Plain or Flat Slicing

For all veneers that will not be rotary sliced, the veneer logs are sawn in half or into quarters to reveal the grain patterns inside the tree. In plain slicing, a half of a log (flitch) is mounted on a steel plate with the heart away from the blade, and the plate is then raised and lowered against the blade parallel to the center cut of the log. Flat slicing or plain slicing produces consecutive leaves of veneer and produces the standard appearance of veneer (the “cathedral” or flame-shaped arch) that exemplifies plain sliced cherry, ash, oak and other species. This cut of veneer is ideally suited for wall panels and furniture because of the consistency in its grain and the ability to match sequences of leaves in book and end matches.

Typical flat sliced grain pattern.