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It’s a year later now that I got to restore the left side of the porch, the side that gets the weather, the window so rotten it almost falls out, and a skeleton of a door that was fixed in the frame; as well as the bottom parts of the frame and of course all the beautiful features just gone.

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Making a three paneled hardwood door, I am copying the door that is on the other side of the porch and gonna put it on hinges.

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Rubber spacers around the panels to position the panels nicely in the openings and also gives the wood space to expand without doing any damage to the wood. I am not going to use glue on them.


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The beading nailed I used a flexible sealant in between the panel and the glass bead.

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I made new features copied the ones that are still there on the other side of the porch


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Work done new windows, new sills, door, features, replaced rotten frame parts on the bottom, and put double glazing in. something has to be done about the gutter still.

Repair wet rot on conservatory

September 30, 2011


This corner was the last section of the conservatory that I had to repair. I wasn’t aware that I had saved the worst part until last. Every bit of wood that comes together in that corner has gone rotten. There is nothing else to do but start to take away the soft and wet parts and treat the ends where I stop with hardner. I saved up the parts for replacement. I then made a sketch of the situation, numbered the parts, took them to my workshop and started to make new pieces.

Not much left of the corner

Parts for replacement

…and fitted all the pieces back in, job done!

I don’t particularly like this kind of work, but it does give me great satifaction I have to say to save the whole thing from dereliction. It can last for years and years again with some attention.

Wooden column

July 4, 2011

After taken all the rot out and blow drying it, I started to fill it with a two component filler and pieces of oak, each day I added a bit more.

Now the hard work begins! That means get it in perfect shape with the rest.

Such a beautiful entrance to an old farm house, the columns are over 200 years old. I wondered whether they may have come from a shipwreck and later learned that according to local folklore they were indeed salvaged from ship’s masts.

Fill and shape it, fill shape etc. using chisel and sandpaper

I start to like this sculpturing work, because I know it’s going to work out perfectly!

Yep, there.. done

Window repair

June 26, 2011

My work is done here, the rest is for the painter

For Griff Rhys Jones I restored some furniture for his holiday cottages in Pembrokeshire, here an elm chair. There is a crack in the joist and one across the seat. I am not worried about that big crack so much; it’s the small one the one in the joist that makes the seat wobbly.

I replaced the joist with a piece of Oak with dovetailed ends.

These dovetailed keys placed under the seat that will keep the Elm together as one piece.

The crack is still there i thought it would change the chair too much by replacing the seat the chair is strong and stable again i smoothed up the crack so no splinters

Webbing a chair

December 12, 2010

A totally worn-out underside of a chair.

All the springs are still there. I can’t wait for spring time…

Positioning the springs with rope.

With the new webbing on, you’ve got a nice firm seat again.

Wet rot

October 13, 2010

It’s straightforward take all the rotten parts out. Some spaces are filled with new pieces of wood others with a filler after a treatment with a hardner for wood.

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