From Shed to Garden Crate

Earlier this week I was tasked with removing an old garden shed and replacing it with another from a friends property. 

The relocating of the replacement shed was a little bit of fun but with the help of a couple of strong friends it was soon loaded onto my truck and transported down the M5 to its new home, all in one piece. Before it could be erected in its new home the old one needed to be demolished.  Whilst two side where rotten the door, roof and other two sides were in reasonable condition. 

I loaded them onto the truck and brought them home to see what I could salvage.  I am happy to report that there was a good amount of usable wood, the good sides and the roof will be used for a log store next time someone orders one. The rest of the wood was stripped of nails and the rotten pieces where trimmed. I knew right away what I would make from them…. Garden Crates. 

I cut 9 equal lengths for the bottom and sides of each crate and 4 pieces for the two ends. I was also able to use the main support struts for the corners, bottom and runners. After cutting the hand holes in 8 of the end panels I constructed each crate using the nails I had previously removed. So every single piece of each crate came from the old shed.

My cat Henry loves boxes so as soon as I put them out on the lawn he jumped in and checked them out.  A short while later I came back to move them and found him fast asleep in one of them.

These will be on my market stall next Saturday at the Cheltenham Craft market on the Prom. If you would like one or more and can’t make it to one of my markets please let me know and I can organise collection or delivery

Dinner for Six

One of my good friends recently asked me if I could replace her current garden table with something a little bigger. As she only has limited space, it needed to be compact, fit in with the look of her garden and not cost too much.

As I love working with reclaimed wood I decided that this project should be made from a hardwood pallet for the table top and I already had some pieces of 2 by 4 that I had salvaged earlier along with a couple of shorter pieces left over from another job.

Taking the pallet apart without loosing any of the seven top slats is a skill in itself but over the years I have discovered which pallets come apart the easiest and so I knew that I had to find a two way hardwood pallet without hook nails and in good condition.  After removing the nails and sanding down all the slats I was ready to go.  I built the base using glue and dowels on the end sections and combined them with lap joints and pocket screws on the sides. I then found the centreline and fixed the six slats using galvanised countersunk screws. To tidy up the ends of the table top, I used a ripped down slat on each end to add strength.   All the screw holes were then filled and the whole table was sanded again.

Even though I like the natural wood look my friend wanted it painted to protect it against the weather and to go with her existing garden furniture so I gave it a coat of sage exterior paint.  I delivered later the same day and she was very happy. It will be tested next weekend with a dinner for six (Me included so I will update the story with a picture)

As tables are quite large I generally don’t bring them along to any of my craft markets, so if you are after a table, big or small, please send me a message, email or text and I will be happy to make one to suit your requirements.

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Simple Storage Solutions

  

This week I have dedicated a day to utilise all the plywood offcuts I have from the last couple of big jobs. It will make a lot more room in my workshop and it will also give my a change to increase my market offerings with a selection of open top storage/display boxes.

After sorting through the offcuts I discovered that I had 9mm wisa spruce ply and both 9mm and 12mm birch ply, this helped with the design decisions as the 12mm will make great bases. The rest came down to the size and shape of thee pieces.  Once completed the insides were painted with vibrant colours and coated in a clear varnish whilst the outsides were varnished with a vintage oak stain.

So watch out for these boxes at the next couple of markets or drop me an email or message if you would like one (or more)

 

Custom Kitchen Makeover

There are many great things about living in Stroud, along with the beautiful countryside, wonderful valleys and hills and the award wining weekly farmers market there is also the wide variety of wonderful old Cotswold stone houses. 

These properties are often very quirky with unusual layouts and uneven floors and walls.  This brings many challenges and for me opportunities to come up with unique and custom solutions.  This weeks project has been very interesting, the client needed a set of cupboards built to hide the area under the sink and several sets of shelves to be fitted under their existing kitchen benches.  The final challenge and probably the most interesting was to build a set of drawers to fit under the counter that could be opened from both sides.  The floor and wall levels added to the complications but with the selection of custom sliding doors under the sink I was able to hide the fact that the gap from the bench to the floor differed by as much as 3cms from one end to the other and the existing legs on the benches were not quite square. the drawers, doors and shelves plus the boxing in were constructed using 9mm and 12mm birch plywood which were all stained to match in with the kitchen.

The advantage of having hand made storage solutions is that you can have all the furniture and fittings that you need at a reasonable price and it will fit into whatever shape your property happens to be.

Please let me know if you would like to arrange a visit to discuss your requirements

In an English country garden

Sometimes a project just happens…

On the way back from a job yesterday, I noticed a couple of old scaffold boards dumped outside a garden in Horsley. After asking the owner if I could have them, I loaded them up into the Morris Traveller (it was a bit of a squeeze).  As soon as I saw them I knew that I would be making a pair of garden benches.  I was able to make almost all of each bench from the boards, I only needed to use a couple of side pieces from a old pallet that I had in the wood shed as stabilising beams.

After a quick sanding to remove the cement residue and a couple of coats of exterior wood stain they were all set for a trip to the Tewkesbury High Street Arts and Crafts markets this weekend. So if you are looking for a pair of benches to enhance your garden pop down between 10am and 4pm on Sunday 21st but be quick I don’t think I will have them for long

Cool Colourful Caddies

Whenever I work on site I always take my tools in a couple of hand made tool caddies, mine are very long but they have a section for screwdrivers, pencils and scissors etc and they also have lift out trays for smaller tools and for easy access to the sections below.  As these have proved very useful and as I often receive compliments on the design and painted inserts I decided that it was time to make some small caddies that could be used for either tools or crafts. This is the result, three brightly colour samples ready for the Frome markets on Sunday. 

The good news is that I sold two of them at the markets so I will definitely be adding these to my range of caddies, look out for them at one of my upcoming markets

 

custom stackable storage crates

I like to think that over the last couple of years I have managed to help a lot of my customers with unique and bespoke storage solutions.

Just last week I was asked to quote on some storage crates for a young boys bedroom.  After discussing the requirements and budget, I was commissioned to build five large (70cm x 35cm x 30cm) stackable storage crates.  To keep the costs down without affecting their overall style I selected Wisa Spruce 9mm plywood. The buyer will be applying a coat of clear satin varnish later. The crates needed to be stackable so along with ensuring that they were all exactly the same size I added vertical and horizontal support struts with a slight offset so that the boxes slotted into each other. For easy movement I cut hand holds out on each end.  The crates where then loaded onto the trusty work truck and delivered to a very happy customer.

If you are looking for some custom made crates or any to other storage solutions please give me a call  or send me a message or email and I will be happy to help

Stained Glass Bathroom Wall Cabinet

Recently whilst at the Giant Flea market at Malvern I found this wonderful old piece of stained glass and knew straight away that it would become a door for a bathroom cabinet. 

Using ripped down reclaimed pitch pine floor boards I made a frame and using old hinges and a nice metal knob the door was born.  This set the dimensions for the rest of the cabinet, I made the body of the cabinet from pallet wood and backed it with some old plywood from an unwanted wardrobe. The towel rail is a aged willow branch.  The whole cabinet is brought together with a coat of light oak varnish which will make it idea for a bathroom setting

It think that this design will fit in perfectly in a Cotswold cottage and so I will definitely keep my eye out for more stained glass pieces

Update: This cabinet has now been sold, but I will be making more in the near future

Chest of Drawers Challenge

This is my very first custom made chest of drawers and I although it was a little complicated, I thoroughly enjoyed the challenge and think it came out extremely well.

Whilst I have made many cupboards and cabinets and I have made drawers to fit in to cupboards or into gaps in kitchens and bedroom I have never made a complete unit from scratch.

The request came from one of my regular clients that has recently moved into an apartment having just moved out from a three bedroom house.  The brief was to make it fit into a tight space and have as much storage as possible, hence the six drawers.  I chose to make the carcass is made from 9mm Malaysian plywood, the frame from ripped down reclaimed pine floor boards and the drawers from a combination of reclaimed pine and 3mm ply from a double wardrobe I recently stripped down

Making furniture to fit in limited spaces and general storage solutions are one of the key functions of Good With Wood (Stroud) so if you need a bespoke piece of furniture or have an unusual space to fill please send me a message or email and I can come over and discuss your needs

Rustic Kitchen Roll Holders

Small projects can be fun too. Whilst at Stroud Farmers Market I was asked if I had any of these and as I had not yet attempted to make any I said not at the moment but I will have some by the next market. So I went of to the workshop and made a couple of proto-types and sold them both. Now that I know that there is a potential market for them I had added the to my market stock.  

These kitchen roll holders are made from reclaimed floor boards and broom handles. The tongues and grooves are ripped from the boards and then sanded, but as they are old solid pine from the 60s they retain their patina.  

If you would like to enhance your kitchen (or like in my case workshop) with one of these very handy accessories please let me know or pop by to one of my regular markets at Stroud, Cirencester, Cheltenham or Tewksbury and pick one up