|Paperbacked Veneer is just as the name implies. It is a paper backing permanently bonded to a real wood veneer. The paper backing is typically 10mil thick. This would make the sheet approximately 1/50" thick.
|Unbacked Veneer is typically .024"-thick real wood.
|Generally good for any project
|Suitable for smaller projects
|Easy to handle
|Can be fragile
|May have voids that need repaired
|Typically comes sanded to 200 grit
|No sanding done, but is relatively smooth
|May be used with contact cement, no clamping required
|May have waves and ridges that need softening/flattening
|Available in the most popular woods
|Vacuum clamping or other clamping method required
|Very wide selection available from domestics to the most highly figured exotics