Although we carry a comprehensive range of thicknesses and widths on all of our joinery softwoods and hardwoods there are often times when our customers require large sections which are not commercially available in a single piece. This is where our ability to laminate any of our joinery softwoods or hardwoods in house can offer a quick and efficient solution. Typical examples of this would be worktops, bar tops and newel posts.
In general our laminating process uses a combination of biscuit jointing with either pva or polyurethane d4 glue to join timbers to virtually any section size. The sections are then clamped to allow the glue to set before being sanded to a finish of 150 grit or 180 grit if required.
The pva glue is normally used on moulded internal sections as it is easier to clean any excess away. The polyurethane d4 glue is used on all other joining applications and has the benefit of being usable for external applications.
Our wide belt sander will take sections of up to 1100mm wide and 160mm thick. Large sections beyond these dimensions such as very wide bar tops are joined, glued and put through the sander in two parts. The two sections are then joined together with the final joint sanded by hand. Any joins in moulded faces are also sanded by hand.
We have a clamping press with four layers of clamps which gives us the capacity to offer a fast and efficient turnaround even on bigger orders. On these longer metre run orders a loose tongue may be used instead of the biscuit jointing.