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What equipment do we use for veneering and laminating?

New equipment for the school. Airpress professional kit supplied by www.airpress.co.uk

New equipment for the school. Airpress professional kit supplied by www.airpress.co.uk

People often ask us about the equipment that we use for veneering, so we thought we’d write a short blog about Airpress and the new Airpress professional kit that we’ve just acquired for the school.

We bought our first Airpress professional kit almost 20 years ago (Top picture screen right) and it has been an invaluable piece of equipment ever since. Whether its been a laminate formed over a mould, or…. as on a couple of occasions a project needing a special order bag to accommodate a 3m x 1.5 meter veneered dining table - we’ve had excellent results every time. This equipment has been so good that we bought a second professional kit a few years ago (Middle top photo) to allow our original Airpress to be used by ex students in our incubation workshop. Alas after 20 years of constant use, our original has lost a bit of suction. Although it could be repaired at a reasonable cost, we have opted to buy a new professional plus kit. This kit is supplied with polythene bags which are seamless, therefore doing away with the occasional split that we encountered on our vinyl bags, but we’ve always soldiered on with a bit of gaffer tape before the seamless bags.

It looks like this new bit of kit will also be busy, with several students having incorporated laminated/veneered sections in their latest design make projects. Pictured below you can see the laminated sections of three past students projects. From top to bottom:

Finn James: Brompton Coffee Table veneered in figured quarter sawn oak

Jan Lennon: ‘Meala’ dressing table in olive ash and walnut

James Baker: Aeorply, burch ply and Formica bedside tables

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