Tropical Veneer

Tropical Veneer

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Tiger Wood

  • Trade Names: Simpor, Katmon
  • Similar woods: Australian Silky Walnut
  • Origin: Asia, South-East Asia
  • Range: Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia. The trees reach heights of up to 35 meters and grow in evergreen tropical rain forests.
  • Uses: In its indigenous regions, Dillenia is used primarily as construction wood and lumber for cabinetry.
  • Uses: As veneer, it is used only seldom outside its countries of origin yet, however, since veneer qualities in this wood species are quite rare, large quantities can certainly not be provided anyway.
  • Properties: The wood is reddish with clearly set-off black and highly decorative stripes. Due to deposits in their pores, the stripes show fine, white spots which are distributed over the surface.
  • Properties: After surface treatment, the wood shines very decoratively.
  • Machining: Machining presents no problem, the fine sawdust tends to agglutinate the saw blade.
  • Seasoning: Seasoning needs to be done gently, slowly and carefully.
  • Finishing: All surface treatments can be applied without difficulty.
  • Jointing: Gluing requires great care and screw joints only hold poorly

Lebanese Cedar

  • Trade Names: Lebanese Cedar, Salomon Cedar
  • Similar woods: Atlas Cedar, Dutch Elm
  • Origin: Minor Asia, especially in the Lebanon
  • Range: Today’s occurrences of the Lebanese Cedar in its country of origin are extremely small. In the Lebanon itself there are only 1,700 hectare left of this species.
  • Range: The Lebanese Cedar once was one of the most precious woods worldwide and had been used for the construction of temples, palaces and ships already thousands of centuries ago.
  • In the 20th century, between 1914 – 1918, the then still large occurrences have been eliminated by using the wood for the production of railway ties.
  • The civil war as well greatly contributed to the disappearance of the Lebanese Cedar species. The logs which are produced to veneers today are mostly from parks in England and France.
  • Uses: Due to its rarity, the Lebanese Cedar is only used for exclusive interior woodwork in yacht construction or for decorative furniture.
  • Uses: Mostly used in France and England as those few logs which are suitable for veneer production are worked up by the local veneer industry
  • due to the fact that the knowledge of the availability of this woodUses: species in veneer form is very limited abroad. Special use as wood for cigar boxes.
  • Properties: Very dense wood, of brownish-yellowish colour which excudes a very aromatic scent.
  • Properties: After processing, beautiful, very prominent and decorative structure and appearance. Mostly manufactured as quarters.
  • Machining: Easily worked with all tools without any difficulty.
  • Seasoning: No difficulties when Lebanese Cedar is dried carefully.
  • Finishing: Takes extremely well to varnishes and stains.
  • Jointing: No difficulties.


  • Similar woods: Coigue, Anegre
  • Origin: Australia, New Zealand
  • Range: This species is also cultivated today in plantations situated in northern parts of Spain, East Africa and South America. Of economic importance there, also as veneer wood.
  • Range: In Australia, Eucalyptus trees can reach 110 m in height and are considered to be the tallest trees in the world. Extremely quick growth when cultivated in plantations.
  • Uses: Plain Eucalyptus – like Eucalyptus Pommele and Figured Eucalyptus – is rarely used as face veneer, but mostly for sides and for interior veneers as the wood is not very expressive.
  • Uses: Besides for veneers, Eucalyptus is used for railroad ties and in ship and vehicle construction. As plantation wood mostly used for paper production.
  • Properties: Color ranges from a light grey to yellow, up to a light brown. Colour variations within one single log are normal.
  • Machining: Sometimes problematic. Tools tend to become dull. When planed, fibers may tear. Screw and nail joints should be pre-drilled.
  • Seasoning: Difficult. Highly prone to warp. Danger of cell collapse.
  • Finishing: Problem-free. Takes varnishes well.
  • Jointing: All methods can be applied without any problems.


  • Similar woods: Afrormosia
  • Origin: Southeast Asia
  • Range: Occurs in India through Burma to Thailand and Vietnam. Best known countries for high quality logs are Burma and Thailand.
  • Range: Due to the heavy demand in the sixties, seventies and eighties the forest stands were heavily exploited which has had a strong negative effect on the quality today
  • Range: Exact sorting as a result of state-controlled selling possible, especially in Burma. Today often grown in plantations although of questionable quality.
  • Uses: Teak numbers amongst the oldest commercial lumbers. Due to its resistance to fungi and insect infestation ideal for shipbuilding.
  • Uses: High quality wood for architectural woodwork and massproduced furniture which went out of fashion, however, in Central Europe in the eighties and nineties.
  • Uses: Now as before a popular wood for furniture in Scandinavia though.
  • Properties: In the veneer trade a difference is made between Golden Teak and Streaked Teak. The wood has a slightly oily surface.
  • Machining: As a general rule machining Teakwood presents no problems. Mineral deposits in the wood have a severe dulling effect on tools. Very smooth surfaces can be achieved using carbide-tipped tool
  • Seasoning: The wood has to be dried slowly and carefully but no particular problems are involved. There is no tendency to check or warp.
  • Finishing: Special surface finishes should be used for the treatment of Teak.
  • Finishing: The surface, which needs to be thoroughly brushed down, should be treated with oil for interior work and with varnishes for external applications.
  • Jointing: Gluing is more difficult due to the oil content, however, screw and nail joints hold well.

Tropical Olive

  • Common Name: Amazakoue, Daniella, Hyedua, Mutenye, Ogea, Ovankol
  • Origin: Central and West Africa
  • Properties: Tropical Olive is a blanket name for a number of similar looking species that originate from the above-mentioned areas of Africa.
  • Properties: Generally yellowy-brown to pinky-brown in colour and usually marked or striped to some degree with darker brown or grey-black streaks.
  • Properties: This attractive veneer is available both crown and quartered and is used on furniture, doors and for paneling.
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