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