Millwork Terms

Crown Moldings

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

Transparent Finish

A stain or clear finish that allows the natural characteristics and grain color of the wood surface to show through the finish.


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

Balance Match

Any number of pieces of veneer components or leaves of equal size (prior to edge trimming) matched (book, slip, or reverse slip) to make up a single face.

Standard Lacquer

In finishing, a nitrocellulose-based lacquer without additives.

Reverse Slip Match

The variation from slip match is that every other piece of veneer in the face is reversed, end for end, with the adjoining sheet that "balances" the characteristics of the pieces of veneer in the face.

Center Match

An even number of veneers of equal width matched (usually book, but also slip or reverse slip) in the face so that an equal number of veneers are on either side of the center point (i.e., a veneer joint) of the face.

Plain Sawn

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


Architectural woodwork and any woodmill-produced building construction interior-finish components. The terms millwork and woodwork are synonymous.

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.