insights into production
Why we use only selfmade sawn veneers for our blades
WITHOUT GOOD RAW MATERIAL YOU CANNOT BUILD GOOD TABLE TENNIS blades. THAT’S WHY WE DON’T USE PREFABRICATED, INEXPENSIVE VENEERS, BUT SAW EACH ONE SEPARATELY FROM THE RAW BLOCK OF WOOD. THE AMOUNT OF WORK INVOLVED IS ENORMOUS, BUT THIS WAY WE CAN BE SURE THAT WE HAVE THE BEST MATERIAL FOR BUILDING OUR blades. THE EFFORT IS WORTH IT!
the production of sawn veneers
THE FIRST STEP TO FINISHED TABLE TENNIS BLADE
First, blocks with a side surface of 180 x 280 mm are cut from the raw wood. These are already subjected to a quality control here – blocks with cracks or disturbing inclusions have no chance and are not further processed.
At the band saw, these blocks are sawn piece by piece into individual sawn veneers.
Standard table tennis blades are largely made from sliced veneers. Although the production of sliced veneers is far less complex and much cheaper than that of sawn veneers, the material suffers greatly from the manufacturing process.
Before slicing, the wood is steamed, sometimes even boiled, which makes the wood very brittle and thus extremely unstable. The surface is rough and the wood loses its beautiful natural colour and turns grey.
For these reasons, cheap sliced veneers are out of the question for us.
Instead, we saw each veneer individually by hand in the following thicknesses:
0.6/ 0.8/ 1.0/ 1.2/ 1.5/ 2.2/ 3.2 mm.
Then the first fine sanding of the surfaces takes place.
The difference between sawn veneers and sliced veneers
IN THIS PICTURE YOU CAN SEE WHY WE TAKE THE EFFORT TO PRODUCE OUR OWN SAW VENEERS INSTEAD OF BUYING CHEAP SLICED VENEERS.
The surface of the sliced veneer is grey and brittle, the whole veneer is very unstable.
A high-quality sawn veneer, on the other hand, has a beautiful wood tone and is very stable in itself, because the wood structure is retained and is not damaged.
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