Many thanks to our customer Philip who sent in these photos of window frames he made from our lovely reclaimed timber…
Up to now refurbishing my windows with new frames has been more expensive than necessary because the profiles of the wood do not fit stock timber sizes, resulting in a lot of wastage. Having discovered the Cambridge Woodworks some months ago, I thought I would experiment with upcycling wood.
I bought oversize which gave the advantage of flexibility in avoiding cracks, knots and holes (Some of the wood was none too pretty, some was recycled pallet). Someone had spent a lot of time removing nails from the wood but as a precaution I went over each piece with a metal detector. I only had to reject a couple of pieces, to protect my tools, due to snapped off nails buried deep. The wood itself, once sawn, planed and profiled was good, much better than I had anticipated from my original impression. It is drier than new wood and very stable.
The finished windows are equal to those I made with commercial PAR.
There are a few nail holes to fill but these won’t show once painted. Each frame cost £4, a huge saving over using new wood plus the satisfaction of upcycling. In every piece of distressed timber there really is a whole new plank waiting to get out.
Have you got a reclaimed wood project you would like to share? – feel free to get in touch!