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Timber Veneers


Wood veneers are formed by peeling or slicing de-barked logs to produce a layer of wood, usually 0.6 mm in thickness and cut through their length into halves or quarters known as flitches, which are steamed prior to being sliced into veneer sheets, reassembled, cured and dried. These are then matched to produced combinations of veneer or 'layons' specifications.

These sheets are then cut in the width and height so that when joined in a specific style they will produce layons. Unless specifically requested layons are normally assembled with flitches of a minimum 100 mm for quarter cut and 150 mm for crown cut layons.

All of our veneered doors have hardwood lippings to all four or just to the two long vertical edges if requested, which are softened with a minor radius. These can either be exposed or concealed as required. The lippings can be selected to match or contrast with either the veneer or frame. The configuration of the veneers can have a significant impact of the visual effect of the door and we offer the following:

(Book matched) Where two adjacent sheets, cut from the flitch, are placed next to each other with one turned over to create a mirror image of the other.

(Slip matched) The layon is assembled across the face of the door using adjacent sheets cut from the flitch. Sheets are laid next to each other consecutively with the same face outward resulting in a continuous effect.

(Centre jointed) Equal numbers of sheets are used working from the centre outwards. Sheets are selected so that the left half of the door matches the right half.

(Quartered) Veneers are laid reversed about two axes so that a mirror image is created in both width and height. These can also be centre featured.

The method of cutting is also important as the technique used will have a substantial effect on the finished product. The different techniques are shown to the left, however if no specific method is requested we will allow for the most common quarter cut finish.

Book matched

Slip matched

Centre jointed

Centred feature


The log is peeled to give a continuous veneer

The log is sliced along its length, resulting in a figured appearance

The log is quartered along its length to form 'quarter logs'. These are then sliced at 90 degrees to the growth rings to provide the sheets which give a stripped appearance


Just a handful of examples of typical veneers