Reclaimed hardwood and pipe side tables

One grand plan abandoned led to another much simpler and quite good looking piece.  I acquired from Oxford Wood Recycling some narrow hardwood planks. That project never came into being. Meanwhile, some misadventure when make a parquet pipe table resulted in some leftover black pipe.  We had also acquired a low sofa bed in theContinue reading “Reclaimed hardwood and pipe side tables”

Socket protector wooden box

We are expecting our first baby in a couple of months.  As you would expect from a house full of homemade things, my wife and my mother, have concerns about babies crawling around.  One passing comment from my wife were the multitap adaptors used for TV, lights etc. that we seem to have in nearlyContinue reading “Socket protector wooden box”

Chateau wine box shelves and more

Wooden wine boxes were probably my first exploration into upcycling.  I loved the character and natural wood.  My father had a few and I persuaded him to part with them.  Later I visited a wine shop and persuaded them to give me some more for free, placing a donation in their charity box. I haveContinue reading “Chateau wine box shelves and more”

Wedding Decorations

I was asked by a friend, with a wonderfully creative eye for detail, to help her with some wedding decorations.  This was due to either my ability to bodge things together, or because she wanted to involve me!  Either way, I was delighted and tasked with a making things for the cake table and theContinue reading “Wedding Decorations”

Parquet and black pipe side table

If using parquet is a labour of love then this table was my most extreme upcycled project to date. My original vision was for a pair, I even made two matching tops. There was so much time and hard work in making this table I haven’t yet got round to making the second!  I doContinue reading “Parquet and black pipe side table”

Upcycled shower room

When we moved into the house, we had a good-sized WC and one bathroom.  I felt certain we could fit a shower into the room and a plumber kindly helped.  Then I set about personalising the shower room with some upcycled features. The pipe was used as handles on the cupboard, and the hook for theContinue reading “Upcycled shower room”

Upcycled pipe and scaffolding plank coffee table

My very first upcycling project, and still one of my coolest.  Also, one of the rewarding items to make.  If you are starting out with upcycling and want to use scaffolding planks and pipes, then start with this one. What you need are three one metre lengths of similar scaffolding planks.  If you cut fromContinue reading “Upcycled pipe and scaffolding plank coffee table”

Milk and whisky bottle vases with dried flowers from the garden

A lot of what I make is furniture, but not all cool upcycled stuff needs to be so large or practical.  Things can be made for their beauty. I often look at glass as a wonder product— made from sand and easily recycled.  But can it also be upcycled? Two things I consume and oftenContinue reading “Milk and whisky bottle vases with dried flowers from the garden”