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How to Specify Timber Veneers


1. Specify the species

2. Specify the face quality one side or both sides

3. Choose the grain direction. For example:

  • Option 1: 2400mm x 1200mm the grain will run parallel with the 2400mm long length of the sheet this is known as ‘Long Band’.
  • Option 2: 1200mm x 2400mm the grain will run parallel with the 1200mm long length of the sheet this is known as ‘Cross Band’.

4. Choose the panel size

5. Choose the panel thickness

6. Choose the substrate – which may be MDF, Particle Board, Plywood, Blockboard, X-Board Plus, or Fleecebacked Veneer

  • for example: 2 sheets of 2400mm x 1200mm STD MDF Hoop Pine G1S DG

The above represents the practice in Australia – some countries do specify differently, so it is always recommended that where doubt may exist, the grain direction should be clarified before ordering.


Medium Density Fibreboard (MDF) is used as a substrate for wood veneers, particularly for applications where it is desirable for the edges to be moulded and exposed.

Particleboard, being strong, stable and inexpensive, is an excellent substrate for veneered products.

Plywood is constructed from three or more layers of veneer bonded together and is used as a substrate for veneer for special applications.

Blockboard is a composite panel comprising a core of wood strips bonded together as a slab faced on each side with two layers of wood veneer. Blockwood is mainly used in the manufacture of solid core doors.

X-Board Plus is made from recycled fibre-waste and becomes a strong, firm, environmentally green panel that is lightweight, functional and aesthetically pleasing.


Pressing is the process of binding veneer layons to substrate using specialised pressing equipment, which generally applies heat and pressure. Most products are supplied, trimmed and sanded; however this is optional.