Sliced veneer is a thin layer of wood that is cut from a log using a rotary or slicing machine. The slicing machine cuts the log into thin sheets or leaves of wood, which can then be used for a variety of purposes, including furniture, paneling, cabinetry, flooring, and more.
The thickness of sliced veneer typically ranges from 0.6 mm to 6 mm, although thicker slices can be produced for certain applications. The width of the veneer is determined by the size of the log, and the length of the veneer sheets can vary based on the needs of the end user.
Sliced veneer is preferred by many furniture manufacturers and woodworkers because it allows for a greater variety of wood grains and patterns than other forms of veneer, such as rotary cut veneer. Sliced veneer can also be used to create a variety of effects, such as bookmatching, where two pieces of veneer are opened like a book to create a mirror image, or slip matching, where veneer sheets are arranged side-by-side to create a continuous pattern.
Some common types of wood used for sliced veneer include oak, maple, cherry, walnut, and mahogany, although many other species can be used as well. The quality of the veneer is determined by factors such as the color, grain pattern, and absence of defects like knots or cracks.
Overall, sliced veneer is a versatile and popular material in the woodworking industry, prized for its beauty, flexibility, and ease of use.