The Lasting Appeal of Walnut Wood Veneers

Walnut wood veneer conveys pure elegance and warmth in a restrained color palette. Incorporated into minimalist designs, it adds warmth and a natural feel in a material that will stand up for the lifetime of the structure.

When it comes to matching the grain of wood over large surfaces or across multiple pieces of furniture, there really is no substitute for veneer. Veneer allows builders to stretch matches to the grain of wood across much larger surfaces than would ever be possible with solid wood.Veneer creates a more uniformly decorative surface than is readily available with solid wood. And veneer is affordable when solid wood is not. Solid wood may simply not be available, or may be priced out of reach for most projects.

Rosebud Veneer offers walnut wood veneer as raw wood veneer, custom panels, and 2-ply walnut wood veneer sheets. We can provide edge-banded, cut-to-size, and finished walnut wood panels.Rosebud Veneer has more than three decades of experience working with designers, architects, mill workers, and contractors. Our broad experience enables us to address any challenge in manufacturing or installation. Let us help you take your next high-end custom furniture, cabinet, or architectural project to the next level.

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how are walnut wood veneers made?

You don’t see a lot of highly figured wood at the lumberyard. That’s because the most beautiful logs usually wind up at the veneer factory. So do the majority of truly straight-grained logs.From a financial point of view, it makes sense to mill the most beautiful logs into veneer. A single board foot of burl might wholesale for $30 to $60 a board foot, but that same wood as veneer might sell for $300 to $600.

Natural wood veneer is cut from the same logs as solid-wood lumber, with a couple of important exceptions. One important difference is that veneer is cut very thin.Most veneer is approximately 0.6 mm or 0.025 in thick. As technology advances, veneer is being cut thinner and thinner, although this makes it challenging to work with.

Plainsawn veneer is created in the same manner as plainsawn lumber. A log is sliced through and the slices are stacked in the order they are cut. But it’s also possible to cut natural wood veneer sheets with a rotary saw.The millwright mounts a section of the log onto a rotating mandrel as a veneer cutting knife is fed into the log. The result is a long, continuous piece of veneer with no seams. This is great for producing plywood, but it generally looks odd on furniture.

Log buyers must be able to visualize the inside of a log by just taking a glance at the uncut log. Veneer log buyers have in-depth knowledge of the patterns in which trees grow over time.And the process of creating full sheets of matching, uniformly cut and sanded veneer requires a detailed manufacturing process that uses highly specialized equipment. Special skills are required to transport walnut wood veneer to and from the warehouse.And although care is required to avoid damaging walnut wood veneer strips and sheets, it’s a lot easier to handle than solid-walnut boards.

What’s Special About Walnut Wood Veneer

Walnut is a distinctly American tree. There are many varieties of walnut, ranging from Black to Claro to Bastogne, each having its own, unique grain texture and color.Curly Claro Walnut is one of the most expensive veneers on the market. And walnut wood veneer panels and walnut wood veneer strips from walnut burl, occurring with abnormal growth of the tree, are among the rarest natural wood veneers on the market.

Many skilled craftspeople will tell you that it is hard to work with solid walnut. There is a lot more variation in solid-wood boards of walnut than with other boards. There are knots that can be the source of a fascinating curl, swirl, crotch, quilt, or fiddleback, but solid walnut wood can also have knots that are too large, or too loose, or too near the ends, edges, or middle of the board.
Walnut is more prone than other kinds of wood to being composed of sapwood.It is sometimes possible to find walnut boards that are 90 percent or even 100 percent heartwood, but they are very expensive. Walnut boards that contain a lot of sapwood can be steamed to remove the line between heartwood and sapwood, but this also removes the purple tones that make walnut wood veneers so beautiful.

These problems don’t occur with walnut wood veneer sheets and walnut wood veneer strips. If you need walnut that is free of sapwood and free of knots, you need the best walnut wood veneer.