Edge-Gluing – Homogenous Strength and Stability
- Makes a superior product
- Ensures straightness and stability
- Allows us to offer a Transferable Lifetime Warranty
- Smart utilization of lumber creates quality that's cost-effective
Brooke: Brant, I hear a lot of different opinions when it comes to the need for edge-gluing. Why is O’Hair such a strong advocate of the process?
Brant: That’s because edge-gluing makes a superior product. It’s an expensive process but it’s cost-effective in the long run if you want straightness and stability.
In our panels, the styles and louvers are edge-grained, edge-glued, and they’re known for being very straight and staying that way a long time.
Brooke: Why is it so expensive?
George: It’s an extra process using very expensive machinery. We use precision molders for exact dimensions, and then we use radio-frequency glue curing machines to cure our glue.
Last but not least is the curve loss in the process.
Brooke: If it’s so expensive, then how is it cost-effective?
Brant: The best answer to that is in our Warranty. Most so-called Lifetime Warranties end when the home is sold but ours is transferable, so it really is for a lifetime. We have a 30-year track record of standing behind our products like this, and our warranty claims has been really negligible.
Brooke: That’s truly a great record! So just how does the edge gluing process take place?
George: For our styles and louvers, we start with what appears to be a face-frame molding blank. Then we subdivide it into small pieces. Keeping those pieces in a set, we rotate the grain edge-ways, and glue them together again. The width of the molding determines the number of pieces glued together, and so that’s where our system is modular.
Brooke: That was for styles and louvers. Is your process the same for horizontal rails?
George: In rails, edge-grained gluing is not necessary. So we use a face-grain orientation and it allows us to use our random rips.
Brant: So edge-grain on the styles and louvers, face-grain on the rails, really is a smart utilization in lumber. For the homeowner it’s good quality that’s cost-effective.
Brooke: Now the material is glued up and very straight, is it ready to be molded?
George: Not quite yet. We age the material several days to allow the moisture to even out, then it’s ready to mold. That’s where we’re going now.