The art of fixing, in a firm and durable manner, very thin leaves of a fine or superior wood, over a coarse or inferior wood; so as to give the latter the appearance of a solid mass of the former. The thin leaves are called veneers, and are cut from the logs by fine saws, now usually worked by machinery. See Sawing-Machinery.
Inlaid work is effected by veneers cut into suitable pieces, for the purposes. The thickness of veneers is from a tenth to a twelfth part of an inch. When the dimensions of these have been nicely adjusted to the work in hand, they are glued down; and, that the work may be solid, they are put into a press made for the purpose, or are held down by planks and poles, abutting against the beams of the workshop. When the glue is thoroughly dry, the work is taken from the presses, and finished by smoothing-planes, scrapers, fish-skin, etc, and afterwards polished by shave-grass and brushing, waxing, varnishing, etc, according as it may be required.