Olly Writes

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Sign of the Times

It is with sad news that I must report that a favoured company of mine, in Bristol, is no longer trading. It was at Bristol Decorative Surfaces, back in 2008, where I purchased a full 10ft x 4ft sheet of Formica laminate to build an MDF-based bench-top router table. I don’t know when this happened but, we have another victim in the gruelling fight against the global Recession.

This news only came to my attention as I was getting ready to order another sheet, recently, for my up-and-coming router table project (this time, a floor-standing one). Plastic laminate is an excellent material for friction-free feeding off timber through or past a spinning cutter. Several people, after finding this blog through relevant search results, have asked me where I could buy a sheet of Formica in the Bristol area… Sadly, I no longer know of where to look myself. There aren’t may other local options (clearly) available online.

If you know of another supplier or, perhaps you have your own suggestions then, please, leave a comment or send me an e-mail.

Thank you for reading.


2 responses to “Sign of the Times

  1. Brendan Shaw 04/05/2012 at 12:17

    Olly –

    Do you still recommend Robbins for wood? Hopefully they’re still extant!


    • Olly Parry-Jones 04/05/2012 at 13:47

      Hi Brendan,

      Yes, Robbins do offer an excellent service with very good quality timber to suit. I’d always advise you to compare prices with another merchant or yard though, as some of their stuff (mostly sheet materials) can be quite expensive.

      I may have to use them myself shortly, as I need a small quantity of meranti to replace a garden bench seat. Several other places in the city won’t accept orders of less than a certain value.

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