Veneered plywood is a useful material when you want nice wooden pieces, without the cost of using solid wood.
Veneer is a thin layer of wood that is applied to a thicker (typically less expensive wood), like plywood. There are a variety of different types of veneered plywood, but the common ones include: maple, red oak, white oak, pecan, teak, and walnut. We stock 1/8” thick walnut, cherry and red oak, but can special order the others (including 1/4” thick) if needed for a project.
Veneered plywood can be scored, engraved and cut. The contrast when engraving on veneered plywood is often pretty nice because we engrave through the veneer and into the plywood layer.
Whenever we engrave or cut wood, we cover the surface in a protective masking. This helps to keep the surface clean when we’re cutting and avoid burn marks. Burn marks will likely still flare up in some areas - which can be cleaned off with a light grit sandpaper.
When working with veneered plywood, you’ll want to be careful not to sand too much, as you can sand through the veneer and you’ll start to reveal the plywood underneath which is a different color than the veneer.
Veneered plywood can be finished just like other woods can - with clear coats, stains or dyes.