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!

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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.

 

Refurbishing a garden seat

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.

Garage door Repairs in Southampton

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.

Wood hand crafted speakers

These speakers are made from Oak, Ash, Iroko and Cherry.

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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.
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Low-level under-stair storage

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’.

For all storage solutions please use the contact page on this website.

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Reinstating stair handrail and spindles in Southampton

The previous owner of this property had removed the handrail and spindles, the new owner wanted them put back.

Because the newel post had been completely removed I had to machine one from 100mmx100mm stock to fit into the stud wall cavity  with an angled mortice to cover the stair string, then a wider than usual base rail needed to be machined to cover the stud wall. The handrail was a stock item from a supplier, the spindles were machined on site with a stopped chamfer.

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New for old: Replacing Window Frames

The wooden frames to this turn of the 20th century property were in a remarkable condition, the owner had records going back to 1930 showing a schedule of maintenance, the house had been in the family since it was built! however the openers to three frames had rotted and required replacement, they were very keen not to have plastic replacements which incidentally two builders whom had been approached had stated was the ‘only way to go with this’. Here you can see the manufacture and fitting of replacement timber openers, I copied the original mouldings in order for the end product to be an exact copy of the original.

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