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Flat Cut or Slicing Veneer  

The direction in which the veneers are cut determines the variety and beauty of grain effects.

Flat Cut or Slicing

One half of the log or flitch is mounted, heart-side against the flitch table of the slicer. Cuts are made parallel to a line through the log center, producing a variegated pattern.

Quarter Cut or Slicing Veneer  

Quarter Cut or Slicing

A quarter of the log is mounted to the flitch table so the knife strikes the growth rings of the log at approximately right angles to produce a series of stripes, straight in some woods, varied in others

Rift Cut Veneer  


Mostly used in oak, the rift-cut is used to produce a comb effect. In this wood a series of ray cells (medullary) radiate from the center of the log like spokes from a wheel. The rift effect is obtained by cutting at about a 15º from the quartered position to avoid the flake figure of the medullary rays

Rotary Cut Veneer  

Rotary Cutting

Mounted centrally in a lathe, the log is turned against a razor sharp blade in a tight inward spiral, following the log’s annual rings. A bold variegated grain is produced in an exceptionally wide veneer.