A replacement Pergola, the original was blown down after a winter storm. It creates a welcoming invitation to enter into a private secluded back garden in the centre of the city. The various shrubs and roses that embraced the old pergola were saved and will be woven into this replacement and no doubt come the summer will be a picture of colour. I am quite interested in this kind of work and look forward to enquiries for custom made structures.
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, 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.
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.