Fleece ’n ’Flex
- story by MaterialDistrict
More than 4000 years ago the Egyptians discovered how to use wood, a highly desirable material, economically. Because wood in hot desert regions was both rare and valuable, they sawed tree trunks into the thinnest boards possible. Veneer really came into its own during the Renaissance, when nothing much had changed in production techniques. Production processes for veneer were first industrialized in the 19th century. Today it is hard to imagine the furniture and door-making industries, shipbuilding, aircraft construction and the automobile industry without veneer.
Fleece on the backside of veneer turns normal spliced veneer into Fleece ’n’Flex. The major advantage of this new fleeced veneer from Schorn & Groh is great stability; the veneer can be formed without splitting or tearing. This makes processing easier and helps to reduce costs. The weight of the fleece and the type of adhesive determine the product quality, stability, strength and resistance to heat and humidity.
Fleece ’n’Flex is particularly suitable for multi-dimensional shaping, especially where veneer is glued onto hard-to-work-with surfaces. All conventional joint techniques can be used on fleeced veneer. Schorn & Groh offer fleeced spliced veneers (e.g., wood species mix) in all joint techniques using urea resin up to a size of about 3.1 m x 1.25 m) – in burl veneers too. In general, the addition of fleece can make any species of wood both stable and flexible. They also offer sanded spliced veneers up to a width of 1.250 mm. This product results in significant cost reductions, especially in 3-D deformation work.
The photos at the left show: (from top downwards) Zebrano, Satin Walnut, Tineo and Santos Rosewood.