Tommy Kairat produces masterpieces by laminated bending with a Vacuflex vacuum bag
Off to new shores with Tommy Kairat's masterpiece
First-class form veneering with the Vacuflex Vacuum Bag
The master carpenter and Columbus customer, Tommy Kairat, found his enthusiasm for the carpentry profession already during a school internship in a carpentry shop. Because of this, he did the apprenticeship and became a carpenter. Even after graduating, the craftsman continued to work in his training company for a long time and covered the areas of furniture and joinery. But over time, the future prospects were illuminated and so Tommy finally decided to give his creativity the necessary freedom and to pursue his work as a master carpenter completely independently.

He paved the way there with the production of his masterpiece and the use of the Vacuflex vacuum bag.

The idea - inspired by a ship's hull


The theme of the masterpiece was freely selectable and so Tommy decided to fulfill a personal furniture wish. So he made a TV base cabinet, the shape of which is reminiscent of a sailing ship hull. Since sailing yachts are often equipped with fine veneers, Tommy took this into account when selecting the front veneer. The body, on the other hand, should be made of a lighter and simpler wood that blends in well with all environments.

Functionally, the cupboard should house the receiver for the TV sound system on the one hand, and offer two drawers for storing small items on the other.

Material selection, structural design and manufacturing


The body was made from two curved layer-glued panels. These were glued crosswise from 21 layers of American cherry, giving the edge a multiplex look. The back panel, center panels and the base are also made of American cherry. The four doors are folded in a fold and provided with a burl elm veneer. The doors on the center panel have been mitered on both sides so that they can be opened 180 degrees and do not impede the user. They've also been given recessed brass handle shells that are over-veneered to blend in unobtrusively. The doors are held closed by a veneered magnet. The two drawers on the inside are guided through a solid wood pull-out. The rear wall has an opening for cable outlets and milled grooves for ventilation. The body was connected to each other with finger pins. The center panels were attached by a ridge joint and the bottoms by shaped springs.

Of course, the Vacuflex vacuum bag was used for all layer-gluing and veneering work. Perfect work relief for Tommy, because many of these work steps occurred in this project.

We would like to thank Tommy Kairat for sharing his story and wish the master carpenter all the best for the future.
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