What makes veneers so special?
Veneers are very practical. Not only they add to the face value of the application, but also they make wood working easy. Veneers are easy to apply on curved surfaces. Since veneers are made by splicing a log of wood and then applying them on a backing piece. This saves a lot precious wood resources and also reduces the costs for the consumer.
Many species of wood are very rare, and this increases their prices. Making furniture from such logs can be an expensive affair. Instead using veneers that are made from such rare species and applying them on less expensive backing can considerably bring the costs down and at the same time retain the appeal of the applications.
There are many wood species that are not so great to be used as lumber. Burl, for example, is very unstable. Turning such wood into veneer panels makes them very stable, for a longer period of time and retains their surface aesthetics as well.
Creating designs with veneers is very easy as compared to creating with lumber. Veneers are very flexible and hence can be applied to complex surfaces of the furniture. To create more complex aesthetics, one can mix and match the veneers.
Veneers are very versatile in application and hence have increasing popularity.