Central Hardwoods places special emphasis on specialty veneers and distinct panelling products. We offer 10+ species of veneer in a variety of cuts to suit your next panel project.

Available Species

Veneers refers to thin slices of wood that typically are glued onto core panels to produce flat panels such as doors, tops and panels for cabinets, parquet floors and parts of furniture.

Veneer Cuts

The manner in which veneers are cut is an important factor in producing the various visual effects obtained. Two woods of the same species, but with their veneer cut differently, will have entirely different visual character even though color values are similar. In plywood manufacture, there are four principal methods of cutting veneer:

Plain Slice Cut Lumber

Plain Slicing

The half log, of flitch, is mounted with the heart side flat against the guide plate of the slicer and the slicing is done parallel to a line through the center of the log. This produces a figure to that of plain sawn lumber.

Quarter Slice Lumber

Quarter Slice

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

Rift Cut Lumber

Rift Cut

Rift-cut veneer is produced in the various species of Oak. Oak has medullary ray cells, which radiate from the center of the log like the spokes of a wheel. The rift, or comb grain effect, is obtained by slicing slightly across the medullary rays. This accentuates the vertical grain and minimizes the flake.

Rotary Cut Lumber

Rotary Cut

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 bold grain figure is produced. Rotary cut veneer is exceptionally wide, and matching at veneer joints is relatively difficult. Almost all softwood plywood is cut in this manner. Lengths in all hardwoods are limited to 10 feet.