Quality and Thickness
mills have options when it comes to slicing stock. The most critical
option is the quality of the cut. The position of the lumber on the
cutting machine offers the operator the decision to cut for quality
or quantity. Usually, a "quantity" programmed cut will yield
lesser figured veneer with an occasional void or bark patch.
burl veneers contain nothing but burl. Midrange veneers usually contain
at least 60% burl, and the rest is curly or otherwise figured. And lesser
quality burl veneers are mostly figured with a patch of burl here or
there. This is frequently called "cluster burl." Some veneers,
such as mappa burl, come only in cluster burl because this pattern is
the nature of the burl on this particular tree.
option when slicing veneer is thickness. Technology allows for veneers
as thin as .01". But it is not too likely that you will ever have
to work with such junk. Today, average veneers are coming off the mill
at .029". After drying, they can shrink to .027". If you can find some "old stock" veneer, chances
are that it is .036" and even older veneers are as thick as .042". VeneerSupplies.com (my other website) offers a nice selection of veneers
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