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August News Update

Welcome to our not so monthly update.

Doesnt time fly, it only feel like yesterday I was here writing the last update. I couldn’t believe it when i realised it has been several months….

We have been mega busy making some awesomely cool pieces of furniture for customers, travelled about all over the country and been involved in a fair few clearances.

First off we made a whole range of made to measure scaffold furniture for a customer’s new home aswell as a jawdropping dining table on a Cast Iron Machine Base

This was a great project and a pleasure to be involved in. The choice of used scaffold was made to match the exposed brick walls and natural timbers… We felt that using new scaffold would be too contrasting with the character in the house – as you can see the results are spectacular and the furniture looks like it has always been there.

Scaffold furniture seemed to be popular so we then developed a range of scaffold tables for the showroom, to take to shows and take orders from.

Making Scaffold Furniture is relatively simple….. Making Quality Scaffold Furniture seems to be quite difficult as we can’t see anybody else offering the use of quality materials and paying attention to detail. For example everybody we can find uses scaffold boards for timber, scaffold boards warp and twist over a short period of time – It may cost a little more and take a little longer but simply using quality reclaimed pitch-pine and paying attention to the quality of the finish means your made to measure item lasts closer to 50 years rather than 5.

We now have 5-6 Bespoke Scaffold Furniture Items online that can be ordered on etsy and our website via a few clicks of a button with more on the way. We have also bought http://scaffoldtables.co.uk with plans to develop this soon. Keep your eyes peeled!

 We have started attending local makers markets…. with plans to become regulars at Knutsford Makers Market and Spinningfields Makers Market – local events and growing attractions drawing people from far. For info of when the makers markets are on visit www.themakersmarket.co.uk . We enjoy going to these markets, its a relaxed atmosphere with plenty of homemade + organic foods, arts, crafts + even clothes…. we really would reccommend a visit.

At some point in the last few months (i’m not sure when its been hectic) we have also been involved in the floor to ceiling stripout and clearance of 10 science labs at a private college near derby. 5am starts and 10pm finishes for meant a long week but we had a timeframe and we stuck to it – It doesnt matter how many hours are worked in a day or what obstacles stand in the way of getting the job done, all that matters is sticking to the timeframe and the agreed terms, as professionals that is what we endeavour to do every time.

A Job well done and lots of new stock salvaged, at the end of the week we had a trip to a friend in london to take a van load of stock to and by the time we got home to macclesfield at about 3am on the saturday morning we were ready for a well deserved pint… with nowhere open we had to settle for an end of job can at the workshop before heading home.

It’s not just schools we have been clearing…. Local estate agents and Landlords have being using our clearance and cleaning services… Keeping the lads busy with dirty work and providing the girls with cleaning work.


  Around the time of the school clearance we also had an enquiry about reupholstering nearly 50 chairs for the local snooker club aswell as sanding and revarnishing 20 tables…. With Amanda having worked with an upholsterers for a few years aswell as practicing her skills on items in the workshop we took the job on and got straight to work….. Not a bad job at all by Amanda if i may say so myself… See before and after pictures below.

 Orders taken from the showroom more recently have involved another dining table on a cast iron base…. This time for ‘Ferndale Restoration’ and a completely different take than the last one … Peter works restoring cast iron radiators and wanted to strip back and paint the base himself so we happily let him.

Peter took the base away and brought it back all wrapped up so we could get to work on the table top and get a frame made ready for the top to sit on. Upon the day of delivery and installation i still hadnt seen the base so when we saw the finished article it was the first time any of us had seen it….. Again, the results were magnificent!!

Pete and Hannah’s Home Restoration project can be kept up to date with at @ferndalerestoration on instagram, A Fantastic Project done to a great standard with some awesome ideas. Keep up the good work guys 🙂

Another Project taken on from the Showroom is an interesting one at Forest Gin in Macclesfield Forest.

Upon moving into new premises, Karl at Forest Gin had his heart set on a bar and an area to entertain clients – after finding us online he came to the showroom and wanted everything in here… Unfortunately that wasnt possible and we settled on a custom built scaffold bar with reclaimed timbers. Again, with exposed stonework we decided on used scaffold tube to match the rest of the interior.

It was the first scaffold bar we made but again, attention to detail paid off and most importantly Karl was over the moon with it. Whilst we were up there we also finished off some of the new joinery work in the same wax of the bar…. such a small thing completely transformed the place. Below are some pictures of the finished results.

With all this going on we still keep our beady eyes out for interesting table bases and cool industrial bits of decorative salvage so keep your eyes peeled on the website and our facebook page for pictures of fresh stock.

Thats enough from me…. back to work. Thanks for reading, and I hope you find what you are looking for on the website. If you dont…. email us!

As usual the showroom is open Saturdays 10-4, If you want to visit any other time contact us to organise an out of hours appointment.
We can also be found at Knutsford and Spinningfields Makers Markets.
If you want a bespoke piece making don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Aug 08, 2017
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