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Veneer Grading

  • Premier Architectural Grade:

    Our full range of 330+ architectural veneers of the highest quality to any design or arrangement.
    Core materials cut to size before lipping, veneering, etc.
  • Merchant Grade:

    Limited range of veneers, suitable for timber & builders merchants and produced to achieve the lowest cost
    Available as A/B or A/Balancer
  • Commercial Joinery Grade:

    A range of veneers of improved quality suitable for commercial joinery applications at a competitive cost
    Available as A/A, A/B or A/Balancer
  • Superior Grade:

    Selected veneers in similar quality to Premier Grade but produced in standard commercial panel sizes for recutting as required
    Face veneer is often classed by customers as AAA or A*
    NB: Not available with the bespoke aspects of Premier Grade such as concealed lippings, sequencing, centre-matching, balance matching, etc

All panels can be supplied raw or prefinished in lacquer, varnish or oil

Premier Architectural Grade

  • Architectural veneers of the highest quality used on both sides - even if different veneers
  • Manufactured exactly to your requirements
  • Can be jointed in various ways to achieve an infinite number of bespoke designs
  • Available with concealed lippings & inlays installed
  • Corners of lippings can be mitred - avoids end-grain showing on panel edges
  • Can be supplied as sequenced sets
    (Grain pattern continues from panel to panel)
  • Interior glue used as standard. Moisture-resistant, exterior & formaldehyde-free glues also possible
  • Can be supplied raw or prefinished in lacquer, varnish or oil

To ensure the face quality & bonding is maintained on a project, some manufacturers, architects and designers specify these panels as 'Premier Grade (AAA)' to ensure commercial grade veneered panels are not used by subcontractors as low cost replacements, as this can often lead to poor final results and end-user complaints.

Production process

The core materials are cut to size and any lippings or veneer edging applied. The panel is then calibrated to ensure the lippings do not telegraph through the face. At this point the lipped panels are then over-veneered, which ensures the lippings are not only bonded to the core but are also sandwiched in between the veneer faces.

Concealed lippings are more robust & reliable than retro-fitted edging. They give a much cleaner overall finish to the final installation as the edging cannot be seen from the front of the panel, and a profile can be run along the edge of the panel if required, e.g. small chamfer.

Where lippings are not a viable option, e.g. if lumber is not available similar to the face veneer, veneer edging can be applied before face veneering to achieve the same aim. Wherever possible this veneer edging will be 2.5mm thick to ensure more robustness.

The face veneers are bonded with a moisture-resistant glue that is cured under heat and pressure for best adhesion in various environments. Other glues such as exterior or formaldehyde-free are also possible for more stringent environments.

Fully matched, individually identified sets of veneered panels can be supplied so the grain matched right through the full set - left-to-right and/or top-to-bottom - with or without decorative inlays pre-installed to any pattern.

Attention to detail at every point of production ensures a quality that proves difficult for others to match.

Merchant, Commercial Joinery & Superior Grades

  • Lower-priced veneers in the more common veneers
  • "Clip & Run" jointed
  • Standard sizes such as 2440x1220mm, 3050x1220mm
  • Can be recut to finished sizes
  • Bonded to the core using interior glue
  • Can be supplied raw or prefinished in lacquer, varnish or oil

These panels represent our budget range, which is available in a more limited range of the more common veneers & standard sizes. Generally produced in larger quantities, this range offers the lowest cost in commercial grade veneers.

Production process

'Clip and run' jointing is an uninterrupted process of jointing that produces a continuous ribbon of infinite width using veneers of a single length, similar in some respects to an extrusion process. This continuous ribbon is cut to the width required without giving consideration to where the joints lie on the resultant sheet, and the layons regraded one or more times as a separate process.

In principle, Commercial Grade panels will allow narrower leaves with some natural characteristics that would not typically be allowed in Premier Grade veneered panels. Such characteristics of the natural wood may sometimes include: half-crowns, slight mismatch in grain pattern, increase in sugar, mineral streak or similar characteristics that do not affect the integrity of the panel.

Commercial Joinery grade is an improved quality of core and face veneer, while Superior Grade is similar to Premier Architectural grade, but without all the bespoke production possibilities of the latter.

Two-sided commercial veneered panels are most often graded A/B. The B denotes the reverse is a balancing veneer of the same species as the front. This grade can allow mismatch, discolouration, and other similar non-open defects.

The panels are generally supplied with bookmatched crown/flat cut veneers and slipmatched quarter cut veneers. They can be cut to size after production and exposed lippings or veneer subsequently fitted.

NB: While offering a lower cost, exposed lippings will be visible from the front of the panels and edging material more likely to fail over time because they are bonded to the panel edges only. For this reason, we advise against this option wherever possible & commercially viable.