Features of Quality Veneer-Grade Cants
A sawmiller learns the qualities that make a cant suitable for producing good sawn veneer. October 4, 2007
I am a sawmill/lumber supplier and have been asked for veneer grade cants. The requested species (western juniper) is unusual and attractive but loaded with character. I'll talk to my customer, but I am not getting the perfect cants I would expect a veneer manufacturer would need.
Will slicing the veneer thicker create less opportunity for voids and knots falling out? I can see using this rough of a material in 1/8 inch rather than 1/42 inch in order to gain a little workability. The material is like eastern red cedar with bark inclusions, deep black knots and random internal voids thrown in for added texture. I want to create veneer stock that works for the buyer, so I am asking for your experience in this regard.
From contributor J:
Is your customer going to make veneer by banding sawing or by lumber slicing the cants? It appears by your comments that they are most likely going to saw veneer.
Generally you are looking for parts of the tree that are not large enough to be of value to a veneer manufacturer (typically stump to first limb). Going up the tree the areas that are limb free/damage free, between limbs, are what can be reclaimed for veneer manufacturing.
Basically you are looking for sections of the tree to provide clear, thick lumber solid stock or used to saw veneer. Say 8/4 or 12/4 by X long and X wide. These dimensions are specified by your customer. They also specify the cut depending on what is specified (quartered, etc.).
Would you like to add information to this article?
Interested in writing or submitting an article?
Have a question about this article?
Have you reviewed the related Knowledge Base areas below?
KnowledgeBase: Knowledge Base
KnowledgeBase: Primary Processing
KnowledgeBase: Primary Processing: Sawmilling
KnowledgeBase: Veneer: Processing And Manufacturing
All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced in
any manner without permission of the Editor.
Review WOODWEB's Copyright Policy.
The editors, writers, and staff at WOODWEB try to promote safe practices.
What is safe for one woodworker under certain conditions may not be safe
for others in different circumstances. Readers should undertake the use
of materials and methods discussed at WOODWEB after considerate evaluation,
and at their own risk.
335 Bedell Road
Montrose, PA 18801
Copyright © 1996-2019 - WOODWEB ® Inc.