Veneer (noun); A thin surface of layer, as of finely grained or superior valued wood, glued to the base of inferior material.
n the woodshop, veneer relates to a thinly slice of wood which is typically 1/8 of an inch or less in thickness. The use of veneers has been around for over 4000 years, since the time of the Egyptians who adorned their sarcophagi with exotic woods. As better tooling was being developed, furniture makers like Chippendale began embracing veneer and perfected techniques in the 18th century. In the 1800’s lathes had been created specifically for veneer cutting and by 1890’s, plywood became an affordable construction material and remains widely used to this day.
Veneering onto a less expensive substrate, allows for the inclusion of beautiful and rare woods to be incorporated in all aspects for furniture and cabinetry making. Maker Depot has an assortment of veneers to use or look at and we can even assist you in finding a provider of quality veneer for your next project.