Rotary Slicing

In rotary slicing, a whole log is mounted in a lathe and turned against the blade and guide. Rotary cutting or rotary slicing or peeling of a log produces a continuous sheet of veneer as if the tree were a roll of paper being unrolled. It is the most economical method of slicing. Veneer sliced this way varies in pattern as the slices cut through the successive layers of growth rings. For core grade and backing grade material, no matching is possible. However rotary ash, birdseye and figured maple are rotary sliced, but sliced into sheets and sequenced much the same way as plain sliced veneer. The rotary slicing is an alternative to half round slicing in some species.

Typical rotary sliced grain pattern.