plastic. It is used most often on furniture.
Wood veneer is made by slicing a layer as thin as 1/100 inch from a log of beautiful and expensive wood and gluing the layer to the surface of a stronger, but less expensive, wood. Such a method combines strength with texture, and provides an inexpensive desired surface and grain pattern.
The wood layer is cut by rotating a log against a knife, and the veneer is peeled away in a sheet. The layer can be sliced from end to end in straight cuts, giving a different grain surface. By slicing a log in thin sheets, many square feet can thus be obtained from one log.