Introduction to Neatform

Neatform is a high quality bendable sheet material. It is a processed sheet of MDF, which is used by woodworkers where top quality curved shapes or surfaces are required.
Neatform has a smooth surface, which makes it ideal for painting, veneering or laminating. Combine this with the consistency and dimensional stability of the high quality MDF used to make Neatform, it has become the preferred bendable material for many applications including: columns, counter fronts, wavy walls, ceilings, stage and film sets and cabinet making.
Neatform can be attached directly to a framework or, using the double skin technique, two sheets of Neatform can be glued together to create freestanding double sided curves, which enable greater design flexibility.

Fabrication Tips

Jointing Methods
Increase the length or width of boards by using a lap joint, sometimes referred to as an offset butt joint.

Adhesives
In the majority of fabrication methods wood glue is recommended.
Please note the recommended gluing techniques in ‘construction techniques’.

Surfacing
Neatform can be surfaced on the ungrooved side before or after bending with either veneer or laminate. The decision to apply before or after will generally be determined by considering a number of factors such as the bending radius and the type of veneer (e.g paper backed or wood on wood) or the laminate grade. Generally vertical laminate grades are recommended since these are thinner and more flexible.
The benefit of pre-surfacing Neatform before fabrication is the opportunity to use PVA adhesive in conjunction with a flat bed press. The main factor to bear in mind is that the resulting Neatform composite panel takes on at least the stiffness of the stiffest element, which in the case of laminate is generally the laminate.

Edge Finishing
Exposed Neatform edges can be finished with a surfacing material such as veneer, laminate or other edging material that has been formed to shape and applied with a suitable adhesive. Suitable wood filler can also be used to fill exposed Neatform slots.

Stapling/Nailing
It is advisable to use u-shaped staples, orientated across the Neatform grooves or large headed nails.

Screw holding
Neatform is made from thin MDF therefore its screw holding ability it limited. However, when Neatform is used in conjunction with a framework ensure the screw goes through the Bendy MDF into the framework.