Birch Plywood and other Materials
All of our fronts, apart from our bamboo options, are made from high quality birch plywood.
We never use MDF or chipboard.
Birch plywood has many advantages:-
1. Aesthetic Advantage
Birch plywood is perfect for furniture, as it has a nice, rich sheen, and it gives the end product an elegant finish.
2. Better than solid wood for kitchens
Birch plywood is known for its durability, stability and strength. Our 18mm Birch plywood is the perfect depth for kitchens and is formed by layering 13 layers of birch. This adds a great amount of stability and strength to the plywood unlike for example chipboard or MDF which has very little inherent strength. It has advantages over solid wood as it is far less susceptible to movement, warping and twisting than solid wood.
Plywood is much safer to work with as it produces far fewer harmful chemical emissions than MDF.
4. Environmental Advantage
Birch trees are native to northern Europe and is an abundant, fast growing species. Plywood is a much better use of wood resources than solid wood.
Natural materials that appeal on a fundamentally human level
We are a MDF free zone.
We only use the highest quality 18mm birch plywood commercially available - Grade S+/BB or B/BB, a higher quality than that used by other manufacturers. We are experts in our craft and always use the best materials rather than those 'that will do". This grade gives a clean appearance. This is absolutely ideal for kitchens as it's very strong , durable, and sustainable. MDF is cheap but weak and unfortunately is used by most kitchen manufacturers.
We add two coats of a protective oil to make it water and stain resistant and bring out the beauty of the wood. This can be refinished in situ without redoing the whole door.
We also use FSC European hardwoods, low toxic paints, and raw metals.
We allow the grain to run continuously across the fronts as far as possible.
Birch plywood is a natural wood product and there may be variations in tones, grain patterns and small knots, which is all part of its natural beauty.We offer birch ply in different wood veneers - birch, natural oak, white oak, smoked oak, brown oak, black-stained oak, rough sawn oak, walnut, sycamore, elm, London plane, ash, cherry, Douglas Fir - there are many more so if there is a wood you wish to use just get in touch.
Our spray painted birch plywood are painted with 4 coats of an ultra washable eggshell finish which has a matt look, but at the same time is easy to wipe clean in an ultra non-toxic, durable paint. We have our in-house nature-inspired colours but can also colour match almost any colour.
We leave the beautiful birch ply edges exposed or they can be painted to match your paint colour.