A cabinet veneer, or a one-piece face, is constructed with a layer of real wood on top of a composite layer or plywood, reinforced with backing (paper, 2-3 ply wood, or resin) before application, giving it added strength and durability.
Veneers can be made from a variety of wood species and various grades that affect how much it costs. A few assembly types are available that affect how the grain appears throughout your cabinets:
- Book match creates a mirrored grain appearance, like an open book.
- Slip match lines up the cuts in the order they were sliced from the log.
- Reverse slip match has every other leaf rotated 180 degrees.
- Pleasing match are arranged by color consistency rather than grain matching.
- Random match where undesired patterns are cut up and spread out.
Often veneers are cut from a part of the tree that isn’t easy to cut from or that have unique growth and knots, so the appearance can be truly one-of-a-kind and beautiful.
Veneers are commonly found on cabinet doors and frames to maintain the classic appearance of a wood-look cabinet.