Natural Timber Veneer for Creative Wooden Decorative and Structural Applications

by Matilda Veneer Manager

Natural timber veneer is obtained from the trunk of a tree by slicing large wooden blocks. In Australia, there are more than 100 species of natural timber veneers with different grain patterns that can be used in a variety of interior decoration and architectural projects.

Natural timber veneers are extensively used in the modern decoration material industry. Oak and walnut veneers have long been applied to interior surface decoration projects. Common wood veneer supplies in Australia include Ash veneer, Maple veneer, Teak veneer, Rosewood veneer, Ebony veneer, bamboo veneer, and eucalyptus veneer

However, being a natural product, the same timber species may vary significantly in grain and colour. As such, you may require batch control samples for some of your specific projects.

Categories of natural timber veneers

Natural wood veneers are divided into many subcategories according to their thickness, processing, and application. Some of the common natural timber veneers used in domestic and commercial applications are described briefly below:

Standard veneer: 0.5 mm thickness is a common standard in veneers which is often used in the furniture, door, and hotel decorations. Standard thickness wood veneer is good for almost all wooden projects

Paper-thin veneer: 0.1 mm to 0.25 mm thickness is known as paper-thin veneer which is flexible enough to be easily bent. These are best suited for use in wooden door frames, wood profiles and wood skirting.

Thick veneer: Thick veneers usually come in thickness of 1.0 mm, 1.2 mm, 2.0 mm and 3.0 mm. These are appropriate for projects such as cabinets, fixtures and wall panels that require thicker wood veneers.

Smoked veneer: Smoked or fumed veneer is treated with ammonia vapours and sports a dark brown colour. Smoked veneers provides a warm and rustic design look to your wall panels and furniture. Eucalyptus, European Oak, Larch and White Oak are four popular timber species used for creating smoked veneers.

Dyed veneer: Dyed natural veneer is coloured throughout the entire thickness. It offers a different effect from the traditionally stained veneer and keeps the beauty of the natural wood grains. Popular dyed wood veneers include dyed pear-wood veneer, dyed koto veneer, dyed maple veneer, and white dyed veneer.

Becoming creative with wood veneer

You can be as creative with your natural timber veneers as you want when designing your various indoor, exterior, architectural and public building projects. Match different veneer sheets to create a unique pattern and visual effect. A variety of veneer matching options are available to you, such as book matching, centre matching, diamond matching, reverse slip matching, and herringbone matching.

Reconstituted and pre-finished veneers

Reconstituted veneers are made from natural veneer species which are laminated to produce a straight grade decorative veneer. Reconstituted veneers provide you with excellent consistency in colour and provide repeated grain pattern. Pre-finished veneers may be reconstructed or dyed veneers. Timber veneer is scratch-resistant, can be easily bent around curves, and can be readily applied to the normal range of substrates.

Fire retardant panels for structural components

Fire retardant panels let you achieve a natural timber finish and are perfect for use in interior walls and ceilings. These can resist a developing fire while still performing their main function. Fire retardant panels provide a strong and reliable thermal resistance performance to your wooden structural components.

Fire retardant panels can be used in many places, such as:

  • Interior partitions and room liners
  • Chemical storage areas
  • Large commercial and industrial facilities
  • Electrical buildings
  • Coolers and freezers
  • Hospitals and garages
  • Outbuildings
  • Machinery and equipment rooms
  • Mining and oilfield operations


The Building Code of Australia (BCA) requires designers and builders to comply with its provisions in their structural projects relating to fire resistance.

Plywood is suited for use in fire retardant panels. It can be combined with other materials to enhance its fire-resistant properties. It is usually combined with non-combustible material such as fire-grade plasterboard or fibrous-cement.

While using oil-based coatings and stains, make sure that they are compatible with hoop pine plywood. Approach a reputed supplier of wood veneer and fire resistance panels for more information and updates on your various timber veneer projects in Australia.

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