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Slip Match

Adjoining pieces of veneer are placed in sequence without turning over every other piece. The grain figure repeats, but joints won’t show mirrored effect. Slip matching is recommended and often used in quarter and rift cut veneers to eliminate the barber pole effect. However, it may cause a sloping appearance of the veneer.

Book Match

The most commonly used match in the industry. Every other piece of veneer is turned over so adjacent pieces are like two adjacent pages in an open book. The veneer joints match and create a mirrored image at the joint line, yielding maximum continuity of grain. Because the “tight” and “loose” faces alternate in adjacent pieces of veneer they may accept stain or reflect light differently, and this may yield a noticeable color variation called Barber Poling. Barber pole is not considered a manufacturing defect.

Random Match

A face containing veneer strips of the same species which are selected and assembled without regard to color or grain, resulting in variations and contrasts in color and grain.