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04-24-2019 04:53 PM

I had the good fortune Monday night of winning a large stack of veneers at my local woodturning club. Many different varieties, some have only 2 or 3 sheets, some have 12 or more. I know what some of them are, but I’d like to be sure of what I have. Below are some pictures. I’ve numbered them and labeled the ones I think I know. If you can put a name to any of these, it would be appreciated. #7 seems to have heavy water damage.

Also, can I store these by just keeping them in a pile on a shelf? #20 is too large for a shelf – Can I store it standing up?

Veneer 1

Veneer 2

Veneer 3

Veneer 4

Veneer 5

Veneer 6

Veneer 7

Veneer 8

Veneer 9

Veneer 10

Veneer 11 – Quilted Maple?

Veneer 12 – Tiger Maple?

Veneer 13 – Cherry?

Veneer 14 – Sapele?

Veneer 15 – Bocote?

Veneer 16 – Walnut crotch?

Veneer 17 – Walnut?

Veneer 18 – Quilted Maple?

Veneer 19 – Zebrawood?

Veneer 20 – Walnut crotch?

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#1 posted 04-24-2019 04:59 PM

1 – Walnut
5 – Figured Walnut
6 – Curly Cherry

The lighter colored ones are too washed out for me to be able to tell but I imagine they’re either Maple or Ash of some sort. Nice selection you won there!

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#2 posted 04-24-2019 05:27 PM

Mostly walnut and maple. 6 &13 cherry. I am not sure about the other ones.


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#3 posted 04-24-2019 10:32 PM

It takes several images wit different lighting, to attempt to identify veneers.
Suggest you look the images on this site:

-- I'm an engineer not a woodworker, but I can randomly find useful tools and furniture inside a pile of lumber!

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#4 posted 04-25-2019 03:13 PM

Thanks for the responses. Captain, that website is overwhelming. Makes me thing that identifying all the questionable veneers is just not worth the effort. I have a lot of the water-damaged #7. I guess it doesn’t really matter what it is – If I use it at all, it will be in areas that will not see the light of day. I have a bunch of #3, though, which I like. I’d be interested to know what that one is. And I have a lot of #4 – tiger something, but I don’t think it’s Maple.

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#5 posted 04-25-2019 04:18 PM

3, 4, possibly8, 9 are tiger maple.


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#6 posted 04-25-2019 04:46 PM

GL Veneer has an online gallery with photos of all the veneers they sell. Maybe this could help?

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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#7 posted 04-25-2019 11:10 PM

About #3 & 4:
Since it’s quarter sawn, has large grain, subtle figure, and is white wood: could be white birch, or white ash; instead of maple? Without end grain pictures, hard to tell the difference between these woods.

Flame birch is popular veneer. It’s not commonly found in volume, and since it has different look than figured maple; veneer logs bring in big money compared to common use (plywood).

Figured Ash is also not very common, don’t think i have every seen any figured ash lumber in person over years, only ash veneers with figure.

#1 – If this is softwood; suggest it could be blue stained beetle kill pine. The machined/cut smell would give it away. Usually find blue stained pine veneer as rustic/knotty look, so this is long shot.


-- I'm an engineer not a woodworker, but I can randomly find useful tools and furniture inside a pile of lumber!

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#8 posted 04-26-2019 12:48 AM

1, 16, 17) – Walnut

3) Maybe Ash?

4) Maybe sycamore, or curly maple.


9) Maybe Anigre?

11) more like plain sliced or flat sawn maple.

18) More curly than quilted.

20) Looks more like Mahogany?

-- Gerry,

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#9 posted 04-26-2019 09:21 AM

Terrible pictures…especially the lighter colored veneers.

1) Walnut
2) Picture sucks.
3) Q sawn Ash
4) Picture sucks.
5) Figured brown kind…picture sucks.
6) Cherry
7) Luan…but the picture sucks.
8) Q sawn Ash
9) Q sawn brown kind…picture sucks.
10) Q sawn light colored kind…picture sucks.
11) Lightly figured Maple(if at all). Definitely not quilted.
12) Figured Q sawn Maple. Call it tiger if you like.
13) Cherry
14) Looks like Q sawn Sapele. Could also be Mahogany.
15) Could be Bocote.
16) Walnut.
17) Walnut.
18) Figured Maple. Not quilted.
19) Zebra wood.
20) Pretty sure it’s not Walnut. Possibly Mahogany…picture sucks.

If you’d like a better ‘kick at the cat’, take better pictures. Close ups, 8-12” away. No blur, no light reflection.

As for storage, I would typically wrap the veneer in poly, sandwich it between 2 pieces of plywood and keep some weight on it to keep the veneers flat. Especially the flat sawn veneers.

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