Counter top

April 29, 2012

This reclaimed afromosia was saved from a laboratory, it was glued together but we had to take it apart, square it plane it and glue it back together with biscuits in between.

Vetilation gaps in the back, the walls are damp so some airflow will prevent it from getting mouldy.

keys for bolts to connect one counterpart to another

Delicate point after cutting out the space for the sink.

Corner cabinet

December 7, 2011

Glueing the parts with biscuit joints

Double top and bottom

Layout for doors

My first ever self-routed crown moulding with the strangest angles to cut

made to measure

Lights under every shelf and bevelled glass

Queen Anne table legs

August 3, 2011

The legs are too short. I am going to try make longer ones, but I don’t know how to do this really

I decided to use beech (reclaimed) as it is a good wood for legs and for turning. After making some full size drawings I started to turn the beech on the lathe, keeping the outer shapes

Next step was on the bandsaw. I roughshaped the legs by cutting pieces off – good fun!

I ended up with these four which are almost the same shape now. That was one of my main objectives. In this photo I turned them each on to different sides

Then I used the beltsander for finer modelling

Sanding and shaping: bandsaw, beltsander, sander and sandpaper

I glued sidepieces on the top sides to make a corner, cut and sanded those with the shape of the legs. I used oak for the frame

I coloured the legs so they fit with the tabletop and added a few layers of shellac

I waxed the top put it all together: …and let’s dance!

This cupboard and little folding table were made especially for Jackie Morris’s ‘dragon van’. I will put up a better picture of the inside of the van later when it’s all finished

The van is totally covered in Jackie’s paintings, here mostly dragons

the frame made with mortise and tenon joints

glueing up the drawer and a door

Dovetailed drawer

Turned Beech knobs. The latches are made out of Oak

Welsh Oak. I think it’s called ‘Brown Oak’ as well. I really love it and right know i’m working on a front door using the same wood. The table top was later treated with Tung oil, a natural oil which is save with food. Jackie can have her lunch on it and use it as a drawing table when it rains outside.

Built-in cupboard

January 27, 2011

The bathroom is too small to get an overview picture, but behind the glass doors you can see a water tank on top and a boiler underneath.  It looks really cool not hidden away.

The cupboard is made in the same principle as my other furniture, face frame and doors from reclaimed floorboards on a base frame that was half there already, handmade latches out of Oak and handturned knobs from Beech wood all the wood was reclaimed from interesting sources

Dome greenhouse

January 16, 2011

astrid de groot

We thought it might be a good idea to make a greenhouse in the shape of a dome because the wind can be very strong on Strumble Head peninsula. 15 pieces cut at an angle of 12 degrees were needed for the base. Every piece of wood has two very big nails through the ends, which stick into the ground in a simple way to get it all in level.I glued and screwed the ends together, put a few stones under the wood and strapped it all tight with a band strap. It was so strong that I could jump around on it and it didn’t move at all. The band strap could be taken off after the glue dried.


This is the drawing we had- the layout, what we needed to make was: 5x 3 triangles fixed together, 9x 6 triangles together and 7x 5 triangles together (the top is double ). So total of 104 triangles plus the 4 along the entrance. We cut the wood at 750mm length each except for the ones on the inside of the 5 triangles together we cut those shorter. This drawing is all we had the rest was trial and error, and to be honest I don’t know the sizes anymore.

We cut lengths of wood for the 108 triangles.  These are not all the same size, but  this is unfortunately something we found out later on in the process.

Actually, doing the calculations just about finished us off. What we had was the 2-D drawing so we knew that we had to put 5 triangles together and 6 triangles together and 3 triangles together.  We also knew how to puzzle those together to get the dome. No sizes or angles were given. I can’t tell you the angles I made a guess and it wasn’t perfect. It worked but not a perfect fit.

Jobina tacking the poly-tunnel plastic over the triangles. The plastic was heated up to stretch it over the triangles.

108 triangles ready to be screwed  together in 5’s 6’s and 3’s


Drawing of the base needed 15 pieces of  wood. We used old roof frames chucked away in the field next to our project.

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All 750mm long cut at 22.5 degrees, glued and screwed together, In each part there are two very long nails at the ends sticking in the ground that was to make it possible to level out the whole base , after it was level I filled the gaps with small stones.


Left over roof plastic we had saved  to seal the base, slugs in our minds.


Started with a 3 together one screw it to the base.


And build it up, more and more parts added.

At this point we still didn’t know if it all would fit to make a dome,  but it looked already amazing anyway.

The last one is a double one for airflow. Would it fit?



It looks like it worked out nicely. And it is very strong amazing didn’t expect that at all.


Make the best use of the dome, I made tables and put a floor in using old pallets.



This circle is built in the same way as the 15 base.

We have already been using the greenhouse for two years.  This is the time of year that we clean it out, collect seaweed and mix it into the soil to make it ready for the next season so that we can  grow all kinds of  lovely vegetables again.



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Pink bookcase

October 12, 2010

Bookcase made out of reclaimed paneling in this case the pink paneling comes out of Griff Rhys Jones building work at the Pembrokeshire farm. These photo’s are taken in the finished cottage ‘The Pembrokeshire farm’. The farm is turned into holiday cottages and I sometimes helped clean them, when I was living next door.


Wardrobe for Trehilyn Uchaf holiday cottage. Because the traditional Pembrokeshire cottage is relatively small, this piece is custom-made.  It’s shallower than most wardrobes, so I made the clothes hangers specially for it


August 23, 2010

Commission piece

January 3, 2010

This cupboard was made to fit an existing top piece

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