Reconstituted Veneer

What are Reconstituted (Value Engineered) Wood Veneers?

What are Reconstituted (Value Engineered) Wood Veneers?

Engineered wood veneer, also known as reconstituted veneer, composite veneer, or value engineered veneer, is a man-made product designed to replicate the appearance of natural wood veneers. It is created through a process that involves the following steps:

  • Selection of Raw Material: Typically, fast-growing, plantation-grown species like poplar or basswood are used due to their sustainability and ease of processing.
  • Lamination: Thin sheets of the raw material are laminated together using adhesives. These sheets can be dyed or left in their natural colour.
  • Reconstruction: The laminated blocks are then sliced into thin veneers. These veneers can be rearranged and re-laminated to form a block with the desired grain pattern and colour.
  • Slicing: The engineered block is sliced again to produce thin sheets of veneer with consistent patterns and colours.
  • Finishing: The sliced veneers are finished to enhance their appearance and durability. This can include sanding, staining, and applying protective coatings.

Benefits of Engineered Wood Veneer

  • Consistency: Unlike natural veneers, engineered veneers have uniform colour and grain patterns, ensuring a consistent look across large surfaces.
  • Customization: They can be produced in a wide range of colours, textures, and patterns, including those that mimic rare or exotic wood species.
  • Sustainability: They often use fast-growing, renewable wood species and can reduce the demand for endangered or less sustainable natural wood species.
  • Cost-Effectiveness: Generally more affordable than natural wood veneers, especially those from rare or exotic species.


Engineered wood veneers are used in various applications including:

  • Furniture manufacturing
  • Interior panelling
  • Cabinetry
  • Doors

In summary, engineered wood veneer provides a versatile, cost-effective, and environmentally friendly alternative to natural wood veneers while offering consistent quality and a wide range of aesthetic options.

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