Cutting Solid Wood Logs Into Wood Slabs
At the very beginning of the process, all our solid wood comes in log form. Keep the log form as it is will take a very long time for the wood to lose its moisture content to the atmosphere. We cut the log into slabs to increase the the surface area of the wood, which will shorten the time taken for the slabs evaporate away the moisture content.
Collectif Designs Outdoor Drying Area
After being cut into slabs, the wood will go through an anti-termite process and after which we will place them under the sun to lose excessive moisture content. The solid wood slabs will stay in this drying process for a few weeks. We let the natural elements of Wind, Sun and gravity to do the work. Occasionally we need to re-arrange the position of the slabs to ensure that each slab and their surface area are evenly dried.
Collectif Designs Indoor Drying Area
After weeks of sun-bathing and air drying, we will transfer the slabs to our indoor area to continue their drying process at a much slower rate. During this stage, will have time to stabilize while waiting to enter the kiln oven for further drying.
Collectif Designs Vacuum Pressure Treatment
The Vacuum Pressure process extends the life of solid wood slabs. It increases the durability of wood. The wood slabs are loaded on the trolley and send into the cylinders. The slabs will go through a number of phases during this process. During the first phase, the wood is flooded with the preservative solution under vacuum conditions using powerful vacuum pumps. The vacuum condition will allow better absorption of the solutions. A high-pressure condition is applied in the second phase of the treatment. During this phase, the extreme pressure pushes more treatment solution deeper and more uniformly into the cells of the wood to achieve the maximum effect of the preservative solution. The final phase is to drain the solutions under the vacuum condition to ensure no spillage or dripping when the wood slabs are being removed from the cylinders.
Collectif Designs Kiln Dry Oven
Natural elements have their limitation to dry the wood slabs unless great amount time is allowed. Our slabs will go through the kiln drying process, where temperature and humidity of the environment can be controlled. and monitored to achieve the optimum moisture content for each type of wood.
Collectif Designs Wood Cleaning Area
After the ideal moisture content is achieved, the wood slabs are removed from the kiln oven and transferred to this resting and cleaning area. Based on the order, we will selected the slab size for clean up and flatten the wood surface from the saw marks and dust to make the wood grain and appearance more visible to our clients.
Collectif Designs Wood Finishing Area
Our wood slabs will be given the base coats and top coats in this area. Depending on the requirements, different types of varnish and top coats will be used.
Collectif Designs Stock Area and Packing Area
Finished wood products will go through a round of checking to ensure the specifications are correct before we packed the items for container loading.