What is Veneer?
Veneer is simply a covering applied to plywood. Veneer is one of the most important parts of home renovation. Technically, a veneer is a thin slice of wood that is glued onto plywood, particle board or MDF. Veneer can be sliced into slabs as thin as 0.5 to 1 mm.
Types of Veneer
Veneer is available in some different kinds such as composite veneer, artificial veneer and others. Opting for pure veneer plywood instead of artificial or composite veneer is always better. Other types of veneer available in the market are Raw Veneer, Paper-backed Veneer, Phenolic Veneer, Laid-up Veneer, Reconstituted Veneer and Wood on Wood Veneer. China made Veneers too are easily available in the market, but the quality is not too good.
In India, a decorative veneer of high quality is obtained from trees like maple, walnut, oak, mahogany and teak wood.
How are Veneer sheets available to buy?
Veneer are very thin sheets of wood which are difficult to transport. Therefore sheets of veneer are glued together at the factory itself. You can select a finished veneer sheet of various designs at shops dealing in plywood.
Tips on buying Veneer wood sheets
Veneers lengths are calculated in the square foot and different categories like 16, 20, 22, 24 sq ft. depending on various styles and designs. Since veneer sheets are obtained from tree barks, the grain style and design will vary from sheet to sheet. But veneer sheets obtained from a particular tree will have same grain style and are grouped by a single category.
While buying veneer sheets for furniture for home renovation, remember to buy veneer sheets from one group to avoid a discrepancy in design.
In fact, it is advisable to buy a few extra sheets of veneer so that every furniture in the room looks and feels the same.