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Bike Shed


Biggest build yet!  I wanted to build something to put my lawnmower, bike and gardening bits in so that I could use my other shed just for storing lots of wood and all my tools.  Eventually I want to replace my other shed with a big workshop and get some workbenches and table tools in there, but that’s another story….

I made the frame first, from old 2x4 timber that used to be my friend’s scooter ramp.  He didn’t want the ramp anymore so we dismantled it a few months back and I’d been wondering what to do with it ever since.

I was looking for some cladding materials for quite a while, and the cheapest I could find enough shiplap or featherboard cladding to do the whole thing was about £100… Wasn’t happy paying that much as I could have just bought a secondhand shed for that sort of money!  So I went to a reclamation yard to see what I could find and they had loads of decent featherboard offcuts in a skip that they were throwing away. Most of it was damaged, cracked, dirty and mouldy.  To my surprise they said I could have it all for free!!!  So I spent about an hour getting mucky and pulling all the best bits out. Surprisingly, I got enough that day to do the whole thing - result!
I made the two doors, and a simple frame to keep them sturdy.

I used some pine bed slats for the floor struts that I found by a bin near a council estate, which I screwed to the frame.  On top of the slats I used some spare MDF bits I had in my shed - I’ll replace the floor at some point with some plywood when I’ve got some.

I went to B&Q and bought a sheet of OSB to make the roof, and made a simple frame for it out of 1x2 pressure treated timber.  I was going to buy some roof felt too but luckily my Dad had some left over - he had 1m x 2.5m and that was the perfect size, so I gratefully took that donation aswell.

I made a platform out of bricks and fence posts that I had laying around in my garden to sit the shed on.

I stained all the cladding dark brown to match my fence (not that ugly blue fence on the left - that’s my neighbours fence!)

I’ll install some hooks eventually and maybe a shelf to store some other bits.

It was a really fun build (apart from slicing the top of my finger off in my table saw!!!).  

Really pleased with how it turned out and couldn’t have done it without the kind donations from my mate Sean, my Dad, and Mitchells Reclamation Yard on Oak St.  Also, a big thanks to my brother for his help collecting most of the wood and making a mess of his car!

The whole build took a couple of weeks working on it most evenings.  The total cost was around £40 - the OSB roof was £25, the stain was £5 and spent about £10 on padlock, hinges, latches etc.




Dining Chairs - restoration

I found these two chairs by a communal bin.  I think they’re made of oak. They were badly broken (someone had tried to do a repair job), upholstered in a funky zebra print material, and the melamine seat panels were rotten as they’d been out in the rain.

I started by taking out the seat panels and using them as a template to cut new seat panels out of some salvaged ½ inch plywood (also found by a bin!)

I dismantled the chairs frames, found a large family of earwigs living inside!  I stripped all the old adhesive off with a chisel, and then re-glued and clamped overnight.  I took out the old screws and nails from the bad repair job, and filled in the holes with a wood filler.

I sanded the frames down a bit (but not enough to remove some of the characterful knocks and bumps) and then applied a dark teak stain followed by rubbing in some varnish with a cloth to restore it’s sheen.  Once that was dry, I applied Briwax and buffed them with another cloth.

I bought 2m of cream fabric offcut from Furniture Warehouse in Norwich for £5.50 and upholstered the new seat panels.

They’re really beautiful chairs, and are nice and sturdy and comfortable now, and the golden inlay gives them a regal feel. I’d keep them if I had somewhere to put them. But I don’t, so they’re for sale.

Total cost to restore these was probably under £10.  Sold on eBay.





Ottoman built from salvaged wooden pallet wood donated by a local company, apart from the top which was made from half a scaffold board from Mitchells’ reclamation yard in Norwich.  

Stained in dark teak and finished in Briwax.  Built for personal use.


Two Tables

Found an old dining table top by some bins near a council estate. Someone had cut the side off it and used a varnish on the top which was peeling off pretty badly and for some reason written “Lee” on the bottom of it.  

I decided to make two small square tables out of it, one low coffee table and one higher, side table for my living room.  

I bought some 2 x 2 inch pine for the legs from Thornes DIY shop in Norwich city centre, and used some old pine bed slats that I had in my shed to make the rest of the structures.

Stained them using a 50/50 Rustins dark teak and white spirit mix, and applied a teak varnish.

Both tables built for personal use.



Media Unit

Made this TV unit from old floorboards that a neighbour was ripping out of his house, and a friend tipped me off.   Some of the boards were split but nothing a bit of wood glue can’t fix and the wood had bags of character - knocks, bumps and nail holes.  The drawer came from an old seventies plywood bit of furniture that I found near a bin on a council estate.  I made a new front for it to match the rest of the wood and just added the drawer runners (from eBay) and a new handle (from Wilkinsons).  

Stained dark teak mixed with white spirit to lighten the colour. Built for personal use


Large Cat Tree

Cat tree.  Made from a log found at Mousehold Heath in Norwich.  Stripped all the bark off, bleached the wood to kill anything that might have been lurking inside.  Hinges made from scraps of timber.  Shelves made from floorboards found in my loft.  Base made from scaffold boards.  

Stained in dark teak and finished in satin varnish. Made for my best buddy and housemate in the whole world, Dylan the handsome cat.

Later added fairy lights, rope to the bottom to use as a scratching post, and carpeted the second shelf (his favourite).


Memory Box Wedding Gift

Wooden “memory box”.  Build using pallet wood for the sides and wood from the top and bottom were floorboards found in my loft.  

Front clip and hinges were distressed using various acids - bleach and vinegar from my kitchen and steel wool to give them a patina and an antique-ish look!  

A wedding gift for my lovely friends Sean and Hannah


Bird On A Branch

Birds on Branches - I made two of these - another attempt at carving!  

Birds carved from some offcuts, twigs were from a tree, base is pallet wood with a green stain applied.  Both finished in a satin varnish.  


Shabby Chic Bedside Bookcase

Shabby chic bedside bookcase. Made from a mixture of woods - plywood for the trims, reclaimed pallet wood for shelves, wood from Mitchells’ reclamation yard in Norwich for top and sides, purchased architrave for the sides, purchased decorative mouldings from eBay and purchased handle from Looses in Norwich.  Drawer reclaimed from another piece of furniture, I just fitted the runners for it and built the unit around it.  

Back decorative paper is wrapping paper from Jarrolds.  A gift for my lovely girlfriend Ria.


Cromer Pier Coffee Table with shelf

Cromer Pier coffee table.  Made from planks from Cromer Pier in Norfolk, which were being replaced by contractors.  Luckily, Alexandra Bone salvaged 11 planks.  She posted on Twitter asking if anyone knew a carpenter, and a friend of mine saw the post and introduced us.  Wood was beautifully weathered but covered in algae and took some considerable cleaning and sanding, but the aim was to not remove too much character from the wood.  Screw heads were retained in the wood.  

Stained in a dark teak/oak/white spirit mixture to bring out the grain, finished with clear Briwax.  Sold on commission