Woodform are a supplier of curved timber solutions.
WFD #1 process is a large scaled system of impregnation, atomisation of chemical to steam, roll-forming and drying to shape. This option offers a variety of total Steam Bending through to Steam chemical to maintain the consistency of shape
Design flexibility is limited to the drying jig systems available
Rapid batch system bending up to 300 components per hour dependant on species and profiles
Finished timber in linea machining allows for substantial monetary advantages
Tolerances of deflection 1mm
All species and all profiles of ea species have a different recipe to control bending perfection
Environmentally friendly impregnation
WFD #2 process free-forming used to stabilise free-standing furniture components.
This option is predominantly Steam Bending, however each Species and its profile requires a new recipe to allow plasticity
Lessor volume per hour however far greater accuracy. Generally laminating and bending is undertaken eg 2 x 21mm to make a 42mm thick chair leg or inner core fillers using rotary and or sliced veneers. Woodform's glueing system play a very important part in the drying requirements along with the end profile required.
Free-formed componentry allow the initial core of timber to bend before jigging to a shape. This generally appropriate when smaller numbers are required.
WFD #3 process Bendywood
The process of wet timber and 6 way pressure, densifying the structure ready for it to bend
This is the plasticisation by way of steam and compression
Available in 4 species
Can be bent on site eg to handrail left to dry 24 hrs and joined
A process when all else fails
WFD #4 process Cut from Solid
Generally the economics and to the perimeters of solid timber bending are restricted to 150-200mm radii
Laminating radii from 1.5mm dependant on the thickness off the 'laminates'