What is Multilaminar Veneer? How is it Made?
Tabu's Multilaminar Veneer range consist of 3 collections, Caleidolegno, Newood and Ecozero.
The Caleidolegno range includes a vast array of colours and patterns, with over 35 different veneer options. There is certainly no lack of bright colours and bold grains on offer in this collection!
Newood veneers are made to have the appearance of natural veneers with their tonal colours and grain structures, whilst still offering a consistency and sheet size which cannot be replicated in a natural clipped veneer.
Multilaminar wood veneers with the ECOZERO® Label are manufactured using formaldehyde-free glues and are obtained from sustainable wood.
How is Multilaminar Made?
Each of the collections are created by layering dyed veneers to create a man-made log or 'block'. Each raw veneer is assembled in a specific order to produce either straight grain or crown cut veneers, or in some cases, extremely decorative patterns which are unique to the Tabu collection. Once the block is made, sheets of veneer are sliced from this at a thickness of 0.55-0.6mm.
This 'man-made' process allows Tabu to produce standard lengths of 250cm or 310cm along with more standard widths. These standardised sizes can limit the wastage in comparison to using a natural pre-dyed clipped bundle veneer.
As this is a controlled process, the grain is generally more consistent within each block than the grain usually found within the natural dyed veneers. This consistency along with the high m² quantity of veneer sliced from a block (approximately 1500m²+) makes is a very popular choice when designing larger projects. The range of veneers available in this sheet form are constructed using pre-dyed natural veneers that are largely fast growing species from areas of re-afforestation, making them a sustainable choice.
It is important to note that although these multilaminar veneers are 'man-made' they are still very much natural products and variations in grain reflect the raw material from which the veneer is created. If you are working on a project which requires consistency across the scheme we would always advise purchasing enough veneer to cover the requirement for the full project in one go. This would ensure that the material is selected from one block and therefore is as consistent in both colour and grain as possible.
As with the natural veneer species the wood is through dyed and therefore can be sanded without loosing the colour. This is a fantastic benefit to using a dyed veneer rather than a surface stained alternative. Although the collection of multilaminar veneers is not always made using FSC-certified material, as with all our veneers, a lack of certification does not automatically imply a lack of sustainability. This said, should the project require a specific FSC certification, it is possible to make most multilaminar with FSC raw material. This will incur a minimum order quantity and an extended lead time however should this be of interest to your project please do get in touch with our Sales Team on 01823 666 175 to discuss this option further.