Demystifying Veneer Cuts

We receive so many calls about the different wood veneers that are available in the market today. With Terms like Rift Cut, flat sliced, and rotary cut it can be a difficult task just to know what to ask for. With many thanks to Multifex Veneers we offer this helpful guide:

Veneer cutting methods

Rotary-Cut Veneer

Rotary-Cut Veneer is manufactured by advancing a rotating log against a stationary knife. Since this cut follows the log’s annual growth rings, a wide, bold grain pattern is produced. Rotary cut veneer is a cost effective method to obtain remarkable effects from birch, maple and oak.

Plain-Sliced Veneer

Plain-Sliced Veneer is the most widely used in architectural doors. It is manufactured by advancing a half log against a stationary knife in an up-and-down movement. The resulting cut is characterized by straight grain intermixed with cathedrals. This method is moderately priced and is available for most wood species.

Quarter-Sliced Veneer

Quarter-Sliced Veneer uses the same cutting method as plain-sliced veneer, except the log is cut into quarters prior to slicing. This method bisects annual growth rings and results in a straight grain or ribbon-striped (mahogany) appearance. Due to low yield from the log, this veneer is usually more costly.

Rift-Cut Veneer

Rift-Cut Veneer uses various species of oak. The rift, or comb-grain effect, is obtained by slicing slightly across the medullary rays. This accentuates the vertical grain and minimizes the flake. Rift-cut veneers are more expensive due to lower yield from the log.


Long sliced (also called Marunaca)

Long sliced (also called Marunaca): is made by slicing a wood beam gently through the growth rings, this method accentuates the vertical grain and minimise flakes. This type of cut is more expensive then Quarted and Flat cut.

Half round

Half round is made by cutting the block parallel to the growth rings. As this cut follows the growth rings of the tree, a sequence of prononced large grain will forme. The half round is a low coast type of cut as the flat cut that gives a nice look with the Birch, Maple and Oak.

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