Millwork Terms

Backing Veneer

The layer of veneer used on the reverse side of a piece of plywood from the face or decorative side.

Standard Lacquer

In finishing, a nitrocellulose-based lacquer without additives.


Generally, a molding placed around a door frame or window frame.

Crown Moldings

Moldings used to accent ceiling intersections and traditional pediments and casework tops.


General term used to designate lumber or veneer produced from deciduous trees in contrast to softwood, which is produced from evergreen or coniferous trees.

Face Veneer

High-quality veneer that is used for exposed surfaces on plywood. The decorative veneer on the face of a panel (the exposed side), be it wall paneling, furniture, cabinet, etc.

Plain Sawn

Method of cutting lumber across the half log. A tangential cut.

Running Match

Each panel face is assembled from as many veneer leaves as necessary. Any portion left over from the last leaf may be used as the start of the next panel.

Book Match

A term in veneering, where successive pieces of veneer are arranged side by side. In a properly done book match, each leaf of veneer will resemble a mirror image of the previous leaf.

Particle board

A type of manufactured wood product made from wood chips, sawmill shavings, or even saw dust, and a synthetic resin or other suitable binder, which is pressed and extruded. Particle board is very dense, heavy, and flat.