A veneer is a thin piece of hardwood that is placed over a piece of manufactured wood. It may be attached using an adhesive, nails or screws. Veneers are frequently used on cabinets, furniture and floors. The frame and shelves of the units are made of particleboard, MDF or plywood, but the viewable surfaces are covered with veneers. This gives the appearance that the product is solid hardwood, but it is much more cost effective for many homeowners. Veneers are available in a variety of grains and finishes, and they are typically much more consistent in appearance than most hardwood products. Some carpenters create their own veneers, while others purchase veneers from manufacturers. Veneers are especially suitable for door panels, exposed sides and interior cabinet areas that will be viewable.