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Veneer Information
Here's how we offer, process, and ship the products on our website.

I want you to be completely satisfied with your order. The first step to assuring this is to explain our inventory and product listing methods. Here is what you need to know (before ordering!) if you have limited or no experience with raw wood veneer. We do not assume any given level of experience for our customers and so it is your responsibility to understand what you are purchasing before you place an order.

Raw Wood vs. Backed Veneer
We offer a wide array of raw wood veneer which is the most affordable means of veneering small to medium size projects. Large projects are often veneered with paperbacked or 2-ply wood veneer. This type is limited to domestic species and only a handful of exotics. Learn more about backed veneer on this page.

Raw Wood Veneer Sheets & Lots
We offer raw wood veneer in three formats.

  • Sheets are offered as individual pieces of veneer and are listed and priced by the sheet. The website listing will tell you exactly how many sheets are available in our real-time inventory so you can order as many as you need.

  • Some sheets are sold with a minimum order amount and are priced by the sheet. Click here to learn more about this format. Sheets offered with a minimum order amount are generally less expensive per square foot than veneers which are sold by the individual sheet

  • Lots are sold as bundles of veneer sheets. Lots are generally less expensive per square foot than veneers which are sold by the sheet. The square foot measurement of the lot is calculated by multiplying the number of sheets in the lot by the size of a single sheet of that veneer. The price shown is the cost for the entire lot. 

Expected Loss
We highly recommend allowing for a 10 to 12% loss of usable length and/or width from edge damage in handling and transit as well as natural defects. Do not order a veneer that is the exact size needed for a project! It is always best to order a veneer that is larger than required to account for any edge/end damage.

Ends and Edges - Very Important!
There is not one veneer on our website with an edge so clean that it can be placed against another veneer edge or other straight surface to get a perfect joint. You will need a veneer saw, veneer tape, and a few other items to successfully join two or more veneers together

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Unless otherwise noted in the product description, you will receive sequential sheets of veneer in your order. This is true of veneers sold in lots and those sold by the sheet. 'Sequential' simply means that the veneers are shipped in the order in which they were sliced from the tree. This will allow you to easily create bookmatch, quadmatch, or sunburst patterns for our project. Click on the image to the right to see what can be done with just four sequential sheets. Also consider checking out this short but informative article about veneer layups and jointing techniques on the JoeWoodworker website.

We use our own system for grading raw wood veneers using "stars". A one-star rating usually indicates a veneer suitable for backing and practicing. The best veneers get a five-star rating. Please keep in mind that our grading system is based on experience with the thousands of veneers we have offered over the years. The grading is based on many factors including color, quality of cut, grain pattern, size, and character. The price of a veneer is not always affected by its grade. In fact, there are some very inexpensive 4-star and 5-star veneers on our site.

Veneer sheets and lots that have a slight taper are measured from the end with the shortest width. The sheets and lots that have very noticeable tapering will typically have a chalk mark showing where the measurement was taken.

Burl veneers often have voids, splits, and cut corners. We measure and show the actual full width and length of these veneers. It is always a good idea to order a burl veneer allowing for up to 15% loss of usable length and/or width caused by the fragile nature of a burl veneer. Most of the non-burl veneers  are measured to their maximum usable size. For example, let's say there is a 6" long split at the end of a 98" length of veneer. The veneer will then be listed as 92" long though it will ship in its actual 98" length.

Veneer Images
In a lot of 20 sheets from the same bundle, the top veneer may show a bark patch and the bottom veneer may be flawless. The pictures we shown are always taken from the side of the bundle that has the most defects. This guarantees that you will receive the veneer in the condition as shown or even better. When photographing the veneers on this website, I do not use alcohol, water, or any other means of enhancing the grain or figure. I try to photograph the veneers as close to the original color as possible by shooting with white light and applying software-based color correction that is specific to our light source.

Color Variation
It is possible that pictures of some species will appear different on your computer screen or printer than what the veneer actually looks like. No two computers monitors will show colors identically. Some are brighter, some have more contrast, and other have differences in saturation or hue. We highly suggest researching the range of color within the species that is being considered for a project before making a selection as we can not be held responsible for variation in color. We have found that iPhones and iPads display reasonably accurate colors of our veneer photos.

Veneer 'Flatness'
Many of the veneers offered on this website have been pressed flat which gives you a product that is ready to be placed directly into your vacuum press. There are three categories within the terms 'flat' and 'not flat'. Truly flat veneers are those which are as flat as a sheet of plywood. There are also veneers which are flat with some waves but can still be placed in a vacuum press without the use of a flattening agent. Lastly, there are veneers that need to be flattened and cured before they are placed in a vacuum press. Each veneer on this website is marked as flat or not flat. Veneers marked as 'Flat' may fall into either of the first two categories. Click here to learn more about the veneer flattening process.

Veneer Shipping and Handling

pg-boxes.jpgLast year, we shipped more than 120,000 square feet of veneer without any damage. Here's how...

I'm sure you know veneers are fragile. I handle all of our veneers with 'kid gloves'. When a purchase is made, I carefully search through the stacks, removing each lot until your veneer is found. As veneers are pulled from the shelf, they are re-evaluated for quality. If any problems are found, these veneers are discounted and offered at "B" quality rates on this website.

Most veneers are shipped between multiple layers of corrugate flats (aka "cardboard"). Larger veneers are rolled up and protected with paper cushioning. Even the most unruly veneers can be shipped safely. Each veneer is packaged using a nesting technique that we have developed during our many years of shipping orders. We call it "nesting" because it resembles the way a bird's nest wraps and softly protects its contents.

We've selected UPS as our carrier of choice for nearly all of our fragile shipments. Though a bit expensive, their track record for secure delivery is unsurpassed. To further protect the items in your order, we always insure our shipments to guarantee a secure delivery.

Paper-Backed and 2-Ply Veneers

All of our paper-backed and 2-ply veneers are shipped from the manufacturing facility in Indiana. These veneers are rolled up and shipped in heavy duty cardboard boxes. Lead times are based on several factors. Please see the product listings for more lead time information. If your order contains more than one type of backed veneers, the entire shipment for those veneers will ship based on the veneer with the longest lead time.

Safety Warning

pg-warning-yellow.jpgCalifornia Proposition 65 Warning (Assembly Bill 1953) Regarding Wood Products: Wood products may expose individuals to methanol and wood dust, both natural components of wood. Warning: Drilling, sawing, sanding or machining wood products can expose you to wood dust, a substance known to the state of California to cause cancer. Avoid inhaling wood dust or use a mask or other safeguards for personal protection. Go to for more information. We provide this warning based on our knowledge concerning the possible presence of one or more such chemicals, without attempting to evaluate the level of exposure.

Additionally, the OSHA website states "Wood dust becomes a potential health problem when wood particles from processes such as sanding and cutting become airborne. Breathing these particles may cause allergic respiratory symptoms, mucosal and non-allergic respiratory symptoms, and cancer. The extent of these hazards and the associated wood types have not been clearly established." Please visit for more information.