Please take a moment to understand the manufacturing process and the work that goes into every piece of furniture. If in doubt refer back to this page and question other suppliers on these standards. I can assure you that most of them won’t even own the tools and machines below.
Only the straightest driest pieces of timber if selected for your furniture.
The timber is now fed through a machine called a Jointer/Planer/Thicknesser. As the name implies this machine has 3 functions.
Timber is shaved thinly on the face side to get all selected Timber the same thickness and also clean/sand the face quickly.
The side of timber is fed through the machine to create perfect 90 degree joining sides. Basically creating sides that are perfect relevant to each for joining. Therefore ensuring a stronger more durable joint between slats. See joining process below.
The planer shaves mm off the face of the timber boards to make each one perfectly straight.
After the timber is prepared for joining we mark each piece in sequence, drill pocket holes underneath the boards after which we glue and join.
Step by step guide and information on http://www.diypete.com/how-to-build-a-farmhouse-table/
To check your table standards look out for pocket hole under a table top with joins.
Kreg Jig ( This tool is approximately R3500, any reputable table builder should have one)
- Perfect for do-it-yourselfers and anyone new to Kreg Joinery
- Removable Drill Guide for benchtop and portable use
- For use with materials from 12 to 38mm thick
- Hardened-steel Kreg drill guides feature a lifetime warranty
- Removable Drill Guide is great for making home repairs
- Wood-chip relief holes keep the drill bit clear of excess wood chips
we use Woodoc Sealers on all our timber – especially when using softwoods. Woodoc’s superior three-step programme ensures the best result. The first coat deep penetrates the wood, nourishing and revitalising the wood, the second coat penetrates and bonds with the first, forming a seal, and the third provides a surface that is hard, scratch-, alcohol- and heat-resistant, and easy to maintain.
NB! Why we don’t use varnish
Varnish is a blend of oils and resins that coats the surface of wood and gives a transparent, protective coating. Depending on its formulation, it can leave a gloss, semi-gloss or satin finish. Today, varnish products are predominantly urethane-based, more commonly know as polyurethane varnish.
When applied, the first coat of varnish blocks the surface of the wood to offer protection from ambient moisture. Although these products have added UV stabilizers, many will fail to stand up to our extreme weather conditions for any length of time. Varnish will eventually start to crack and peel. Varnish is not recommended for softwoods such as pine.