Wednesday, 10 December 2008

Brighton Carpenter

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More Walnut

This job was for a flat in Brighton. The client wanted a chunky coffee table that would fit within his new sofa. I came up with this design. It was quite tricky to glue up as you can see! Nice job though.

Saturday, 29 November 2008

Wanut sideboard in situ

The walnut sideboard got delivered yesterday and the client was really happy. I chose the wettest day to drive to London with it sticking out the back of the van! I built an MDF case to completely protect it though so it got to site in perfect condition. What a day though. London stresses me out!!

Friday, 14 November 2008

Brighton Carpenter

The window seat, wardrobes and bookcase are all done... It's nice to do something that fits so nicely with the character of the property. This job took a day and a half to fit and is ready to be filled up with books etc straight away. I'm really pleased with it!

Monday, 10 November 2008

Brighton Carpenter

This Brighton property needed a Carpenter to make some doors to their kitchen. They asked for something a bit different and they wanted the new doors to let more light in than the existing solid ones. I came up with this sunbeam design which they loved! The original opening was square so I carried out all the work to form an arch. The doors were then varnished and the walls were plastered and decorated so the job was finished properly.

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Relaxing Chair

Nest of tables in the style of three people playing twister!

Flamingo side table

After a time spent boat building in Falmouth I went to Exeter to study furniture design. It was a great experience and I have many happy memories of my time there (and not all pub based I promise!) During the course we got to explore different media such as ceramics and glass but I decided to concentrate on making wooden furniture. We were enchoraged to approach design with fresh ideas and I use this approach when working with clients today. I thought you might be interested in some of the work I produced for my degree show. I followed a theme of using human or animal forms as a basis for making furniture.. they love that sort of stuff at uni!
I left university with a 2:1. This would have been a 1st if there hadn't been a table tennis table in the student union bar! If you click here you can see a really bad picture of me and my furniture on the University website.

Wednesday, 5 November 2008

Painted Units

This week I have started a job for a house near Queens Park in Brighton. I normally try and produce a drawing for my clients so that they have a better understanding of what to expect and here is the drawing for this job. It has open shelves to the left of a window which connects the front room to the kitchen. Below the window is a panelled window seat which hinges up so it can be used for storage. To the right of the window is a big wardrobe with panelled doors. Inside the wardrobe are fully adjustable shelves. I will post pics of the units when they are fitted... should be the middle of next week.

Friday, 31 October 2008

Floor sanding

Under most carpets or badly laid laminate flooring are beautiful old floorboards which, with a bit of love, can breath new life into a room. In this Brighton property I sanded and finished the bathroom floor with a gloss varnish. In the bedroom I sanded and finished with a paste wax. I sometimes remove the skirting before sanding and then re-skirt afterwards, but as the skirting in this property was original we decided to leave it.

Wednesday, 29 October 2008

Iroko bench

So far this week I have made an Iroko bench seat for a Brighton back garden. The concrete base was already in place so I built the seat to fit it. The whole thing was assembled in the workshop so on-site fitting only took half an hour or so. It would have been a very simple job but I wanted the back to lean back at an angle so it felt more comfortable to sit on. This made the mitres in the corner a bit trickier than they would have otherwise been. I think it was worth the extra work though.
Iroko is a great timber for exterior use. Like teak, it has natural oils which protect it from rotting. It is sometimes referred to as "poor man's teak" but is a very good substitute at half the price! The quite strong yellow colour you see in the picture will darken over time to a rich golden brown.

Thursday, 23 October 2008

Boy's room

I've just gone back to a Brighton property where I fitted some units last week. A room in the house had been set aside as a refuge for the husband and his boy's toys! There were games consoles, records, record deck and DVDs etc. The clients wanted a modern feel so I came up with this design which looks quite clean and simple.
The shelves on the wall are "floating" rather than being on battens. All the doors are touch to open and a record deck pulls out of the middle unit on heavy duty full extension drawer runners. When not in use the record drawer slides out of sight and everything is kept neat and tidy.
Some carpenters forget about electrics when fitting jobs like this. I like to work with the customer to make sure any wires or plug sockets are properly moved or hidden away to make the job as professional as possible. This job has access behind all the units so the clients can run wires and plugs where ever they are needed. I once saw a job where someone had cut a hole in the corner of a cupboard door to trail a TV aerial out! Awful!!
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Tuesday, 21 October 2008

Brighton Carpenter

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Walnut coffee table

The coffee table is almost done. It's having a leather upholstered top so I'm just waiting for that and it can be delivered. I think the simple design works really well. Underneath the table are small feet which give the impression the piece is floating just off the floor. Like the sideboard it has been finished with danish oil. Blue Sky Brighton Carpenters carry out a full finishing service from staining, painting and distressing to lacquering and high gloss spraying.

Monday, 20 October 2008

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Friday, 17 October 2008

Walnut sideboard ready for delivery.. might need a bigger van though!

The sideboard is all done. I'm really pleased with it and I've sent pictures to the client and she is delighted! It's been given the first of three coats of Danish oil to bring out the richness of the walnut, it almost looks like chocolate!
The four doors on the unit are on "push to open" catches meaning you touch the door and it springs open. Knobs or handles would ruin the look of a unit like this.
The client has also asked for a walnut coffee table to be designed and built. that will the next job. Glad it's friday though, I'm knackered!

Thursday, 16 October 2008

Drawers in...

The walnut sideboard is coming along nicely! It has eight drawers in it. I am using those fancy soft close runners which glide the drawer gently back into position even if you slam it shut... nice touch.

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Wednesday, 15 October 2008

Walnut sideboard

This weeks job has been an order for a property near Brighton station. The client is having her kitchen extended and she wants a 3 metre long sideboard as the main feature in the room. It is a really nice job. Walnut is a lovely wood to work with and the scale of the unit is going to be really impressive. It should be done by the end of the week and I will post pictures of the finished job.

Monday, 6 October 2008

Audio storage unit

I normally work around Brighton and Hove but this customer contacted me from Hampton Court in London (quite posh!) She wanted a solid oak audio unit. I designed a unit which looked like a solid chunk of wood with no handles or knobs. There are nine drawers for storing cd's and dvd's. When you touch each panel a drawer pops open and when you push the drawer it clicks shut. I think it looks quite cool... might make one for my place!

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