Hand bordering is one of the wood working finishing processes. Finishing refers to those activities carried out on the printed material. It is meant to give the frames a beautiful hand border. A hand border can either be single or double. These activities are performed after the printing process. The hand bordering process involves fastening of the different sheets together, binding, and other decorating processes like laminating, embossing and die-stamping.
Finishing can either be an in-line or off-line process. With the in-line process, finishing is done by the various units that are attached to the printing press’s end. When it comes to the off-line method, both finishing and printing are two different processes.
What is hand finishing process?
These are the final or finishing operations done manually after the printing process. They are meant to give your design a consistent and a beautiful look. It is a useful process that makes the design shine. Its major processes includes the following;
Application and removal or mask
A layer of masking tape is applied to the material before cutting. This is done to produce a clean cut. When this tape is not applied, the laser might end up creating cuts having smoky and charred edges. It is a process that involves an additional cost.
It is mainly recommended for many projects before cutting. Its application depends on the project’s final purpose. Masking removal is done by removing its little bits that remain after cutting. These bits can engrave your masking project if you do not remove them. It is a time-consuming process. The cost associated with this process can be determined by evaluating your file.
This operation is done to remove the unneeded or extra material. Weeding out is done using affine-tip-tool. This process is dependent on the project’s scale and intricacy of your design. Sometimes it can be time-consuming and very tedious. It is an additional service that needs to be considered in the design phase of your project.
Trimming and cutting
Trimming is done on the large stocks before printing. It is also done after printing on those sheets having multiple signatures. It is mainly done to ensure that the sheet can fit easily to the bindery equipment or folding machines. These processes are done using a guillotine.
Painting, staining, and application of sealant
Wood is painted using any colour. This is done to improve its surface finish. It is known for producing beautiful surface sheens like metallic, chalkboard, glitters, hard enamel and glosses. Staining is done to increase the depth of the wood-grains as well as emboldening its character. The protective sealant is applied to stained and painted surfaces.