The appearance of veneer and plywood products are largely determined by the slicing method and figure matching used during the manufacturing process. Having a familiarity with these figure variances will be helpful when specifying these products.
Flat Cut (FC) (Plain Slicing)
A variegated figure typified by straight grain mixed with swirls and cathedrals.
Rift Cut (RIFT)
A straight grain effect similar to true cut veneer most commonly used when slicing varieties of Oaks.
Rotary Cut (RC)
A bold, sometimes wild varieted figure.
Veneer Plywood Matching Methods
Consecutive leafs of a veneer filtch have similar grain and figure. This duplication of pattern permits a variety of visual styles, the most popular of which is "Book Matching." Alternate leafs are turned like the pages of a book and the vertical edges are glued to make a "face." Book matched faces can be flat, quarter and rift cut veneers.
Sequence Matched & Numbered
These are sets of sheets manufactured from the same veneer flitch and sequentially numbered.
End Matched and Sequenced
Installations requiring lengths longer than standard sizes will require end matching of sequence sets. This offers the greatest possibilities to achieve continuity of color and figure. Sheets are installed sequentially with the first number in the upper left quadrant. The second is rotated 180 degrees and joined at the bottom of the first sheet. The third sheet is installed, with the same orientation, and to the right of the first. The forth sheet is also rotated 180 degrees and completes the quadrant. Continue the pattern along the wall to the right