Bending

The standard 1/16 in (1.5 mm) veneer can be cold bent to simple curves of not less than 8 in (203 mm) radius, although narrow strips will probably follow a tighter curve without fracturing. The curve should be cut very full in the length with sufficient overhang to follow the sweep, and the waste trimmed off afterwards. For more acute curves either the standard laminate must be heat softened up to but not exceeding 302° F (150° C) which is just short of the blistering point, and clamped between formers/forms, or for very acute curves to a maximum of about 1 in (25 mm) radius special post-forming grades should be used (29:11). Most manufacturers issue their own data sheets for post-forming operations, and the schedules recommended should be closely followed.

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