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Wood sliced as thin as paper is called "Tsukiita". Tsukiita is widely used as a material for various wooden products such as furniture and fittings in our daily lives. Thanks to the support of many people, Mori Kogei has been specialising in woodworking in Tokushima, a woodworking town on the right side of Shikoku, for about 70 years.

 

Trees grown in various environments have their own character and the grain of the wood is often an art of nature. Of course, trees are beautiful as they are, but at Mori Kogei, we have taken the techniques and knowledge of wood that we have learned. 

We believe that living with wood enriches the soul, and we would be happy to propose objects and spaces that give you a sense of peace and tranquility in your life, and to play a role in giving shape to your ideas.

 

WHAT IS TSUKI-ITA?
Wood veneer is wood cut in paper-thin sheets, referred as tsuki-ita(peeled wood sheet) in Japanese.

We write tsuki-ita as 突板 in Japanese Kanji characters. The Japanese word tsuki-ita comes from its producing method being peeled off like wood shavings with a sharp cutting blade.

The sheets 0.2 mm-0.25 mm thick are called “thin sliced”, the 0.5 mm-0.6 mm thick ones are specified as “thick sliced” and the veneered plywood or MDF are called decorative plywood. Wood veneers are utilised for furniture, building interior and a wide variety of wooden goods.

The name “decorative plywood” derives from the concept that “plywood turns beautiful” when veneers with beautiful grain pattern are attached, since the highest quality wood are often used for veneers to enhance its features as a facing material.

The grain pattern depends on the way the wood is sliced.

At present more and more types of wood are becoming scarce and tend to be difficult to be obtained, as a result of the excessive logging in the past. Neatly using the scoop of rare precious wood in thin slices increases its capacity and availability, and this is highly recognized as a sustainable way of using wood nowadays.

 

Wood selection

We select veneers satisfying the order from our inventory of a wide range of goods with the necessary length and quantity.

Pasting sheets widthwise compensates the necessary width of a product, but adding veneer longwise might make it look unnatural, therefore we select wood with the necessary length in our inventory.

 

Trimming

We cut and adjust the width and length of the base material (glue base). We cut the length roughly in order to prevent the unnecessary leeway and we cut the width with an eye to ensure the sheets fit naturally when pasted on.

 

Applying an adhesive material to the base (an even application by a glue coating machine): 

We select from various types of adhesives that would match our need depending on the purpose and the manufacturing process.
The glue coating machine process helps the adhesive material get applied evenly.

 

Veneer laying (2 workers hold the edges and place the veneers):

2 workers hold the edges and place the veneers.

 

Hot press:

The heat and pressure glue the materials evenly and firmly together.

 

Cutting the leeway parts (perimeter trimming with a leather cutting knife):

We cut and remove the parts sticking out.

 

Inspection (repair if necessary):

Wood expands when the veneers are placed on the adhesive material and shrinks under the heat when pressed during the manufacturing process. We go through a check to spot any gaps or over-lappings. When necessary we cut equivalent material into thin strips and fix it with a small iron.

 

Finishing the surface with a wide belt sander:

We put the product through a machine with a rotating belt-shaped sand paper.

 

Delivery:

Decorative plywood is completed. By the hands of the carpenters, delivered decorative plywood is processed to become various products.