Sadly no tax breaks for woodworkers in the budget this time and it looks like i’ll have to close our Swiss subsidiary. Otherwise, it’s been a good month. I’ve just finished a lovely painted oak dresser which is sitting here awaiting delivery. We’ve just had some professional images taken, so I’ll try and tempt MT readers next month. Everything we do is built to the highest standard but we always work within the client’s budget which sometimes means we have to revise our designs accordingly. For this piece however, we had a carte blanche to build the dresser with all the attention to detail that it deserved and it was a real pleasure to make.
This brings me to the great MDF debate, which I find myself having with clients from time to time.
Some clients are very averse to the idea, whilst others will rightly consider it a more economical alternative.
MDF does have it’s place in a furniture workshop (not the bin). It’s main advantage is stability and is used by furniture makers as a substrate for veneers in even the most expensive of furniture. It also has constructional integrity when used appropriately. However, it is not very durable and doesn’t compare with natural wood as a finished surface.
Therefore, we choose not to offer painted MDF furniture, however we do use it, particularly in conjunction with veneers, though you would never know it unless you were told.
A brief update on the New Red social media bandwagon. We have amazingly doubled our twitter following in the space of just a month. Sounds impressive, but given we now have 8 (eight) followers, maybe less so. I’m setting my sights on 10 and considering posting a video on sharpening chisels set to music #gangnamstyle.
If this sparks your interest or you would like to see examples of our work, please view our website: www.newredfurniture.co.uk and follow the link to our twitter page.