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Printing & Converting Considerations

At Graphic Wood Technologies we manufacture our veneer using two primary wood species, Birch and Cherry. We use these species because they are planted, grown and harvested as crops in the United States. These varieties also provide the highest yields of veneer per log and both can be "print-stained" so they look like other wood species.

A distinctive feature of our thin veneer and proprietary process, is that we can laminate the wood to a variety of backing materials including fine paper, kraft paper or film, allowing for a wide range of products and uses.

Additionally we can work with unique backing materials such as vinyl, fabric, metal or even magnets, affording almost endless options for custom products and uses.  Because customer satisfaction is one of our main goals, we are more than willing to work with you to figure out what works best for your needs.


As a general rule Sheer Veneer & Pure Veneer will absorb ink. Imagery should be adjusted during prepress to compensate for the additional ink absorption into the wood stock.


Sheer Veneer & Pure Veneer is very absorbent, so more ink is necessary to achieve darker colors. Inks that dry by absorption have the best success.


It is important when choosing the appropriate backer material for your wood, that you keep in mind the color of the backer material may affect the appearance of the wood, particularly with the Birch. For example, if you choose a kraft paper backer instead of a white paper backer, the Birch veneer will appear darker and more gray.  Likewise, if you place a Birch label onto a green wine bottle, the Birch will again darken and take on the green hue.  


A normal drying time of twenty-four hours is recommended, with shorter drying times needed for lighter ink coverage. Inks that dry by absorption are most successful on our wood stocks.


Sheer Veneer & Pure Veneer may require additional cylinder squeezing on press. It is normal for a minimal amount of surface particles to transfer to the printing blankets, however, they should not effect print quality.


Pre-testing is recommended to achieve desired results.


Sheer Veneer & Pure Veneer emboss and de-boss with amazing detail.  The natural wood pattern enhances the emboss or de-boss artwork and the die impression will be smooth within. Brass dies provide the best results.


Sheer Veneer & Pure Veneer foil stamp beautifully. Pre-testing your foil choice is recommended to achieve desired results.


Cut scoring is our recommended scoring method. Sheer Veneer grain direction is the opposite of it's laminated backer sheet.  Cut scoring with the Sheer Veneer & Pure Veneer grain gives you the best results.


Variations in shade and pattern from sheet to sheet is natural and to be expected.


Normal methods can be used to achieve the best results.


Keep Sheer Veneer & Pure Veneer wrapped until ready to print. It is essential to let the sheets or rolls acclimatize for a minimum of twenty-four hours – longer during cold weather - in the press-room, while still wrapped in our packaging. Keep sheets or rolls covered during drying, between passes, and prior to any finishing work.  Adding weight / pressure to the sheet stack while drying will help insure sheets remain flat.  Pressroom conditions should be kept close to 45 -50% relative humidity.  If the bindery has a different climate than the pressroom, allow the product to acclimatize to those conditions.


***Note: The above recommendations are “hints” based on our knowledge and experience. Graphic Wood Technologies does not accept responsibilities for omissions and pressroom errors.