For true versatility, nothing compares to the natural beauty of our premium hardwood veneer. Each sheet is tenderized and sanded to meet our stringent quality standards.

Over 100 species and cuts, including many exotics, are available for quick shipment.

FormWood paper-backed veneer is tailored to meet the expectations of the most demanding woodworker.

We supply many of the major architectural millwork houses, kitchen cabinet and furniture manufacturers across the county. Our finely matched, paper-backed veneer is consistently chosen because of our high grading standards and attention to overall veneer quality.

Hardwood Laminates Product Spec sheet

Features and Benefits

  • FormWood paper-backed veneer provide stability and flexibility while helping to minimize splitting, grainraise and glue seepage
  • Custom matching of veneer sheets to exact specification is available
  • Available with 10 mil, 20 mil and 30 mil paper-backing
  • Sizes include: 4' x 8', 4' x 10', 4' x 12', 8' x 4', 10' x 4', 5' x 8', 5' x 10', 5' x 12' 90-plus wood species and cuts, including many exotics on the shelf, are ready for quick shipment
  • Tenderized FormWood Paper-Backed veneer will bend to wrap a 1" radius (varies with species)

Technical Specifications

  • Size Availability:4' x 8', 4' x 10', 4' x 12', 8' x 4', 10' x 4', 5' x 8', 5' x 10', 5' x 12'
  • Machine Surface Sand: 150 grit
  • Packaging Standard: 2-10 pcs / 11-15 pcs
  • Typical Box Size: 11-3/8" x 11-3/8" x 50" / 13-5/8" x 13-5/8" x 50"
  • Weight/4x8 Sheet: 3.1 lbs
  • (Bending Radius) Flexibility: 1" (varies with species)
  • Standard Size: 4’ x 8’
  • Maximum Size: 5’ x 12’
  • Recommended Glue: Solvent-based contact (flexible glue line), Urea formaldehyde cured in a press (rigid glue line)


  • Best to store in a climate controlled environment (Heated in winter/Air-conditioned in summer)
  • Relative humidity of 35% is best
  • Avoid exposure to sunlight

Color and Grain Appearance

  • Variation can be expected from sheet to sheet and lot to lot
  • Sequence matching available upon request

General Application Information

  • Inspect material for satisfaction of quality and grade prior to lamination
  • All veneer should be acclimated prior to application
  • Ideal temperature for application is 70-80° F
  • Ideal humidity is 35%
  • Surface must be clean, dry and smooth (free of dust, grease, wax) to ensure a good bond
  • Use of solvent-based adhesives is recommended. Water-based adhesives are not recommended
  • Veneer scrapers are recommended for hand application to allow for maximum pressure. "J" rollers are not recommended
  • Adhesive should be allowed to cure for 48 hours prior to finishing
  • Click the link for more detailed information about application guidelines for hardwood veneer paper backed sheets

Types of Paperback Veneer

Our paperback wood veneer sheets are available as 10mil, 20mil, or 30mil each adding a layer of stabilizing paper. Our range of available thicknesses allow you to dial in the amount of flexibility vs. stability needed for your project. 10mil paperback is around .024” thick while 30mil is .036”. Connect with our team of experts to learn more about our paper backed veneer products.

How do you use paperback wood veneer?

Paper backed veneers can be applied using several techniques. Contact cements carpenter’s glue are popular choices for laminating a backed veneer sheet to your substrate. Alternatively, our paper backed veneer sheets can be provided with peel and stick adhesive on the back for easy application.

What is the difference between paperback and wood back veneer?

Paper backed veneer sheets are a veneer sheet backed with a glue-impregnated paper that is permanently in a hot press. Wood backed (2ply or NBL) veneer sheets are comprised of a veneer sheet, a glue sheet, and a wood backer that are permanently bonded in a hot press. For most projects, either option will work and it is up to the craftsman to determine which backer they prefer to use. Thicker backers help prevent telegraphing (imperfections in the surface of the substrate that show through). Thinner backers are more flexible, allow for tighter radiuses, and are easier to cut and work with.

What is paperback veneer?

Paper backed veneer is a thin sheet of wood veneer laminated to a paper backer. The backing is used to stabilize the wood veneer making it easier to handle. Paper backed veneer is used for many projects and can be finished or stained just like veneer plywood. Our paper backed veneer sheets are typically provided pre sanded in large sheets up to 5’x12’. Adding more layers of paper allows us to provide thicker paper backs ranging from 10mil to 30mil.