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Okoume Veneer
Aug 24, 2017

Okoume veneer is called as “the king of African trees”.

Located in Central Africa and West Africa and the equatorial region. This is mainly from the slightly Malone, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Malaysia and other imports. Mainly used for musical instruments, high-grade furniture timber.

Okoume veneer is also known as the Okoume panel, dough. It is a wood flake material produced by peeling and slicing. Okoume has strong luster, with straight texture; fine structure, uniform; light weight; soft hardness; low strength; dry shrinkage, no scarring and other characteristics. So it has been widely used in the processing of rotary veneer. The thickness of the Okoume veneer on the market is generally between 0.1-0.6mm. The thinner the veneer needs the better wood.

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Classification of veneers:


1. Classification by thickness

The thickness greater than 0.5 mm called thick veneers and less than 0.5mm called micro veneers.

2. Classification by manufacturing methods

It can be divided into slicing veneer, rotary cutting veneer, sawing wood and semicircle cutting veneer. Slicing is the main method to produce it.

3. Classification by morphology

It can be divided into natural veneers, dyed veneers, composite veneers (technical veneers), spliced veneers, and rolling veneers (non-woven fabrics veneers).


Generally, Slicing is the main method to machine the veneers. The working procedure is as follows:


Logs → truncated → cut → softened (steamed or boiled) → sliced → dried (or not dried) → cut → inspection packaging → storage


Quality items of veneers:


1. Thickness uniformity, length and width, and error, moisture content

2. Earlywood and latewood

Inside each rings, the pith form in the early stage of growing season, in addition, with the feature of light color, loose structure, soft material, it called earlywood(spring wood). On the part of the later growth of bark , and with the feature of dark color, dense structure, hard material, it called latewood(autumn wood, summer wood).

3. Sapwood and heartwood.

The part near bark, whose color is light, is more moist when the trees cut down, called sapwood. While the part around the pith, whose color is dark, is less moist, called heartwood.

4.Pattern, color difference, smoothness, mineral lines.

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