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The smoking technique of wood has been carried since Middle Ages. The main purpose of smoking then was to even out differences in tone on wooden surfaces or veneers, to attain a hazelnut to deep chocolate color and an elegant gloss.
Modern Technique to Smoking Wood
Smoked Oak Veneer or Fumed Oak Veneer are produced by exposing European Oak Veneers to ammonia (NH3) fumes in a closed cubicle. In this process, Veneer obtains a weathered appearance and on completion of the entire process, the color obtained is in contrast to other untreated or dyed wood/veneer. The final veneer obtained are almost resistant to ageing and the effects of light. Also the physical properties of the wood are improved by the end i.e. it becomes more elastic, less brittle and easier to work and process.
Because of the manufacturing process, one side of the fumed oak/smoked oak veneer tends to be darker than the other, and there this veneer is not supplied bookmatched, but slipmatched, reverse slipmatched or random matched.
Why It’s a Winner :
Smoked Oak Veneer offers designer a completely new range of colors. In addition to impressive colour, the physical properties of the Veneer are improved. Veneer becomes more elastic, less brittle and easier to work and process.
What Experts Say :
Veneer is one of finest natural finish material for your furniture. If you are someone who wants to stay close to nature, veneer is your option. Smoking Veneer is technique used to even out differences in tone on wooden surfaces and achieve dark colour (hazelnut to deep chocolate) with an elegant natural sheen.
Veneer is a natural product. Price range varies with the quality and demand of material. Usually high quality Veneer sheets of 8’ x 4’ are Rs 3000 or above