Our veneered boards are produced using selected, real wood veneer faces or 'layons', which we produce in-house, utilising veneer bundles (packs of untrimmed sheets, usually 24 in a pack) of real wood veneer, in thickness 0.45-0.6mm (species dependant), originating and sourced from various parts of the world, from where we directly import.
These veneer layons, made from trimmed and edge-jointed veneer sheets are laminated or bonded to both sides of a substrate / board such as chipboard or medium density fiberboard (MDF) or supawood as MDF is commonly known in South Africa.
The common industry supplied board size is referred to as 9x6 '(imperial measurement) which translates into 2750x1830mm (length and width) in chipboard and 2750x1850mm in MDF in various thicknesses with the most common being 16mm.
Typically a face grade layon, is laminated to the one side of the board with a backing grade layon in the same veneer species on the reverse side of the board. In the industry this is referred to as MM (mismatch back), AC (A face with C back) or DF (double face), as opposed to a True DF being a face grade layon on both sides of the board.
An economy and production convenient option is SF (single face) where a face grade layon is used on the one side of the board and a commercial veneer,such as Okoume or similar on the other.
Chipboard is available in 12, 16, 22, 25 and 32mm thickness, whilst MDF is available in 3, 6, 9, 12, 18, 22 and 30mm. Add 1mm to these thicknesses to reach your final veneered thicknesses.
We are able to facilitate special request such as veneered one side (popular with the kitchen industry) or paper backer on the reverse side, as opposed to a veneer backer, where the boards will be used for panelling and other applications where the back side of the board is never seen and or cost is an issue.
Special selection, crown or quarter cut and cross grain veneering are all available at varying surcharges. Upgrading of customer supplied VOE (veneer over edge) components is also offered, subject to a width limitation of 1100mm.
Common industry terms that you will use when ordering veneered board are:
SF (single face) = your chosen veneer species, in a 'face grade layon' on the face side of the chosen substrate with a backing veneer such as Okoume or Sapele or similar, at our discretion, on the reverse side.
MM (mismatch) = your chosen veneer, in a 'face grade layon' on one side of the chosen substrate with a backing veneer but of the same chosen species on the revese.
TDF (true double face) = your chosen veneer, in a 'face grade layon' on both sides of the chosen substrate. As standard supply is "crown cut face on the one side and quarter cut face on the other. Sanding indormation
All our veneered boards of thickness 6mm and up are finished as standard with a state of the art cross-belt wide belt combination sander which lifts the fibres prior to being sanded in the wide belt, resulting in a superior finish. In this process 0.04mm of the thickness of the veneer layon thickness is removed. Treated with care and dependant on your application and requirments, our veneered boards can be processed with little or no further sanding.