Both are good, it just depends on what you are looking for. A veneer is simply a thin layer of wood chosen for its beauty and character that is glued or bonded to another wood surface. This not only increases the strength of the material, but also allows for surface patterns or designs that would otherwise be impossible. Modern furniture is often a combination of solid woods and veneers for these very reasons. The combination prevents the warping and splitting that can occur when solid wood expands and contracts with humidity.