Door for porch

April 2, 2016


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.






Window frame for porch

August 18, 2013


This was the situation: big sill totally rotten, bottom rail from window frame gone, tenon’s on styles gone, features fallen of, top corner of left pillar rotten.


First I made a new sill and fitted that under the pillar’s with the help of the farmer and his tractor. Then I had a good look at the window frame with the rotten bottom rail and it was because of the bottom styles where gone too that I  decided  it had to be a whole new frame.


I made space in my small workshop- put the frame together than I realized it would never fit through the door as a whole, so I had to find space in a shed at the farm for gluing it, so I did that.


Lucky the glass was fitted with beading’s I could take them out pretty easy without braking them, then the old frame didn’t take long.


At this point I needed a hand to lift the frame up, clamps in the middle to hold it while I fiddled the frame in place,  a curled up slab of lead that fits into a slot under the rail just behind a water-drip makes a good weather-seal.


I am putting double glazing in.


Build up new profiled features on the bottom and at the top.





The one gutter pipe is still filled with mud -stuck, I leave that one out for now until it dried out and can be emptied.


The finished window with new sill and pillar corners.


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.


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

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.

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