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Neatform Fabrication Tips



Jointing Methods
• Increase the length or width of boards by using a lap joint, sometimes referred to as an offset butt joint.
• H-Section construction strips can be used to join lengths of Neatform. Alternatively, dowels or biscuit joints can be used to create butt joints.

In the majority of fabrication methods PVA glue is recommended, particularly on the combination, double skin and sandwich methods where contact cement should not be used because the flexible glue line breaks down over time.
PVA glues or contact cements recommended for use with MDF and any surfacing materials, to be used in conjunction with Neatform, can be used in the frame and surfacing methods. However, as with any product or application, it is best to test a small sample to determine how the adhesive and materials will work together.
When using contact cement, enhanced results can be achieved by masking off some sections of mating areas of Neatform and bending plywood for example and then coating with contact cement. When the masking is removed apply a bead of PVA glue to the unmasked areas of both surfaces. When the two surfaces are put together an immediate bond is made by the area covered with contact adhesive and after curing, the PVA bond adds strength with the advantage of the rigid glue line.
Alternatively, structural urethane adhesives can add extra strength in critical areas.
Please note the recommended gluing techniques in ‘construction techniques’.

Neatform can be surfaced before or after bending with either veneer or laminate. The final decision will generally be determined by considering a number of factors such as the bending radius and the type of veneer (e.g paper backed or wood on wood) or the laminate grade. Generally horizontal or vertical postforming laminate grades are recommended since these are specifically designed for bending applications.
The benefit of pre-surfacing Neatform before fabrication is the opportunity to use PVA in conjunction with a flat bed press. The main factor to bear in mind is that the resulting Neatform composite panel takes on at least the stiffness of the stiffest element, which in the case of laminate is generally the laminate.


Edge Finishing
Depending on the application, exposed Neatform edges can be finished with a surfacing material such as a wood lipping, veneer, laminate or other edging material that has been trimmed to shape and applied with a suitable adhesive. Suitable wood filler can also be used to fill exposed Neatform slots. If in doubt, test a small section before proceeding with the main project.

It is advisable to use u-shaped staples, orientated across the Neatform grooves. Staple gun pressure should be lowered to reduce the possibility of blowing through the surface. Stapling without additional adhesive is not recommended unless making a temporary joint.

Screw holding
Neatform is made from thin MDF therefore its screw holding ability it limited. However, when Neatform is used in conjunction with bending plywood (see fabrication techniques), the combination takes advantage of the strength of the plywood and surface quality of Neatform. Because of the wide variety of screw types and applications, it is recommended that users contact their screw supplier for advice.

Hinge holding
There are a wide variety of hinges that can be used with Neatform, when it has been combined with bending plywood to increase strength and screw holding ability. Hinges range from the tool-free “insert type” that uses an expanding cup, through other types that have pre-attached expanding dowels to simple screw-on types, which are not recommended. Because of the wide variety of hinge types and applications it is recommended that users contact their hinge supplier for advice.