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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
This chair was of great sentimental value, the customers husband used to use it whilst convalescing, but sadly passed away.
So, ‘ whatever it takes’ was the message given to me. Initially I tried to salvage the old slats by pressure washing them and intended to soak them in wood preservative, unfortunately they fell apart so I ended up manufacturing replacements and fitting these with new fastenings.
The result is a simple garden seat given a new lease of life which will give years of service.
On an environmental note, doing this saved resources that would be used manufacturing a replacement, the shipping and transport, and potential landfill of the old one, the three Rs- Repair, Reuse, Recycle is a mantra that we should all adopt.
The smallest of cupboards can be transformed into a efficient storage area. Drawing on my boat fitting days where every nook and cranny is utilised for storage the smallest of corners and cupboards, valuable space, can become a useful space.
These garage doors were made to measure by a joiner several years ago.
There are several issues with the doors because of design and manufacturing mistakes, that have resulted in the joints opening and the panels bowing.
The panels were glued into rebates – mistake no1. They should have been left loose and undersized so that any natural movement could be taken up.
The panels were also too wide without an easing groove machined on the backs – mistake no.2, I was unable to dissemble the doors entirely so I machined grooves into the panels to allow some movement to occur otherwise they will all bow out, two of the panels had already bowed.
The mortice and tenon joints should have had Oak Dowels driven home through both the mortice and tenon -mistake no.3 Doweling mortice and tenon joints ensures that the joints remain closed.
The solution to the above was to reduce the panels closest to the stiles these were the only edges I could get to without smashing the door apart, and to glue the mortice and tenon joints. I could have used Dowels as well but the tenon’s did break and crack as I took them apart, so i decided to introduce dovetail keys, these were let in to a depth of 25mm.
By undertaking the above these doors should now remain stable and give many years of service.
These speakers are made from Oak, Ash, Iroko and Cherry.
They are still in a prototype stage but are close to what the final product will look like.
Initially I was approached by a customer who wanted someone to manufacture these speakers with a view to selling them online. After lengthy discussions and trials, a softwood version was manufactured. This was then rejigged and scaled down, and further softwood versions were made with small alterations.
It is essential that these are ‘right’ and of the highest quality, as they are aimed at the high-end quality market.
It has become apparent that something that might seem to be little more than a box with speaker holes, is far more than that. It requires many hours of fine honing to achieve a perfect piece of furniture.
Back in 1981 I became involved in a similar manufacturing process making wooden toys. 1981 was the year of the disabled and a mixed group of disabled and able-bodied craftsman formed ‘Group 81.’ The project lasted for a couple of years and we sold a number of toys to the public before disbanding in 1983.
Manufacturing small pieces of wooden furniture, objects and such like is something I am able to do to the highest of standards and will be happy to discuss your requirements.
This is a great idea for the type of small house that has no separate hallway but instead has stairs in the living room. The customer wanted somewhere for their T.V., the usual box of tricks, and several miscellaneous electrical items associated with media. All this stuff had previously sat on a small table with all the cables in view. These are all items that often find themselves hung onto the wall or occupying a corner of a room that could be used for something more pleasing to the eye. This is particularly the case if space is at a premium, which is often the case in modern homes.
Made from White Melamine faced 18mm MDF in my workshop, with cable management incorporated in the back, once slotted into place the customer said that it looked like ‘part of the house’.
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