Indonesia, especially Jepara known as the town of patio furniture makers since the early 90’s. Unrivaled by other regions in Indonesia, this town has been exported patio furniture to various countries around the world. Supported by the procurement and distribution of teak timber which is handled by the government, woodworking talents that are inherited from generation to generation, this city developed into a center of teak furniture industry.
The Jepara handmade patio furniture is available in almost every country in the world, exposed on the internet as the most eco friendly and durable patio furniture. If you search for keywords “Patio furniture” in Google shopping, you’ll find thousands of products that are handmade by Jepara people, spread among various online shopping web eq. amazon.com, brookstone.com, onewayfurniture.com, walmart.com, and thousands of other patio furniture websites.
Many of the promotion on these websites makes people believe that it is very beautiful, eco friendly and durable, but there is also an effort to discredit the image of Jepara handmade patio furniture. The following from the website Thos Baker :
“Contrary to intuition, the words handmade and furniture do not go well together when it comes to teak outdoor furniture.
Handmade means hand tools. An Indonesian factory makes handmade furniture that looks an awful lot like a village with guys sitting around in their yards whittling. This makes for intriguing tourist photos and Captivating cocktail party chatter but less than perfect furniture. ”
Tends to scare people to buy handmade patio furniture, so people interested in buying full machine made patio furniture from Thos. Baker online shop only.
Read more “At Thos. Baker, we use only one side clear teak heartwood with a mix of straight and free grain. Components are Visually matched to a high degree of color uniformity.” I believe that Thos. Baker woodworking machinery is very sophisticated so that it can visually matching the components into a high degree of uniformity.
The question is:
How many furniture manufacturers in Jepara which made “full machine made patio furniture”?
Is it effective to manufacture furniture with full machine?
What is the difference between Jepara handmade furniture manufacturer with a full machine manufacturer one ?
Very few firms in the Jepara that offer full machine made patio furniture, there are only 5-10 firms.
Manufacturing full machine made furniture in Jepara is very ineffective, because the NON-MOQ terms. The full machine made patio furniture apply Minimum Order Quantity (MOQ) in thousands pieces per-item. Also, to maintain uniformity in color and texture, a furniture piece is made from one block timber.
The difference between handmade furniture maker with a full machine lies in the completeness of the woodworking machinery. Usually a large furniture maker has a Log Band Saw, Band Resaw, Small Band Saw, Cross Cut, Four side Molders, Spindle molders, Round Tenoner, Mortiser, Sanding Master. Handmade furniture only has limited number of small woodworking machinery such as double-side molder, cross cut, the band saw. The log sawing, tenoniser, mortiser and other works that require high precision is usually done by another company which is specialized as a subcontractors for the works.
What is the difference handmade with full machine?
The answer is “i do not know”. Because, i can not imagine how to make furniture by sitting around and chatter in a cocktail party. To make it easier for you to judge, following are handmade patio furniture made by Joe Teak Furniture manufacturer.
PATIO FURNITURE by Indofur