When designing a space, the architect may indicate a method of veneer matching to be used on the wooden doors. In other words, this is referring to the appearance of the door based on how the veneer pieces are laid side-by-side on the face of the door. In this post we are going to review the different matching types and their characteristics. 

Book matching is the most common method of matching veneer in the industry. In some species of wood, such as red and white oak, book matching creates an effect that is called the barber pole effect. This is because of the alternating tight and loose grain veneer pieces. This effect results in veneer pieces that accept stain or reflect light differently. Proper sanding and finishing techniques can be done to minimize this effect.

Continuous, End and No Match are terms used to describe veneer matching on doors with transom panels.

With Continuous match, as suggested by the name, the grain pattern continues on from the door to the transom panel when a continuous match is required.

End match requires the grain pattern of the veneer pieces of the door and transom panel to be matched end-to-end to form a mirror-like appearance.

No match means there is no requirement for the grain pattern of the door to be continued in any manner on the transom panel.