Veneer Matching

There are a number of veneer matching techniques providing an excellent range of visual effects. Obviously, the degree of figure (grain, color and natural characteristics) in the timber specie chosen, the method of veneer production, together with the desired effect, determine the best matching method for your project.

Vertical Butt  & Horizontal Book Match

Where the height of the flitch does not permit its fabrication into the desired height of panel, it may be matched with vertical butts as well as with horizontal book leaf joints.

Book Match
All types of veneers are used. In book matching every other sheet is turned just as the leaves of a book. Thus, the back of one veneer meets the front of the adjacent veneer producing a matched joint design.

Slip Match


In slip matched veneer sheets are joined side by side and convey a sense of repeating the flitch figure. All types of veneer may be used, but this type of matching is most common in quarter-sliced veneers.

Reverse Slip Match
This is similar to a slip match, except that each alternate sheet is reversed end for end. Normally used with crown cut veneers.

Mismatched or Random Match

Individual leaves are random matched for effect. Knotty veneers are often laid this way. This is done to disperse characteristics such as clusters of knots more evenly across the sheet.

Special Matching Techniques
Herringbone Match V-Match Diamond Match Reversed Diamond Match
These four special matching patterns are generally produced on production line equipment.

End Match Stack Match
The matching techniques below are labor intensive, often hand made, usually with veneer wastage significantly higher than normal matching/joining techniques, and are priced accordingly.