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How to Make the Best High-end Veneer Doors

If you approach the most prestigious millworks in the world and ask them how to make the best high-end veneer doors in the world, you are likely to receive a response which references Peter Sing’s patented and patent-pending veneer door technologies and his Master Quality Door Veneer Surfaces.

9 ft Tall Oversized Exterior Walnut Veneer Door 50 yr Guarantee

Wood veneer doors are growing in popularity due to the design features which are available in matching grain orientation on the faces of the door. The most popular orientation is called “book match” which orients leaves of veneer opened alongside each other in alternating pairs, like opening a book, where the left leaf mirrors the leaf on the right.

Book matched veneer doors are followed by “slip match” veneer doors, where the grain orientation of the leaves all face the same direction alongside one another.

There are other types of veneer matching which includes “end match,” where veneer leaves are mirrored end to end, “reverse slip match” which alternates veneer strips flipped end to end, which greatly reduces any mirroring effect, producing a more natural result. Then, there is “random match,” which shuffles all the pieces and creates a more unique succession of veneers placed side by side.

Beyond these veneer matching options; special matches can be made to create a desired artistic result for high-end architectural veneer doors.

These matching capabilities are unique to veneer because veneer is sliced so thin that there is grain duplication which can be matched or mismatched according to an artist’s or designer’s vision.

High-end Large Alt-matched Walnut Wood Veneer Door

Veneer Door Problems

When tasked with bringing a veneer door to life, the production team can run into problems associated with building veneer door as specified while achieving high precision high-end results which the most demanding exclusive door clients find highly desired and valuable.

1. Perfectly Smooth Veneer Problem

High end veneer doors need to be perfectly smooth. Because the veneer skins are so thin, you will notice “telegraphing” on the skin surface. The term telegraphing refers to essentially the bleeding-through of any of the under-laying surface, which will impact the viewable surface area of the veneer.

If you apply veneer directly to a plywood surface, for instance, in the right light, you will be able to see the terrain of the plywood through the thin veneer.

In large doors, it can be extremely difficult to find a large enough piece of smooth underlayment material, so if there are seams in the material under the veneer, this would also telegraph through to the surface.

One way to achieve a perfectly smooth surface is to use LVL (which is commonly used by most standard door manufacturers underneath wood veneers) or MDF which are smooth but heavy, and both are limited in size availability. So, if your high-end veneer door is oversized (over 4 x 8 or 5 x 10) it can be impossible to find a single seamless product.

2. High Precision Veneer Problem

High precision is a moving target when approaching the design and production of a veneer door. The surface material may be elegantly fashioned, but if the product which the door is made out of has a tendency to move, then you could be in trouble when the door warps, causing inconvenience and potentially expensive regular maintenance and repairs in the field over time.

Due to the nature of standard door building technologies, the AIA allows for ¼” variances for a 7 ft. span of a door. Door manufacturers and door hardware manufacturers allow for these variances in mounting and hardware. If a door exceeds movement over ¼” along any 7 ft. span, the result is a warped door, which can easily be compromised or fail altogether.

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Veneer Door Solutions

Thanks to Peter Sing’s True Flat Team, you can have your high-end veneer door problems solved in a way that increases your credibility as you deliver the highest results imaginable with your most particular high-end clients.

1. Perfectly Smooth Veneer Solution

Sing’s True Flat team works hand in hand with your favorite door manufacturer, millwork, or custom door manufacturer to provide a perfectly flat, smooth surface for applying your favorite veneer to.

For years, Sing’s factory located in the pristine pacific Northwest in Washington State, has been providing the biggest and best door manufacturers in the world with large smooth surfaces for applying veneers for wood doors. Sometimes Sing’s factory applies the veneers, and in other cases Sing only provides the substrate in the form of door blanks to which the door companies apply their own veneers to.

Seamless technology. Thanks to Sing’s patented veneer door core, his factory is able to provide a perfectly flat surface hosting undetectable seam(s). While seams may be unavoidable due to the large size or a particular door, Sing has the patented technology to create an unfinished door blank veneer substrate that will not move, period.

Once the substrate is prefinished and primed, seams are undetectable. While this may be of concern for other veneer door substrates, which as LVL or MDF, this is not a problem for becoming detectable later, because Sing’s veneer door substrates are build not to move.

2. High Precision Veneer Solution

Sing’s patented veneer doors core substrate is built to the highest precision standards (+/- .006 in. tolerances) which means a lot to those special clients who have the highest expectations (like military, science, technology, and aerospace industries). Why not deliver this same high level of precision to your clients who deserve the best.

In fact, Sing’s veneer door blanks, whether they are pre-skinned with wood veneer or by your favorite door building professional, are guaranteed not to warp, bend, twist, cup, or otherwise fail for 50 years.

Huge Maple Veneer Pivot Door 99 x 87 x 1.75 Looks Like Solid Wood

Warp-free Maple Veneer Pivot Door 99 x 87 x 1.75

50-Year Warp-Free Guarantee

Sing’s veneer door blank core substrates are such a massive improvement to previous veneer door building technologies he builds his veneer door substrates to last for centuries, but guarantees each one to 50 years of fail free operation, including warpage, and full structure warranty, including veneer lamination, if his company provides the veneer lamination.

“No other company could do it,” is what the biggest door manufacturers in the world say, and that’s why their doors, at least their custom big veneer doors have Sing Core inside. Just like the tallest doors in the tallest building in the United States of America at One World Trade Center, your doors could reach new heights in veneer door manufacturing backed by the only 50-year Non-warp and Structure Guarantee.

How Can I Get a Sing Veneer Door?

Admittedly, says Sing, “We don’t build doors,” as they only provide the best materials to the door companies, millworks, and high-end custom door manufacturers to build the best doors. So, if you want a Sing veneer door, all you have to do is to contact your favorite door manufacturer and tell them you want, “Sing Core inside,” your veneer door.

Then Sing and his True Flat Team will work in concert with your people to provide you with the best veneer door in the world, guaranteed for 50 years.

See also: The Secret Disclosure of Non-warping vs. Veneers Revealed

 

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WOOD VENEER DOORS

The top doors in America are installed in the top floor of the tallest building in the United States, located at One World Trade Center, New York. These 16 ft tall 3 ft wide 2.25-inch thick warp-free door panels are among the only Eco-friendly lightweight, high strength, insulated doors made in the USA that can be guaranteed not to warp, bend, twist, cup or otherwise fail for 50 years.

Top floor of One World Trade Center has "Sing Core inside."

Top floor of One World Trade Center has “Sing Core inside.”

If you’re one of the top contractors in America, when you’re called on to deliver the best tall doors to the top of the World Trade Center, you want to make sure you’re not embarrassed when your sleek white oak doors fail due to warping. See: How to Make the Best High-end Veneer Doors.

Tallest 16 ft. doors at the top of the tallest building in the USA

These 16 ft. tall doors feature 0.020 veneer very long and matched perfectly.

When your reputation depends on it, you need the backing of a professional company that can deliver the goods and have your back, and there’s only one company in the United States that builds large doors which can be guaranteed for 50 years.

The most exclusive architects in the world specify “Sing Core inside” their doors when nothing less than the very best will do, and you want your customer to be on the top of the world.

Let’s take a tour of these revolutionary doors from the factory to the top floor of World Trade Center One…

Photos taken from the edge of the panel show the perfectly straight quality. The panel shows glue on the edge, because the customer requested untrimmed ends.

Measuring at 2.25 inches thick, this is the most premium quality door money can buy.  Due to the patented and patent pending SingCore technology, this 15.5 foot long, 3 foot wide, 2.25 inch thick pivot door is straight as an arrow, better than AWI standards.

Many Ways to Build It

Depending on your budget, you have a number of different options when you opt to go with Sing Core.

  • You can order substrate only and apply your own soft wood or hard wood veneer (economy option)*
  • You can supply your own veneer for us to apply
  • You can choose solid wood edge banding
  • You can choose our highest end selection, where we provide the veneer and apply it in nearly any soft wood or hard wood, such as, Mahogany, Walnut, Maple, White Oak, Alder, Cedar, Hemlock, Fir.

How to Build the Perfect 16 ft. x 3 ft. High Precision Warp-free White Oak Door

You start with patented and patent-pending Sing Core inside sandwiched between American-made A/B plywood with solid oak around all four edges.

After pressing, trim the edges, then add another 1” x 2.25” solid oak to the edges. Sand it to perfection then hot-press 16th-inch white oak veneer, then all you can see is solid white oak. Beautiful.

The result is a perfectly flat lightweight white oak door that is stronger than steel pound-for-pound, weighing in at a mere 220 lbs.

 * Professional veneering can be very tricky. If you are getting substrate from Sing Core and having your millwork (or someone else) apply the veneer, be certain to affirm that they have the expertise to apply the veneer appropriately. We use the highest level of professional veneer professional and techniques. We can guarantee our veneering, if you have veneering done off-site, it is their responsibility to do it correctly. A faulty veneer could jeopardize your Sing warranty.

Ask us if you have any questions.

Full Service Veneering:

We offer our ultra high quality veneering service for customers who need that extra level of quality.  

The process of applying veneer isn’t simple.  One wrong move can ruin your product, which means large amounts of money fixing the problems.  It can even result in the need to buy new doors. We have solved all of these problems for you, but your choice of methods will ultimately depend on your budget.

 

If you decide to veneer your own doors, we offer more than one option:

Premium Option

MDF layer.  We apply an MDF layer to our legendary ply substrate.  This offers you the most stable option for applying your veneer job.  You can save money on your end by getting the job done correctly the first time.  Besides, if your do not apply your veneer to the proper surface, it could result in having to redo your veneer job.  In the worst case scenario, applying your veneer improperly can ruin the doors.  That’s why, with our premium option, we ensure you a proper surface for your application.

Standard

Our standard substrate, made from high quality plywood, offers you a great surface to apply your skins, but you must make sure to do your veneer job properly, or it could result in a ruined veneer job.  Veneering requires experts who have a very high level of skill.

Note: SingCore is not responsible for any damages which result from skins improperly applied by our customers.

Other Skin Options:

In our economy class products, we offer soft wood and hard wood plywood skins.  We also offer MDO, MDF, Formica, Masonite, and many other skins.  Click here for more information.

In our highest end price point, we offer full on wood stave skin doors, made with the highest quality hard and soft wood 1/8″ 
real hardwood stave skin.  Click here to see some of the most beautiful doors in the world.