Wood Veneer

High quality wood veneer sawlogs are a rarity because most were harvested years ago. Those that remain are worth a small fortune.

Knot-free clear-grained 30-foot tall sawlogs

Tree Planation grows superior grade veneer hardwoods for the global market. We specialize in small acreage plantations that grow knot-free clear-grained 30-foot tall saw logs that are rare and as such extremely valuable.

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High quality wood veneer sawlogs can be worth hundreds if not thousands of dollars each. There are the stories of people who “strike it rich,” when they stumble upon two or three hundred year old trees on their property. High quality wood veneer has become so rare that “tree rustling" is now common where a particularly valuable tree suddenly disappears in the middle of the night.

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Types Of Wood Veneer Sawlogs

There are basically two types of veneer sawlogs; one that is identified by strength (class 2) and the other by beauty (class 1).

Class 1 Wood Veneer Sawlogs

Class 1 veneer sawlogs are used for furniture, cabinets, flooring and paneling where the look of the wood is most important. The finest cuts of these types of sawlogs (number 1 grade) are used for architectural millwork, such as ornate moldings and wainscoting. Number 2 grade is used for doors, trim, furniture and cabinets. The very best logs are called slicer logs, because they are usually cut into slices parallel to their length. Rotary logs aren’t quite as good and are peeled on a lathe. These logs can travel the world, often changing hands several times, increasing in value as it trades. Even the smaller, poorer-quality veneer logs are worth more than top-quality timber sawlogs, and large ones of excellent quality are worth several dollars per board foot in log form. At the high end for domestic species, a perfect veneer sawlog can be worth more than 60 dollars per board foot.

Class 2 Wood Veneer Sawlogs

Class 2 veneer sawlogs are primarily used for construction grade lumber products such as plywood, linoleum floor underlay and glue lam beams and have the least value of the two classes.

Characteristics Of A Top Quality Wood Veneer Sawlog

There are many factors that determine the value of a veneer sawlog including straightness, heartwood, defects from knots and insect damage.

Straightness – tree plantation trees grow dead straight 15-foot tall tree seedlings.

Heartwood – some species require small heartwood such as birch, maple and ash while other species are valued for large heartwood found in black walnut, black cherry and red oak.

Defects – one of the most important defects to avoid is the appearance of knots along the wood grain. Even a mature tree in nature that appears to have a branch free trunk will probably have imperfections deep within its wood. Our tall clear-grained tree seedlings are guaranteed to be free of knots from year one of a tree's life span.

Plant Tall Veneer Quality Tree Seedlings

Tree Planation grows veneer quality hardwood and softwood tree seedlings to an average height of 15 feet before they are transplanted. Veneer quality tree seedlings that are knot-free for 10 feet or more will produce a high quality veneer sawlog that will equal or in some cases surpass the wood value of expensive tropical tree species such as teak and mahogany.