Veneered panels

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What is a veneered panel?

A veneered panel consists of a support panel with two natural or reconstructed veneer faces. It’s real wood, what’s more it’s made of fine woods carefully selected by specialists on the basis of the best craftsman’s practices.



Every veneer is unique

Veneering is a very old technique, the foundations of which to this day depend on the time-tested skills of highly skilled experts who select the best trees and plantations, often from the remotest of regions, to produce the wood skilled craftsmen will then turn into a natural, unique panel.
Nature creates truly unique and exclusive products. Every single tree has at least one feature that makes it different from all the others, even trees of the same species and family. Its trunk, grain, knots, tell the unique tale of this one particular tree. This unique
quality is passed on from the tree to the veneered panel.

The core of the log is sliced into thin strips of wood, which are jointed together into a sheet of veneer that’s then bonded to the core panel. The choice of the wood, the way the log will be sliced and the veneer jointed, provide an infinite number of possible combinations with one common denominator: originality, the natural character and high aesthetic quality of the panel.
A veneered panel is not only unique, it’s natural too.
This is one of the intrinsic characteristics of veneered panels, something that differentiates them from laminated or melamine faced panels. The latter are decorative panels made of synthetic materials, used to reproduce wood grain in a standardized, industrial process.
A veneered panel is a “living” element, that changes its appearance on the basis of the light and settings in which it is used, to create beautiful environments and furnishings, authentic, welcoming additions to the quality of your living space.

How to design a veneered panel to meet the customer’s requirements

Bonzano’s technical service helps our customers design the best veneered panel to meet their needs.


  1. Choosing the wood
  2. Deciding which slicing technique to use for the veneer
  3. Deciding which jointing technique to use for the veneer
  4. Choosing the quality of the front and rear veneers
  5. Choosing the support on which to bond the veneer
  6. Choosing the surface treatment and finish (optional)



Thanks to our product culture and a long-standing network of over 60 partners that cater for the entire supply chain, even in the remotest of areas. The direct control of the guaranteed and certified supply chain means our customers can be certain they’re making a sustainable, environmentally-friendly purchase.

* Different wood types can be found on the market to meet the customer’s requirements.


The standard veneer thickness is 0.6 mm. Thicker veneers are available on request: 1.0, 1.5, 1.8, 2.5 mm. Thicker veneers are used for parquet or for deep scratched or brushed finishes.

Reconstructed veneer

Several thin rotary cut sheets of colored wood are bonded together into a block, which is then slice cut into veneer. The wood layers simulate the structure of the tree trunk, recreating the grain and the “mottled” effect of natural veneer, while guaranteeing the complete uniformity of different production batches.

The aesthetic qualities of the veneer faces

Choosing the right aesthetic qualities of the veneer faces for each specific application is very important.

You can also use different qualities of veneer for the two veneer faces of the panel. Bonzano’s technical service helps the customer make the best choices for their design, the particular application and budget.


A type of veneer made of only the finest woods, one-of-a-kind, where every feature is a distinctive mark. Customers can use our dedicated, bespoke consulting service to select unique woods for the most original designs, letting the tree tell its story.


These veneers are obtained from uniform logs of the highest quality. The veneers are arranged in regular sequences to produce a striking visual and aesthetic effect. The panels are also numbered to be used in a sequence, so there is a uniform and continuous progression in the design from one panel to the next.


  • Regular, well-defined grain
  • Uniform color, free of variations and anomalies
  • Small, almost invisible natural variations are tolerated as these are typically found in these specific woods
  • Decorative veneer


Standard version, suitable for most circumstances and applications. Some natural features of the wood can be seen on the veneer, without having a negative effect on the final aesthetic result. This quality is characterized by the regular sequence of the veneers, although to a lesser extent than with the Design veneers.


  • Less marked grain
  • Slight color variations
  • With fewer smaller knots, the natural look of the product is guaranteed
  • Wide range of applications


This veneer quality is used for panels characterized by the natural, irregular grain, typically found in wood. These panels are very low cost.


  • Natural, irregular grain
  • Decoloration and mineral veining also available
  • Evident knots are tolerated as long as they are healthy
  • Suitable for low-cost applications


In all applications that don’t require any special characteristic aesthetic finish for the second veneer face, we can counterbalance the panel by applying sliced cut veneers or rotary cut veneers of a variable quality to the rear of the panel, not defined by any standard.

Slicing techniques

First the log is sliced into two or more parts. It’s then cut into slices of varying thickness to meet specific requirements.

The slice cutting technique changes the appearance of the veneer, producing different grain patterns.

Crown cut

Used for flamed veneers

Quarter rift cut

Use to produce striped veneers

Quarter normal cut

Used for striped veneers

False quarter cut

Used to obtain both flamed and striped Veneers

Rotary cutting

Used to produce rotary cut veneer

Jointing techniques

The sliced cut wood is jointed using the latest technology.

The following illustrations show the most common techniques used to create a veneer with the desired aesthetic effect for each specific application.

Book matched

This is the standard technique used to joint veneers in mirror images. The technique produces veneers where the next in series is the mirror image of the previous veneer.

Slip matched

The veneers are facing the same way in the sequence.


The veneers are arranged in an irregular way. The layout is designed specifically to guarantee aesthetic uniformity in the sequence of panels.


Standard jointing technique. Glue is applied on the thickness of the veneer using system of the latest generation, to obtain a perfect bond.

Hot-melt string

The veneer is jointed using hot-melt string applied in a zig-zag layout with an electric jointing gun. This technique is used for rough, fibrous woods and for all particularly complex or bespoke jointing designs (e.g. Herringbone matched, Diamond matched, Diagonal matched, Strut matching, Cross matched, etc.)


Once the best veneer has been created to suit the customer’s requirements, it’s time to choose the type of panel to bond it to.

Panel made entirely of crossed Poplar plies. These panels are available in various plies and outer face layouts. Plywood panels are very strong and long-lasting.

Panel with a poplar or fir core, with 1 or 2 poplar plies on each side depending on the chosen ply layout. These panels are very strong and long-lasting and can be drilled also to deep depths.

LSB is the first panel of its kind. This is an engineered panel made of virgin poplar wood. The core consists of oriented strands, and the faces are made of wood microparticles. This formaldehyde-free panel is moisture-proof. The LSB panel is great value for money.

High-density fiberboard panel. This panel is characterized by a uniform thickness so it can also be drilled to deep depths.

Unfinished panel made of wood chips of different sizes obtained from various sources. Chipboard panels are low cost solutions.

Surface treatments and finishes

Bonzano is the only manufacturer of panels in Italy, and one of the few in the world, with a production capacity of over 4,000m² per day.

The painting division is equipped with systems and instrumentation of the latest generation, to offer a wide range of surface treatments and meet even the most demanding requirements of our customers.

UV coating

A UV coating is a protective surface treatment that brings out the natural wood grain. Bonzano uses the latest acrylic UV, low COV emission, anti-yellowing paint, with a 100% dry residue.

  PAINTING CYCLE      3 undercoats + 1 topcoat
   > types of undercoats    natural effect or colored
   > types of finishes    scratch-proof or silk effect (gloss: 20 ± 2 /MATT)

Other treatments

  • Brushing: process by which the wood pore is opened to obtain a “solid wood” effect.

  • Sawing: used to obtain a “sawn plank” effect.
  • Over-coat: mineral-based pigments can be applied to the veneered panel before it is painted to produce bespoke colors, guarantee more uniform production batches, and reduce photodegradation.
  • Clear protective film: applied on request to protect the painted panels during shipment and assembly.

Dimensional limits of the painting systems

  • Thickness 45 mm
  • Dimensions 3050x1250mm

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Choose Bonzano veneered panels to take advantage of the consulting service offered by our highly specialized personnel.

We welcome our customers, and we can offer assistance in all phases of panel design.

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