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If These Walls Could Talk

While we haven’t built talking walls (yet), we think our custom veneer department has a story worth telling. These are some of the steps we take to produce custom veneer panels.

Our ability to procure, produce, and install custom veneer panels is a service that dates to the early 2000s when we brought veneer production in-house. Over the past two decades, we’ve honed our skills and proudly produce top-quality, custom veneer panels for many of our projects. From material sourcing to layup, our team takes a hands-on approach to ensure every detail is considered and no (veneer) leaf is left unturned.

Material Selection

There are thousands of wood species available from veneer vendors around the world. Having strong relationships with those companies allows us to source top-quality veneer from the world’s best logs. When a client needs a breathtaking feature to highlight their space, they can count on us to craft the experience with the utmost care.

Material Selection

Design and Layout

Specific site conditions and details can create complex layouts that require mindful planning to achieve the desired aesthetic. Within custom veneer panels, one must consider the relationship between leaf width and panel width to create ‘balanced’ panels. Leaf widths vary based on the predetermined number of leaves per panel, while panel widths vary based on site conditions and layout requirements. Matching, grain orientation, and positioning of special features/characteristics found in the log are also considered when laying out a panel.

Design and Layout

Matching

After identifying a wood species, we’ll consider veneer matching, or the relationship, between the leaves within a panel. Book matching, slip matching, and random matching are the three types of matching used to produce a panel. Certain species can produce unexpected results when laid up in these different arrangements. After sixty years in business, we know what to expect when we see veneer specified. If we anticipate problems with a specific detail, we'll let you know early and eliminate any surprises before they become a big hurdle for you.

Matching

Layup

While you may not see the substrate of a veneer panel, it’s an important component that affects the product’s performance. We utilize a variety of plywood and medium-density fiberboard substrates to create our panelized products. Marine grade, lightweight, and sound deadening cores are some of the specialty products used to meet the varying demands of our clients. A veneer backer sheet is always used to balance the front and back face of panels, minimizing the risk of twisted/warped material.

Layup

Edge Banding

Once millwork and casework parts are cut from the larger sheets, edge banding is applied to match the panel face. The photo below shows walnut edge banding contrasting a black plastic laminate cabinet interior. Edge banding is often created from the same veneer clippings that make up the decorative face panel; a perfect match is always the expectation.

Edge Banding

Finishing

A variety of finishes are used to seal and protect veneer panels. Clear, water-based, conversion varnish is often applied to protect the wood and allow its natural beauty to show through. Since investing in our state-of-the-art Superfici finishing system, our customers can rely on consistent beautiful finishes time and time again. The Superfici performs all spraying within a ventilated and sealed spray booth that feeds the freshly coated material into a sealed drying oven. This workflow eliminates problems that come with traditional paint booths and open drying racks that are susceptible to ambient shop dust and damage during wet material handling.

Finished Veneer

These are the fundamental steps of producing custom veneer panels here at Mission Bell. It’s a process we’ve refined over the years and we couldn’t imagine life without it. If you want to know more about veneer production or our manufacturing process feel free to reach out to one of our customer success specialists to set up a shop tour and see the process first hand.