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Understanding Wood Veneer Sequence Matching

  • Center - All veneer leaves are trimmed to the same size and applied to the panel in patterns using an even number of leaves. Horizontal symmetry results from centering the veneer face on the panel and then trimming the edge. Center matching creates the most symmetrical

pattern in architectural paneling and is often considered the most pleasing match. It is typically more expensive as the trimming and centering requires more veneer than other panel matching techniques. Panels may be sequenced and numbered for adjacent use.


  • Balance - The width of each veneer leaf used is the same giving a more symmetrical look than running matched panels. In balance panel matching the face is not center balanced and an odd or even number of leaves may be used. Grain may change between panels over

long runs as the characteristics of the veneer change through the use of the flitch. Panels

may be sequenced and numbered for adjacent use.


  • Running - A natural change in the veneer leaf width is common and acceptable and each veneer face is assembled from as many veneer leaves as necessary producing a non-symmetrical look. The pattern starts on one side of the panel and leaves are added next to each other until

the edge of the panel is reached. Each veneer face is assembled from as many leaves as

necessary and horizontal grains are generally not matched. / /

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