Door for porch

April 2, 2016

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Over a periode of 2 years I worked on this porch in different stages, first I made a new big window and big sil on the front house elevation, and this time I made a new door and window also renovated the pillars and framework and made new features for frame and pillars.

 

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Kitchen Countertop

January 31, 2016

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Beautiful beech from Wales full of character.

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After planing them all ‘ dead straight’ which is not an easy task with such long length 3.25 metre, I started gluing them with domino joints, one at the time so I could give it my full attention, I was very pleased with  the result.

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The beautiful grain of the wood after a bit of sanding to 120 grit.

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I added a piece of cross wood to the end grain, that prevents the board from splitting, just better.

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Routing the opening for the Belfast sink.

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Routing the drainage, I also cut a water drip under the drainage to stop water drips from staying under the countertop.

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I sanded the countertop back to 0000 steel wool in the end, added 6 layers of finishing oil with in between  smoothly going with steel wool with the direction of the grain. I applied 2 coats of boat lacquer on the underside.

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Oriel window

January 25, 2015

An Oriel window is like a bay window but held up by brackets.

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I draw out the plan on a piece of plywood. And started with making the sill.

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The sides of the frame are solid for two casement windows, in the middle will be a sash window so needs different framing; hollow sides hollow top.
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Here you can see the start of the sash framing. It will be hollow to allow the contra weights going up and down.

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Sash frame put together checking it on being square and true before glueing.

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Thin divider in each box they prevent the weights bang into each other when sliding the windows up or down.
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Started work on the sash windows.

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Hardware fitted, I put the weights on as well to check the sliding of the windows, very smooth.

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Start the brackets.

The window will sit on the brackets,  covering the window opening, I also lead a steel cable that starts under the sill runs through the sash boxes comes out on the top and screwed against the wall, to make the firm fit.

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The window will sit three storage up a house looking out over Fishguard harbour.

Photo’s will follow.

 

Old farmhouse gate

March 18, 2013

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This intriguing skeleton of a gate always cached my eyes, every time I passed it, that started 6 years ago from when I came to live in the area, I am honoured that they asked me to build a new one.

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Using air dried Douglas fir

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I could have bought broom sticks?! Or not; the moister content would be so different, the wood would definitely  split and crack. Nothing else to do then turn the douglas fir myself.

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What I really like about this gate is that it’s not symmetrical, it’s like a pattern it could go on and on. But it doesn’t and this piece does have a start and an end point and it makes sense the tension is right and alive because of that.

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Tall gate continue

November 17, 2012

It’s about a year ago that I made the ‘tall gate’ for Jackie Morris, in the mean while Tamsin Abbott has been working very hard on all the glass pieces to fill the open spaces in the gate and the wall parts, still a few to come. For me about time to finally finish it all start with the frames and get it out there.

Start with the top of the door frame, make strong keys to join the four part together that would form the rounded shape.

Finished joint

Drill the square mortices

Checking the fit on the door

Frame parts for wall pieces, the pieces will sit between vertical framework.

Boss Tilly is watching me closely

The sill that sits on the wall is sloping to both sides for rain water to flow of with waterdrip on the undersides.

The wall parts went to Tamsin and are back in my workshop with all the glass work in, one by one I am getting them in place on the sill.

Have to be very careful handling them

Checking out the wonky wall a day before coming with all the framework that means one sleepless night thinking how!?

Ffion helps me out.

Good luck with all the screws we put in

We just needed a few points where wood touch stone put screws in there, the rest gets filled up with stone and cement. It feels really strong all together very firm , happy with that.

Jackie also happy and excited.

 

Ffion is rendering the spaces between frame and wall, lead connects and protects the top of the wall parts.

The hinges are hand made by a blacksmith, there are still a few glass works to come from Tamsin.

Front door

March 26, 2011

Nice Welsh Oak boards

The layout. I have enough wood to make a solid panel door with four thick panels

The panels are sticking out rather than flush, and I love it!

The door is glued and sanded the beading is not fixed yet, at this point i’m waiting for the oil, I will oil the panels before they go in

with the beadings in, oiled it’s ready to go and place it

And there it is, nice one!  (knibbeltje, knabbeltje, knuistje….)

Window for barn conversion

September 23, 2010

I made a window that is half window, half boards for a barn conversion. It will sit in a space that used to be a doorway.

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