These days, the way that furniture and even cabinetry are being put together are changing. Whilst there was once only one or two ways that pieces of timber can be joined together, there are now plenty of different techniques to choose from, ensuring that you can achieve the look that you desire. With all of the innovative joinery designs in Sydney today, is it any wonder that seamless unity is now the marker of a true master? And which of the more modern techniques are we likely to see being used in the near future?
The introduction of modernism into the design sphere has actually gotten rid of the believed that we need to hide the workings of construction, meaning that the joins and connections are often in full view. This created quite a problem for the joinery experts who were responsible for putting the furniture and cabinetry together, as they had previously dedicated their lives to creating joins that could be hidden. Nowadays, there has been some sort of marriage between the two worlds, allowing joins to be both hidden and obvious.
What this means is that other materials are often utilized to join pieces of timber together as securely and tightly as possible, whereas glue (and occasionally nails) were the traditional joining methods used in the past. Some of these materials are able to blend seamlessly with the timber, whilst others are used solely for the fact that they are able to stand out and add a different dimension. Some of the materials that you could find are in use for joinery designs in Sydney today include:
- An elastic material can be used to join two pieces of timber together via a process known as ‘over-moulding’. It is commonly utilized in the creation of chairs, when its sides, legs, seat and backrest need to be joined.
- Heat shrink plastic, which is commonly used to protect electric cabling, can be used to form joins. The plastic is wrapped around the timber and heated so that it conforms to the shape before being left to cool.
- ‘DaR’ is a process that involves breaking the timber to size and inserting it into a silicone form. Polyurethane foam is then introduced, which gets into the fibres and expands, leaving a solid joint in five minutes.
- Zelfo is a completely biodegradable cellulose paste that is increasingly popular for use in furniture design. It is formed in the desired shape and to the shape of the timber before individual pieces are slotted into place.
- Croquet involves painted metal components of individual sizes being used to join each piece of timber. There are no tools required for the assembly of this furniture and they are so named for their resemblance to mallets.
As you can see, there are a number of techniques that can be used to join one piece of timber to another. Many of the methods that have been listed above are going to increase in popularity in joinery designs in Sydney over the coming years. Whilst many of the joinery experts whom we employ to create our custom furniture and cabinetry items may not be too enthusiastic about replacing the old ways, they will need to do whatever it takes to ensure that their clients are happy with the finished product.