There are a few different ways in which these leaves can be “laid up” within the panel's required specification.
The individual leaves of veneer in a sliced flitch increase or decrease in width as the slicing progresses. If a number of panels are manufactured from a particular flitch, the number of veneer leaves per panel face will change as the flitch is utilized.
This matching style is used to extend the length of available veneers for wall panels and long conference tables.
The veneer is book matched end-to-end as well as side-to-side, with the wood grain one continuous length and width, which is appropriate when panel height exceeds the veneer length.
Panel faces are made from an odd or even number of equal width veneer pieces. If the panel run is large, the number of veneer pieces per equal width panel may eventually increase or decrease as the individual veneer pieces vary in width within the total flitch. Grain continuity may change on adjacent panels as a result of this, but the panels are generally more symmetrical than are running matched panels.
This face matching method may be used in sequence-matched sets and is commonly used in blueprint-matched panels.
This creates the most symmetrical pattern in architectural paneling. All leaves are trimmed to the same size and the pattern uses an even number of leaves, centered on the panel face.
Center matching is also considered one of the most visually pleasing matches. It’s typically costlier and the trimming and centering requires some more veneer than other matches.
Each panel face is assembled from as many leaves as necessary. Any portion left over from the last leaf may be used as the start of the next panel.
This often results in a non-symmetrical appearance, with some veneer leaves of unequal width. The running match technique is the most economical method of veneer matching, but aesthetics are sacrificed to some extent when this method is used. Running matches are seldom “sequenced and numbered” for use as adjacent panels.
Architectural grade veneers are matched for continuity of grain and color for various size panels, doors and transoms.
It achieves maximum grain continuity, since all panels, doors, and other veneered components are made to the exact sizes required and in the exact veneer sequence.
All panels are uniform length. Architectural grade veneers are matched for color and all panels of the same size will have continuity of grain. Other size panels must be cut during installation which may interrupt grain continuity.