A back to basics hand-built oak drawer with dovetails

Four things you never knew about Dovetail Joints (plus one you probably did!)

17th March 2020

At Back to Basics, all the drawers in our bespoke, hand-built kitchens and furniture are made using dovetail joints. Here’s why:   1. Not only do they look beautiful, they hold timbers together without the need for screws or nails. These days cabinet makers add glue for extra strength, but that’s a ‘just in case’ […]

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How do we make curved doors and units?

6th February 2020

Nothing says ‘luxury’ like beautiful curved corner cabinets, or a semi-circular end to an island. It’s the ultimate in modern but classic kitchen design. But how do we get the wood to bend? And how can we ensure that all the curves are the same, so that doors shut, everything lines up beautifully but it’s […]

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Recycled glass kitchen worktop

Spotlight on: Worktops (Part 2)

4th January 2020

Apart from the traditional granite or wood we talked about in Part 1, it’s possible to have your worktops made from just about any material you can think of. Recycled glass, stainless steel, composites, and quartz are a few of the worktops we’ve sourced for clients over the years, and you could even have polished […]

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Spotlight on: Worktops (Part 1)

12th December 2019

Your kitchen worktops are the probably the most hardworking surfaces in your home. They have to withstand heat, stains, heavy pans, and damage from knives, all while remaining a hygienic surface on which to prepare food. Some materials do this better than others, so here’s the first part of our guide to choosing the right […]

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