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A plank from a work site hazard barrier washed up at the beach converted into 2 LP record cover (or whatever, book, picture) stands. They vary in what way the end and long grain have been used and have different legs. One of them includes a bit of yacht salvage!



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Recycled timber bangles. This is the 4th swing at this and possibly my favorite so far. A one only ITEM this time. Be your own judge.


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A washed up log segment and some scrap plywood reconfigured into this bedside/ chair side platform for your book and beer!



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This grand little unit arose from three busted old drawers (c 1930’s ?) I found a year ago on Alice Street in Newtown. I first thought they were completely lost and was just going to rescue the handles. But noticed this beautiful fine-grained timber (anybody? anybody? thanks Ferris) lurking under the muck and decided to bring it all back to life. One of the ply drawer faces was more intact and with a bit of crafty gluing and clamping was able to be retained. The gritty detail of the plywood dovetail jointing now speaks for itself. I crafted some side panel legs from a found plank of old She Oak (?) And factored in a different lifting handle from a separate find. This handle accentuated the ‘rounded corners’ theme. The middle shelf was created by cutting a curve in what was previously a drawer side to create the rounded mid shelf and half arch of the leg. Some decorative work was added to the rear face via some found old school ‘learn to speak Spanish’ book and a selection of Danish beer labels collected while in Copenhagen. Also a hidden shelf and sub tray has been worked into the base of the unit. And this lined with a random selection of colourful beer labels. Over all you get the sense that this project was heavily researched! In fact you can see from the Youngs Double Choc Stout that made it into some pictures, the research was going on rite to he last.


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Simple pine shelves found in the streets of Newtown. I am guessing they were produced some time in the 1970s or 80s I stripped the paint off and stamped them. Then used various street found scraps of timber from old cupboards etc to create the element at the back of the top shelf and a hidden base tray and fascia and then some legs, cut from a found piece of treated pine and painted. The other main feature of this embellished restoration is the imagery added to the backboard. I bought this old children’s book for $3 on a trip south of Sydney. It contained these fantastic water colour scenes. I scanned the pages to generate flat sheets then glued onto a backboard (found 3 ply cut to size) and varnished.  The book I used is referenced here below; Title: A child’s book of fishes. Author: Kay, Dorothea. Published: New York : Maxton Publishers, [1953]  

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An LP record stand crafted from a single Timber plank found on Sydney shores. Sorry no before shot :(. Despite the great erosion of the timber due to an extended time at sea it revealed great colour and beautiful grain when sanded and varnished this in turn creating a great contrast of surfaces. The rear leg and front ledge are fixed to the body with wooden pegs. A circular rebate is added to the rear surface to assist lifting and the red horizontal stripe and number stamp were added to compliment other items owned by the recipient of this item. I have no idea what species of timber this is or where it floated in from only that the over all form is from dimensioned timber and the rounded edges and attacked surfaces indicate it has been adrift for some time.



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I wrestled these two hardwood beams from a skip bin not too far from my house and carted them home on the roof of the trusty Subaru. A note here that if you ever decide to dabble in the high art of scavenging recyclable materials, I highly recommend acquiring a clapped out Subaru wagon with Rhino roof racks. There is not much I have not been able to easily shift around with this.


These beams were deceptively and enormously heavy and old by Aussi building standards. Coming from a renno of a big old Newtown terrace. I could guess that this is Eucalyptus that was hundreds of years old when it was cut and that was probably around 140 years ago. So lets say the tree this timber is from was a germinating seed around 300 years ago!!!!


Once home I determined the choice cuts to chop the beams down to more manageable size. The scraps made exceptional firewood for the BBQ. Then there was all the knocking off of trimming timber, sanding, de-nailing and so on just to get down to the great colour and character of this timber. The legs were cut out of the beam and the rest of the process of becoming a bench is apparent in the pictures. Basically I embarked on a bit of rebating and used a found broom handle to do the doweling to pin all the bits together. Another broom handle forms the red bracing detail under the seat. And a scrap bit of timber was used to fill a rebate on the surface where it is stamped.


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