How to tell when drawers are well made

There are easy ways to tell if drawers in a chest, desk, cabinet or cupboard are high quality tradition drawers.

Traditional handcrafted timber drawers are characterised by:

  1. 1mm gap on the left/right/top
  2. an even 1mm gap remains on all sides when you open and close the drawer
  3. quality dovetail joinery is visible when you open the drawer (no nails or screws)
  4. solid wood construction
  5. no runners (no visible runners on the sides of drawers or under the drawers)

How to store your extension dining table leaf

Smith and Gray’s custom made extension tables are sturdy and feature heavy duty drawer slides which ensure smooth and easy sliding. And our experienced cabinetmakers work tirelessly to ensure the grain, joins and alignment pins all fit together seamlessly.

See the features of our bureau bookcase with secret drawers & compartments

See the features of our bureau bookcase with secret drawers & compartments, french polished, hand carved mouldings & rosettes, hand turned columns

secret doors on a desk

Custom made solid american walnut desk with secret panel doors

Secret door on bookshelves

Client needed a curved fronted bookcase in their entrance with a hidden door into a room behind

smith and gray soft close dovetailed drawers

custom made dovetailed drawers with underslung soft close drawer runners

art deco dining table

art deco dining table with ebony veneer and solid stainless steel base

extension dining table with turned legs

solid american oak extension dining table with turned legs and stained black

Custom turning dining table legs

custom turning 4 solid american oak dining table legs

Sustainable timber

Smith and Gray fine furniture makers pride themselves on not only producing stunning handmade timber furniture but also sourcing that timber in a responsible and sustainable way. From growing their own plantation timber to sourcing and milling on-site to minimise transport and waste, their passion for timber runs deep.

Extending dining table with leaf storage compartment

Tasmanian Blackwood with an ebony stain and finished in a 80% gloss 2 pac, this art deco extension dining table with a leaf storage compartment and solid mirror also features oolished stainless steel leg collars

Hand lathed table legs and knobs

In house detailed woodturning.  We can create anything from large table columns to the smallest of knobs.  Turning a vanity leg by hand.

Rattan cane furniture

All types of rattan cane work is done in-house.