Teak in Adventum Coupe | Niels van Roij
Teak in Adventum Coupe
Making a high-quality teak deck requires specialization but also high-quality material. Teak is a strong and durable material that hardly shrinks or works. It is very easy to work with and has the great advantage that it does not splinter. It also has an anti-slip effect and an insulating value. Teak naturally has a greasy layer, which must be taken into account when processing the material. If a teak deck is used outside, with correct maintenance and treatment it will last more than 20 years. Teak decks are know from the yacht industry mainly. But teak is used in various branches. Woodworker Jeroen Kist: “Working with teak and subsequently processing is great. Just fantastic! Bending a tree into a completely different shape: it is always surprising how the drawings in the wood turn out. And these drawings can then be used for various objects, that are thereby enriched and embellished.”
Making a bespoke car teak in Adventum Coupe
The process of making a teak deck is divided into different layers. The first layer is the design. The design of the object, in this case the interior of Adventum Coupe, determines the distribution of the teak slats and the border parts. These border parts are the wider teak elements that are installed around the surface. When both the car designer and the woodworker are satisfied with the executed design, and measuring and positioning planks at the right place has been finalized, the start is made to glue it to the bottom piece. A teak deck is always made in combination with a base plate. This plate is there to create stability. The best base to use is a water-resistant Okoume base plate. Okoume is a sturdy, durable and waterproof plywood. The firmness is created by a water-resistant angle bonding of the wood grain.
Degrease and prime the teak deck
The teak parts to be glued are treated with a cleaner and the primer must be applied by means of a brush. And: all within one hour. This primer must be applied in a continuous layer and cannot be contaminated. For example, greasy fingers are a real issue. The teak parts must then be glued. The Okoume base plate is then provided with adhesive kit. This glue is well distributed with a glue comb. The teak parts are pressed into the glue and temporarily fixed in the grooves. This results in seams between the elements of teak. These are incorporated into the next step. Here too it is important that these joints are empty, clean and dry. The act of degreasing and priming is again carefully executed before rubberizing the teak deck will take place. For Adventum Coupe we have chosen to use a very special white kit.