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relies on Hoffmann for growth.
With an established
history in general woodworking and quality joinery Cattles has found itself diversifying
into the specialist area of glazing bead frame manufacturing for the flush door
Such has been the success of this particular specialist manufacturing
route that the company are now supplying a totally bespoke service to door manufacturers
Director Tim Cattle attributes the company's success in this
sector entirely to the technology and system provided by the Hoffmann dovetail
key joint. Glazing frames manufactured at Cattles modern workshops at Newport
Pagnell in Buckinghamshire are, in the main, rectangular or square. However they
have equal expertise in constructing asymmetrical shaped frames, round or oval
shapes - even rhombus and D-shaped frames.
"When we first started
making glazing frames it was using traditional methods of underpinning the joints"
explains Tim Cattle. "While this is a generally acceptable and conventional
method of jointing, the Hoffmann system gives us a number of significant advantages.
Mainly it pulls the joint together in a much tighter joint giving us the superb
joint finish quality that our customers expect. It also creates far stronger joints
and is more versatile when it comes to creating other and more complex joints
than straight mitre joints. Basically the Hoffmann system is just so good at joint
Cattles were first introduced to the Hoffmann system some
8 years ago and installed their first bench-mounted MU2 keyway router to replace
their conventional jointing method. The Hoffmann system works by accurately routing
out the two opposite keyway slots on the underside of the faces of the two components
and then inserting the serrated Hoffmann dovetail key which pulls the two faces
together in a permanent, secure and perfect joint that will not flex or move and
gives a perfect finish on the visible face. The system is easy to set up fast
and requires no after clamping for glue drying times or any other process. The
quality of the joint is excellent and conforms to the requirements of door manufacturers
who are producing specialist fire-rated and acoustic doors.
last five years Cattles have expanded their glazing frame service significantly.
In the process they have relied on Hoffmann and invested in a second bench mounted
Hoffmann router and then two free-standing Hoffmann machines with alternative
clamping and routing set-ups. They have also invested in a Hoffmann double mitre
frame saw for the absolute perfect angles on the faces of the components to be
"Our service is totally bespoke and we need to ensure that
we can react quickly to orders of all sizes and supply dimensional accuracy with
secure joints that need to operate in special purpose doors including 120 minute
fire door applications" explains Tim Cattle. "It is entirely down to
the Hoffmann system and technology that we have been able to achieve this"
For further information please
call Tim Cattle on 01908 671555
will be very happy to discuss your glazing bead, panel moulding or plant on moulding
specification through with you. Either call us or to fill in our enquiry form