When it comes to the appearance of timber panels, it largely depends on the way the log is cut. Once the log is sliced, all the resulted pieces are arranged in the same order in which they are cut. It allows the grain to progress naturally when joined to form veneer face. All the leaves resulted from single slicing is known as ‘flitch’.
Veneer manufacturing process requires skill and expertise. That’s why it’s important to choose a trusted company, such as Processed Forest Products, to get the best timber veneer in Sydney.
Timber veneer is commonly produced using following cutting methods:
- Crown Cut veneer
- Rotary Cut veneer
- Half Round Sliced Veneer
- Quarter Sliced Veneer
- Rift Cut Veneer
Quarter cut, rotary cut and crown cut veneers are some of the most common veneers used in majority of projects. Let’s take a look at different cutting methods in a bit more detail so that you can choose the best option for your needs.
- Crown Cut veneer: Most commonly used to produce veneer for architectural projects such as furniture and wall panels, in crown cut method, the log is first cut into half and then advanced into a stationary knife parallel to the central line. What makes it a great choice for most projects is the high consistency of grain pattern and the fact that leaves can be sequentially matched to attain a stunning pattern for timber panels.
- Rotary Cut veneer: Rotary cutting is a preferred method to cut most soft woods. The log is peeled / cut by rotating it against a stationary knife. This method produces full sheets of veneer with bold and wild grain patterns.
- Half Round Sliced Veneer: Half round slicing is done by combining rotary cutting and crown cutting methods. It has features of both plain cut and rotary cut veneers.
- Quarter Sliced Veneer: The log is sliced perpendicular to the growth rings. This method yields lesser veneer than the above methods, so it is generally more expensive than crown cutting for timber panels. It results in straight grain pattern.
- Rift Cut Veneer: A great option for white and red oak, rift cutting minimizes flaking and results in straight grain appearance. Since this method produces the lowest amount of veneer per log, rift cut veneer is usually the most expensive veneer.