Veneer Finish

As a manufacturer of bespoke door sets, we constantly strive to find ways to improve product quality and reduce the environmental impact. We are conscious of our carbon footprint and we are pro-active in working with our supply partners to make sure we provide great craftmanship in the most environmentally-friendly manner.

We offer a wide range of
real wood species

Wide range of
real wood species

Real Wood Veneers allow the beauty of the natural wood grain and tone to be brought to life, creating a finish that preserves its true presence. The veneers are produced by cutting thin layers from the appropriate log dependent on the species required.

We have a large range of real wood species to choose from including the nation’s favourites: American White Oak, Ash, American Black Walnut and Maple.

At E & S W Knowles, we source our veneers from a selection of carefully chosen veneer specialists that adhere to the highest environmental standards. All Veneers selected are FSC® (Forest Stewardship Council) certified, ensuring our customers get the very best quality responsibly managed sources.

FSC Mark of Responsible Foresty
FSC Mark of Responsible Foresty

Explore wood veneers range

Click on your chosen species veneer to enlarge the sample to explore in greater detail. 

Veneer Cutting

Real Wood Veneers can be produced in a range of different grain patterns: this is achieved through the direction the log is cut.

Our three most poupulr grain cuts are explored below.

Crown Cut

Crown Cut

The log is cut into two halves, then each flitch is generated by being sliced parallel to the line through the centre of the log, this produces a much more figurative look to the veneer creating what’s also known as a cathedral structure. Crown cut veneer is our standard veneer of choice unless otherwise specified.
Quarter Cut

Quarter Cut

The log is cut into quarters and then sliced at right angles to the growth rings, producing a vertical lined effect usually known as straight grain. Straight grain is used as standard on veneers like Sapele and Koto as standard. 
Rotary Cut

Rotary Cut

The log is sliced around the circumference following the direction of natural growth rings, creating a bold circular grain preserving the timbers natural characteristics.

Internal Doors designed & crafted with style in mind

Veneer Matching

Veneer matching refers to process of how individual veneer leaves are joined together to create a desired look. The matching process selects veneers based on their natural grain type and cut, in order to create an alternative pattern.

Book matched is the most common matching type of veneer we use as is our standard offering. 

Book Matched

Book Matched

Consecutively alternating leaves of veneer are turned over, so that adjacent leaves are opened like the pages of a book, creating a mirror image of the previous leaf. 

Slip Matched

Slip Matched

Consecutive leaves of veneer are ‘slipped’ next to each across the face of the door and joined side by side to create a planked like effect. 

Mismatched Veneers

Mismatched

Leaves are deliberately positioned at random and out of sequence, not necessarily even from the same log. This creates a variation in colour and grain over those next to them.

Quartered Matched Veneers

Quartered

Four veneers are selected using the book match method. Two from side to side and two from top to bottom.