What is veneering?
Once a manufacturer decides what the physical
construction is going to be, they then need to determine
the finished look.
One of the most popular options is to attach a thin layer to
the products' surface to give it the finish and texture the
manufacturer is trying to achieve. This gives them great
flexibility of looks, with the same basic case construction
It also reduces manufacturing cost and speeds production
time. The technique is known as veneering.
Veneering has been around for hundreds of years. Craftsman
have used it to enhance the look of the final product for
generations. It is a precision technique. Once the base
surface has been prepared, the veneer is laid on by gluing its
layer, in a bond, to the base material. By hand, this is done
by using what is known as a veneer roller. On an industrial
scale large machine rollers veneer the raw planks prior to
them being cut for specific furniture uses. Today, there are a
number of materials used as veneers.
The traditional wood veneers are still the most popular, but
vinyl is quite widely used. Marble top furniture used to
consist of thick slabs of polished marble stone bolted to the
furniture casing. Now-a-days, thin sheets of marble veneered
over a wood or MDF top is the economical alternative and still
gives you real marble tops. Manufacturers are constantly
coming up with lower production cost alternatives. New
marble-look resin top veneers have become very popular. Some
refer to it as man-made marble.
Even lower cost alternatives are available. Called faux marble
(or Alabama marble for where it was invented), it is a
print-on finish. New computer technology allows furniture
producers to program designs that large machines print onto
the surface of the chosen material (usually, pressboard or MDF
boards, because of their exceptionally smooth surfaces. While
it is used in simulating marble, it is also used to simulate
wood grains and even paint finishes. Done properly, it can be
very difficult to distinguish the difference between real wood
and print on finishes on a composite material..