Veneers, wood and the variations we expect
It is only to be expected that when working with wood, there are variations in pattern, grain, colour, shading, porosity and style. We do our best to match cabinets so that features in the grain in one speaker of a pair are, if possible, reflected in the grain of its mate.
You will see attached a picture of a cherry cabinet which shows a feature of the tree which runs along the grain. We have matched it with an almost identical feature on the other cabinet, the veneer for which is taken from the next leaf down in the veneer 'bundle'. This particular feature from the tree - it looks to me it is of a small shoot growing outwards from the trunk - will run through perhaps ten veneer 'leaves' enough to make 5 pairs of cabinets. Obviously as a natural feature we would accept this in incoming inspection from our cabinet maker as perfectly normal and well within 'spec' for a wood material.
Such veneer features could occur on any part of the cabinet - it just depends how the tree log was cut, and where any particular feature lies relative to the cabinets front/back/side/top panels.
Alan A. Shaw
Harbeth Audio UK