Millwork Terms

Veneer

A thin sheet of wood cut from a log. A thin sheet or layer of wood, usually rotary cut, sliced, or sawn from a log or flitch. Thickness may vary from 1/100" to 1/4".

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.

Finish

The process of refining or protecting a wooden surface, especially in the production of furniture, cabinets and other millwork. 

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.

Slip Match

Method of matching veneers whereby consecutive sheets of veneer are laid out side by side (in contrast to turning them over for book matching) and joined together with a repetition of the same grain appearance.

Grain

The size, alignment, and color of wood fibers in a piece of lumber. The fibers in wood and their direction, size, arrangement, appearance, or quality.

Crown Moldings

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

Casework

All the parts that constitute a finished case or cabinet, including doors, drawers, and shelves.

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