Material to use for Woodwork

Types of finishes for woodwork – How to choose between Laminate, Veneer, Acrylic, Polymer, Lacquered Glass, PU Coating, Duco Paint etc. etc. etc. for your Home Interiors

I was browsing over all the old posts on my blog and could not believe that this is a topic that I’ve missed writing on. Choosing the right finish for woodwork is something that puzzles almost all home makers and making the wrong choice compromises the entire design and the look of the place, not to mention the additional cost of rework in case the finish chosen is incorrect for the space or the application. In the paragraphs below, we will go through each finish and its pros and cons, where it should be used and where it should not. So, without further ado … here goes Laminate Finish: This is by far the most common finish available in the market primarily due to the ease of application of laminate on plywood. Almost all factory-made modular furniture available in the Bangalore today is made in laminate. This is because factory […]

HDHMR – The New Material for Woodwork in Bangalore.

I recently had a vendor hand over a sample of HDHMR, the new magic material for woodwork that is expected to provide a lower cost but better option than plywood. Before I move further let me de-jargonize and explain what HDHMR means. The acronym stands for High Density High Moisture Resistant. Anyone would now ask High Density High Moisture Resistant WHAT?? The what, that no one ever explains, stands for the “Board”. Simply put HDHMR is a superior variant of MDF (Medium Density Fibre Board) that is higher in density (hence HD) and Higher Moisture Resistant (hence HMR) than MDF. Having seen MDF warp, bend and puff up with even a hint of water on it my first reaction was experiment first hand how the material will behave when exposed to water. So here is what I did. Dipped it in water for 2 – 3 minutes and let it […]

So what is the Right material to choose for Woodwork?

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So you have made your first visit to the market to decide on your interiors, visited @Home, HomeStop, Hometown, Home Center, Nolte, Veneta Cucine, checked out the neighborhood Modular Furniture & Kitchen Wala, spoken to the carpenter who did the house of so and so…….etc. etc……..Means that you are now more confused than you were when you started off, well…. welcome to home making :). In my earlier posts I have tried to help sort this very confusion offering inputs around 1. how to create a budget, 2. what to look for when you are making specialty artifacts like a sliding wardrobe & a modular kitchen. 3. good & reasonable places to shop for interiors in Bangalore. Last week while answering a number of customer queries I realized that I have yet failed to answer one of the fundamental questions that home makers have i.e. with all the choice available […]