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"live edge veneer"??2/26
Veneer can be 2" thick...we just commonly assume the 1/16-1/4" thickness UNLESS that's what they spec'd. I don't think gluing wood to metal is going to work very well if that's what I understood. Wood at that approx width moves too much from the winter to summer MC changes. I've seen spec's Gene has posted before on the wood movement of a wood surface (glue-up or solid).
Keep us informed on details.
Veneer is assumed or defined to be a thin piece of wood. So, most folks would say that 3/4" actual thickness or thicker is lumber and not veneer. At 1/2" thickness,, we might have some folks call it thin lumber and others call it veneer. Under 1/2" actual, the piece would be called veneer by most everyone.
Veneer, therefore, refers to thickness and not to the way the piece is prepared. That is, veneer can be sawn, sliced, peeled, etc.
When several pieces of veneer are laminated to make a thicker piece of wood that has the outline shape of lumber, the veneer pieces themselves can alternate the grain by 90 degrees in adjacent layers (plywood mainly). However, sometimes the grain of the veneer is parallel, such as in LVL (laminated veneer lumber).
It certainly is not clear what "live-edged veneer" would be. Perhaps the arch. wants a thin (under 1/2") top. So, as TN Tim said, get a precise definition.
I have a friend who puts solid wood edge on his substrate, then lays the veneer on top all the way out to the edging. He then comes back and saws down grain line of the veneer. Then he comes back with a little grinding and texturing.
It looks good enough to fool everybody except other woodworkers, and the cost of veneers is much cheaper than buying the solid slab then trying to make your own.