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Read on if you want to know more about the process:
Logs usually enter the veneer mill in a green condition and are kept in this state by spraying, immersion in water, or steaming so that the log is easily cut while most Logs are cut into suitable lengths for working, called peelers. The bark is removed before cutting.
Generally figure in veneer is produced in two different operations rotary peeling and slicing.
With rotary peeling the log is mounted centrally in the lathe and turned against a blade, so that continuous veneer strip is peeled off the outside circumference, like peeling an apple or unwinding a roll of paper. A bold, irregular, wild grain pattern is produced.
There are two types of slicing dependent upon the angle at which the grain is cut. The peelers are cut into halves or quarters known as flitches, and these flitches are sliced either parallel to the grain (flat or crown cut) or at right angles to the grain (quarter splicing). Flat cutting produces a crown pattern on each leaf, whereas quarter cutting produces a striped, ribbon grained effect. After peeling or slicing, veneer is clipped and dried to within defined limits of moisture content (usually 8%/o-12%) and then graded and repaired if necessary.
Dependent upon use, the veneer thickness can be approximately 0.6 mm for decorative or up 4mm for use as a cross-band. In slicing process the result is a number of narrow pieces of veneer (approximately 100mm to 300mm wide) which must be jointed. This jointing produces different patterns according to the way it is matched.
Most veneered panels are book matched where leaves are taken off the flitch in sequence and laid alternately face up and face down, side by side, producing a balanced panel. Slip matching occurs when the leaves are taken off the flitch in sequence and laid face up, producing a consecutive repetitious panel. Random matching occurs primarily in panelling when the leaves of veneer are taken from different flitches, giving a deliberately unmatched varied panel. Diamond matching is when book matched veneers are matched end to end as well as side by side and occasionally used in feature panels for tables or wall linings.
The completed jointed sheets of veneer are called Layons.
The various substrates (Particle board, Customwood Fibre Board, Coreboard, timber core for ply) pass through a glue spreader to which the veneer Layons are added (face and back) and then hot pressed for a few minutes to ensure a thorough bonding takes place. The panels are then trimmed to size, sanded, inspected and packed.