Flat-Press Veneer Prep


The flat press area prepares veneer faces for further pressing operations. "Face" is the outside ply. This can be 1, 2, or 3 plys depending on the complexity of curves. When veneer is received in, it is first sorted for "A grade" face quality pieces. Pieces with splits or imperfections are downgraded to smaller pieces, used as inner-ply, or simply scrapped.

2 Ply and single ply faces are pressed (heated and flattened) in the flat press area. Two-plying is performed to provide thinner face veneer a greater degree of stability during pre-sanding and to prevent the face veneer from splitting on highly complex or deep contours. Single ply faces tend to be used on pieces with moderate compound curves.

Pre-sanding also occurs in the flat press area. Pre-sanding is a technique used at Davidson Plyforms to improve the appearance of an induction heated exposed component and to reduce the cost of post-mold sanding. When the face veneer is sanded in flat form prior to pressing it can be sanded in an automatic wide belt sander. Conversely, after the component has been molded it takes on a completely different form that can be sanded only by hand.

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