How is plywood furniture made? Plywood furniture – why did we choose plywood for furniture production?
How is plywood furniture made?
Plywood furniture – why did we choose plywood for furniture production?
Plywood is the only material from which our furniture is made (excluding the additional upholstery elements). We chose it for several reasons important to us. First of all, it is a great material for furniture construction in terms of strength (which is especially important considering, for example, our openwork legs or shelf load capacity). As you probably know, plywood present in the furniture industry was once used for the production of elements inside the furniture. There used to be very few pieces made solely of plywood because this material was considered weak and of poor quality and such belief prevailed for a very long time. Secondly, plywood aesthetically has something that other wooden materials do
not have: visible layers of glued veneer (alternating layers). It is thanks to them that the edges differ in relation to the surfaces. Thirdly, we were simply captivated by the characteristic birch wood pattern. Fourthly, it is a natural product that is made of renewable resources.
When it comes to the quality of the material, many years of experience in plywood processing have made us a demanding customer. The process of searching for the right supplier was quite long and took us to Finland, where we were able to find waterproof birch plywood (veneers are glued with a waterproof glue that ensures the high strength of plywood in the event of moisture). As a producer of plywood furniture, we knew perfectly well that this plywood would meet our expectations and would guarantee the highest quality.
How is Frisk plywood furniture made?
The vast majority of our Frisk furniture is based on side legs. Therefore, the production process of our furniture begins with cutting out openwork shapes on a CNC machine. The irreplaceable Darek rules here making sure all Frisk legs, shelves, boxes, drawers, countertops come out just right. Darek plans, cuts, drills and softens the edges. This is where plywood furniture takes on the right shape.
All the cut elements from Darek’s hands move on to the sanding shop. The boss at the sanding plant is Kasia, who shows great patience because here the difficult and time-consuming process of sanding all components begins. The most time-consuming are, of course, the legs. All the details in the form of openwork, curves, etc. is all that we came up with to make the production process more complicated and life here more difficult. Other elements like cabinets and drawers, compared to the processing of legs, do not cause so many problems. Although it seems that our products are very simple and composed of a small number of elements, making them look and feel just right takes a lot of time.
Every piece of furniture is tested before oiling, which is why we are able to reduce the risk of imperfections in our products. Boxes are put together, drawer mechanisms, fronts and handles are checked and everything is in place and works as it should before being released to the next stage. We assemble all the furniture, i.e. sideboards and bookcases, we put the boxes inside to check if everything works the right way and only after this stage the furniture is sent to the last production phase.
Oiling of furniture
The last process in the production is plywood oiling. This is the second most time-consuming phase and just like in a sanding shop, it takes the most time to protect the legs. This is because our favorite openwork legs, due to number of arches and edge roundings, are much more difficult to secure than simple elements such as shelves. Oiling is a process of extreme importance because it is the way of impregnating the plywood that gives it the right color, visible wood structure and mats for our furniture.
For aesthetic reasons, it was natural for us to choose matt oils. Varnishes, although equally good (like any product, both oils and varnishes have their advantages and disadvantages) did not give us the most important thing: characteristic, matte coating which makes the delicate structure and wood pattern clearly visible. Furthermore, oils naturally protect the material and without closing its pores allow it to breathe.
For furniture protection, we chose oils that are based on natural ingredients and meet the following standards: EN 71.3 – the coating is safe for children’s toys, DIN 53160 – coating resistant to sweat and saliva, DIN 68861.1A – coating resistant to drink stains. Category 1A gives the highest resistance. In addition, the oil layer is completely safe for humans, animals and plants and is approved for contact with food.
Once the elements are dry they are packed and ready to travel to meet you.