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Wood Laminating

Wood laminating is the process of forming multiple sheets of veneer, chips or solid timber using moulds and bonded together by very strong adhesives, to produce rigid, lightweight structures. Solid wood bending is a cold press process generally limited to a single axis. Wood chip techniques are often used to produce engineering timbers.

Veneer lamination is an exciting process for designers, and over the years has been used a great deal in the furniture industry by designers such as Alvar Aalto, Walter Gropius, Marcel Breuer and the Eames, and more recently the Azumis and BarberOsgerby. Veneers are laminated onto a single mould with the addition of a vacuum or split mould. Very tight bends and deep profiles can be achieved with careful design and a highly skilled laminator.

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