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Quick Veneer Tape Application7/2
Hello Everyone, I and a supervisor at a high volume wood office furniture plant. In our veneer department, we use a thin veneer tape that is water activated. Ideally, we would tape ALL veneer across the grain, on the ends of the panel. We would like to do this to prevent splits/damage ect. The problem i have is speed. I've tried a couple of machines that apply with a roller, but nothing has worked. Does anyone have any experience with this? Any reccomended equiptment/hand tools out there to make this less painless? We also use stitches, but the tape is perferred on the edges. Thanks in advance!
I wish I had a better answer, but the rollers weren't very effective, the glue thread applicator was a train wreck.
I bought packaging tape machines (think slot machines ) where the tape ran acroll a metal wheel, and across a brush that was moistened with water.
I visited a few high volume face plants where they were set up using automated end tapers.
The problem I had with them was that in a custom office furniture plant was that there were so many different sizes.
Any gains you would get on the speed of the end taping, you would lose in set up on the machine.
I spent YEARS trying to speed that process up, with very little success!!!
I'm using a veneer stitching machine to glue the ends of the veneers it is fast and strong.
I have a Dennis taper that would do end taping with a slight modification. It would be good for small to medium volume with no set up changes as it's a single side machine. You would have to remove the thin steel splitter that is used when taping joints. You could free hand the ends with 1/2" or thinner tape or clamp a fence as a guide. Get to me if you wish to discuss this.
Thanks for the response's everyone!
Damir Dehlic I actually have the same sticher, the problem we have is how (mine at least) its designed to cut the thread. Mine has a razor blade mounted to the back, and this causes us to damage the veneer. We use Stitcher's that were hand made in house that actually burn the thread off and they are much faster.
Charles Wright- I'd like to understand this method better. I've tried a few 'off the shelf' veneer tape rollers, with little success. I've always found that doing it by hand is the fastest way, although i do not find it fast enough.
On my stitcher the blade is 15 mm higher then the veneer and if the veneer is flat there is no problems.
I use a tape dispenser much like the butchers use. Press down the lever and you can set it for 1"-12" long tape. It is wetted across a brush as it comes out. Some packaging distributors have electronic versions that allow you to program any length you want.