Jewelry Box Exotic Veneers

GOAL: to provide VERY accurate images and descriptions of veneer for small projects

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alphabetical list of species available


      You can find BULK quantities of many of the veneers listed on this site      
for sale on eBay under the user name
"HobbitHouse"
listings start on Tuesday, end on Sunday


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First, I'm an individual who does this more as a hobby than as a business. I maintain a non-commercial exotic wood web site, which so far has over 26,000 unique pictures of over 500 species of wood, both exotic and common. If you are interested, you can check it out at:

wood id site

Any profit I make from selling my excess veneer on the site you are currently looking at is plowed right back into the web site, both paying for the web site service and buying more wood and veneers to take pictures of, and then selling that in turn.

The hobby nature of this enterprise is also reflected in the fact that this is NOT a high-quality web site; I go strictly for functionalism because that's about all I have the time for or interest in (and the skill, for that matter). As you'll see, I don't have a "shopping cart" or any of the amenities one expects on a professional web site. The point is the wood, not the site, and again, this isn't so much a business as a hobby. As you'll see if you check out the rave reviews on my eBay feedback, folks who buy my stuff are satisfied, and I've had many very positive comments on all the work I put into getting the descriptions accurate.

prices
Although you'll find that the prices here are actually in line with what you would pay for small amounts at most on-line stores, I'm used to thinking in terms of bulk buying and in those terms, the prices here seem high to me. Unfortunately, I just can't make the prices less given the HUGE amount of time it takes to put together the pictures, the descriptions, and the HTML files to make it all work, to say nothing of the labor of cutting and packaging the veneer.

my goal
My goal on this site is to provide jewlery box makers (and anyone else who can use similarly modest-sized veneer sheets) with a good choice of veneer in a way that shows you EXACTLY what you are buying in terms of color, grain pattern, size and so forth. Even on eBay and other internet sites that provide pictures, the pictures are frequently so bad you can't really tell what you are buying, but as you'll see if you check out my exotic wood web site, I'm fanatical about doing my best to get the pictures to accurately reflect what the wood really looks like. I cannot guarantee that every picture will be EXACTLY accurate on color, but I spend a lot of time making them as good as I possibly can, and I also do my best to describe any differences between what I see on my screen and what the wood looks like. As I have commented on extensively on my web site, there are a few reasons why what YOU see may vary from what I see, but generally, we will see the same thing. There's a section on the wood web site that will let you tell easily whether or not you see the colors the same as I do. You can check that out right now, if you wish, by clicking here:

monitors and color

more on prices and some advice
If you want a mix of veneers at a good price, I frequently do those up on eBay (look for the seller "HobbitHouse") and you can get many of the more common veneers (and some of the good one too!) there at a lower price than here, although of course you get less choice in the selection. Also, if you can use a substantial amount of any one veneer, then you should shop around and check eBay auctions for that veneer type. Typically, for any amount over a few square feet of any common veneer you certainly should NOT be paying the $1 and up per square foot that I have to charge here for these small amounts of precisely described sheets. For the more exotic stuff, some places will charge even more than I do, although most will charge less, but I'm not aware of ANY that give you the kind of totally precise descriptions of what you'll be buying that I do here. That's a large part of what you're buying when you buy here. Also I guarantee a full refund if you're not happy with what you buy from this site.

availabilty
What is shown here is mostly one of a kind, although in some cases of the more common woods, I have put in GENERIC pictures of veneers I have a modest amount of.

GENERICs
Where possible, I have included pictures labeled GENERIC, meaning that the picture is of a piece of veneer as described but that you won't get EXACTLY what's in the picture as the picture is a generic representation of a set of similar pieces. The prices on these are lower because I don't have to take a picture of every piece of veneer. On the more uniform veneers in particular, this can be very practical but even in the ones with some variation in grain I still want to make the offer when I can. The wood you get when you buy from the generic pictures will be very similar to what is shown, although details such as cathedral grain pattern can vary significantly.

payment and shipping
I'll take personal checks and money orders, but I prefer PayPal. I can't process credit cards. I ship only by USPS, not FedEx or UPS, and I'll ONLY ship lots from this site by Priority Mail, because the shipping containers and the general handling that this mail gets give the best chance that it will get to you undamaged. If you live in California, my insistance on Priority over Parcel Post may cost you a dollar or two, but in general there's not really much difference. Most packages of modest amounts have a shipping cost between $5 and $10 depending on where you live. When you tell me what you want to buy, I'll give you a shipping and handling cost. Because of the extra care I take in packing up these expensive sheets, there is a flat $3.00 packing fee on all orders, in addition to the priority mail cost.

contact
you can email me with questions or an order request at:




In some cases, there is bookmatching that dictates that the sheets be sold in pairs, but unless this is specifically stated, you can buy only one sheet where more than one is pictured. Also, in some cases I have more of the same sheets available and will prorate them if you wish.

Unless specifically stated otherwise, the measured area (as stated in the parentheses just below each picture) is a defect-free rectangle within the bounds of the piece. For fully sound pieces, the actual area may be no more than the stated size, but for pieces with rough edges or edge cracks, etc, the actual size can be quite a bit more than the stated size. All veneer is nominally 1/42th thick (the kind you can cut with scissors).

click any picture to enlarge
and click the enlargement to enlarge again (some "closeups" don't enlarge)

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SPECIES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE

afrormosia
albezia
alder
almond
anigre
ash
aspen
avodire
beech
birch
blackbean
bloodwood
bocote
bubinga
butternut
camphor
cedar
cerejeira
chen
cherry
chestnut
ebony, gaboon
ebony, macassar
elm
etimoe
eucalyptus
fir
gogo
goiabao
gum, red
hackberry
hickory
imbuia
ipe
iroko
izambe
jatoba
jequitiba
koa
kingwood
koto
lacewood
laurel
limba
louro preto
lovoa
lyptus
madrone
mahogany
makore
mansonia
maple
mappa
mozambique
movingui
myrtle
oak
olive
orientalwood
padauk
paldao
pau oleo
pear
poplar
prima vera
purpleheart
redwood
rosewood, Brazilian
rosewood, Santos
sapele
sassafras
satinwood, Brazilian
sucupira
sycamore
teak
tiama
tulipwood
??? unknown ???
walnut
wenge
willow
yew
zebrawood

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SPECIES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE



AFRORMOSIA

ALBEZIA

ALDER

burl pairs
beautiful !

ALMOND

ANIGRE

flat cut fiddleback
quartersawn fiddleback
mottled

ASH

includes burls, flat cut,
Japanese, wavy, etc.

 
ASPEN 

AVODIRE

BEECH

  BIRCH 

BLACKBEAN

BLOODWOOD

 
BOCOTE 

BUBINGA

flat cut, rotary cut (kevazinga),
mottled, quartersawn, etc.

BUTTERNUT

CAMPHOR BURLS

CEDAR

CEREJEIRA

flat cut
rift cut
crotch

      CHEN     

CHERRY

flat cut, quartersawn,
curly, mottled, etc.


GABOON EBONY


CHESTNUT


MACASSAR EBONY


ELM, RED

and

ELM (CARPATHIAN)
BURL

ETIMOE

EUCALYPTUS

      FIR     

  GOGO  

GOIABAO

aka "ivory
wood"

GUM, RED

(American
"red" or "sweet",
not eucalyptus)

HACKBERRY

HICKORY

  IMBUIA  

      IPE     

IROKO

IZAMBE

JATOBA

JEQUITIBA


smooth, uniform tan color,
nice grain, pairs available

KINGWOOD

a wide variety of
color and grain

    KOA    

  KOTO  

LACEWOOD

both tight grained and
large buttons available

LAUREL

LIMBA

white and black

LOURO PRETO

  LOVOA 

"African
walnut"

  LYPTUS 

MADRONE

regular and burls
including
bookmatched pairs

MAHOGANY

selected mahogany pieces
and bookmatched pairs

a wide selection of
crotchs, mottles, etc

MAKORE

plain, curly,
mottled, etc.

MANSONIA

MAPLE

includes burls, flat cut,
curly, flaky, and more

MAPPA

black
poplar
burl

MOZAMBIQUE

MOVINGUI

MYRTLE BURL

single pieces and
bookmatched pairs

OAK

red, white, English brown, burls,
flat cut, quartersawn, flaky, etc.

OLIVE

ORIENTALWOOD

PADAUK

  PALDAO 

  PAU OLEO 

PEAR

smooth-surfaced
Swiss pearwood

POPLAR

includes poplar with
GREEN sections

PRIMA VERA


PURPLEHEART

REDWOOD

burls

BRAZILIAN ROSEWOOD

a lot of variety, including
some bookmatched pairs


SANTOS ROSEWOOD


a lot of variety, including
some bookmatched pairs

SAPELE

includes flat cut, curly, pomelle,
quilted, ribbon stripe, etc.

SASSAFRAS

SATINWOOD, BRAZILIAN

SUCUPIRA

SYCAMORE

TEAK

flat cut and flaky

  TIAMA 

TULIPWOOD

some good-sized pieces,
including bookmatched

click here to see I don't know what all

"UNKNOWN VENEERS"
SELECTION

I don't know what these are, but I know
they're pretty enough for jewlery boxes

click here to see walnut:

WALNUT


plain, burls, crotch
angel step, etc.

WENGE

flat cut and
quartersawn

WILLOW

    YEW   

ZEBRAWOOD


contact
you can email me with questions or an order request at: