Custom Made Work

 

Andrew’s Custom Made Work – Latest photos can be seen on instagram facebook or some older work can be viewed in the gallery which will soon be updated.

Andrew can design & produce many things from a variety of materials, if you have the time to wait for it to be crafted, he is always looking for new challenges. Over 25 years of experience making….

Bespoke Pen Display Boxes, Collectors Chests, Rustic Timber Signs, Barometers, Spice Racks, Recycled Timber Furniture, Tea Chests, Blanket Boxes, Hope Chests, Jewelry Chests with drawers, Trinket Storage Boxes, Stools, Shaker Style Home-wares & much more.

More custom made woodwork can be viewed in the gallery, wooden boxes page, and wooden signs page.

The personal link between the timber, the craftsman and the customer starts here…

Specialising in old time joinery techniques, he takes time to ensure that you’re getting the finest crafted quality piece available in the world.

If you need something special and can’t find anyone to make it to the old time quality standards we used to expect before the days of cheap mass production then look no further.

The quality of fine woodwork design will be remembered and enjoyed for a lifetime with Andrew’s woodwork.

Some previous work examples – custom made to customer requests.

These items below were on my old website (I will add the photos back in one day sorry)

Racks Holders & Display Chests

Spice Jar Racks, Aromatherapy Oils Holder, Coffee/Tea Caddy, Pen Display Cases.

If you want to display your prized possessions or simply can’t find a holder or rack good enough, then why not have one made for you in the timber of your choice?

Small Wooden Boxes

There’s something about a small box crafted from a beautiful piece of solid timber. People love boxes, even the sound they make as they slam shut is a pleasure to hear. You can’t find quality like this in the shops anymore.  If you have a precious item you need to protect for a lifetime, or simply need a place to store your own jewellery, then why not have one made for you just the way you like? The depth and natural colour of crafted solid timber cannot be matched. No stains are used!
Don’t be fooled by cheap stained timber – it has no depth and will age considerably.

Brass Name Plates – Doctor’s Plates, Memorial Plaques

Do you need a quality brass name plate mounted on a beautiful piece of solid timber?

The depth and natural colour of crafted solid timber cannot be matched.

Don’t be fooled by cheap stained timber – it has no depth and will age considerably.

Brass plaques can be set into the sides of a solid timber box or recessed into the top, the photo above is a close up of an Ashes box, the box features two ashes containers with a plaque at both ends.

Plaques can be ordered along with your box, simply let me know what you want written and the style of font then I can work out a quote for you.

  • Features solid brass slot head screws for an antique finish

Solid Timber products that will last forever

  • Custom made woodwork designed especially for your needs.
  • Custom made woodwork is priced according to the extra time involved in designing & crafting a one off piece exactly to customers specifications.
weather station wooden barometer thermometer hygrometer

Old Red Gum post transformed into a rustic style weather station

Australian Workshop Creations (AWC) is a small one man workshop studio creating unique pieces for local Melbourne galleries & individuals who are looking for a special or unique gift item unavailable anywhere else in the world.

Note from Andrew – Large orders for mass production work can sometimes be arranged in alternate woodwork workshops or you may be able to twist my arm if they are small production runs or an interesting project.

There’s nothing quite like having something made exactly the way you want it from the finest Australian timber species. Handcrafted functional objects, designed with style & provide a lifetime of use, passed down through generations.

Q&A Section

1. How do I order a custom made item?

Just e-mail anytime and I can work out a quote for anything you require andrew@handcraftedtimber.com

2. Is there a Warranty period or Guarantee?

Yes, all my work is handmade by myself and depending on the item, most things will last a lifetime if looked after and cared for in the proper manner.  Should there be a problem with manufacturing or construction method in the life of the product, please do not hesitate to contact me.  As a craftsman, I take pride in my work and will treat each case individually should a problem arise. So far, I pride myself in never having a product returned or in need of repair to this date.

3. What Payment Options are available?

Most customers pay using a direct bank transfer. This is done online by logging into your secure account and transferring the owed amount directly into the bank account number & bsb given to you in my e-mail.

PayPal – Log into PayPal and make payment to sales@handcraftedtimber.com. This way you can pay securely using your credit or VISA debit card. Cash payments accepted if the item is arranged to be picked up from the workshop studio or simply contact me if you have a different payment method in mind.

4. Postage World Wide

Postage is available for most items, in fact 95% of my work is ordered online then posted to your door. Largest items may not be suitable for postage, although I’ve had no trouble posting letter boxes and signs so it depends on the size of the product you order. I always ensure it is packed well with recycled craft paper & plenty of bubble wrap.

 

Andrew’s Notes – Timber, Joinery, & Finish Methods

The beauty and grain texture of solid timber is far superior compared to common mass produced woodwork which is usually veneered MDF or sprayed with stain to look like timber.
I rarely use stains in my work as I believe in letting the natural beauty and colour of the timber grain show.
The finish I apply in stages over a period of about 5 days (depending on weather), a natural Danish Oil wax blend, far superior to the plastic like finishes that are so common these days. I don’t really like using high gloss varnish as this type of finish builds to a thick layer and the item feels more like plastic than timber. If you prefer a high gloss finish this can be achieved using natural oil finishes and wax, or a different method using Shellac, very similar to French Polish (and a whole lot of elbow grease!).
My finished items are a silky smooth satin finish that truly needs to be touched, you will then understand the difference a good finish makes. It’s well worth the extra time and I don’t believe in using toxic spray on finishes simply to cut costs and production time.

Real Timber Construction – Environmental factors to consider in a throw away society

Solid timber will continue to move throughout its life as it expands & shrinks, it ‘breathes naturally.’ It is after all a piece of tree, therefore, it is important that time is taken in design to construct the joinery methods needed for super strength over many years of use.  The joinery methods are a sign of true craftsmanship as well as being visually pleasing by creating an interlocking pattern between the two timber species.

“It’s actually not that long ago we used to make things to last, to be passed down through generations.
I believe there’s still a demand for craftsmanship in this modern world and people are slowly making the change back to the traditional way of thinking when making a purchase. We really need to look at more than just the total price of the item, there is a lot more to consider, education is the key to this change”

All my work is finished by hand using a special 2 stage hand rubbed Danish Oil or Shellac using a technique similar to French polish, then a traditional Australian made wax blend and a whole lot of hand buffing!  This ensures you can still feel the timber as the oil is designed to soak into the timber to nourish protect and seal.  Most modern finishes are sprayed on which is a lot quicker for production work but produces a thin film of plastic on top of the timber so it looks shiny but is not a real traditional finish and will not wear as well over the years – Have you ever seen a nice aged ‘patina’ on a piece of IKEA furniture?
Patina just won’t happen with plastic coated chipboard junk, no matter how old it gets. The thick shiny layer chips and breaks away with ugly results, refinishing is costly and out of the question so the piece is sent to our landfill instead. Is this really how we should be living?  Growing trees to cut down at a rapid rate then putting it in landfill a few years later when the item falls apart.  This is not good for our future and is not a sustainable way to live on this planet.

The Danish oil finish I use makes the timber smooth and shiny through polishing by hand and penetrating into the timber, not just building up a layer on top.  You can feel the difference. It also has the advantage that the piece can be restored if damaged & more coats of Danish Oil or wax can be added over the years to protect and enrich the timber fibers.