Chipboard is not in our vocabulary, and we specialise in hand-made, traditional construction methods which ensure that furniture will last a lifetime. For a snapshot of our methods, please see below.

Lessons in wood

All wood is hydroscopic. I know that sounds dull and boring, however, what it means is it has a moisture content which is permanently affected by changes in relative humidity.  This results in seasonal changes in the dimension of the timber which continue throughout the life of the wood.  The amount of movement varies considerably between different species of wood.

Because most of expansion and contraction is in its width and thickness, not in its length, frame and panel construction works best with solid timber.  Therefore, doors are traditionally made with a frame and a panel. It also follows that the panel in the door should be fully polished or painted before it is placed in the frame so that it never shows any signs of movement.

We use many methods when working with solid timber to dramatically reduce the effects of movement.  However, it is impossible for anybody to guarantee against seasonal changes.

Construction

There are several methods of constructing wooden furniture, none are superior to the methods we use which are found in antiques which have lasted hundreds of years.

Scribe joint: Here we show the most common method used by our competitors which is a scribe joint. This is used purely for speed of manufacture only.

Broken scribe joint: This scribe joint can be taken apart simply tapping it diagonally, showing the fragility of the joint.

Mortice and tenon joint: We use full depth motice and tenon construction which takes longer but provides a large bonded surface area and is close to indestructible.

Most of the market providers supply doors that are 18mm thick, our doors are 30mm in thickness as standard and therefore more robust and less likely to flex when opened and closed.  

Because our doors are substantial, we only supply them with traditional butt hinges which are recessed into both the framework and door.  This is the method used on most quality front doors as it has always been the strongest possible method.

Dovetail example

On our carcass furniture, including kitchens and cabinets, we use a properly jointed, full face frame construction 30mm in thickness. 

Many of our competitors offer what looks like a face frame construction but the frames aren’t jointed, they are simply planted onto the carcass.  This does not make their carcass rigid or strong.

(Picture 6) Our drawers are constructed using proper dovetails at the front and the back.  This has been shown, throughout hundreds of years, to be superior to any other method that anybody offers. 

Our preferred method of construction is solid wood throughout.  However, to reduce cost, particularly on fitted furniture and kitchens, we build carcasses with a moisture resistant plywood. 

We have never used chipboard for the construction of furniture.  We prefer not to use MDF, however, if people wish to reduce costs on polished wood furniture, we can use veneered MDF for parts of the carcass construction.  Sometimes, it is better to use a high-grade MDF for painted finishes. 

However, when we do this, we only ever use the top-grade moisture resistant MDF.

Lifetime Guarantee

We guarantee that our furniture is unbreakable in normal use.  We guarantee that all methods and materials used are suitable for a lifetime’s usage.  What is not covered by this guarantee is wear and tear, abusive or intentional damage, exposure to extreme humidity in either direction, fire and smoke damage.  All ironmongery or products not actually produced by me but supplied on my furniture is subject to their own manufacturer’s guarantee.  Any product supplied for external use is guaranteed for 10 years.

Incidental damage with cause outside of our guarantee can be resolved at cost.

The finishes we offer, both hand painted and polished are of a more natural quality than mass produced furniture.   We are happy to supply samples.

As with all guarantees, they are subject to the company that offers them.  This guarantee is offered in good faith based on my working career.  I have no intention of ever retiring, however, if I die or cannot continue to work due to ill health, this offer ends with me.