Veneer Cuts

The way in which a log is cut, in relation to the annual growth rings, determines the appearance of veneer. The beauty of veneer is in the natural variations of texture, grain, figure, color, and the way it is assembled on a door face. Faces will have the natural variations in grain inherent in the species and cut. Natural variations of veneer grain and pattern will vary.

Flat Cut (Plain Sliced)

Flat Cut Slicing is done parallel to a line through the center of the log. Cathedral and straight grained patterns result. The individual pieces of veneer are kept in the order they are sliced, permitting a natural grain progression when assembled as veneer faces.

Quarter Cut

Quarter Cut is a series of stripes is produced. These stripes vary in width from species to species. Flake is a characteristic of this cut in red and white oak.

Rift Cut

The cut slices slightly across the medullary rays, accentuating the vertical grain and minimizing the "flake". Rift grain is restricted to red and white oak.

Half Round



This cut follows the log's annual growth rings, providing a general bolt random appearance.