All hands on deck


A few days ago, we finally received samples of the aluminium plateaus that are within specification. Warping has been a major issue with earlier samples, and another cause for delays. We’re relieved this is finally solved. Today, we’ve happily and confidently gave the green light to start plateau production, and we thank our supplier for working with us to take care of this.
In the meantime, it’s all hands on deck for Wheels wooden enclosures. The main structure of these consists of two parts: The cone part, that is pressed out of layers of veneer, and the rim part that is steam bent out of 3 mm solid wood. Both parts are seamlessly fused together to make a rigid, self-supporting Wheel enclosure. We’ve developed and built a complete set of moulds, machinery and procedures for these complex parts.

Delays…

To be absolutely clear: We’re beyond frustrated about how long it takes to get it right. But we very much enjoy the process of making a great Wheel. With the plateaus on our doorstep (at least 6 weeks away) we can start working on a realistic timeframe for delivery. 
Thank you for your ongoing support!
Peter and the Miniot team
  
Berend cuts veneer for the cone parts

Berend cuts veneer for the cone parts

 

Piet works on our purpose built cone press. Veneer layers are fused with high pressure, heat and vacuum to a very rigid structure

Piet works on our purpose built cone press. Veneer layers are fused with high pressure, heat and vacuum to a very rigid structure 

 

Machining upper cone press mould

Machining upper cone press mould

 

Marian collects veneer parts from the cutting machine

Marian collects veneer parts from the cutting machine

 

Parts and moulds for enclosure production

Parts and moulds for enclosure production
 

We built a steam device that holds 20 rims at a time

We built a steam device that holds 20 rims at a time
 

Henk is bending a steamed rim into the mould

Henk is bending a steamed rim into the mould