Case Studies

Property in Hartfield, Sussex.

This property had every door and box sash period window replaced by me, using Oak in all areas, hand made using traditional methods to replicate Georgian style windows. The glazing was single glazed, and the finish used was tongue oil.

In this woodwork project we used a total of 250 cubic metres of solid English Oak, all sawn and cut in the timber mills, prior to delivery to our workshop. All glazing was completed by a local glazing firm and the glass was fitted with putty.

In total, this project lasted for 12 months, from the original date of our customers first confirmed instruction, but previous to that, 3 months of negotiations before I was instructed to proceed, with full funding in place.

I was involved in all aspects of this project, including site fitting, along with the customers contracted building firm.

Groombridge Property.

This 17th Century property had a superb original front door but the frame was loose, draughty, and the door had not opened and closed proprly for some time.

The task was to make a new Oak frame with a curved top, to relicate the old frame, so the door fitted in the same way as before, but fitting correctly, with moderm style draught proofing.

As the photo shows, all workmanship by hand in a traditional manner, with the Oak sections jointed with huge mortise and tenon joints, plus dowel pinned. The old door was laid into the new frame, so all was proven to work, after which the new frame was installed into the opening, being fixed with very long bolts in many places, after the frame was bedded onto a new dpc and sand / cement base. Expanding foam used around all edges, after which sand and cement used on the outside and plaster on the inside.

It is now 2 years since this work was completed and I have received many happy comments from this customer, who still refers any friends they come across needing specialist wooodwork skills.

The frame was finished with a mild oak stain to match the new timbers with the old door, after which, tongue oil was used as a final treatment.

Specialist Bookshop.

I recently received a commission from a distinguished book shop in the heart of tunbridge wells. The task was to make 3 metre high book shelves, with central divisions, so they could be double sided with books when standing, and secured to the ceiling on metal brackets.

Timbers considered ranged from Oak to popular and even blockboard. However our customer choose Carolina Pine, so I joined up the boards with loose tongue joints and PU adhesive glue to create the widths required.

To date, all shelved units have worked well with great success and we have just started to make more shelves for another shop, as a happy recommendation.

London Barbers Salon Re-Furbishment.

A full refurbishment of this London barbers shop was completed, making new bench tops and cabinets, giving the shop a much needed make over for this customer. All unit sections were made in our workshop and delivered to site, working through the night, so the shop could stay open normal hours. To date we have now completed many more shop refurbishments like this one!

On a project like this, I would manufacture the units, deliver and fit, with all labour completed by myself, without the need for sub contract labour. When required seperate contractors for electrical and plumbing work were brought into the project, so they are fully insured and up to date with regulations.

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