How we work

Dovetails cabinetwork is designed, hand-built, project-managed and installed by the Dovetail Team.  Every member of the team has a passion for excellence which affords us the creative freedom to design projects that are as unique as our clients.

We draw on our clients for inspiration, they are involved in every step of the design process.  Dovetail prides itself on being open, understanding, and always willing to listen. By being attentive to our clients needs we are able to produce results that excel in both form and function.

Over the years we have identified a number of key stages that ensure a smooth development process:


First meeting

We offer a no obligation first meeting. We start by listening to you talk about your aspirations and lifestyle, and then discuss how Dovetail can help.  Together we develop a brief and formulate guidelines for the project.



Concept design

If we both agree to proceed, Dovetail then undertakes research, develops the concept, and produces an initial design.  In turn, you agree to pay us a contribution towards the costs of this phase (to be set against the final cost if you choose to go ahead).



Concept design development

We will discuss the design with you and develop it further in light of your responses.  We will continue to make refinements until we settle on a design solution that you love.



Production drawing development

Once the drawings are signed off and the price and payment schedule agreed, Dovetail undertakes the behind the scenes technical drawing work required to ensure that each element is manufactured correctly.




All the cabinet work is undertaken in our workshop by our skilled craftsmen.  Using only the highest quality materials and tools, we take pride in every detail to produce outstanding and beautifully made cabinet work.




Each project is carefully and precisely installed by members of the Dovetail team.  We plan the process to minimise disruption to you.




We encourage you to tell us at any point if  anything is troubling you, however small. We want you to have a positive experience and an outcome you are delighted with.  In exchange we ask that you tell your friends, neighbours and work colleagues about Dovetail.  We are very proud that nearly all of our work comes from recommendations by happy customers.