Once the veneer species has been chosen for a project, the next step is to determine the slicing or cutting method for the veneer. The way that veneer is cut off the log has a huge impact in the appearance of the veneer. Individual pieces of veneer that are sliced from a log are referred to as leaves. When slicing, the mill will keep the leaves in the order in which they are sliced, allowing for a natural grain progression when the veneer leaves are re-assembled. You may have heard the term, “flitch”. This is the group of leaves from a single slicing. Flitches are numbered and the square footage available in the flitch is tracked as well.
Most veneer suppliers will enable you to view their selections of veneers – often online –
and choose specific flitches for a project.
The images to the right describe various veneer slicing methods, as well as an illustration of the difference in the first three methods in red oak