- Wooden veneer sheets, formed with 0.5mm high grade timber laminated to each side of a 3mm MDF sheet.
- Lower cost and larger sheet size alternative when compared to solid timber.
- Maximum usable area: 590mm x 290mm.
- Maximum sheet size: Approx. 595mm x 295mm.
- Price Range: $ Low.
- Thickness: 4mm (± 10%).
- Finish: Natural, smooth timber finish that is consistent on both sides.
These traits are typical of this material (and not something we consider a fault). Here we try to share with you everything we know about this material; we'd like to empower you with this information so that you may embrace it, and design within the scope of the manufacturer features.
Good to Know
Grain DirectionThe timber has a natural grain direction. This can be horizontal or vertical, depending on how the sheets are cut.
Joint ProminenceThere may be joins in the wood veneer (as wood strips may only be so wide). These are typically minor in appearance.
Edge AppearanceThe side of the veneer will show the MDF core. If this is an issue, consider opting for solid wood if it's an option (only available for vector file orders). Cut edges may be darker than solid wood due to the high resin content of the MDF layer.
Natural Finish SurfaceThis is a natural material; it may require some hand finishing with some fine sand paper to smooth out the timber. As is the nature of wood, appearance features like grain patterns, knots, etc, are part of what makes this material beautiful.
Not Suitable for Paint FillPaint fill technique (as we describe using on acrylic) isn't suitable for this material (because the tape doesn't stick as firmly to the surface, causing paint to 'bleed' out and adhere onto other areas). Paint directly over the surface instead. As with trying any new technique, consider testing on a sample swatch.
- Can be easily painted or varnished after cutting.
- MDF core means it is very stable (no warping) and allows for larger sheet widths compared with solid timber.
- Consider the end product suitability to the material. Timber doesn't lend itself well to being wet/dried repeatedly, so products that are commonly removed (e.g. necklaces) can offer longevity for customers (when compared to something like earrings, which some people choose not to remove regularly once in).
- Cuts well and leaves a clean, smooth edge line.
- Engraves well and can hold fine details.
- Comes with a protective tape coating that will need to be peeled off.
- It is difficult to capture colour correctly; allow for slight variation from monitor to reality.