Particle board is one of the best materials you can. It is the reason why houses in the 50s and 60s got their expensive-looking kitchens. When veneer is glued to particle board, it looks like expensive solid wood, a great alternative for any project that requires wood at a reduced cost.
Particle board is manufactured from wood ‘waste,’ as some call it, instead of actual hardwood. How veneer is attached to particle board is also interesting though. It is a bond that is not as easily made as it sounds. It requires a lot of care.
Importance of Veneer Coverings
Despite being environmentally friendly, particle board is not as strong as hardwood or as resistant to moisture. It also does not take up paint well, let alone stain. It is because of these deficiencies that veneer coverings come on. Particle board is covered by veneer. The veneer can make the particle board look like any type of wood.
Most particle board uses are seen inside the house though. Veneer covered particle board can be used for projects like building closet shelves — projects that won’t be exposed to a lot of moisture that is. Veneer covered particle boards don’t require painting and are pretty durable. The veneer coverings can hold up for years and years if the veneer is applied well in the first place.
Different Kinds of Veneer Coverings
Veneer coverings come in high-quality materials, making it a highly sought-after material for decorative finishes in wood projects. Veneers are created by slicing or peeling logs approximately 0.6mm in thickness. Their grain pattern depends on their cutting techniques.
Veneer’s two faces are usually developed in different grades. The veneer face is usually Grade A because it is the face which will be in contact with eyes looking for pleasing wood decoration and the back is usually of a rougher grade C or D. Grades are developed through variable sanding. And now with the option of designer veneers being available, the options for beautiful particle board coverings are increased too, ranging from earth-tones based on natural veneer species to new unique timber grains and patterns.
Using particle board with veneer coverings almost has no negative points apart from the fact that the particle board contains formaldehyde. This means that working on, and cutting particle board, can create a wood smoke filled with wood particles and can be really dangerous if inhaled. Particle boards with veneer coverings should be worked on in well-ventilated areas.