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.

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).  

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.

Pine Dining Table Rennovation

I found a traditional style pine dining table by some bins in my local area, the top was badly scuffed and damaged and it had a drawer missing. I carried it home on my pushbike!

I wanted to give it a more modern style, I sanded it down to bare wood, made new square legs for it, built a new drawer for it, squared off the table top edges (they were originally rounded), rubbed in a clear satin varnish with a cloth to bring out the grain and then finished it off with a coat of Briwax, and buffed it up.

Sold locally via a post on Facebook

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.  

Zebra Print Coffee Table Top

Zebra print coffee table top.  Table base was found in an alleyway with a broken top.  New top made from scaffold boards.  Sketched design in pencil, then carved with a knife (to stop stain running through the wood grain).  

Dark teak stain used for the dark stripes, and finished with a satin varnish.  Built as a gift for a friend.

Dining Room Sideboard

Sideboard.  Built mainly from reclaimed scaffold boards from Mitchells’ reclamation yard in Norwich, cupboard doors made from a bed headboard found in an alleyway.  Four of the hessian baskets were found in an old bathroom shelving unit also found in an alleyway, the other four were purchased online.  

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

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