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What is Book Matching Veneer?

Book matching veneer is one of the most sought-after, striking techniques in woodworking. Book matching is a process that creates a mirror image of two or more pieces of veneer. When done correctly, book matched veneer looks like a series of sheets of paper that have been perfectly aligned and bound together. This is creates a level of consistency and symmetry that is unmatched by other methods. When done correctly, it can make even the simplest pieces look elegant and high-end.

One place where book matching veneer can really shine is in commercial applications. Because it is so eye-catching, it can be used to create an impression of high quality and attention to detail. In addition, because book matching veneer is more expensive than other types of veneer, it can be seen as a sign of luxury and exclusivity. As a result, many commercial clients choose to use book matching veneer in their projects. 

Book matching veneer is often used on cabinets, furniture, casework, panels and tabletops, but can be applied to virtually any other type of woodwork. When combined with a dark stain or paint, it can create a relatively subtle, visually interesting, sophisticated aesthetic — without consuming square footage or additional space.

What to Consider with Book Matching Veneer

here are a few different types of woodworking that often benefit from book matching veneers. One example is furniture. When you are considering a piece of furniture, it’s important to have a smooth, consistent surface. This is where book matching veneers come in. They can help to create a smooth surface on your furniture by hiding any inconsistencies in the wood.

Another type of woodworking that can benefit from book matching veneers is cabinetmaking. Cabinetmaking is all about creating beautiful and functional cabinets. And, as with furniture, it is important to have a smooth and consistent surface. By using book matching veneers, you can achieve this goal and create beautiful cabinets that look great in any setting.

One of the main reasons why book matching veneer is so popular in commercial environments is that it is very durable, capable of withstanding the wear and tear of an office or hub of activity. It’s also resistant to moisture and humidity, making it a good option for kitchens and bathrooms.

When Book Matching Veneer May Not Be the Best Fit

Although book matching veneer can be an attractive and functional choice for many commercial settings, it is not always appropriate.

One situation in which book matching may not be the best option is when there is a lot of natural light in the space. In areas with a lot of light, the book matched veneer may not be able to achieve the level of contrast needed to create a visually appealing effect. If the surface is to be touched or handled often, such as a tabletop or reception desk, book matching may not be the best choice because the seams between the pieces of veneer can be easily damaged. 

Myers Architectural Millwork is your source for custom millwork design, fabrication and installation. Our team can guide you in choosing the appropriate construction materials for your project. We offer a wide range of lumber options, including hardwoods, softwoods and other construction lumber. We can help you select the right materials for your project, ensuring your millwork looks great and lasts for years to come. Contact us today to start planning your next millwork project!