A veneer leaf is selected and matched as required once it has been cut. The leaves differ slightly from each other but are still related to adjacent leaves, making it possible to match them in different ways. In the course of the log, the grain gradually changes, giving veneers their special quality of subtle variation. As a result, selecting the perfect veneer for a job requires skill. This blog will help you know different types of veneer matching in detail. Keep reading to learn more!


Random Matching

In order to achieve a random grain effect, veneers from the same species, but not necessarily from the same log, are intentionally mixed (and may be turned over). Some leaves may be joined at the butt or end grain to create a planking effect. As a result of differing log selections, veneer leaves may appear lighter or darker, specifically when stained.

Sunburst Match

As another decorative method, this one uses triangular leaves that are arranged like pie slices. Every leaf meets at its thinnest point at the center. As the grain expands from the center outward, a sunburst of leaves forms on the panel, matches like this are bold and dramatic.

Book Matching

In book matching, every second leaf from a bundle of veneer is flipped over, and identical leaves are taken out of the bundle. This creates a balanced appearance by creating a mirror image of the veneer. It would be like opening a book and seeing the same image on two pages at once. The matching process is typically used with veneers that have a notable grain structure or heavy figure. As a result, the panels will have a sense of flow. 

Slip Matching

Slip matching is done without turning alternate leaves over as in book matching, by joining successive leaves made from the same stock or flitch of veneer. Through this process, a repeat pattern is produced that gradually varies across the panel. Straight-grain veneers are usually the most effective for this method.

Reversed Diamond Match and Diamond Match

Square or rectangular veneers with a straight grain are used for these decorative techniques. The grain of four leaves is arranged across the panel in a diamond shape. When the four leaves are flipped outward in the reversed diamond match, the grain spreads outward from the center, creating a series of “V” shapes.

Quarter Matching

A veneer is joined in this way based on the growth characteristics of the tree from which it was cut. Book matching occurs both from top to bottom and from side to side on four veneer pieces. In species that only have small leaves, this method works well for making up larger panels.


To achieve a random planking effect (or to maintain a consistent grain and color), leaves from one log are deliberately mixed (and turned over).

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Understanding the different types of veneer matching is important in deciding the type of matching that is best for your project. Throughout the types, if you’re still unsure of your choices, feel free to connect with the Materials Inc team and clear the questions you may have about veneer.

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