Veneer Matching Methods

DIAMOND MATCH is generally done with a straight grain veneer. If a rectangle is divided into 4 quadrants the veneers match at an angle to the quadrant line, and the grain forms a "V" resulting in a diamond shape formed by the grain directions.

REVERSED DIAMOND MATCH is commonly done with a straight grain veneer, a rectangle is again divided into 4 quadrants. The grain directions are from the center point to the outside edge in each quadrant, resulting in a series of "V's" formed by the grain match at the joint line pointed in at the center point.

SUNBURST MATCH is most commonly done with a crotch or other highly figured wood. Generally on a round, oval or octagon shaped panel, leaves of veneer are clipped into pie shaped pieces and then book matched. The result is grain pattern repeats which seem to grow out and expand from a center point.

HERRINGBONE MATCH is achieved by using Veneer strips and matching both sides of the center line, at an angle. The resulting appearance is reminiscent of the bones of a fish, they are attached to the back bone.

BOOK MATCH is achieved when one piece of veneer is turned over to join the adjacent piece, like turning the pages of a book. The most common match resulting in a balanced grain pattern.

SLIP MATCH is a method of matching veneers for the face of plywood where consecutive sheets of veneer are slipped out, side by side and joined together with a repetition of the same grain appearance.
RANDOM MATCH indicates veneers, either sliced or rotary, are put together for the face of a piece of plywood at random without matching the grain.