How TON makes it

…from a piece of wood to a design chair

 

1 Timber drying and rods

We stock almost 300 types of saw wood in our warehouse. We grade them by colour and subsequently maintain a certain percentage of moisture content in them for a period of up to five months. In summer, we sprinkle the wood, while in colder weather we dry it in special chambers. This procedure is necessary for the material to stabilise, improve in quality and become more resistant. 

2 Steaming in the kiln

Beech timber offers the best bending capacity and is placed into saturated steam with a temperature of around 100 °C. The time spent here is determined by the profile of the squared rod. One centimetre takes one hour. 

3 Bending process

Benders place the rod into a former, seal it and put a special flange onto it. Thanks to this, the structure of the wood does not suffer any damage and remains incredibly solid even when its shape changes. It looks so simple, but it is a science. It takes more than a year to learn it correctly. 

4 Staining

Separate pieces or chair assemblies travel to the staining room to be submerged in special tanks. If the customer prefers natural wood colour, we can leave the models in the natural shade and only varnish or oil them. 

5 Finalisation

When processed, the pieces are given their final shape by hand at a designated workstation. Our experienced staff can put chair No. 14 together within 90 seconds. 

6.1 Lacquer finish

We finish our products with lacquer, or oil. Lacquering is done manually on a special line, which guarantees a dust-free environment and ideal drying conditions. We apply two coats between which we carry out sanding. 

6.2 Oil finish

We shall gladly finish your oak furniture also with an oil coat. This procedure creates a fine film on the surface and accentuates the wood grain. We use natural oils. 

7 Upholstery

Upholstery is according to customers' wishes. Customers can choose the colour, material and/or supply their own. For some models, upholstered seats and back rests can be decorated with studs. 

8 Testing

Quality is a priority for us. Our products are checked at each manufacturing level. Besides that, they undergo specific strength and durability tests in accordance with the European standard EN 161397 Furniture – Strength, durability and safety – Requirements for non-domestic seating. They withstand perfectly even the most demanding tests. 

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