The Wooden Heart Country Style Furniture

Wood Furniture Work Shop

Wood Working with Country Furniture.

Well here we are at my humble workshop. As you can see, I work from home whilst investing and trading the Australian and occasionally, overseas share markets. I thought I would place this page up to show all, how easy it is to start a small business, with minimal outlay in dollar terms. All you need is a little flair in the "design mode", a few of the necessary wood working machinery and a little space to enable you to build your wooden furniture in. Whether it be Country Furniture otherwise, any one with a bit of initiative can start this type of business. What initially started out as a hobby building Country Furniture, whist trading, turned into a fully fledged business which wholesales Country Furniture and homewares to five outlets in Victoria, Australia. My internet site also has orders that sends Country furniture and homewares to many parts of Australia as well as several Countries overseas. I chose Country Pine Furniture because of the simple facts, it's cheaper to build than the hardwood varieties and is affordable for the vast amount of people. I have had many wood working friends make comments like - "you'll need pretty expensive wood working machinery if you want to succeed", "you will not get the accuracy using cheaper wood working machinery". Well just to prove them wrong, all my Country Furniture throughout this site has been made using Triton Equipment; Yes the Orange stuff!

Wood Working with Old Reclaimed Timber and Pine.

Below you will see some "then and now" items of wood that I have obtained from house demolitions. You will also find some of the wood tools that I find are extremely helpful in my everyday enjoyment of working with timber. I do hope you enjoy!

A Journey from Old to New! (Project started 10th March 2005, completed 14th March 2005)

Old Rough Sawn Mountain Ash Timber Dressed Timber now approx. 115mm x 35mm Rough Sawn 4 x 3inch Previously rough sawn 4 x 3 inch Mountain Ash, now 90mm x 65mm dressed

Pictures above show some old 4 x 3 inch roofing timber sourced from a demolition site which was eventually dressed to 90mm x 65mm (3 1/2 inch x 2 1/2 inch). Four days later, it all ended up as an outdoor table. The Wooden Table, shown below is approximately 1600mm long x 920mm wide x 735mm high. (63 inches x 36 inches x 29 inches)

Mountain Ash Hardwood Table Without 5mm timber strip covering hex screws under wooden table ends

Old Red Gum Stumps Dressed

Some old Red Gum Stumps (100yr Old +) that were salvaged from a Bank Demolition in Bairnsdale many years ago. Note the original piece on top. When I initially saw these, I shuddered a little, thinking that they were basically "had it". However once they were placed through the 400mm drum sander, I ended up with four perfect 80mm square x 1 metre + lengths of timber.

Country Furniture. Bar manufactured from an Old Red Gum Slab.

Some more Red Gum Timber salvaged from an old farm paddock. Cleaned up and oiled they made a perfect barbeque bench top for one of the neighbours. Mind you the beer is nice and cold down there. (Just for the pommies, we like cold beer here in Aussie land.)

Young 8 year old Red Gum

Young red gum that was sourced from a good friend. This red gum was only about 10 year old and was in sawn planks of about 190mm x 30mm. Timber had a pale look about it, however with a durable clear finish by the new owner, the outcome looked great. Ps, the neighbour got that one too!

Framing Timber Dressed to Pine Furniture Legs

Pine Furniture legs. These are simply manufactured from 90mm x 45mm framing timber (hand picked). The timber is then ripped in half lengthways and then machined in the portable thicknesser. The end result is approximately 41mm square wooden furniture legs.  Hence each metre in length leg in "timber cost" is about $1.75, a great saving when you compare the price of "clear pine" of similar size.

Small table made from 3 salvaged door sills

This particular wooden table, "believe it or not" came out of 3 door sills that were salvaged from a house demolition at a retirement village at Bairnsdale, Victoria, Australia. The table top was biscuit joined and is perhaps "Oak or Black Butt" origin? All I know the table weighs like it's made of lead! The legs were manufactured out of the other door sill, "Merbeu". Legs were tapered slightly from the inside top to bottom. A high gloss estapol and beez wax finished the project. The houses where the door sills originated were built in the early 1950s.

My Humble Wood Working Workshop.

Below you will find a short list of the wood working machinery and tools that I tend to use most often and are of valuable use.

Triton Machinery is the majority of machinery currently used in my Wood Work Shop.

Saw: Triton 235mm Power Saw in a Triton 2000 work centre; Triton Height Winder System; Triton Sliding Extension Table; Triton Bevel Ripping Guide Series 2000; Makita Drop Saw; Ryobi Jig Saw fitted with Makita B.11 Blades (sharp);

Router System & accessories: Triton 1/2 inch Precision Router; RTA300 Router Table; Triton Premium Router Bits & a selection of Carbatec Router bits; Triton Biscuit Joiner; Triton Finger Jointer;

Sanding: Sherwood 400mm 1hp Drum Sander; Makita Angle Grinder fitted with Triton Orbital Sander; Ryobi 75mm Belt Sander; Flap sanders used in Pedestal Drill; Sleeveless Drum Sanding Kit (used on pedestal drill - Sandpaper is accessed by using old pieces from the Sherwood Drum Sander).

Dust Collection: Carbatec 2hp Dust Collector; (In the past I have used the Triton system, however because of workload I found it necessary for a larger system to be installed.

Planer: Delta 12 1/2 inch Portable Planer (do own the Triton Planer attachment, however for ease of workload, portable planer was purchased);

Drill: Ryobi Industrial Pedestal Drill; Ryobi Bench Drill; Makita 14.4V Cordless Drill;

Nail Gun: Bosch Duomatic Electric (takes 14.5mm brads and staples). Upgrading to Air Gun system soon, as cost to purchase brads and staples on the Bosch Duomatic has escalated to unreasonable figures...grrrrr.

Other general items of great use: Router Mat; Quick Grip Clamps; Sash Clamps; Heavy Duty Framers Clamps; Frameco Push Master Kit; Vix Style Bits; Dovetail Jigs; Pocket Hole Jig; Right Angle Drill Attachment with keyless chuck.

Woodworking handy equipment.

Flap Sander

Flap sanders are used in pedestal drill. A worn one is in drill and a reasonable new one sitting under it.  I find them extremely valuable as a time saver to sand and clean up edges of pine that have been put through the router with a round over bit. The flap sanders I generally use are the "fine" variety.


Frameco V Nailer

The Frameco V Nailer is also pretty handy when making Photo frames. A Framing Clamp is also used to speed up my construction.


Sleevless Sanding Drum

Sleeveless sanding drums are used in Pedestal Drill. These come pretty handy when cleaning up end grain on the Pine timber that I use. Sand paper is accessed by using used pieces from the 400mm Drum Sander that I have, hence a good savings over time.


Right Angle Drill Attachment

A right angle drill attachment is always handy for that occasional difficult item that comes up now and again. Many times I use it for attaching screws for front drawers.


More Wood Working information and useful tips in manufacturing Country Furniture will be coming soon.