The use of wood veneers is widespread today
in the interior finishing and furniture production industries. Typically,
backing fleeces are used to enhance the flexibility of wood veneers
which are to be applied to curved moulding profiles. The veneers
must also be sanded to reduce their thickness. Even so, the wood
often cracks during application and it must be scrapped.
This project was aimed at developing a new process
for the wrapping of moulding profiles with wood veneer without the
need for backing fleeces or sanding. The veneer is first steamed
on both sides and then passed through rollers impregnated with a
special resin imbuing flexibility. Hot-melt glue is then applied
to the veneer which is attached directly to the substrate. A newly
developed wrapping machine can be adjusted to suit a variety of
The new process enhances wood veneer flexibility
while eliminating the need for backing fleeces and sanding and the
generation of large amounts of waste scrap. The new technology is
cheaper than existing machinery and the production process is faster.
The resulting product has no artificial additives and its appearance
is attractive and completely natural.