Joints and assemblies

The slim profile of Solid Textile Board means that some methods for joining will be more suitable than others. Solid Textile Board responds very well to gluing due to its fibrous nature and porous surface. For most gluing purposes, standard white wood glue (PVA) is recommended, except when working with boards that has a melamine foil coating. For boards with melamine foil coating, we recommend working with an acrylic emulsion adhesives or other adhesive for melamine. Screws and nails sit well in the material due to its high density.

Miter and miter-fold joint

Cutting through the board at an angle of 45 degrees creates a good surface for making a solid glued assembly. Cutting at an angle can be done with a CNC machine using a blade or a v-groove router bit.

A very unique feature about Solid Textile Board is its ability to naturally hinge when a v-groove is cut with as little as 0.15 mm- 0.3 mm left of surface material. The fibrous nature of the material makes it very easy to handle the material after it has been cut, giving a large degree of freedom when designing and working with the material.

A miter-fold joint makes it possible to create seamless edges.

Dowel joint

A dowel joint allows for a precise and strong assembly. A standard size dowel will typically need to be inserted into a material that is minimum 8 mm thick. For this reason, dowel joints are only recommended when two or more Solid Textile Boards have been glued together.

Biscuit joint

Standard biscuits, 4 mm thick, can be used for end-to-end assemblies. Please note that centring the grooves for the biscuits is essential to avoid damaging the board and ensure an optimal assembly. An alternative to the biscuit joint could be to make a miter joint with a groove and then add a 3 mm spline to the assembly. This will make a stronger joint, but also require some additional processing time.

Tongue and groove joint

The tongue and groove joint is a great alternative to an end-to-end assembly, giving the same look with the added benefit of a larger surface for the glue to stick to. Both tongue and groove can be made using a table saw. The groove in the picture is made with a 3.2 mm wide blade cutting 3 mm down.

Screw assembly

Screws and bolts sit securely in Solid Textile Board and can be used both for assembling boards or fastening other materials to the board. It is recommended to drill a pilot hole before fitting screws and bolts to prevent delamination. Making a centred hole when screwing into the edge of the board is crucial to avoid distortion of the surface. If done properly, screws and bolts up to 4 mm in diameter can be fitted into the edge without any surface issues.

When using screws to mount something on the surface of the boards, it is important to make sure that the screw will not leave a dent or even break through on the opposite side. To avoid this, screws should not go deeper than 4 mm into the board.

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