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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.

 

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

Busy, Busy, Busy

   

This week I have been busy making items for my up coming markets and filling orders for customers.  I have been busier making more garden trugs this time I have just completed 22 in total. A dozen were pre-ordered for a new garden centre in Dursley called Leaf and Ground which is due to open at the end of this month. I also made them half a dozen beer caddies and a couple of sets of pigeon holes. I still have a few more display items to make by the end of the week so Ill be busy in the workshop for the next few days.

I have also been busy making a big wall cupboard out of reclaimed wood for a lovely little cottage in Summer Street Stroud which I will be fitting later in the week ( you can just see it in the background)

And Finally I have upped my production of pizza platters, chopping boards, hall shelves, boxes and carry-alls

I will be at the Tewkesbury High Street Fine Food and Arts markets on Sunday 20th October, Stroud Farmers Market on Saturday 26th and Suffolks Sunday Markets on the 27th so if you are after some early Christmas presents or items for the home or garden pop on down and ssay hello

How Green Is My Valley

At the end of last week and for a couple of hours this morning I was lucky enough to be working at 1 Woodbine Cottage in the Slad Valley.  For those of you who are not from the Stroud district it is a beautiful part of the Cotswolds that has been immortalised by the words of the famous author Laurie Lee, whose classic novel ‘Cider with Rosie’ is known and loved all over the world. This green and tranquil, hidden valley can be found near the towns of Stroud and Painswick.  Many of the locations in the book are still recognisable today. The tiny village of Slad centres around the Woolpack Inn,  where you can see the seat where Lee used to sit and the church where Laurie Lee is now buried. A stained glass window commemorates this most famous author.

The original part of the cottage dates back around 300 years with an extension of sorts around 200 years ago and it has recently undergone some major renovations to bring it back to its original glory.  I can certainly confirm that it is absolutely beautiful inside and very authentic, a real slice of the cotswolds.

I was asked to make a new gate befitting of this wonderful cottage and to build a suitably large log store with a kindling shelf to ensure that it is kept nice and cosy through the winter.

Woodbine cottage is available as a holiday rental and if you would like more details please check out their website 1 Woodbine Cottage, Slad

If you would like to have a custom built gate or log store please drop me an email or message and I will be happy to discuss your requirements

 

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