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Types of Veneer Plywood Explained

This post is part of Plyco’s Guide to Veneer Plywood

If you step through the doors into the wonderful world of Plyco (or if you jump onto our online store) you’ll be met with a plethora of Veneered Plywood options. 12 options to be exact. Each of these veneers is incredibly unique, and while anybody can tell them apart from a visual standpoint, it’s harder to immediately pick up on the more subtle details unless you’re a seasoned Plywood expert. To ease the stress of trying to pick the perfect Veneer come decision time, we’ve compiled our team’s extensive knowledge to create a guide to all of the options in our stock range.

American Cherry


This veneer is light and bright in colour, which brings a vibrant look to any application as a result. It’s recognisable from its golden brown colouring, reminiscent of American cherry trees, which is where the name is derived from. However, what stands out the most for this veneer is the extremely unique grain detail. American Cherry veneer utilises a figured grain detail that is vastly different to a regular grain detail. While the uninformed might be able to accurately name this unique aspect, it always stands out and provides a different appearance to your projects.

American Walnut


The American Walnut veneer gives you a smooth brown visual appearance alongside a rather unique grain detail. We find that this veneer works incredibly when you combine multiple sheets together, which emphasises those standout qualities.

American White Oak


Sticking with the American theme, the next veneer is our American White Oak. As you may have guessed, this veneer derives its name and its visual characteristics from American White Oak trees. You’ll notice that it’s actually relatively similar in colour to the American Cherry, albeit a little darker and less vibrant. Essentially, it acts as a non-figured grain version and is perfect for those who like the colour but aren’t huge fans of the unique detail. Instead, American White Oak features an extremely pronounced grain detail.

European Beech

european beech veneer plywood

Let’s move away from America and across the Atlantic Ocean to Europe. Here you’ll find beech trees aplenty; the origin of our stylish European Beech veneer. This is an extremely popular veneer thanks to the sandy-brown colouring. It’s a unique colour that cannot be found anywhere else. The colour works harmoniously with the grain detail to create wavelike effects that ripple across each sheet.

Hoop Pine

hoop pine veneer plywood

Hoop Pine Plywood is renowned for its finishing capabilities and those some qualities are present when used as a natural timber veneer.

Hoop Pine is sourced from sustainable and renewable log plantations in South East Queensland and is 100 per cent Forest Stewardship Council certified, meaning the veneer is sourced in the most environmentally friendly way possible. Its beautiful light-colouring, standout finishing capabilities and sustainable sourcing combine to make Hoop Pine Veneered Plywood the perfect product for anybody searching for something visually superb that will keep the project eco-friendly.


jarrah veneer plywood

If you’re looking for a veneer that is guaranteed to turn heads, look no further than Jarrah. The dark red colouring invokes earthy feelings, making it the number one option if you’re trying to keep a natural and grounded feel to your woodworking project.

Radiata Pine

radiata clear veneer plywood

After something a little bit more laid back and subdued? Are the bold and unique tones of Jarrah and Beech an overkill for the project you’re designing? Perhaps the Radiata Pine veneer is the choice for you. This veneer takes the tried and tested looks of our Radiata Pine and allows it to be pressed onto a sheet of Particle Board, giving you a light look that remains low key.

Rock Maple Crown

Similar to Radiata Clear, the Rock Maple Crown timber veneer is a no-fuss option. Bright, and almost white in colour, it’s a very simple way to lighten up any room or application. The grain detail produces an effect much like waves of mountains, which helps set it apart from Radiata and give it it’s own defining characteristics.


Want to really stand out from the rest with your project? We suggest Sapele. It employs a brown colouring the straddles the line between dark and light, and almost appears as if it’s the end result of combing our Beech and Jarrah veneers together. While the colouring alone would be enough to turn even the most critical heads, Sapele still as another trick up its sleeve; the grain detail. This grain truly needs to be seen to be believed, and we feel that the grain is what pushes it over the edge to be a truly incredible option.

Tasmanian Blackwood

tasmanian blackwood veneer plywood

After globetrotting around the world and paying visits to America and Europe, we’re back home with a truly local veneer. Tasmanian Blackwood is a light brown veneer with splashes of dark brown thrown in with heavily emphasised grain detail. This a great product if you want your project to evoke feelings of the Aussie outback.

Tasmanian Myrtle

The lightest and brightest of the veneers that have crossed the Bass Strait from Tasmania, Tasmanian Myrtle is a blonde-brown colour that is ideal for countless architectural applications. When laid flat, the grain detail seems to disappear, leaving just the beautiful colouring, however, when looking at the veneer face on you’ll discover the wondrous wavy details moving across the board.

Tasmanian Oak

Last, but certainly never least, we top off our natural timber veneer range with Tasmanian Oak. This is one of the more popular veneers here at Plyco thanks to the unique facial features. You’ll notice that it essentially alternates between light blonde colouring and a darker brown. Customers have grown increasingly fond of this veneer thanks to its unusual striped format.

Custom Veneers

Have you seen a specific veneer that isn’t listed here? Don’t panic! At Plyco we will source any timber veneer as long as it’s commercially available. If it’s available for us to source we’ll press it onto the substrate of your choice, allowing you to have the board of your dreams in your hands.

With so many veneers there’s a lot of information to take in, but we hope this guide to our stock range has been helpful. If you’ve identified the perfect Plywood Veneer for you, head to our online store where you can start purchasing sheets right away. If you’re looking to brush up on your veneer knowledge a little more you can check out our posts on Veneer Plywood Applications and Veneer Plywood Sizes.


Brandon Marlow
Brandon Marlow
Brandon is the Woodworking Wordsmith and Social Media Sage at Plyco HQ. Crafting copy for customer tutorials, inspiration and advice, Brandon builds and maintains Plyco's plywood knowledge base.

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