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Southampton Carpentry Services
Southampton Carpentry Services

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The Yew

All trees are remarkable and for me the one that is the most remarkable of all is the yew. It’s certainly not the loftiest or perhaps the prettiest; consider a broad leaf parkland beech in full summer, or the Autumn display of golden brown in our forests. But a closer look at the yew reveals a tree with truly remarkable characteristics: its ability to regenerate, to grow in the shadow of loftier neighbours who grab the light above, the genetic diversity within the species and its impact on the development of humans over the centuries.
Much speculation abounds around the age of yews.

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A Meeting with a Remarkable Tree
A Meeting with a Remarkable Tree
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Sash window rescue.

About ten years ago these two sash windows had double glazed units fitted after the original glass had been removed. Because the original rebates that the old glass sat in was not deep enough, the contractor machined them so that they became deeper and allowed the thicker units to be fitted. This meant that the joints were reduced and their strength compromised - these sash windows should not have had double glazed units fitted due to their construction; there is just not enough stock to be able to do this. Also the rebates were not painted prior to the glass being fitted which meant that the sealant used did not adhere to the timber.
Sash window rescue
Sash window rescue
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this crown cap handrail was left unpainted so that the grain and beauty of the wood can be seen, with this in mind I took my time selecting the wood for a clean straight grain without any knots.
The sweep from the bottom of the stairs to the top is unbroken therefore there are no breaks in the handrail on the corner or where the pitch changes. This is important for less mobile people who need the reassurance of something to get hold of for support whilst going down or up the stairs.
The wall that the handrail is fitted to is a stud wall, made up of plasterboard tacked to a timber frame so in effect a hollow wall. I used a specialist fixing to fix the brackets one which ‘balloons’ out behind the plasterboard and into the cavity. All in all a neat and tidy job.
Crown Cap is not used so much these days I have only one supplier who stocks it, and only in soft wood. I do have cutters to machine crown cap myself although such a small run would not warrant the time it would take. I think crown cap is easier to use as a handrail particularly if ones grip is not what it used to be. Also it can be screwed directly to the wall rather that hung on brackets, that’s useful if you are restricted on space.
Unpainted Crown Cap Handrail
Unpainted Crown Cap Handrail
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Stair Refurbishment in Southampton UK

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Crown Cap Handrail
Crown Cap Handrail
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Replacement gate finished in stain.

This is a copy of the original which had rotted beyond economic repair. For me this was an interesting project because it involved some curved work which does not come up that often so it gave me a chance to blow off the dust on the bandsaw and use it to achieve the curve. Each mortice and tenon joint was pegged using ¾” Oak dowel as well as glue. This will ensure that the joints remain tight. The old gate had rotted because the joints had opened and rain water had sat in the shoulder between the stile and rails.

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Driveway gate in Southampton
Driveway gate in Southampton
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