I manufacture kitchen cabinets and have an issue. A customer is
requesting an aluminum edge banding. They want it somewhere from 1-3
mil. they suggeted using an aluminum T-Molding. I don't have the
machinery to properly make this. This is a long term deal. they will
probably be buying around 100 kitchens per year like this. I am
looking for someone who has the machinery and might be interested in
making these doors for me.
BMS Manufacturing is a fabricator in Watkins Glen, N.Y. I saw Bill
(Meehan) fabricate suspension parts for the Formula One teams when he was
still in high school back in the seventies. Turned his skill into a very
successful fabricating business.
Dave in Houston
1 to 3 mil is aluminum foil. No way in a T molding. You can get aluminum
strip in that thickness. Glue it on and trim it just like wood edge banding.
Have fun keeping the wrinkles out. My guess would be that they don't know
what they are asking for. Better clarify before planning the job.
You mean mm??? Al foil is on the order of 8-10 mil iirc; I know it has
to be a fair amount over 1 mil.
1 mil --> 0.001" whereas 1 mm --> ~0.04" --> 40 mil
That's at least enough material it would have a chance of standing up to
something; the other would be gone in a week on any exposed edge.
I think would need far more details to know just what might actually be
My old edgebander (SCM) would lay up 1/4" oak strips and would
certainly handle 1/8" aluminum, including the edge-trimming and end-
chops. Going around a rectangular door with t-moulding is a pain in
the ass as you pretty much have to mitre.
But, t-mouldings also need to be trimmed and finished.
I would be more inclined to go to laminate based metals and use
i don't know much about manufacturing. i own the shop and my guys
pretty much run it. i am used to running white boards all day with a
thin white PVC edge. this is all new to me. I have seen a number of
samples that have previously been supplied to this customer. I can
try to explain it over the phone if you have a few minutes. email me
directly at email@example.com and we can set up a time to speak.
: I manufacture kitchen cabinets and have an issue. A customer is
: requesting an aluminum edge banding. They want it somewhere from 1-3
: mil. they suggeted using an aluminum T-Molding. I don't have the
: machinery to properly make this. This is a long term deal. they will
: probably be buying around 100 kitchens per year like this. I am
: looking for someone who has the machinery and might be interested in
: making these doors for me.
Can't you make the doors and buy premade moldings? There are lots of
3 mil is very thin. Why would they want a molding as thin as that?
-- Andy Barss
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