What’s on the bench

What's on the bench

More often than not I'll have something of interest that i'm working on and this is where I'll put a few photo's and some waffle on what I'm doing, this will be highly interesting for some and send others off to sleep. So keep checking in.     Geoff 

Chapel door restoration

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Chapel door with one side part stripped and a burn hole in the lower rail

Restoring the chapel doors in Rudge These doors look pretty terrible and some might think there only good for fire wood, even the client set fire to the right side all though it was by accident whilst having a go at burning off the paint and got distracted by a visitor, he then decided to … Continue reading Chapel door restoration

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Restoring listed windows in Frome

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A mixed up window hundreds of years old

House in Bath Street           This listed house in Frome was a completely different kettle of fish, the window completely through me when I started work on it, the house I was told was some 500 years old but this window had a secret to it that I only discovered when … Continue reading Restoring listed windows in Frome

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Charles Rennie Mackintosh Style

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Charles Rennie Mackintosh rose carved in quater sawn oak

I made this serving hatch for a client in 2008, they were very much into Charles Rennie Mackintosh and wanted a carving of his famous rose. I sourced a fantastic plank of quarter sawn oak and produced these doors. The photo is recent March 2019. The clients provided a kitchen door knob with the Mackintosh … Continue reading Charles Rennie Mackintosh Style

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Secret Bookcase Doors

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secret bookcase door in bathampton open

There’s nothing more intriguing than a bookcase with a secret door, through out history England had and still has many grand houses with secret compartments, priest holes and hidden panels concealing escape routes, tunnels and hideaways. These secret doors still have a place today, they can make an excellent place to hide valuables, after all … Continue reading Secret Bookcase Doors

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Real oak beams to hide RSJ’s and steelwork

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oak beam cladding for rsj steelbeams - disstressed oak

Steelworks and RSJ’s are an essential part of modern building practices these day but they look so awful in older cottages I came up with a way to clad the steel beam using real oak planks, glued together in such a way as to create the appearance of a solid oak beam. Sometimes I will … Continue reading Real oak beams to hide RSJ’s and steelwork

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Luxury solid oak dog cage and oak dog bowl stand

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Solid oak dog cage with hexagonal brass bars

Tired of looking at our metal old cage I decided it was time for an upgrade, part of the reason also was the size of cage we needed was in-between the shop one’s. I had some beautiful figured oak which I used for the corners and bought some hexagonal brass rod for the bars. I … Continue reading Luxury solid oak dog cage and oak dog bowl stand

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My collection of old books on furniture and crafts

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My collection of old books

My Collection I’m not a great reader of fiction apart from the odd books you take on holiday, but I do love reading books on the Technique of the past about furniture and many of the crafts associated with the wood trade, I think it is a slowly dying art as many new techniques come … Continue reading My collection of old books on furniture and crafts

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Cottage in Chilcompton

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New doors and windows in cottage in chilcompton

I’m bias but wooden joinery may be a pain to maintain but looks 100% better than this, certainly on a cottage anyway New doors and windows fitted made from idigbo which is very good against rot but you do need to give it two coats of aluminium primer or something like Zinsser cover stain to … Continue reading Cottage in Chilcompton

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Listed Window Restoration

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The Wesleyan Methodist Chapel in Rudge

The Chapel at Rudge 1839 There are many companies on the internet that claim to restore windows back to there original state but I’ve yet to find any that seem to do this in the traditional way, either they patch bits of wood in and fill around all the massive gaps or they don’t use … Continue reading Listed Window Restoration

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