Matching Between Panels

After determining the matching method between leaves and the match within the face, it must be determined how the panels are to match in any given sequence within an area such as a room. The least expensive of paneling methods is pre-manufactured stock paneling which has random matching between panels. Thus one panel may have a ten piece face, an adjacent panel a four piece face, and an adjacent panel a six piece face.

Correctly matching panels within a room or other area requires close coordination and understanding between the design professional and the woodworker or veneer supplier. It is necessary to sit down with a complete floor plan to determine how the panels should be matched to each other.

Sequence Matched and Numbered Panels
There are four common methods of matching panels to each other using sequence matched and numbered sets:

o Pre-manufactured sets. These are usually made and warehoused in 4' x 8' or 4'x 10' sheets in sequenced sets. They don't allow for matching of doors or components, and if additional sets of panels are required from different flitches the change may be noticeable. Pre-manufactured sets are the least expensive and perhaps least appealing type of custom paneling project. Moreover, some loss of grain pattern at every joint and corner can be expected.

o Pre-manufactured sets, selectively reduced in width. In this instance panels are usually selected from the warehouse in 4'x 8' or 4'x 10' sheets in sequenced sets. They are often selected for continuity, re-cut into modular widths, and numbered to achieve the appearance of greater symmetry. Again, however, if more than one set from a single flitch is required, matching between sets cannot be expected. Similarly, doors or components often cannot be fabricated from the same flitch materials, resulting in noticeable mismatch.

o Sequence matched uniform size sets. These are sets manufactured for a specific installation to a uniform panel width and height. If more than one flitch is required, similar flitches will be used. Specifying sequence matched and numbered panels will generally produce a better job than pre-manufactured sets. However, there will still be some breaks in the pattern at joints and corners, and doors and components within the wall cannot usually be matched to the panels.

o Blueprint matched panels and components. Specifying blueprint matched panels and components will achieve the maximum grain continuity since all panels, doors, and other veneered components will be manufactured to the exact sizes required and in exact veneer sequence. If possible, flitches should be selected that will yield sufficient veneer to complete a prescribed area or room. If more than one flitch is needed, flitch transition should be accomplished at the least noticeable predetermined location. Blueprint jobs have a longer lead time, due to the fact that all measurements must be verified in the field before the fabrication of the panel products. Although more expensive than other methods of matching within an area, blueprint matched panels and components produce the most impressive and aesthetically pleasing final veneer appearance.