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Reclaimed Timber and Reclaimed Oak Furniture

Posted by on Apr 26, 2013 in Bespoke Joinery | 3 comments

Over the last couple of months we have been very busy undertaking various joinery projects from oak panel doors to oak bay windows with Georgian leaded lights.

Perhaps most interesting over the last couple of months has been the building of joinery items from reclaimed timber church pew components, for a couple in Sussex whom have recently converted an old church into their new home.

Thus far we have made two timber porch benches, a loft hatch and a double bed all from recycled components. This kind of work is something I am very keen to undertake partly because it it interesting however mostly because I will always actively encourage clients to re use materials where possible. It is my belief we would all be much better off for the future taking the kind of approach these clients have done.

Understandably not all builds produce the kind of waste that can be used in this kind of volume, however with the right mind set I am confident in the vast majority of cases materials labelled as waste can and should be re used even in case of the smallest quantities. In a situation where everybody acted like this the difference would be huge.

Welcome to the new Jenkinson’s Blog!

Posted by on Feb 15, 2013 in General Questions | 2 comments

To start my new blog I thought I might give my best answer to a question I am frequently asked:

What is the difference between a carpenter and a joiner

Carpenters are a site based operative whereas Joiners are factory based manufacturers.

Often carpenters go under the title of “carpenters and joiners”.  This is in my opinion is a misleading title.  Carpenters do undertake joinery tasks on site, however in the majority of cases it’s only in its most basic format.  Very few parties operating under a “carpenters and joiners” title actually have workshop premises of their own capable of producing quality manufactured items.  Site based operatives generally requiring manufacture of joinery items will outsource them within their costs to joiners/manufacturers of their choosing.

Joiners or Joinery companies like my own are a different set up.  As a joiner, around 75% of my work is workshop based manufacture.  I install my own products and employ my own fitters for my products.  I have a wide range of industrial woodwork machinery available to me in order to undertake almost any task I am presented with, leaving me much more capable when it comes to accurate and complex woodwork.