The Difference Between Solid And Veneer Wood

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Veneer3Veneer, in woodworking, refers to very thin pieces of wood. They are usually thinner than 3 millimeters, and usually are glued on to solid wood.

They are then used to make cabinets, furniture, and doors. Veneer is obtained by ‘peeling’ bark from trees, and by slicing wood (known as fliching).

One of the most commonly asked questions is “What are the difference between solid wood construction and veneer construction?”

You may have heard that one is better than the other, which is not the case. Both of them have good features. Most bedrooms are constructed using solid wood, veneers, or a combination of the two.

Solid wood offers stability and integrity. It is the ‘Real McCoy’ of wood. What you see, is what you get. It can be easier to repair surface damage to solid wood as well.

You will probably find cleaner, more simpler solid wood designs than you would in veneer wood. This is due to the nature of using solid boards.

Veneer wood is not a solid wood

What it is, is a layer of wood, which is chosen for its beauty, as well as its character, and then bonded to another layer, most often plywood.

If you notice an inlay strip on a piece of furniture in your home or while you are shopping, it is a veneer product. You just can’t get that beautiful design with solid wood.

The veneering construction also yields more strength, and a surface that will not split, crack, or warp. (Which sometimes happens with solid wood as humidity levels in your home change with season.)

The best of both worlds usually occurs when you mix solid wood with veneer wood. This design is used to add strength and durability with detail and surface character.

Either way you really cannot go wrong. It really boils down to a matter of taste. For most, the option to have both beauty and brawn is the best choice.

While it is nice to have solid wood, it can be a major pain in the ass to move. (Anyone who has ever moved a house full of solid wood can relate!)

People sometimes give veneer a bad name, because it is not as sturdy or stable as solid wood. The real deal is–it is an amazing addition to wood, giving anyone the opportunity to display their own personal style.

Veneer wood has been used for decades, and chances are you probably had a dresser or a nightstand in your bedroom which was made from veneer while you were growing up–you probably just did not know what it was!

Veneer is so versatile, anyone can use it to brighten up just about any room in your home!

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