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Each Product Has a Story
Follow the journey that our products take, from drawing-board to the workshop and your space.
Working with plywood to deliver designer joinery projects is a niche approach.
Most joinery companies in Australia work solely with MDF or particleboard, which are easy and cheap to work with, but not ideal in terms of lasting quality or impact on worker health.
Plywood is also affordable and versatile. However, it achieves superior long-term results, and creates a healthier environment for our team and our clients alike. The trick is to work with its natural
We know plywood. We know which species and grades are right for each application, and how to cut and treat the panels to ensure they remain straight and true.
We believe in bringing healthy materials into a home and avoiding imitation options wherever possible.
Learn more about how our plywood is workshopped to ensure lasting results. Read more
Led by owners and industrial designers Jonathan and Sophie, the So Watt team guides clients through every step of their project.
See your project come to life with our CAD drawings; browse materials and finish samples at the So Watt showroom; and receive frequent updates on progress.
Visit our showroom and workshop in Marrickville to view the collection, or pick up colour and material samples to take home.
Q: Is plywood better than other joinery products, such as solid timber or particleboard?
Plywood is sustainable, flexible and durable. By contrast, solid timber can be much more expensive, while particleboard often uses compounds that are not great for your health or our planet. Plywood uses gentle compounds and beautiful timbers in a way that minimises waste, lowing its eco footprint substantially. Read Part I of our plywood series to learn more.
Q: What other materials do you work with?
We sometimes work with solid timbers, steel, brass, aluminium, acrylic, sign board and other composite panels. We do not use MDF or particleboard.
Q: What do you use to seal and finish your plywood furniture?
We are big fans of Osmo products for staining, sealing or full colour. It does require extra special care when applying but the results are hardwearing, and the piece still feels like timber when you’re done.
Q: What’s the difference between furniture and joinery?
Furniture is a proprietary item that can be physically picked up and moved around a space. Joinery is fixed cabinetry that becomes part of the building, such as kitchen cabinets, shelving and wardrobes.
Q: What’s the difference between customising and commissioning furniture?
Customising is when you make minor changes to one of our existing designs (already prototyped, tested and with all components accounted for). Commissioning is when you ask us to develop, design and build a new design
Every job is unique, let's talk about yours.
Learn what’s possible or which service is right for you, and book a free 15-minute phone consultation.
Get detailed guidance with a 2-hour site visit. Consultation fees are redeemable on the So Watt collection if you proceed with the plans we develop (Sydney customers only).
“There isn’t anything these guys can’t manage, build, install, produce or make happen - all the way with a smile on their face - big ups to Sophie & Jono.”
— Anne-Maree Sargeant, Founder, Authentic Design Alliance