Five Hardwood and Softwood Veneer Species – Interesting Facts

By December 15, 2017Uncategorized

Great Hardwood and Softwood Veneer Choices:

Hardwoods :

Obeche Veneer – This is very faint colored wood, with usually a pale-white or a creamy-yellow tint. It has an interlocking grain pattern, which causes there to be some darker stripes over the pale main tone. The species is very light, and simple machine or hand tools can be used to shape it to size. It is excellent for marquetry, drawer interiors, and cabinet framing.

Madrone Burl Veneer – This is an exquisite pink toned species with lots of clusters and a soft, beautiful figure. The red / pink shade is similar to Pearwood and some species of Cherry, so it nicely compliments Cherry or Pearwood in veneer projects. It also can replace Cherry Burl because Cherry Burl is not easy to find. Some say Madrone Burl has a flesh colored, pillowy flow to it and can be used in projects where an elegant style is preferred.

Iroko Veneer – Iroko is a gold-orange to light brown wood with an interlocking grain and a coarse-looking, but even texture. It is a moderate density species which bends somewhat with moisture. It is often used in boat and ship building, as well as decorative veneering, flooring, and furniture making.


Pine Veneer – This wood, in the form of White, Yellow, or Knotty Pine, is a great traditional selection that can be used in almost any type of woodworking project. Pine is found to a great deal in home building and can be used anywhere from carving projects to furniture. It is reasonably low-priced when compared to most woods.

Larch Veneer – This is one of the softwood species, like Douglas Fir or Pine, but it is generally more dense than these woods, making it more like a hardwood. Larch Veneer has a whitish wood color and can come as a straight grain or in knotty style similar to Pine. it is very often used for doors and staircases, window frames, posts, and ship-building. It is very broadly used in Europe and is their equivalent of America's Douglas Fir Veneer.

Source by Peter Rodgers

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