Methods of Sequence Matching
Veneered panels used in furniture or panelling in the same area may be matched to each other. The natural growth patterns of the tree will cause the figure on the sequential panels to ascend, descend, or show a “grain progression” as the eye moves from panel to panel. The two common methods are:
1. Panels Originating from Same or Similar Log
These sets are manufactured for a specific installation to a uniform panel width and height. If more than one log is required to produce the required number of panels, similar logs will be used. This type of panel match is best used when panel layout is uninterrupted, and when the design permits the use of equal width panels. Some sequence will be lost if trimming is required to meet field conditions. Doors and components within the wall cannot usually be matched to panels. Moderate in cost, sequenced uniform panels offer a good compromise between price and aesthetics.
2. Plan Matched Panels and Components
This method of panel matching achieves maximum grain continuity since all panels, doors and other veneered components are made to the exact sizes required and in exact veneer sequence. If possible, flitches should be selected that will yield sufficient veneer to complete a prescribed area or room. If more than one flitch is needed, flitch transition should be accomplished at the least noticeable, predetermined location.
This method requires careful site coordination and relatively long lead times. Panels cannot be manufactured until site conditions can be accurately measured and detailed. This panel matching method is more expensive and expresses veneering in its most impressive manner.
Note: Unless otherwise specified the grain direction is along the length (or height) of a panel, called long band.