New engraving service available at Probox Drawers

Probox, based near Buckingham is the UK’s leading supplier of solid timber drawer boxes. Probox have installed a CNC machine which allows clients to have engraved artwork on their drawer boxes. This service can be used to enhance the boxes with a kitchen or furniture makers  branding or logo.

Other creative options for engraving could be labelling drawer fronts or box lids with words such as bread, cutlery in kitchens or socks etc for bedroom furniture.

Daniel Wells, Director at Probox drawers commented “Engraving is a sort after service with our clients, allowing them to apply branding to drawers and add a point of difference”.
Probox installed the CNC engraving machine in a new warehouse built for extra storage and to allow for this extra process.

Daniel added “End customers like to have the kitchen suppliers name on the side of their drawer boxes. It can be seen as mark of quality, showing  that the kitchen was hand crafted. It is also great advertising for the kitchen company, promoting more word of mouth leads as friends and family see the name”

Probox can engrave a variety of artworks from solid logos to intricate patterns. The artwork should be supplied as a solid black vector file.

The computerised CNC engraving machine offers precision positioning of engraved artwork, allowing large batches of drawer boxes to be produced with complete uniformity.



The depth of the engraving can be varied within a design as desired. A popular finish is the main logo with a deeper engrave and smaller additional text with a finer effect.


David Hollis Bespoke Joinery and Cabinet Makers Saves Valuable Time With Probox Drawers

David Hollis Bespoke Joinery and Cabinet Makers based near Milton Keynes, have over 20 years’ experience building and installing bespoke crafted kitchens and furniture.
David Hollis has mainly grown his business through word of mouth from customers that are happy with his high quality kitchen installations and other projects, using only the finest materials. He also receives lots of enquires in response to the photo posts on Facebook showing completed work.



David Hollis uses Quest Hardware for his woodworking consumables, ironmongery and tools when making kitchens, wardrobes, bespoke cabinets, timber windows and doors, book cases and stairs. All of which are shown in the vast gallery of project photos on Facebook.  David Hollis, commented “Facebook is a great way for us to show the quality of real projects we have worked on in the past. Each job we complete is bespoke to that customers requirements and we are always proud of the level of craftsmanship shown in each completed assignment.”

David Hollis often uses Probox for dovetail drawers on kitchen and furniture projects. Probox is a trusted partner of the kitchen and furniture industry and have dedicated, leading edge equipment and highly trained craftsmen creating dovetail drawer boxes in bespoke sizes.


David Hollis commented “Probox is one of our trusted suppliers because they make high end solid timber dovetail drawers that always arrive in perfect condition. When we make our drawers with Probox it allows us to deliver projects quickly and focus on making the kitchen or furniture and installing it”

Probox start the manufacturing process with a stringent timber selection process, using only quality solid timber that’s sourced responsibly, this continues throughout the manufacture of the drawer boxes, with quality checks after every process and final checks before dispatch.

Probox also offer FSC certified timber on request. Probox offer a range of material options including beech, oak, walnut, maple, birch plywood and many more. David Hollis, added “ I’m always impressed with the quality of the drawers and the prompt deliveries from Probox”.

Daniel Wells, Director at Probox commented “ Probox save our customers time and money on projects that require drawer boxes. We have earned our position as a trusted partner to the industry through delivering immaculate dovetail drawer boxes consistently on time and on budget ”.


5 Points About Dovetail Joints

1. What is a dovetail joint?
A dovetail joint is a joinery technique used in woodworking, traditionally used to joint wooden furniture.
Dovetail joints are known for their inherent strength and resistance to being pulled apart (tensile strength). A dovetail joint has a series of pins and tails in a trapezoidal shape and once glued a dovetail joint has no need for mechanical fasteners.
Dovetail joints as a technique predate written history and have been found inside the tombs of ancient Egyptian mummies.
All Probox Classic Bespoke and Classic Swift drawer boxes use dovetail joints. Dovetails are considered a signature of craftsmanship and are an attractive feature of all Probox Bespoke and Classic range drawers.

2. Why use a dovetail joint on a drawer box?
Dovetail joints are very strong by design and they also offer an attractive finish that is a true sign of craftsmanship. Professionally cut and glued dovetail joints are virtually impossible to separate.

3. How do you make a dovetail joint?
Dovetail joints are traditionally cut by hand with a saw and chisel. Probox achieve precision cut dovetails on leading edge machines. As part of the set up the dovetailing machine is programmed with the exact drawer box height and style of dovetail required, then it quickly and efficiently cuts dovetails before the craftsman hand glues and finishes the drawer.

4. What types of dovetail joints are there?
There are lots of types of dovetail joints, but the most popular at Probox are;

Standard or Traditional pins and tails
Standard dovetail joints have evenly spaced cut pins and tails, traditional dovetails have wide cut pins and smaller tails.
Standard cut pins and tails offer more strength in the drawer, traditional are not quite so strong but are often specified because of their traditional finish.





Half- blind dovetail joint
Probox drawers are most commonly made with half-blind dovetail joints, as these dovetail joints are inherently strong, economical and very attractive. With a half-blind joint the end grain is not visible from the front end, the tails are housed in sockets in the ends of the board forming the front of the drawer. These dovetail joints are only seen at the side of the drawer.





throughThrough dovetail joint
A through dovetail joint is where the end grain of both boards is visible where the joint is assembled, creating a stunning dovetail effect from all sides of the box. This very strong joint is also sometimes known as a lapped, English, or plain dovetail.





5. What size will my dovetails be?
Some dovetailing machines out there will only produce 25mm dovetails, but the precision dovetail machines at Probox vary the size of the dovetail to suit the size of the drawer box.
The size of the dovetail itself is worked out by our precision cutting machine and this would be dependent on the height of the box. Half blind dovetail joints are by far the most popular as they are more cost effective to make than through dovetail joints.


What makes a high quality drawer box

Manufacturing a Quality Dovetailed Drawer Box

Probox selects the best quality timber to help our craftsmen create quality dovetailed drawer boxes with a superior finish. We know exactly what makes a top drawer, and that’s why our customers choose our products. Our drawers are made using state-of-the-art machinery and go through strict quality control procedures. This means our customers get the best timber selection, flawless lacquering, and a stunning finish.

When thinking about the specification of your drawer box, make sure you keep these things in mind:

· Timber selection
· Accuracy of machining and assembly
· Quality of the cut
· Superior finish

If you work with Probox, these are all things we will manage on your behalf.

Choosing a Timber

The type of wood specified is primarily down to personal choice and style. However different woods have a range of characteristics which should be considered to ensure you receive what you’re expecting. For instance, Walnut has a high percentage of sap in the wood which is light and can give a streaky appearance.  The reason why walnut is more expensive than oak is due to the high percentage of waste to ensure the even colour that most customers expect. A cheaper walnut drawer may often have irregular stripes and colours, so it’s always a good idea to invest in high quality walnut.

Given the popularity of oak, we use both American White Oak and European Oak as standard, and supplied either lacquered or unfinished. American oak can be more consistent in colour grain pattern, whilst its European cousin is marginally darker with a more-pronounced grain. We use mostly crown-cut oak; quarter-sawn oak can also be used but it is a more expensive option.
It’s important to recognise that wood is a natural material so the natural properties, such as grain and tone, may vary greatly per piece. We try to select timber with fewer knots unless this is a desired characteristic of your selected timber.

Hardwoods are the best choice of wood for drawers, with oak being a popular choice at present but Walnut, Maple, Ash, Birch, Beech, Cherry, Tulipwood (Poplar) and Cedar are all great choices.  If you need to trim the budget ask Probox about the smart new Birch Ply drawers or specify a softwood such as Pine.

A Duty to Detail

The sides of a drawer are typically 13 or 15mm thick and made from single panel of wood (a stave). If the drawer is over a certain height the wood panel is made from a few staves that have
been joined securely together. The higher the quality of the wood panel, the larger the stave and better colour/grain matching – this means less visible joins.

When constructing your drawer box we ensure a tight accurate joint, firmly glued together so there are no unsightly gaps or glue residue. We use a base of 9mm – 10mm and cut grooves into all four sides to ensure a tight, strong supportive base.

A Quality Finish

There should never be any drips or lines on a lacquered box – it should always be a smooth finish. We use two coats of child-safe lacquer to protect the wood, de-nibbing between each coat, giving an even sheen to the overall finish of your drawer box.

‘The details are not the details. They make the design.’ Charles Eames

Machine cutting ensures high quality dovetails

Machine cutting ensures high quality dovetails

Assembly of dovetail drawer box

Assembly of dovetail drawer box

Hand lacquered and finished drawers

Hand lacquered and finished drawers


What’s NEW from Probox – KBB 2016

Probox demonstrated its breadth of technical expertise and new manufacturing capability at this year’s KBB show with a display of curved fronts, shapes, glass fronted panels and beautiful dovetailed drawers in a choice of high quality timbers.  They also launched a timber alternative to metal kitchen drawer boxes which showcases the beauty of dovetails.


Dovetail drawer boxes signify quality in furniture and take time and expertise to create, so it can save money to outsource the manufacture to Probox.  As the leading supplier they produce bespoke boxes quickly and to a very high standard.   As specialists, they produce solid wood drawers and accessories in any timber, size and specification, with precision cut dovetails smoothly finished, lacquered and ready for installation.


In 2016, Probox added a Birch ply to their standard portfolio which enables designers to offer a dovetail drawer box as a competitive alternative to metal.  This ensures that the furniture or kitchen retains its bespoke feel yet is differentiated against other mainstream retailers that may use metal boxes as standard. Birch is made even stronger by a ply composition, and when cut and used as a dovetail, perfectly highlights the precision and quality of this joint. It looks particularly attractive when used with contemporary finishes.

‘Just as kitchen designers are always looking for new ways to offer something unique and special to their clients, Probox has innovation and quality at its heart,’ says Probox Director Mark Wells.  ‘Bespoke dovetail drawers are a beautiful addition to any kitchen, and Probox birch ply drawers give designers an opportunity to remain competitive yet still ensuring a high quality stylish product.’




Please contact Probox to discuss your project in person and request a quotation for bespoke products and accessories.


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Bespoke and Contemporary. NEW Birch Ply

Probox offers a new Birch ply option to designers and furniture manufacturers.   Perfect for kitchens and bedroom furniture, the finish and dovetails are both striking and modern, offering an interesting alternative to metal drawers.  The classic dovetail ensures that the furniture or kitchen retains its bespoke feel whilst the contemporary material looks great with smooth gloss finishes, bright colours or subtle wood grains.

‘Just as kitchen designers are always looking for new ways to offer something unique and special to their clients, Probox is always developing new ideas,’ says Probox Director Mark Wells.  ‘Bespoke dovetail drawers are an elegant addition to any piece of furniture, and Birch ply gives designers the opportunity to remain competitive yet still ensuring a high quality stylish product.’


Birch ply drawers can be made to measure with front or side facing dovetails for maximum design impact.   Please contact Probox to discuss your project in person and request a quotation for bespoke products and accessories.


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Probox Drawers get ready to exhibit at the KBB Show!

IMG_8921b-smlProbox Drawers get ready to exhibit at the KBB Show!

Probox, the quality drawer box supplier, is excited to be exhibiting once again at this year’s KBB Show at the NEC – Stand H129

This year, Probox will be demonstrating its high levels of product and finishing quality whilst showcasing innovations made possible by recent investments in design, new machinery and technology.   ‘We are looking forward to seeing our many existing customers at the show, whilst introducing our service to new customers in the kitchen and furniture industry,’ explains Mark Wells, Managing Director of Probox. ‘Manufacturers and retailers may not be aware they can outsource their drawer boxes to Probox, and be confident of the quality of timber and finish.’

As a trusted partner for the furniture industry, Probox has been supplying bespoke solid wood dovetail drawers for over 15 years.   This key element of a kitchen is often considered as a sign that a kitchen has been made to the highest standards.  As they can be time consuming and therefore costly to make, Probox offers a convenient and cost saving service to the industry, making high quality drawer boxes to any specification.

‘Quality and consistency is absolutely paramount,’ says Wells. ‘We have evaluated our range and production methods and are investing in more ways to best serve our customers – and that includes new machinery.  It’s a very exciting time for Probox!’

Probox supplies a number of industries from kitchen retailers, manufacturers and designers to housebuilders, shopfitters and hotel groups.

This is not the first time Probox has exhibited at KBB.  In 2014 they launched the Swift range, a series of standard size, ready to despatch, solid oak dovetail drawers. These  readymade drawer boxes are made to the same quality levels as those made to order, they are simply available for delivery within 1-2 days making them a convenient option for furniture manufacturers.


All Probox solid wood dovetail drawers are supplied fully glued and assembled, prepared for runners, hand finished with two coats of clear lacquer and ready for immediate installation. Some customers prefer other details which the company are able to accommodate as well as bespoke details like cutlery inserts and spice racks. Probox have stringent quality control procedures in place to ensure you get precisely the drawers you require.

Please contact Probox to discuss your project in person or order directly online.  They advise on products and can supply drawer runners and any other additional items with your order.



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