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Bookcase – December 2014

The alcoves either side of a fireplace are a particularly good place for bookshelves and cupboards, and this room is no exception. With one bookcase already installed, this customer wanted a near matching set built on the opposite side with a small cupboard in the middle, alcoves for storing logs, and shelves above. So I obliged…..


So first start with an empty space, and build a level platform to build upon…


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Next add some sides and frame the front, plugging the screw holes so once painted you’ll never know they’re there. Then add a top, and upon that build up the sides and fit the rails to carry the shelves…


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Then add the shelves, and a little door…


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And there you go, a matching pair of bookcases….


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Walk in Wardrobe – November 2014

So what can you do with an awkward space in the corner of your bedroom…? Build a walk in wardrobe of course! Complete with numerous shelves, drawers, rails, handleless ‘push to open doors’ and motion sensitive lighting that activates when you walk in, no ordinary wardrobe!

I’ve been steadily building this over the past few weeks and have finally finished everything today, planing down and re-fitting the doors now both the decorator and carpet fitter have played their part. Here is a step by step record of how I did it…….

The first thing is to build a timber frame, onto which the inside, and then the outside are panelled with MDF. A visit from the electrician to fit new lights, and the doors are cut and fitted….

wardrobe an empty spacewardrobe batten in place










wardrobe inside panellingwardrobe outside panelling










wardrobe doors fitted


For the inside only floating shelves will do…. First fit timber batten to form the shelf, then clad the top, clad the bottom, and finally the front again with MDF, with no brackets, screws or nails on show….


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Then a little free standing chest of drawers and a bookcase were built and fitted…..


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And then everything was painted…..


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So there you go, finished, but what do you do with the off-cuts… build a desk of course…..


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Straying away from wood, the desk, built in just the same way as the floating shelves, has been covered with clear perspex. And there you go, another job finished and another happy customer….




My first blog post – a half size bookcase

So my first ever post, and to give you an idea of some of the commissions I undertake here is a little bit about what I am currently working on, a half sized custom built bookcase. I was asked to build this specifically to fit in an awkward space and not be too dominating, hence it’s low height of only 4’6″, have adjustable shelves, and made from that finest of woods, MDF, stained and varnished to match other furniture in the room.

After designing it on paper, the individual parts were quickly cut to size, the rebate for the adjustable bookcase rails and an attractive moulding on the front edges were machined using the router, that was the easy part… The next stage has been to carefully stain each part with 2 coats of teak woodstain thinned with white spirit and applied with a cloth, and then given 4 coats of satin varnish. Luckily the basement floor provides a suitable and dry cabinet makers workshop!

Once the internal sides of the parts had been stained and varnished, assembly could begin and the sides, back, top and bottom shelves were screwed and glued together. The screws were all counter-bored and the holes plugged, all that is now left to do is stain and varnish the outside, and it’ll be ready for delivery, let’s hope it fits….!




















Luckily it did fit, perfectly….! And here it is in it’s new home, sitting perfectly in the gap between the cupboard and the window, not only being put to it’s intended use, but decorated for Christmas….


half size bookcase finished