Wood veneers are recyclable and help make optimum use of a scarce resource – trees. They are produced using sustainable practices and environmentally responsible techniques resulting in minimal wastage. Wood veneers, rather than being disposed of towards the end of their lifespan, can be remodeled into other products like particle boards. Continuing on the subject, in this blog post, we present a simple guide to understand how wood veneer is made. Read on.
Procuring Top-Quality Hardwood
At Decowood, we ensure that wood is sourced responsibly while maintaining high quality standards, as guaranteed by our FSC Certification. We house the largest collection of veneer, acquired from over 200 celebrated wood species from around the world – all handpicked by our experts. Each trunk is carefully examined to decide the technique to be used to produce veneer from the hardwood.
Storing and Bark Stripping
To retain the aesthetic appeal of the wood, the logs are stored under optimal conditions and occasionally sprayed with water as required. Our TD technology decreases the hygroscopicity of veneer, enhancing its dimensional stability. The bark is then carefully stripped from the logs, maintaining uniformity. Some crucial factors that are considered include temperature of the wood, species, bark-to-wood bond, and shape and length of the logs. Unwanted materials such as nails, sand and stones are also removed.
Cutting to Length and Steaming
The debarked logs are classified for sawing and marked accurately with precise measurements before cutting. Factors such as species of the wood and desired grain patterns heavily influence the cutting technique used. The logs are wholly submerged into water at high temperatures to increase flexibility for clean and smooth slicing. The duration of the steaming periods is altered according to the species of wood, and color requirements.
Slicing and Drying
Once the blades of the slicing machines or peeling machines are set with an accuracy of 0.1 mm to ensure a perfect cut, the wood is ‘sliced’ or ‘peeled’ into thin layers called veneers. A heating system absorbs any moisture produced during the process. The results depend on the preparation methods and the type of machine used. The veneers are then dried, graded according to requirements and inspected to maintain superior quality.
The Last Word
Decowood sources wood from prized species around the world, and processes it using cutting-edge technology at our state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities. We offer a wide variety of veneers that are available in four main categories- Natural, Engineered, Teak and The Special to meet your needs. If you have any questions or would like to discuss your requirements, call 18008330004, or fill out our contact form and we will get back to you as soon as possible.