Category Archives: Wood projects

Amazing wood projects from all over the world..

Glass top coffee table

My buddy was after a coffee table that was fit with a thick glass top, hairpin legs and some solid metal corners. This design is pretty cool and really strong. Inside of that “U” shaped carcass there is a 18mm hardwood ply as a base. Glued and screwed before planked all over gives a nice and thick design and a cool look to it as well.

Planks are mostly reclaimed pine cut in different sizes and coming together into a blocked design pattern. Metal corners have been welded out of a piece of 90 degree corner, that was some fun and fair amount of grind work to bring to a smooth finish, but they look the part and give a nice accent.

Holes were later drilled on the side of these bad boys to keep them in place on top of the glass top. Nice idea to attach the top without compromising desing. Black paint on them-manufacturer`s.

The glass itself was a challenge to acomplish. I have bought 3 pieces that all delivered with some kind of damage, scratch of bubbles trapped inside of glass. Not really a quality for any project. After all I decided to drive and pick it up myself to make sure no damage was done to it while delivering to my shop.

In  order to transport the glass top to my shop, I have built a box out of an old table top. If you ever do any project with this type of top, make sure the glass is spotless, wipe it with windex before you accept to spot any imperfections before you install. Also, this glass is super tough, but it will shatter if hit with something right on the edge or corner.

The final product was really nice, strong and walnut stain that was target sanded with fine grid exposed some colours of natural wood through. This technique I have been using on most of my projects where colour was applied. This gives a nice touch and makes the piece look a lot more interesting.

Few coats of clear matt varnish were applied as a means of protecting the wood, overall really nice table in my opinion.

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Dine with class-the “old way”

Dining table is a centre piece of every dining room,  a place where people meet and share a meal, socialize, and bring the family together. A solid table, real wood, thick top and cool chairs/bench is something I would look into. Not to bash the Ikea boys in any way, but something made out of chipboard with cheap laminate is nowhere near a proper family dining table.

These tables can be built out of reclaimed wood, as well as a fresh (dried) lumber, hard wood would be a choice for this particular project. People sitting at this table, eating, kids scratching with forks etc. Quality wood will make sure you do not have to re-finish every 6 months to get rid of all marks, dents and scratches.

I personally love thick legged tables, even a design where legs are thick and the top slightly on the thin side, just the opposite of a popular trend would make a cool house item.

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Couple of recent projects

These 2 bad boys do not have a proper post, I was too buys to shoot pics in order to make this into a post.  Both projects are made out of scaffo boards and reclaimed wood. First is a house storage my wife requested, she had few boxes and needed a shelve unit to accommodate them. Teak finish light sand and varnish.

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I had a set of really nice steel wheels in the shop, these make this look a little more on the rustic side.

Second project I had just finished was a really unique tv stand ordered by one of my frequent client. It combines on “s” like board design, only supported by one vertical board located in the back of the unit. This part is quite unique and it is not much visible, makes this unit an interesting idea. I have placed very long wood screw like rods inside to support the shelves.

I will post better pics. soon, sometimes I get too busy to properly document my work, sorry guys.

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Hairpin legs coffee table.

This table I have done for one of my new clients. She requested a really nice pattern on the top and black/matt 14″ hairpin legs.  I have put 18mm strong, good quality ply underneath the planks and followed up with design. It was tricky to keep this pattern very well measured throughout the built, any mm each side would result with a big gap at the very end.

I applied some touches with teak stain to make these sawmill marks pop up a bit and natural oak was the final finish before applying several coats of clear/matt varnish for protection. I really like the final result, but most importantly the fact, that my client is happy.

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Bar interior, recent client.

This project I have completed just recently, new pub opened up in the city, owner has also a brewery, quite good beer I must add. The interior looks really cool, all around the wood, reclaimed/scaffo theme, all comes along nicely.

The atmosphere inside is vibrant and it looks almost always busy. My part was to build a side bar, located by brick wall, a big mirror that was installed in the upstairs dining room and over the back bar shelving units.

Side bar is made out of long ( 3m each) scaffo boars, I have purchased at a local building supplies store. I have applied black spray paint and sanded through before applying a natural oak stain and varnish. Then it was placed on 33.4 mm scaffo frame, all very sturdy and looking nice I think. (blowing my own horn here).

The mirror was bought new on ebay and placed on the ply before I had scaffo boards (same finish) built around it as a frame. The challenge was to make some really flat, yet super strong mountings that would keep this baby up on the wall well secured. I have cut a metal corner into half and drilled some holes in it. One side was fitted with adjustable mounting, when you drill into a brick, it is not uncommon for the drill to slightly slip, then you put the piece up-to find out it is crooked,  then you`re in trouble trying to explain extra holes in the wall.

The over the bar shelve units-are 2, couple of meters long boxy like pieces. All built with the same material as the rest of the projects I have done here. Same finish, high enough to accommodate bottles, we had tiny room to make this work, but eventually got it all lined up nicely. The same fittings were used as for the mirror with bolts super heavy, it is not going anywhere even fully loaded.

Sorry for just few pics, but when you are working and forgot to take as you go, coming to a pub full of people and start snapping away photos, it freaks people out.

Great place, nice projects, overall super cool place.

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Beam of light:)

This is a really fun project, the same owner that I had made the counter for, had an idea of reclaimed wood beam, that is fit with spot lights.

I have purchased at a local reclaimed wood centre a long-3.2m beam of wood, that needed a fair amount of work to bring the natural beauty out it.

I have removed all nails, and started scraping the surface, and while I was going intense with that-a pretty colour started coming through this rough looks.

Once the surface was ready, the fun part comes in, I needed to drill fat holes, big enough to accommodate a spot light, allow enough room for the LED light bulb. That cost me a corded drill, too weak, burnt after second hole. These being kinda deep, needed a fair amount of chipping out-the old fashioned way-with a mullet and a chisel.

Spacing out the spot lights is the next step, then wiring line had to be chiselled out with only a mullet and a chisel. These projects have a lot of surprises in the form of hidden nails, using your expensive power tools to get the job done quicker might cos you dearly.

All being installed inside of this wooden beam, just few items left before delivery. I have placed some extra features that made the wiring supported, thick galvanized chain and 4 point mounts-the beam is really heavy and it will be hanging over the counter.

Few coats of clear, quality varnish and it is ready to deliver. The new, awesome, Caribbean takeaway place in Welling, London will be fitted with this light.

And this is how it ended up looking like, quite happy with that…

Really interesting project, tons of manual labour due to the nature of the material-reclaimed wood, that had some nails in it-no use of power tools, but looks nice.

Cheers

 

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Counter for a local restaurant

I have not updated my work site for a while, was super busy. I have just completed a project for a local restaurant nearby. The owner wanted a service counter, something that would function as a customer service/cashier piece. Made out or reclaimed wood (mostly) and within the theme of the dining room.

I have made a frame out of purchased timber, added some good quality plywood for the inner walls.

After that it was the time to plank the walls and internal shelves with some rustic wood, glue, nails and level-that is pretty important, if you do not control the level, you might find yourself off on one end, and the whole wall looks crooked.

We have decided that the split level will come with a wooden top, no food or water will be serving over that part, so reclaimed wood, stain and varnish will be a spot on option.

The split level is to serve as a back wall for a till, and to keep some items out of the customer way. I think this is a very functional design, looks nice as well.

All piece was varnished and lightly sanded through with some 800 grid to give this nice, rustic appearance, one coat of teak oil was applied at the end.

 

The only thing that is still to be installed, is a stone top, for the part where food will be handled, dark stone I believe is the choice, I will get some pictures soon, a lot better quality as well.

And this is how the whole project looks like inside of the restaurant. It was placed on small concrete blocks, to avoid contact with water and harsh, floor chemicals. Black, cool looking stone was installed on the part where food is served. Really nice piece, at the new, super tasty Caribbean joint, just opened in Welling, London.

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Plywood at play

Plywood boards do not usually bring about a picture of a cool furniture, more likely a structural part of any project, but if you look a bit closer to some ideas that use this material, you might be pleasantly surprised. Plywood comes in many kinds-wood wise and variety of thickness which makes it a nice and easy material to build with. One thing is to be careful about is the quality and flatness of a board. You do not have much room for error in this department, heavy belt sanding or planning a plywood is out of the picture really-if you do not want to destroy the board, so choose wisely, look closely and pick the most perfect piece.

OSB boards are totally different texture, but also make an unique building material, rough look combined with modern design and other materials like metal or concrete make a super cool combination, definitely not something you can buy at IKEA.

Look up some vids on Youtube, you can literally find tons of tutorials on the subject, most of the wood working guys keep it real simple as well, I also learn from them a lot on regular basis.

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Window planter

I needed a planter that would keep my herbs and wheat grass on the window nicely. This one is made of reclaimed boards-still have some bark on it-hard to find though. I jointed them with long dowels and some corner hardware, clear coat and nothing else made it look this cool.

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This can be ordered, made and shipped within one day. I am looking to start building balcony planters and small gardens-urban friendly that would allow people in apartment complexes have some life and fresh herbs handy.

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Hanging out in the kitchen.

When I was growing up, for some reason kitchen was THE place to hang out. When we had people coming over to see my parents, instead of sitting in the living room, they all seemed to be drawn into the kitchen.  Back then living in central Europe resources were somehow limited and traditional cheap, cardboard crap was on the menu. Today is different, we have got tons of options, and surprisingly people go back to roots more often, wood, reclaimed timber and such are on the rise being a good sign in my opinion.

I especially like the islands-those free standing units that have a stove/cooker incorporated in them. A nice addition to that is a ceiling mount sort of island-for all your pans etc.

I will not be too original opting for dark walnut finish, but I think these colours look really nice with all kitchen appliances.

Also thick, wooden cupboards, mounted or free standing give this “good`ol farm house” feeling that brings some warmth into the place.

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Spend some time at the computer daily?

If you`re one of the people who spend tons of time at the computer and you like rustic wood-these samples could accommodate your needs and give you ideas of what is out there possible to build or simply buy.

Comfort is a priority number one for most people, but if you could get away with comfy desk that also looks amazing-then why not. Great thing about bespoke furniture is that you can order them precisely the way you want, design, size, materials, finish etc.

Pallet wood and barn wood seems to be the choice for a lot of these ideas, but really-there are no limits to your imagination, pipe legs, metal hardware and all sorts of goodies can be implemented in this kind of work.

I personally love the ones with pipe legs and wine boxes as drawers, simple, yet interesting, walnut finish, maybe some sanding before applying clear coat. Have fun.

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Sitting comfortably.

Nice couch, a place where you can sit you bum down after a long day sure is an important part of your house. It would be also nice to have one that apart from comfort, brings some character to your place, it is solid, made out of good materials and if it can be build out of reclaimed timber-it`s even better (sorry, couldn`t help).

There is a variety of materials that can make a functional and pretty looking couch-from railway sleepers, pallet wood to plywood (I have seen some amazing ideas in this department). All of these must be fitted with nice and thick cushions in the colours that would match the wood.

And of course, if you`re building an indoor piece-pillows are a must, cosy atmosphere, dimmed light and rustic wood will make the room naturally inviting, warm and comfortable.

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Another life for a wine barrel.

Wine barrels are not the easiest item to find, but if you manage to buy one and it is still in good condition-you can turn it into a cool furniture that will spin some heads around. Characteristic curvature of wood and beautiful colours add a lot of character into design making it something that is not seen too often.

From a coffee table, chairs into the lamp ideas and even sink incorporated into a wine barrel. Those ideas are not only worth noticing-they are fun to make. Curved wood looks pretty, but it makes it a bit more difficult to work with as your options to shape the boards are somehow limited-you will not be able to put the board though a planer for example, that means a lot more manual work.

Those barrels perfectly accommodate metal hardware , they have been designed to use those elements as a strengthening addition and leaving them on can be a wise decision.

So, if you ever come across a wine barrel-do not pass it, get it home and have fun, those items can be a nice addition to your home, garden or a shop.

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Pub, restaurant, diner.

There are plenty of pubs around it with wood furniture, reclaimed/rustic ones are also very common as well. Any place of business that needs a cosy atmosphere can benefit from this type of design. Custom made items are also designed to fit the particular needs, and more over-they can be re-done or adjusted in the future in case the nature of the business changes. Like shelving units or tables can be up scaled to individual needs.

It is a fact that the owners are spending time and money to make sure their pub or restaurant is unique and stands out and these themes seems to be a spot on investment. Not only that, most of these items are build out of sturdy and healthy wood, not chipboard made in China, so they will last for a very long time.

 

Serve it nicely.

Serving trays have been in use for probably hundreds of years, and wood seems to be the favourite choice of material for this particular project. I have built few of those out of wood scraps I had around the shop and this is the best idea so far. The trays (apart from specifically ordered) can be made out of plenty of pieces that otherwise would have not much use.

Some more expensive trays have all sorts of inserts in the central part, like tiles, metal sheet, or glass in it. Takes a bit more work to build them, but the effect is well worth the effort.

A cool idea is a tray (especially for a restaurant) with black chalkboard as a central piece. You can serve stuff on it and write right on the tray, nice.

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Fun way to re-do the shop.

Some of these you see here are super easy to make. Simple, basic tools and some wood can make your shop floor pop up in the neighbourhood and that means foot traffic and very possible a better looking “end of the month bookkeeping”:) So, why not give it a shot, if you can do it yourself-then great, if not-contact some wood fanatic weirdo (like myself) and he will make this for ya.

Stores like Superdry, All Saints, Fat Face and many others are well into this style, no wonder, it is natural and cool at the same time, makes almost any human feel welcome and at ease.

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Display tables.

Depending on what kind of shop you would like to have, in most cases some sort of a table, or display table would be something to have, especially if that table could be an eye catcher, something unique that would draw attention of a customer. Again, the possibilities are endless and these pictures down here are just a drop in the ocean of what can be done out of wood.

My personal choice is a combination of cast iron, metal and deep brown reclaimed timber, maybe a dark walnut and black chalkboard paint with some target sanding. These combos fit perfectly with some warm, Edison light bulb, very relaxing atmosphere, shopping a ease sort of thing.

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Shelving units.

A proper place to display your merchandise is something of importance, we all buy with you eyes first, the best tasting food will not sell if the presentation is crap, period. So a proper shelving unit is something worth investing in, brings an attention of a potential buyer and makes the store complete.

I personally love thick, natural boards, but it all depends on the rest of the interior design. Wood though, is a very forgiving material, you can play with it, change colours (most of them) and reassemble it in another way if you wish. Using reclaimed wood is especially wise, since there is an abundance of this type of material in every city.

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Counter top-vital part of every shop.

This item is the place where you spend most of the time, where exchange of goods take place, where you chat with clients, so it is not something to be overlooked. A centre peace, or a corner-proper place to engage with customers is essential to every business.

These pictures here are just a tiny option of what is possible to build with wood, reclaimed timber that brings warmth and cosy atmosphere into the business, this atmosphere is important to bring a positive and friendly vibe, make people feel comfy and relaxed.

There are plenty of options when it comes to building materials, but in my opinion a combination of wood, metal and maybe even concrete would fit the bill perfectly. Accompanied by some industrial light fixtures will make the shop an eye candy, an inviting place and that can be a real benefit at the end of the month sales wise.

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Candle tea light bookshelf.

I made this to complete my fiancée`s idea, a bookshelf unit that can hold tea light candles at the same time. Cool, unique as well.   100% reclaimed timber, thick boards painted with black chalkboard paint and sanded smooth. Some hardware on the corners and black chain makes it pop up a bit.

This unit is for sale (made to order) for £65 including shipping.

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