MATERIAL CONSIDERATIONS

Our standard wood has a core made of MDF (medium density fiberboard) with a select wood veneer attached to both sides. The laser cut edge on an MDF core creates a pleasing uniform, dark color. MDF is a sustainable by-product of the timber industry, that is made completely from recycled, fall-down wood. It is chosen for its resistance to warping. It is SCS, EPP, and LEED certified and made of 100% recycled wood fiber. All of our stock veneers are plain sliced. The A side is book matched and the other side has no knots or voids but is not book matched.
We offer veneers in a wide assortment of wood options — both finished and unfinished. In an effort to provide a sustainable product, all our standard veneer choices are domestically sourced, farmed products.

If your project is in an outdoor or high-moisture area, our outdoor MDF is completely waterproof and stronger than standard MDF. Other outdoor materials include Phenolic and metal. Cold rolled steel and aluminum are most popular metal choices. And to add eye-popping appeal, we have extensive choices for powder coating finishes, including metallic and pearl-essence. Additional materials include acrylic, paper, mat board, felt, and fabric. 

Maximum standard panel size is 4’ X 8’. Oversize maximum is 59.5” x 119.5”
Samples of all our standard wood finishes can be requested at www.lightwavelaser.com or by phone.


FINISHING

PRE-FINISHED WOOD
The most economical choice and best for time-sensitive projects is to use our pre-finished wood choices. Samples are available online or you can request finish samples.

STANDARD FINISHED WOOD CHOICES

  • Bamboo
  • Cherry
  • Dark Walnut
  • Clear Coat Walnut

UNFINISHED WOOD
If you will be matching other wood tones or colors in your room design, we can custom paint or stain your unfinished wood, or your contractor can finish your panels along with the rest of the project.  

STANDARD UNFINISHED WOOD CHOICES INCLUDE

  • Alder
  • Cherry
  • Maple
  • Walnut
  • White Oak
  • Bamboo Plywood

CUSTOM STAIN  
We can custom stain panels to match specific colors used in other areas of a project. We require a sample to match, then provide you with our matched sample for approval. We can also clear coat a special-order veneer. Allow for extra lead time when custom staining.

CUSTOM PAINT  
We are happy to introduce internal painting capability. Our primary paint is a 2-part water-based epoxy, which is fast-drying and high-quality. It has very low VOC’s and is stronger than regular paint. To match your desired paint color selection, we ask you to provide a paint sample, or paint specifications. We then provide you with our matched sample for approval. Satin, flat, semi-gloss, and high-gloss lacquer finishes are all available, as well as multi-step finishing such as metallic glazed finishes. A longer lead time is required for custom painting.

CUSTOM POWDER COAT ON METAL  
The general durability of powder coating is far superior to automotive or industrial paint. It is baked-on resin and cures in a 400 degree oven. It doesn’t crack or flake off, sprays on electro-statically, and contains no VOC’s — it is an environmentally friendly finish. Unlike painting, it is permanent and does not require re-painting. Through Prismatic Powders, we have a very dynamic and extensive set of colors to choose from and are able to provide samples of specific colors at no charge. Colors include metallic and pearl-essence choices, as well as special finishes for outdoor use.


WOOD OPTIONS

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PRE FINISHED CHERRY

Cherry is our most popular wood choice. The woodgrain is varied and the color is a rich, reddish brown. Cherry wood will develop a darker color over time. Domestically grown.

Standard thickness: 1/8”, 1/4”, 1/2”

 

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PRE FINISHED CLEAR COAT WALNUT

Using a clear coat finish on our Walnut veneer allows the natural woodgrain to show, and emphasizes the beautiful color. It also makes for easier cleaning and protects the wood. Domestically grown.

Standard thickness:  1/4”, 1/2”

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PRE FINISHED DARK STAINED WALNUT  

Our Dark Walnut veneer finish is custom made for us. It’s very dark, rich and uniform in color. Domestically grown.

Standard thickness:  1/4”, 1/2”, 3/4”

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PRE FINISHED BAMBOO

Finished Amber Bamboo has the natural beauty of bamboo with warm, amber tones. Bamboo is a fast-growing, sustainable wood choice.

Standard thickness:  1/8”, 1/4”

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UNFINISHED MAPLE – MDF or PLY CORE

Unfinished Maple is one of our most popular choices, especially for woodworkers. It has a smooth surface suitable for painting or staining a light color. Slightly stronger and easier to paint than MDF. When extra strength is required, we have 3/4” Maple with a ply core, now available as a standard wood.

Standard thickness for MDF CORE:  1/4”,  1/2”,  3/4”
Standard thickness for PLY CORE Maple:  3/4”

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UNFINISHED ALDER

Alder is very similar to Maple but slightly darker, and works well if you are staining a medium or dark color.

Standard thickness:  1/4”,  1/2”,  3/4”

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UNFINISHED WALNUT

Our Walnut veneer is a beautiful woodgrain suitable for staining or applying a clear coat to bring out the natural grain.

Standard thickness:  1/4”,  1/2”,  3/4”

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UNFINISHED WHITE OAK   

White Oak veneer varies from a pale yellow to a brown color, and can be mottled with gray. The grain is very straight with long rays. It is a dense, strong and durable wood.

Standard thickness:  1/4”,  1/2”,  3/4”

UNFINISHED BAMBOO-PLYCORE  

We now have unfinished Bamboo with a ply core available as a standard wood. It is a fast-growing, sustainable wood choice and the ply core is extremely strong. It can be stained or clear-coated and is also beautiful if left unfinished.

Standard thickness:  1/8”  


MDF OPTIONS

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MDF

Multi-density fiberboard is our most economical choice. It’s surface is flat and smooth, uniform, dense and free of knots or grain patterns. It makes a superb carrier for veneers. It is recommended for painting applications, and is not recommended for staining. 

Standard thickness:  1/8”,  1/4”,  1/2”,  3/4”

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OUTDOOR MDF

Outdoor MDF is an excellent choice for outdoor use. It is a heat and pressure-treated material made from non-toxic materials. It is waterproof, paint adheres to it easily and it has an impressive fifty year warranty.

Standard thickness:  1/4”,  3/8”,  1/2”,  3/4”

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FIRE RATED MDF

Outdoor MDF is an excellent choice for outdoor use. It is a heat and pressure-treated material made from non-toxic materials. It is waterproof, paint adheres to it easily and it has an impressive fifty year warranty.

Standard thickness:  1/4”,  3/8”,  1/2”,  3/4”


OTHER OPTIONS

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PHENOLIC

A great choice for an outdoor application, phenolic is made from resin and paper and is extremely strong and dense. It is available in a beautiful matte black color which does not need any finishing. It also takes paint well.

Standard thickness:  1/4”

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ACRYLIC

Acrylic is available as a special order in various colors and degrees of transparency. It can be laser-cut or used as a backing material. 

Various thicknesses and colors available

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COLD ROLLED STEEL

A versatile alternative for both interior and exterior applications. Finish with UV stable powder coating to offer an array of colors and textures.

Thickness:  10 ga.  (.135”),  11 ga.  (.119”),  12 ga.  (.104”)

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ALUMINUM

Another perfect choice for exterior use, aluminum panels are relatively lightweight and can be installed outdoors without powder coating.  

Thickness:  3/16”,  1/4”,  5/16”,  3/8”


BACKING MATERIAL

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LIGHT-DIFFUSING ACRYLIC

If you will be back-lighting a panel, this is an excellent choice for a backing material. It diffuses light well, and has a uniform frosted look. Matte one side, shiny one side.

Standard thickness:  1/16”,  other sizes available

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WHITE LAMINATED SHOJI PAPER

Laminated Shoji paper has a beautiful, textured surface. It is surface washable and very durable. White has a rice-paper look.

Thickness:  2mm;  Max. width:  3ft.

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TAN LAMINATED SHOJI PAPER

Laminated Shoji paper has a beautiful, textured surface. It is surface washable and very durable. Tan is more uniform in color than white.

Thickness:  2mm; Max. width:  3ft. 

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PRIVACY PAPER

This thin material is a paper-plastic-paper “sandwich” that is water and tear resistant and evenly translucent.

Thickness:  .005” Max. width:  48”