Deck Seams

  • Seams should fit tightly when dry fitted.
  • Place a release material (clear packing tape) under the seam to prevent contamination of deck seam.
  • Thoroughly clean areas to be seamed with denatured alcohol using clean white shop rag.
  • Position sheets to be seamed 3/16″ to 1/4″ apart.
  • Prepare clamping materials (Attach glue blocks if using this technique).
  • Prepare seam kits. Purge cartridge before installation of mixer tip, then attach mixer tip and purge the tip to ensure proper mixture of adhesive.
  • Fill the seam to 1/2 full.
  • Slide the sheets together. Make sure there is adhesive squeeze out along entire seam.
  • Clamp the seam together.
  • DO NOT OVERTIGHTEN clamps. Over tightening will cause starved, weak seams.
  • Remove cured adhesive squeeze out with router on “skis,” surface leveller, or random orbital sander. Do not scrape, chisel or use belt sander on seam.

Drop Edges – Stacked

  • Sand backside of areas to be seamed.
  • Dry fit edge strips and fasten hot melt blocks.
  • Clean surfaces to be seamed thoroughly with denatured alcohol and clean white shop rag.
  • Purge cartridge and tip to ensure proper mixture of adhesive.
  • Apply adhesive and clamp with spring clamps at 2″ – 3″ intervals.
  • Make sure there is adequate glue squeeze out along entire seam. Check carefully for voids.
  • Do not sandwich other materials (wood, metal, laminate, etc.) between edges. Use these types of inlays in a routed groove.
  • When cured it is ready for routing.

Mitre Fold Drop Edges

  • Place sheet material face down on a solid, flat work surface. Clean mitre.
  • Apply a 1/16″ bead of adhesive in the entire length of the mitre fold seam. Also apply a 1/16″ bead at one corner to be folded.
  • Fold up drop edge and clamp into place. Clamps should be within 2″ from each corner and located every 12″. Place clamps 1/4″ above the face of the panel to ensure proper pressure. NOTE: Once drop edge is folded into place, do not allow the edge to separate from the deck.
  • Fold up the end caps and secure in place with spring clamps or 3 way clamps. Clamps should be placed every 2″. Place 3 way clamps 1/4″ above the face of the panel.
  • Adhesive squeeze out is required along entire length of seam and at all corners.
  • Allow seam adhesive to cure completely before machining.

Sink Fabrication Techniques

  • Scuff area to receive sink using 80 micron or equivalent abrasive.
  • Place wooden blocks with hot melt glue to position sink securely during glue up.
  • Thoroughly clean areas to be seamed with denatured alcohol using clean white shop rags.
  • Apply ample amount of Seam-It Surfacing Adhesives to sink rim.
  • Clamp sinks in place
  • Check for seam kit squeeze out around entire sink area.
  • Remove clamps after seam adhesive hardens.

Thermo-Forming and Adhesives

All seaming must be completed after the Thermo-Forming process