Crown Cut Oak Veneered Birch Plywood

Crown Cut Oak Veneered Birch Plywood

Trade Names: European Oak, American Oak

What does "Crown Cut" mean in relation to a veneered board

"Crown Cut" which can be abbreviated to read “CC” relates to the slicing method used when peeling the oak logs.

If you’re not familiar with what this means, we have produced several PDF documents at the bottom of this page (Download Files) which gives you a written / visual example for you to get a better understanding.

Veneering on Birch Plywood

As the title of the page implies, this veneer is veneered onto birch plywood.

We have noticed over the last few years a trend to use the birch plywood edge detail as part of the decorative finish when undertaking projects.

For example : 18mm thick birch plywood sheet used as the core material. As a rule, each birch veneer is approximate 1.2mm - 1.4mm thick, which translates into the core construction being of 13 plies. (always an odd number for stability). If you would like to see an example please click on the link highlighted to take you to the birch plywood example on our website and the first two mini images (clickable) give you a clearer visual idea on how it looks (please be aware the image shows 12mm birch plywood ( 9 plies to the construction)

Veneer Thickness

We get asked many times on how thick the actual oak veneer is. Before touch sanding takes place at the end of the veneering process. The veneer is sliced to a nominal 0.6mm thickness. To some of our customers this sounds incredibly thin, but this has been the standard throughout the industry for many decades.

Please remember, just like wallpaper, which is even thinner. a veneer is there for a decorative reason only.

Important : You need to help to protect the veneer, by using a suitable lacquer etc. Which on most application, for example “veneer wall linings”, “pub tables” and “bespoke furniture “with relatively light contact works without any major problems.

We recommend visiting your local paint / lacquer specialist and have them advise you which is the best product to use for your particular project.

However, we need to highlight in the last few months we have been getting more and more calls asking to use veneered boards to be used as actual flooring panels. In this circumstance, we would (even with a suitable hard flooring lacquer,) not recommend using any veneered panel with a 0.6mm veneer. It maybe ok for a few months, but with hard traffic constantly moving across the panels. Eventually wear and tear will get through the lacquer and quickly go through the actual veneer. Which would look awful.

Interesting facts about oak trees:

Oak trees normally live between 80 - 200 years. There are exceptions showing them to live 1000 years upwards. One example, considered to be the oldest oak tree in the world, the Pechanga Great Oak Tree is estimated to be 2000 years old.

Normally an oak tree will not start to produce acorns (seeds) until they are between 30 - 50 years old.

Being from the genus Quercus family, some common names for European / American oaks are Quercus robur - English Oak (the most common species in the UK). Quercus sessiliflora, Quercus pedunculata being some of the other common Latin names used for European oak trees.


Please Note : We do not recommend / guarantee any veneered boards that are used in either an external or high humidity environment
Similar Veneers : Chestnut
Location : Oak veneer is normally sourced throughout Europe and Northern America.
Attributes : Oak tends to have a straw yellow to light/medium brown appearance.
Finishing : Works well with both staining and polishing. To prevent discolouration UV varnish is recommended.
Latin Name : Quercus Pedunculata / Sessiflora
Image Disclaimer : The image of the veneer shown here, is a representative sample of the species. Since every tree is unique colour and grain may vary from board to board
Choosing The Quality of Veneer - (with commercial grade being the most common choice)
Choosing The Grade of Veneers - (with A/B being the most common)
Option To choose The Species Of Veneer ( Unless specified we would normally supply European Oak, but this is not guaranteed)
The Slicing Method
Option To Choose A Different Jointing Method (With bookmatched as being the most common)
Finishes / Options - (Max Length 3050mm / Max Width 1240mm) - (MINIMUM ORDER IS 20 SHEETS)
Option To Choose A Different Veneer Thickness (With 0.6mm as being the most common (Tolerance applies))
Option to specify the veneer must conform to either FSC / PEFC
Veneered Birch Plywood 5mm 7.5mm 10mm 13mm 16mm 19mm 22mm 25mm 31mm 41mm
2500mm x 1240mm
3050mm x 1530mm            

Veneered Birch Plywood
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