What is wood laminating?


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Wood laminating is a process whereby lumber boards are glued together in parallel to one another to create a strong enough piece of wood with which to build. The bonding process is typically performed by using resin between each sheet of wood, strengthening the wood while doing so.

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The laminating process can produce lumber of all shapes and sizes. This lumber can then be used in load-bearing positions, allowing the building of arches or beams. Laminated wood consisting of thinner wood veneers is also used to create furniture, cabinets and other specialized wooden objects. Lamination is done on two or more layers, depending upon need.

There are multiple methods for wood laminating, but the most common one is to use pressure to laminate the different layers of wood into a single piece. For creating planks of wood when a single piece of lumber is not wide enough, wooden boards are glued edge to edge, then clamped tightly together to hold the boards in place as the wood dries. After drying, the resultant place can be cut to the shape and size needed for building. To create thicker pieces of lumber, the separate boards are positioned on top of each other, with the glue brushed on between them. The boards are then clamped together to allow pressure to bind them together while the glue dries.

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