Rice Veneer & Lumber Company is committed to quality face veneers and unsurpassed
Wood Veneer is a natural material, a renewable resource. It's beauty comes from
not interfered by man.
The biggest volume of high quality hardwoods originates in less developed countries
the tropical regions. For many of them the sale of hardwood products is a major
source of income.
The timber hungry developed countries and the timber growing nations recently
awoke to the
challenge that we have to maintain timber as a renewable resource. Protection of
is the issue. All of this means that we have to handle timber products very carefully,
cut down waste,
choose species carefully, and specify with the utmost expertise.
Why and How to Specify Architectural Veneer
1. In order to achieve exactly the appearance and look you want.
2. Wood veneer for panels and architectural woodwork to mirror your personal design
3. So when one enters the doors of prestigious buildings, a board room, or and elevator
thousands of people will see the architectural woodwork which highlights
4. So nobody can copy the design shaped by the rare and exotic veneer you selected.
Each tree is unique in it's appearance.
5. To control quality and appearance.
6. To control cost.
7. To control availability and to make sure the veneer you desire is in stock.
1. The first step is generally to decide the species to be used.
Contact Rice Veneer & Lumber Co. to assist you in your choice. Give us your
a. general design idea d. grain character
b. range of budget e. length and width of panels
c. general color f. required square footage
The average yield of veneer in a panel face is 3:1 (3 square feet of veneer to
each square foot of
panel surface). This establishes the quantity required. The panel length establishes
the length of
veneer needed. The panel width will determine the number of leaves needed for the
All of this can usually be done from the veneer samples and tallies.
2. Rice Veneer & Lumber Co. will provide you with type samples of various veneer
3. Once you have narrowed your selection to a specific species and character of your
choice, we will
provide samples and prices together with tallies of specific available flitches.
As a precaution, the
architect should always insist on samples and should not specify a product simply
because it is
referred to as "architectural grade". Also beware not to specify from too small
a type sample.
4. You will now choose a specific flitch from the sample collection. Each flitch
has a number through
all the bundles, like a social security number, which only represents that particular
flitch. At this
point you might consider visiting Rice Veneer & Lumber's Showroom to inspect
bundle by bundle. This is the most professional method to choose veneer, to
satisfy your taste
5. You might want to specify the number of leaves to be used per panel face. Parts
of the flitch can be
allocated to various locations. In addition parts of the flitch can be allocated
requirements. In conjunction with the foregoing, the type of panel and elevation
match should be
selected. This determines the final appearance of a wall. It should also be
mentioned that special
matches are possible. In some strongly grained stocks, a prominent grain feature
can change its
locations on the sheets of veneer gradually, usually it moves up or down the
In the panel elevation this means that it will make a slope either up or
down the wall. To correct
this it is possible to start an elevation match in the center of the wall and
work in both directions,
thereby balancing the panels.
6. After you select the veneer you should include in the bidding specification the
a). Name the supplier; Rice Veneer & Lumber Co. and the flitch numbers which the
woodworker has to use.
This way you are absolutely assured that the woodwork will mirror your selection
We will give all the woodworkers the same price we quoted you.
b). Once a project is awarded to a specific architectural woodworker a small
finished sample panel should be
provided for your approval and protection. It is made out of the veneer
from the flitch you have chosen.
c). All sapwood, shake, open defect, worm holes and discoloration shall be eliminated
from the final panel.
d). No more than one flitch shall be used per elevation and shall conform to
the designers assignment.
e). For example: Panels shall be book matched, and center balance matched. Elevations
shall be sequenced
and blue print matched.
f). Panels shall contain no more than " X " leaves per face.
g). Where designated, furniture pieces will be fabricated from (species and grain
pattern) as supplied by (vendor).
h). At times there are special conditions imposed by local building codes and
fire codes which also need to be
considered. A common condition required is that of flame spread rating.
This can determine the species
of wood allowed in a given area, since all species do not carry the same
i). At this point you also have to determine the type of finish. There are a
great variety of finishes, for example:
high gloss polyester, open pore lacquer, matte finish. Ask your woodworker.
Various finishes can bring out
grain patterns of wood more or less.
j). You also have to consider if there are any acoustical needs which have to
k). From the point of cost it is important to remember the more complicated the
installation, the more costly
it becomes. In any event, the face veneer is the least costly item and most
often less than 5% of the installed
panel costs, and much less in terms of cabinet and furniture work.