Wood veneer, on the other hand, is a thin layer of real wood that’s applied to a plywood base. Because it’s a natural material, the wood veneer has a richer and more varied look. Since more effort goes into crafting a veneer top, they are usually priced higher than laminate alternatives. Wood veneer is softer and more susceptible to scratches and dents when compared to laminate. Wood veneer is available in different types, based on types of wood species, based on matches, based on cut, etc. They are largely used in residential projects, hotel, and office projects.