My latest carpentry projects around Southampton
These are images of decking and replacement steps. The decking was laid on top of the old tired deck and the steps were replaced reusing anti-slip pads. Tannalised redwood has been used, with a 10 year anti-rot guarantee – not to be mistaken for whitewood pressure-treated decking which some suppliers stock. This redwood will not twist or shrink and is superior in quality.
This bookcase is made from joinery grade pine with a birch-faced ply back. The pictures show the manufacture and the putting together (clamping up) of the bookcase and finally the completed product. It will be finished in wax by the customer.
This shows a replacement decking fitted on top of an existing one that was showing signs of decay.
These replacement doors are six panel grained doors with contemporary handles. This style of door is known as a moulded door and comes in a variety of styles: six, four, or two panelled, grained or smooth.
You can also get arched-top doors in all sizes from 1ft 8″ to 3ft, in both metric and imperial sizes. I can also supply many other styles of doors, in hardwood and soft wood, interior and exterior, with many glazing and security options. I’ve got a thing about doors (I guess someone has to) and will often take time to stop and marvel at a hand made door when out and about, and appreciate the workmanship and design that has gone into it and its functionality.
I have studied doors that are well over 300 years old and are still being used as a main entrance door. Simple maths tells me that if it is only used twice a day that’s an incredible 434,400 times that it has been used. The beauty is that the basic principle of door construction has not changed that much: mortise and tenoned with twin tenons on the centre rail, with the better ones being wedged tenons. There are some examples of fine doors in Southampton, particularly around the older parts of the City Centre, Polygon, and Highfield.
Here is the completed room. I was surprised and impressed by the quality of this floor. Burmese Teak is as rare as rocking horse droppings as there have been no imports of this timber for many years, due to trading restrictions, and its decline in its native country. Don’t confuse this with the other inferior sub-species of teak that you see sold as garden furniture; this is the best. If you can find a supplier, it trades at around £6000 a cubic metre + the VAT. It is definitely one of the most hard wearing of all timbers. Many years ago, I used to lay teak decks on high-end yachts using this, and if cared for properly a teak deck on a yacht will outlast the owner!
These photos show the removal of a set of tired garage doors, and the installation of a single-framed ledge-and-brace door with fixed TGV panels either side.
This was a recent repair to a conservatory roof, undertaken without taking the polycarbonate roof off, using 45 degree scarfing joints and finishing in white gloss.
Here is a storage solution to an under-stair space, using reclaimed pine and MDF grilled fronts.