer slicer, which slices the wood into thin sheets. The thickness of the veneer can vary, but it is typically around 1/32 to 1/16 of an inch.

  4. Drying the veneer: After the wood has been sliced, the veneer is dried. The veneer is typically placed in a dryer or left to air dry for several days. The drying process is essential to ensure that the veneer is stable and won't warp or shrink after it is applied.

  5. Sorting and grading: Once the veneer has been dried, it is sorted and graded. The veneer is examined for any defects or imperfections, such as knots or splits, and graded accordingly. The highest quality veneers are typically used for furniture and cabinetry, while lower quality veneers may be used for flooring or other applications.

  6. Gluing the veneer: The final step in the process is to glue the veneer onto the surface it will cover. The veneer can be glued onto a variety of surfaces, including plywood, particleboard, or MDF. The glue is applied to the surface, and the veneer is carefully laid on top. The veneer is then pressed and allowed to dry to ensure a strong bond.


In conclusion, the process of making wood veneer is a complex and detailed process that requires skill and precision. From harvesting the wood to gluing the veneer, each step is critical to producing a high-quality product. The result is a versatile and sustainable material that can be used to create beautiful and functional surfaces in a variety of applications.

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