Using Timber Veneer For Home Renovation

Timber veneer is from a natural and sustainable resource. Timber veneer is able to cover forty times as much as 25mm timber and is easily the most economic & environmentally friendly way of using wood.

History of Timber Veneer

Veneers have been used by furniture makers and joiners for more than four thousand years. The earliest examples of veneer applications have been found in Egypt. Wood was a very scarce raw material and it was especially valued for its aesthetic qualities.

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In Egypt, a country which apart from its lifeline, the Nile, consists entirely of desert, timber was rare and it was just as highly valued as the precious stones that were used for the elaborate decoration of furniture. As a result, veneers came into being where no lush forests marked the landscape, but instead in a place where timber, as a raw material, was rare and its products were highly sought after as a personal possession. Logs were sawn into very thin boards Evidence suggests that ancient Egyptians sourced exotic timbers from Lebanon, Phoenicia and Syria. These were adzed into thin sections and glued onto more sturdy material.

The beautiful shrines in the tomb of Tutankhamen clearly show that, although the woodworking techniques of that time were still quite rudimentary, people in this age people already knew how to reveal the inner natural beauty of wood. Artefacts recovered from burial tombs indicate that delicate marquetry techniques and veneer panelling were an integral part of Egyptian cultural life. There is also evidence that suggests that veneering was widespread throughout much of classical civilisation.

Industrial Revolution

Beginning of the 19th century, new processing methods were developed. Sawing was replaced by slicing with knives instead of saw blades “Peeling” of logs with machines. New production techniques slowly gained acceptance

Furniture manufacture, originally elevated to artistic perfection by the great masters during the Renaissance and Baroque periods as well as subsequent centuries, demonstrates how a simple need can become a cultural legacy, eventually developing into a form of expression for each successive age. The heritage of furniture manufacture has been refined and perfected in modern times in response to demand, and has grown from a handicraft into a highly mechanized industry. At the same time, veneer manufacture, although an industry, has remained very much a craft.

Technological advances made during the Industrial Revolution saw both the level and quality of veneer production dramatically alter during the 19th century. The traditional inaccuracy of veneer sawing was eliminated by the development of specialised machines for slicing and peeling.

Modern Manufacture of Timber Veneer

By the middle of the twentieth century, veneer was being manufactured across the world and its application beyond furniture design steadily increased. Veneered wall panels appeared in shops, restaurants, offices, banks and other public buildings. Exotic veneers decorated luxury vehicles, railway carriages and ocean liners. In the domestic furniture industry, veneer applications became dominant.

Today, offices and public buildings continue to employ veneered wall panelling, flush veneered door panels and matching furniture. Advanced manufacturing techniques and growing public awareness of the values of real wood veneers together with the need to maximise resources have made the craft of veneering more popular than ever.


Custom Made Furniture can be used in the same applications as natural timber decorative veneers. Like natural timber veneers, it is not generally suitable for use in wet areas such as vanity tops, or exterior applications such as external doors and walls. Veneered panels should never be used in the raw state but must always be finished with a suitable coating. Like natural veneer and dyed materials such as fabric and paint, TrueGrain may fade or discolour on exposure to light. Using the correct type of coating can significantly reduce this, but it can never be entirely eliminated .

Australian Sustainable Timber Veneers Species

Specie include; Acacia, Rose, Ash, Tasmanian, Ash, Victorian, Blackbutt, Blackwood, Tasmanian, BrushBox, Eucalypt, Tear-drop, Gum, Forest Red, Gum, Rose, Gum, Southern Blue, Gum, Spotted Australia, Gum, Sydney Blue, Ironbark, Red, Jarrah, Jarrah Burr, Jarrah, Karri, Leatherwood, Marri, Myrtle, Flame, Myrtle, Tasmanian, Oak, Figured Tasmanian, Oak, Tasmanian, Pine, Celery-top, Pine, Hoop, Pine, Huon, Pine, Knotty Radiata, Sassafras, Black Heart, Sassafras, Golden, Stringybark, Tallow Wood, Turpentine, Wattle, Silver