Veneer Cutting Methods

Rotary Cut

rotary cut veneer cutting method

The log is mounted centrally in the lathe and turned against a razor sharp blade, like unwinding a roll of paper. Since the cut follows the log’s annular growth rings, a multi-patterned grain marking is produced. Rotary cut veneer is exceptionally wide.

Quarter Sliced

quarter sliced wood veneer

The quarter log or flitch is mounted on the flitch table so that the growth rings of the log strike the knife at approximately right angles, producing a series of stripes, straight in some woods, varied in others.

Rift Cut

rift cut wood veneer

Rift cut veneer is produced in the various species of Oak. Oak has medullary ray cells which radiate from the log’s center. The rift or comb grain effect is obtained by cutting at an angle of about 15% off of the quartered position to avoid the flake figure of the medullary rays.

Half-Round Sliced

half round sliced wood veneer

A variation of rotary cutting. Segments or flitches of the log are mounted off center on the lathe. This results in a cut slightly across the annular growth rings, and visually shows modified characteristics of both rotary and plain sliced veneers.

Plain (Flat) Sliced

plain flat sliced wood veneer

The half log, or flitch , is mounted with the heart side flat against the flitch table of the slicer and the slicing is done parallel to a line through the center of the log. This produces a distinct grain.

Types of Veneer Matching

Book Match

Bookmatch veneer matching

Slip Match

Slipmatch Veneer Matching

Center Match

centermatch veneer matching

Balance Match

balance match veneer matching

Book& Butt Match

book and butt match veneer matching

Herringbone Match

herringbone veneer matching

Diamond Match

diamond veneer matching

Reverse Diamond

reverse diamond veneer matching

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