Veneer Matching

Matching between leaves

On the left is a Book Match, on the right a Slip Match.

The Book Match is the most commonly used match in the industry. Every other piece of veneer is turned over so adjacent pieces are opened like two adjacent pages in a book. The veneer joints match and create a mirrored image pattern at the joint line, yielding a maximum continuity of grain. Book matching is used with rotary, plain sliced, quarter, rift cut or comb grain veneers. Barber Pole Effect in Book Match: Because the "tight" and "loose" faces alternate in adjacent pieces of veneer, they might accept stain differently, and this might yield a noticeable color variation called barber poling.

The Slip Match are Adjoining pieces of veneer are placed in sequence without turning over every other piece. The grain figure repeats, but joints won't show a mirrored effect. Slip matching is often used in quarter cut, rift cut and comb grain veneers to eliminate the barber pole effect.

 

Matching within individual panel faces

From left to right, a Running Match, Balance Match and a Center Balance Match.

A Running Match is a non-symmetrical appearance in any single door face. Veneer pieces of unequal width. Each face is assembled from as many veneer pieces as necessary.

The Balance Match has a symmetrical appearance. Each face is assembled from pieces of uniform width before trimming. This match reduces veneer yield. Used in Premium Grade only.

The Center Balance Match has a symmetrical appearance. Each face has an even number of veneer pieces of uniform width before trimming. Thus, there is a veneer joint in the center of the panel, producing symmetry. This match reduces veneer yield. Used in Premium Grade only.