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About southamptoncarpenter

Traditional standards. Traditional tradesman. Traditional service. Thank you for visiting my website. I have been in the trade for over 40 years; my 5 year apprenticeship as a boat builder was followed by a further 2 years as a wood machinist, then a spell repairing furniture and manufacturing reproduction antique clocks followed. I then spent a further 15 years working in a therapeutic environment passing on my skills, before setting myself up as a self-employed carpenter/joiner. As you will appreciate, I undertake a wide range of projects, so scrolling through the site map may well direct you to past work that may be similar to your requirements. The preferred way to contact me is by using the contact page on this site. However you can always ring me during normal working hours. Lead times vary depending on the time of year; small jobs I can often do promptly. I cover Southampton, Winchester, New Forest and Waterside.

Replacement Gate finished in stain

Replacement gate finished in stain.

This is a copy of the original which had rotted beyond economic repair. For me this was an interesting project because it involved some curved work which does not come up that often so it gave me a chance to blow off the dust on the bandsaw and use it to achieve the curve. Each mortice and tenon joint was pegged using ¾” Oak dowel as well as glue. This will ensure that the joints remain tight. The old gate had rotted because the joints had opened and rain water had sat in the shoulder between the stile and rails.

Driveway Gate in Southampton

A single driveway gate with an entrance door fitted in the middle. These gates are heavy so a jockey wheel has been fitted to take the stress off the hinges thus ensuring that the gate will not drop over time. The door opens independently or the whole gate can be opened as a single leaf. Manufactured from tannalised softwood for the frame and tannalised tongue and grove for the panels this should last. Overall its 2.6 Meters wide and 2.2 Meters high. The images accompanying this show the manufacturing then the final piece in situ.

Victorian bench

This much cherished Victorian bench has been part of the family for over a century, with photographs of grandfather sat on it as a young man. The rot in the feet of each leg being the result of many years standing on damp ground and ‘old age’. The solution was to sit the bench onto my work bench propped up and the legs cut back. Oak shoes were then glued on and Oak pegs introduced to make sure that the shoes hold fast for years to come.

Fitted wardrobe with sliding doors

Fitted wardrobe with sliding doors, main carcass white melamine faced and lipped MDF. Custom built wardrobes and cupboards make good use of an other wise unused space. There are literally 100s of different finishes available to suit all interiors please enquire about finishes available -it doesn’t have to be white.

Bookcase in Southampton manufactured from Southern Yellow Pine

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This bookcase made for a job in Southampton, manufactured from Southern Yellow Pine, was made in three sections and assembled on site. The bookcase strips you can see enable you to maximise the storage capacity of the case. The shelves sit on feet that are inserted into the grooves on the strips, which are fitted into a machined rebate. This way they are unobtrusive and you get the maximum amount of storage from each shelf. There are two options available: chrome or brass.

The case has birch-faced backs, which complement the pine nicely.

Southern yellow pine is a superb species of timber from Oregon in the USA. I am able to obtain this in widths of 287mm (11 ½ “) and in thicknesses of 21, 27 and 33mm (7/8”, 1 1/8”,  1 ¼” ). Lengths up to 5 meters (16ft + ) are available.

Southern yellow ‘Pinus Strobus’ is a straight grained timber that has a low shrinkage and very little movement, so it is not prone to cupping, that is turning up at the edges on wide boards. It’s used in pattern making, carving, drawing boards, high-class joinery and general interior carpentry. It is not suitable for exterior work in exposed areas or for boat building. This is a beautiful wood, the grain often displaying pronounced reddish-brown streaks on a pale straw background.

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The finished shelves

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A free standing wardrobe

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A free standing wardrobe is a  practical and cost effective way of having hanging space for clothes and shoes in a limited space. The room itself was only three meters by one meter, roughly 10ft by 3ft, and the owner wasn’t quite sure why such a small room existed in their new home. The house was built in the 1970s.

Southampton fitted wardrobe

The material used was standard conti-board which fitted in with the rest of the décor. I made a lid with end pieces and a short back; this prevents the top from sagging over time with the weight of the clothes. Two sides were then added. There was no back.

The whole piece was then simply screwed to the wall. Being 500mm deep, about 20”, there was room for the customer to access the ‘fitted’ wardrobe.

Shed rebuild

The customer was hoping I could do something with their much loved and well used shed. The alternative to repair would have been  replacement.  A 20ft x8ft shed  costs around £4000. Then there is the cost of installation to add. So after careful inspection of the floor and floor bearers , I decided that it could be salvaged.

A replacement frame with window  was made and installed. It was then clad in shiplap and re- glazed. All timber used is tannalised and all the end grain treated with wood preservative. A belt and braces approach that results in a new lease of life for the shed and a gentler assault on the wallet!

Creaking stair case

Stiffening a stair case in lords wood Southampton.

This stair case in a property in lordswood, Southampton had become springy and was creaking, the glue originally used had degraded and the wedges were loose, the joining of the treads to  the risers could have been done better, only three screws used. Most customers assume that a new stair case is required, this is not the case. Comprehensive use of blocks glued and screwed from underneath solves the problem. The lordwood area of Southampton seems to have a lot of creaking stair cases, this is the fifth stair case I have silenced on that particular estate. Considering that the properties are circa 1970s I can only assume that the stair cases were factory made as cheaply as possible and the glues used of inferior grade.

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Storage cupboards

Two storage cupboards manufactured using Real wood Oak veneer MDF with the edges lipped in Oak, the shelves can be adjusted up or down using the brass inserts these are fitted into a groove so they are flush. The doors are made from solid Oak and 6mm Oak veneered MDF. The customer asked me to finish the cupboards in finishing oil.