Clearview South November 2013 - Issue 144 - Page 56

CLEARVIEW EXCLUSIVE timbernews Craftsmanship meets mass production Peter Dyer, of Dempsey Dyer, tells Clearview more about the company’s timber manufacturing process and their ‘Durability by Design’ concept. According to industry data specialists, Insight Data, there’s 2,217 timber fabricators in the UK, which is more than the total number of aluminium and uPVC fabricators put together. Of this 2,217, most are small joinery companies producing only a handful of windows per week and supplying customers in their local area. At the other end of the scale is Pontefract based Dempsey Dyer. Established in 1977, Dempsey Dyer produce around 150 timber windows and doors per week (aside from their Deceuninck uPVC and ‘timber look’ products) from their 64,000 sq ft manufacturing facility and supplies all over the UK and Ireland. What’s most impressive about Dempsey Dyer is their attention to detail. Despite producing timber products in mass volumes, Dempsey Dyer still offer the hand-made quality you would normally associate with a small local joiner. So how does Dempsey Dyer achieve this balance of artistry and high volumes? Peter Dyer explains: Peter Dyer Note the 7 degree slope. This stops moisture penetrating the external seals and rotting the wood. The material The finishing process “The quality of our work can be traced back to the material. We only use high quality timber species such as Accoya, Sapele, European Oak and European Redwood, all of which is sustainably sourced. When the material is delivered, the first thing we do is check for defects and cut away any damaged timber. We don’t use pre-profiled timber; we create all our shapes ourselves with our in-house developed tools. Not only does this put us in greater control of the look of our products, pre-profiled timber has a greater chance of becoming damaged, meaning we can reduce waste and improve quality. Once the profile has been shaped and cut to size by specialist machinery, we assemble each frame by hand. The deep joints ensure a longer lasting frame and each product is then checked by eye to make sure it meets our meticulously high standards. All our products are finished in a separate room away from the main factory, stopping any dust or dirt getting into the paint work. First a base coat is applied by an automated tracking system. Once this base coat is dry we de nib with 180 grit sandpaper by hand – another opportunity for one of our skilled craftsman to inspect for faults. Two more coats of paint are then applied, this time by hand, before it is left to rest in the drying area. Nothing produces an attractive high gloss finish better than spraying by hand and it also means we can cover all the hard to reach areas. When the frame is dry the glass panes are mounted, beads are pinned into place and hardware is applied. The pins are so small they’re barely visible to the eye so they don’t detract from the look. Finally the product is wrapped in protective film and ready for delivery or collection. You can see this entire process in our timber manufacturing video on the Dempsey Dyer website This video acts as a great sales tool for our trade customers, as it means they can show their customers the high level of craftsmanship that will be going into their new windows, door or conservatory. Durability by Design At Dempsey Dyer we pride ourselves on manufacturing products that stand the test of time – a concept we call Durability by Design. An example of this is the 7 degree slope we build into all our frames. The slope stops moisture penetrating the external seals and rotting the wood. Once the frame has been assembled we apply sealant to the end grain– which is the most absorbent part. This sealant prevents water damage but at the same time allows the wood to breathe. 56 NOV 2013 For more information call 01977 649641 or visit To read more, visit