August 11, 2020
Repairable Furniture

Accidents do happen, especially when viewed from the perspective of decades and not months. Truly sustainable bespoke furniture should be easily repairable. Unfortunately, the most common glue used in furniture making, PVA, cannot be manipulated easily once set. If, for instance, a leg join breaks, that join will have to be cut away and new […]

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July 10, 2020
A New Coffee Table Design

There is a new design to welcome to the Lloyd Brooke Furniture family. The Finn bespoke coffee table. The client wanted a custom coffee table with prerequisites being splayed legs and baby safe edges. I started by gluing and scraping the top, followed by attaching the breadboard ends. These help keep the tabletop flat. The […]

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June 29, 2020
Bespoke Hand Tool Process

Without huge, industrial machines, I've found hand tools, when properly set up, to be the most effective way of preparing my timber for joinery. I use a couple of simple machines to take the wood from a rough sawn state, to a square dimension. From there, I will either use my hand plane or cabinet […]

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June 11, 2020
Bespoke Baby Keepsake Box

Many of my favourite pieces are birthed directly from the customer's needs. Recently, I had the pleasure of building a keepsake box for an unborn baby, due in August this year. The baby's name is secret. All I have are the initials WRF. This, to me, adds another degree of sentiment. Something private and something […]

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May 26, 2020
Ode to a Brilliant Australian Toolmaker

I use a lot of hand tool processes when I'm building a handmade bespoke furniture piece. Not only is it enjoyable, but it also offers efficiency in small, home workshops. Ones that don't have the capabilities to use large scale machine sanders and need to keep noise and electricity usage to a minimum. The planes […]

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