Recent Projects

 

Over the last few weeks I have been very busy making a myriad of interesting items and commissions and thought I would share a sample of them with you all.  As the weather has been lovely lately I have been asked to make garden benches, planters and tables.  The need for outside parcel boxes has increased with the recent lockdown and my mail order business via Etsy and Ebay has kept me in the workshop making batches of trugs and caddies.

Over the last couple of weeks I have also started to hold stalls at the local farmers and craft markets so it doesn’t seem as though things will be slowing down in the near future

Stay safe and hopefully I will see you at Stroud Farmers or Cirencester Craft markets in the coming weeks

Fill your house with made to measure furniture

Every now and again a client comes along that wants a whole room full of furniture created from scratch. This is the best possible scenario for me. It allows me to design pieces that fit the clients brief and fit together in harmoniously. The client was keen to use as much reclaimed wood as possible but they were very happy for me to use various thicknesses of birch plywood to construct the framework and drawers. The key piece in the whole collection, and my favourite, was the desk made for two. The clients needed to be able to hide away their computers and printer along with storage for files and stationary. So the drawers where made of plywood and faces with hand cut and routed mahogany which came from a 6 seater dining table. I added a full length riser to hold both monitors and provide plenty of storage space.  The cupboard and bottom drawers have cut-outs for cables and power supplies

The room also needed a piece of furniture to house a small fridge and microwave and also allow it to be used as a mini kitchen. This piece is made from a lovely old oak kitchen table which I picked up off the side of the road. The framework is made entirely from a reclaimed pine wardrobe and incorporates their existing chest of drawers

Using an old pine bookcase to create the top and drawer fronts I made what appears to be a chest of drawers but each of the four drawers is designed to hold shoes or boots.

I have also built a set of storage shelves made from 15mm plywood dressed with oak strips to hide the plywood.  

All items have been stained and varnish to help them blend.  

I have a five drawer corner dressing table to complete once the lockdown is complete.  The drawers have been made from 112mm plywood faced with the same mahogany as the desk and has a reclaimed oak table-top made using the side panels of an old Victorian oak wardrobe. I will post pictures once it has been istalled.

I thoroughly enjoyed this project and I love it when I can build large items of furniture.  I would be happy to help you with your storage solutions so please send me an email, text or message and I will be happy to arrange an appointment to discuss your needs and I will try to design a stylist solution for you.

 

Custom Made Rustic Garden Bench

   

Every project starts with a basic line drawing to show the client and to help with the discussion regarding the overall look and feel of the end product. In this case the design and the final bench were pretty much the same.

The bench needed to be big enough to seat three people or one person lounging across it. It also needed to be made from reclaimed wood and there was a spot in the garden where the hedge formed a natural arch which dictated the size and shape of the bench.

Using two reclaimed pieces of scaffold boards as the seat I built a framework out of structural pine and the back rest and arm rests were created from some well weathered hard wood pallet planks. The arm rests had been extended and enlarged to enable them to hold a cup and saucer or cocktail glass

The back rest has been decorated with a pair of hearts to enhance the design and turn this into a love seat.

I love making big pieces and I am always happy when I am able to make a garden bench from reclaimed wood. If you are looking for a special piece to decorate your garden them please drop me a message or email  and I will be happy to make you a sstatement piece

 

Digging for Victory

This week I have been busy building raised beds.  After a trip to the local Scaffold hire company I managed to get my hands on a dozen 13 foot white wood ex-hire scaffold boards.  The first half dozen went to a good friend and professional gardener who wanted to grow vegies and herbs in the driveway space next to her house.  This area is a great location as it is a major sun trap and will be super useful as it is just outside the kitchen.  We included posts to allow for netting to be place over the whole bed to keep out unwanted neighbourhood cats.  I will post some photos later in the year when they are full of yummy plants

Later in the week I revisited a client who had previously commissioned me to build a matching pair of raised beds and to terrace her very step front garden.  This time around she was after a set of matching beds but also wanted to partition more of the garden and extend the terracing.  Again I used the ex-hire scaffold boards which over time in the weather will gradually change colour and eventually match the exisitng beds

 

If you would like a raised bed similar to these please contact me via either email or text and I will be happy to source the scaffold boards to make them for you,

Getting ready for Spring

As Spring is fast approaching now is the time to start building and installing your nesting boxes.  Whilst there are plenty of bird nesting boxes out there for sale many of them concentrate on the aesthetics and may not be suitable for the birds that you wish to attract.  The RSPB website is full of detailed palns for the perfect nesting boxes.

This week I have been busy filling customer orders for nesting boxes for Grey Tits, Blue Tits, open boxes and for the first time it I have made a sparrow terrace.  My research revealed that sparrows like to live and nest in groups as they are social creatures. So I have built a set of four nexting boxes in a single terrace type unit with four separate enterances.

All of the boxes have been built in accordance with the RSPB specifications and have been made from reclaimed hardwood timber so they shold lasst for many years to come. 

 Whilst many of these boxes have been made to fill customers orders I will also be taking a selection with me to my upcoming markets at Stroud and Cirencester over the next few weeks.  If you would like to place an order please drop me an email and I will make sure that your nesting boxes are fit for purpose and attractive too

Custom Keyboard Flight Case

 

 

One of the best things about being a carpenter is the ability to build custom items. This weeks customer is me! 

I recently joined Stroud based Dub Reggae band Frankly Skanky as they keyboard player, and after a few months with the band I decided to buy myself an early Christmas present…an upgrade my instrument. I managed to find a good quality used Roland VR-09-B V-Combo Keyboard.  As I want to protect it whilst transporting it to practice and gigs I thought I would buy a flight case but discovered that they cost almost as much as the keyboard so I decided to make my own.  I searched the internet and found the correct spring handle as set of 3 clip hinges, which will allow me to remove the lid, steel corner protectors and clip catches. Using 9mm birch marine ply I build the box and gave it several coats of varnish.  Once the varnish was dry I then got stuck into the interior of the case.  Using upholstery foam rubber and some lovely purple satin I designed the inserts so that the keyboard would be held in place and protected from all angles. 

I am extremely pleased the end result and although I had to invest some of my time the project definitely made in much cheaper than buying one and I know that nobody will have a flight case quite like mine

Old Fashioned Kitchen Shelves

I have always liked old fashioned styling and as I had just dismantled a solid pine wardrobe I had a good supply of wood with which to build something substantial.  So I decided to make a set of wall mounted kitchen shelves with hooks like the ones I had made for our kitchen several years ago. Once I had cut the wood to size I discovered that I had enough wood to make two sets.  So after a lot of sanding, some fancy jigsaw work to make the curvy sides and a bit of routing to put the grooves in the shelves I was ready for assembly.

As many of you know I don’t normally paint my furniture but I felt that to enhance the country farmhouse vibe I would paint them in muted pastel tones, one is a fresh sky blue whilst the other is a vintage French grey.  The addition of the hooks on the bottom of both units will allow for the hanging of cups, pans etc.  The shelves have been grooved to allow for plates to be stored upright just like the old Welsh dressers. They have been fitted with reclaimed brass wall mountings so that they can be secured to the wall.

I will be taking both sets with me to the market this weekend so if you are looking for a way to brighten up your kitchen pop down and pick up as set if old fashion country kitchen shelves

Good With Wood (Stroud) will be at Stroud farmers market on 11th and 25th of January. 

 

Operation Replenishment

In order to maintain stock levels after a couple of weekends worth of successful Christmas markets I have spent the last week hidden away in the workshop, like one of Santa’s elves, I have been super busy making a range of my most popular items.  During the year I am always making new items but amongst these are the staples…

Last weeks on

Monday ! made 18 Garden Trugs,

Tuesday 8 Beer Caddies and 4 Wine Caddies

Wednesday 6 rustic caddies and 8 plywood storage boxes

Thursday was dedicated to 4 extra Hall shelves with coat hooks

And Finally on Friday I finished off two sets of pigeon holes and a couple of spice racks

Luckily I had spent a couple of days the week before making 24 chopping boards of various shapes and sizes

This is possibly the busiest week in the workshop yet and whilst I thought it would keep me going for a while after the Stroud Good Will Evening on Friday night I now only have 5 trugs, 2 beer caddies, 2 wine caddies, 1 rustic caddy and no spice racks left so this week will probably be just as busy making stock for the markets coming up in the next couple of weeks

But I am very happy to have this kind of problem, it’s well worthwhile work and I love to think of all the people that will be receiving one of my items as a Christmas present.

 

Bespoke Sideboard

As you probably all know one of Good With Wood (Stroud) key services on offer is to make made to measure furniture for clients that fit in with their current décor and are designed specifically to fill a requirement.  This weeks client provided me with a list of items including a cutlery tray, hall shelf and hooks, a pair of bedside cabinets, a coffee table and my favourite item a large side board to go in the family living room for the television to sit on and to store electrical equipment, cds and dvds.

Like the vast majority of my clients the brief was to use reclaimed wood and to keep the design quite simple but stylist to match the rest of their furniture and fittings.  As I needed 4 pieces of solid wood for the top, bottom and two sides I elected to use a couple of pine table tops that I had stored away in the wood shed that I had collected over the last couple of months. After a fair bit of sanding and cutting to size the body was assembled and the back, a piece of 9mm shutter ply recovered from a building site was cut to size and fitted. The internal shelf is part of an old wardrobe door, this the doors.  As they are the most visible part of the cabinet it was paramount that they looked good and fitted well. I had a sheet of 12mm Birch Plywood left over from another project that was perfect for the job. So with a couple of coats of stain to bring the whole piece together I was happy to declare it ready for delivery.

All items were delivery to the clients who were very happy with their haul.

If you would like a piece of furniture designed and made specifically for you please send me a message or drop me an email and we can discuss your requirements

This weeks special projects

 

Thanks to recent markets I have been busy making special orders this week. Along with the normal items that I need to keep the stall going I am often asked if I can make a specific item for a customer to fit their homes and/or their limited spacces.

I enjoy these projects because I know that they will end up being loved by the clients and in constant use.

If you need something special made be sure to contact me and I am pretty certain I can make you something suitable