Fancy plywood , also called decorative plywood , is usually
veneered with good-looking hardwood veneers , such as red oak, ash,
white oak, birch, maple, teak, sapele , cherry, beech, walnut and
so on .
Fancy plywood is much more expensive than common commercial plywood
. Generally speaking, the fancy face/back veneers (outer veneers)
are about 2~6 times as expensive as common hardwood face/back
veneers (such as red hardwood veneers, Okoume veneers, Red Canarium
veneers, poplar veneers, pine veneers and so on) . In order to save
costs, most of customers require only one side of plywood to be
faced with fancy veneers and the other side of plywood to be faced
with common hardwood veneers.
Fancy plywood is used where the appearance of plywood is most
important . So the fancy veneers should have good-looking grain and
be top grade (A grade). Fancy plywood are very flat, smooth.
Fancy veneers can be plain sliced, quarter sliced or rotary cut
(such as rotary cut fancy birch veneer) .
Usually, fancy veneers are natural wood . But artificial (man-made)
fancy veneers (also called engineered wood veneers) are also
available . Artificial fancy veneers look similar to natural wood
veneers but are much cheaper .
The raw materials for fancy plywood should be much better . For
example, the core of fancy plywood should be good quality whole piece core veneers.
Fancy plywood are widely used for furniture, cabinets, doors,
household decoration .
The meaning of "whole piece core veneer"in China plywood Industry
When you do plywood/film faced plywood business with Chinese
supplier, you often hear that your Chinese supplier says proudly
that they will totally use "Whole piece core veneer" to produce
your panels . You may wonder what "whole piece core veneer" is . In
this post, I will explain the meaning of "Whole piece core veneer"
in China Plywood Industry .
"Whole piece core veneer" is an special Chinese glossary in Plywood
Industry . There are three meanings of "Whole piece core veneer" as
the following :
No.1. The ply of plywood core is made of core veneers of size
84cmX127cm by man-hands. Small core gaps exist . The core gaps are
small and don’t affect the use of plywood. Most of Chinese plywood
of good quality is produced like this .
No.2. The ply of plywood core is made of core veneers of size
84cmX127cm by Joint Machines, core veneers are scarf jointed,the
joints are glued and hot-pressed . Few small core gaps exist . Only
some big factories produce cores like this .
No.3. The ply of plywood core is made of only one piece of veneer
of size over 1220x2440mm . Almost no core gaps . However, the core
veneers of size over 1220x2440mm are very few . Very few factories
produce cores for some of their panels like this .
Whole piece core veneers of poplar,hardwood and birch can all be
classified like that. If without special explanation , "whole piece
core veneer" mentioned by your Chinese supplier refers to meaning
Core of No.3 is most expensive . Core of No.2 is much more
expensive than core of No.1 . However, the quality of No.1 is very
good, too .