The Ultimate Guide To Cherry Veneer


Many people believe cherry veneer is only for the rich and famous. This couldn’t be further from the truth! Cherry veneers are available in a wide variety of styles, colors, textures, and finishes to suit any taste or budget.

The cherry tree produces cherry veneers that are graded by quality. The most prized cherry wood comes from Japan, where it is known as “ashio.” Let’s find out more about cherry veneer.

What is Cherry Veneer?

Cherry veneer is the thinly sliced wood layers that are glued together to form plywood sheets. There are many different types of cherry wood, but all have a uniform pinkish-red color and attractive grain pattern.

Does Cherry Veneer Darken?

Cherry veneers have a pinkish-red color that stays true even after it has been exposed to sunlight and the elements for some time. However, it is possible that cherry wood cabinets or furniture made with solid hardwood may darken over time from exposure to light.

Does Cherry Wood Stop Darkening?

Cherry wood is not known for darkening significantly over time, but it can happen under the right circumstances. Sunlight and heat tend to be the biggest culprits when it comes to light-colored woods like cherry that are exposed too often or for long periods of time without any protection from UV rays.

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Types of Cherry Veneer

There are three types of cherry veneer: quarter-cut, half-cut, and full-cut.

Quarter-Cut Cherry Veneer is exactly as it sounds; the log has been sliced into four equal pieces horizontally (with respect to the growth rings). This type of material makes for a nice narrow grain pattern that can be quite attractive.

Half-Cut Cherry Veneer is the same as quarter cut except that it has been split vertically (with respect to the growth rings) into two pieces instead of four, which makes for a less narrow grain pattern. The appearance is not much different from full-cut material, and there may be more variation in color and figure.

Full-Cut Cherry Veneer is the material that has been sliced into two equal pieces vertically, which produces a wider grain pattern with less variation in color and figure than a quarter or half-cut veneer can offer. This type of cherry makes for an economical choice where appearance isn’t as important compared to other types of wood species. Cherry Veneer Thickness

Quarter-cut, half-cut, and full-cut cherry veneers are available in a variety of thicknesses. The most common is .007-.012 inch (0.177mm – 0.305 mm), which has been the standard for many years, but thicker material up to .015 inches (.381mm) is available.

Cherry Veneer Thickness Variation

It should be noted that veneers are not normally cut to an exact thickness but vary slightly due to the natural variation in wood density and also other factors such as moisture level during slicing or drying after slicing. Some people may need veneer with a very specific thickness. Therefore it is important to know the thickness range as opposed to a specific number.

Cherry Veneer Thickness Grading System

The veneer industry uses a grading system that assigns numbers from 0-100, where 100 represents an ideal maximum and zero indicates no allowable figure or variation in thickness, which would result in the material being unusable.

In practice, veneers are rated on a scale of 50 to 80. The grade is determined by the largest percentage that falls within this range and can be affected by both sides being compared or just one side if it better represents the material in question.

In addition to grading cherry veneer according to thickness, there is also a manual method by which a veneer thickness indicator (VTI) is used to measure the height of each individual figure.

Nine equally spaced bars are etched into the device, and then the end result is measured with vernier calipers; this allows for more accurate readings than simply using an average value, especially in cases where some figures may be thicker while others are thinner.

How to Clean Cherry Veneer?

You may be wondering how to clean cherry veneer and effectively remove any spills or stains.

Clean the Cherry Veneer:  First, you should take a damp cloth with warm water and gently wipe down your wood surface in circular motions. Be sure not to leave excess moisture on the furniture as this can damage it further. You also want to avoid using any bleach or abrasive materials that could potentially damage the wood.

What Not To Do:  If your cherry veneer is looking dull, you may want to think about refinishing it with a new coat of stain. It’s important not to sand down old stains as this can remove layers from your furniture and damage its surface.

How to Remove Stains and Spills:  You can remove stains from your cherry veneer by using a damp cloth with warm water in circular motions. Be sure not to leave excess moisture on the furniture as this can damage it further. The best way to get rid of any spills is immediately after they occur.

Cherry Veneer Uses

Cherry veneer is a type of furniture that has been crafted from cherry wood. There are endless possibilities when it comes to cherry veneer. The wood is often used for flooring, kitchen cabinets, furniture, and even wall paneling!

What Can You Make with Cherry Veneer?  In order to make the most out of your purchase, you can utilize it in various ways around your home. Some examples include:

1. Cabinets

A cherry veneer can be used to make kitchen cabinets. You may choose to stain the wood a certain color, or you could give it an entirely new look by painting on your favorite design! It’s up to you and what will best suit your home decor.

2. Flooring

A cherry veneer can be used to make the floor of your home. It’s a good idea if you don’t want carpet but still want to add some warmth and character to your living space. For example, cherry wood is often done in contrast with other surfaces such as glass and metal for an edgy and unique design.

3. Furniture

Many people choose to buy furniture made from a cherry veneer. It’s a popular choice because it is relatively inexpensive but provides an appealing aesthetic for your home. You can also paint or stain the wood in order to make it look however you want!

4. Wall Paneling

The cherry veneer can be used to make your walls look like amazing wood paneling. This is a great idea if you want some warmth and character in your home but don’t necessarily have the budget for hardwood flooring or other high-end materials. It’s also easier to install than other forms of wall paneling, making it a great choice for the do-it-yourselfer.

Cherry veneer offers a unique design and style to your home. It’s also been proven that cherry can add value to any type of furniture it is added to. Not only does the wood help create an elegant look, but it has been known to reduce stress levels as well.

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Cherry Veneer Plywood

Veneers are cut from logs into thin slices, so there is no waste. This makes veneer plywood a more affordable alternative to solid wood without sacrificing quality or appearance.

Cherry Veneer Sheets

The grain of cherry sheets varies slightly depending on the manufacturer and grade of lumber used. The cherry veneer can be purchased in full sheets, half-sheets (often called quarters), and even smaller pieces that can be used for marquetry.

Cherry Veneer MDF

Density fiberboard is made from wood fibers or other plant materials pressed together under heat and pressure with resin glue to form a dense board of various thicknesses. Cherry veneer MDF is an affordable alternative to solid cherry and can be shaped, cut, machined, or painted.

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Cherry Veneer Tape

Tape veneers are a great way to add some style and pop of color without having all the mess associated with painting. If you’re looking for more than just tape, consider using adhesive veneer film.

Cherry Veneer Kitchen Cabinets

There are many different styles of cabinets to choose from when you’re looking for new kitchen furniture. Cherry veneers can be easily used on custom-made or off-the-rack cabinets, and they look great painted in your favorite color!

Cherry Veneer Roll

If you’re looking for something on the fly but still want high-quality cherry veneer plywood, consider using a roll. It’s just like it sounds! A continuous roll of veneer that is sold in widths up to six feet long and any length required.

Reconstituted Cherry Veneer

Reconstituted veneer is a combination of natural wood fibers and resin. These sheets are created using the same machinery used to produce MDF, particleboard, or fiberboard. The results have a uniform color with no noticeable grain pattern.

Cherry Veneer Edge Banding

Edge banding can be applied as an alternative to veneer tape or as a decorative finish. In addition, the edging can be glued in place, stapled, or nailed down for an excellent finished look!

Self-Adhesive Cherry Veneer

Cherry veneers are available pre-glued on either fiberboard, MDF, plywood, or many other substrates. These self-adhesive sheets are a great choice for fast, low-cost projects and repairs.

Quarter Cut Cherry Veneer

Depending on your needs and requirements, cherry veneers can be purchased in either full or quarter cut pieces. Quarter cutting is the preferred method when working with plywood because it limits warping and other defects.

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I will always have a special place in my heart for woodworking. I have such fond memories working on projects with my parents on the weekends in the garage growing up. We built tables, shelves, a backyard shed, 10' base for a water slide into the pool, 2 story fort playhouse with a fire pole, and so much more. This woodworking blog allows me to write helpful articles so others can enjoy woodworking as much as we have.

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