Handcrafted bicycles, skateboards and sunglasses

his is the story of five friends with a common goal... To bring woodworking into the 21st century with their modern creations.



Pine... the sustainable option for your DIY furniture projects

For the average DIY enthusiast that likes to make his or her own furniture, pine offers an affordable option. Here in South Africa pine is a sustainable timber that is readily available at your local Builders.


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Protect outdoor wood from the elements

Whether you live in Cape Town or Polokwane, wood outdoor furniture, exterior timber trim and fittings, need to be protected from constant exposure to rain and sun. Here's a look at the various options for finishing exterior wood.


Naturally modern wood homes

Wood is beautiful and warm and nature's building material that can be used indoors and outdoors. Sustainably sourced hardwoods can be expensive, but last generations when maintained properly.


The nature of wood

Wood is an organic material and a great deal of its appeal comes from the endless varieties of colour, texture and grain. But because wood is composed of variously shaped and arranged cell structures, it can be a challenging material to work with. Due to it's high cost as a valuable natural material - choose and use wood wisely.


Find out more about French Polishing

I often receive enquiries concerning French Polishing and how you can achieve a high gloss finish on furniture. Here's some detailed information on French Polishing.



Practical and pretty storage drawers

This practical storage shelf is made using a variety of materials, the majority of which can be leftover offcuts and pieces of pine and some reclaimed wood slats from a wood crate. If you don't have or can't find an old crate you can buy 10 x 44mm PAR pine slats at your local Builders store.


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Garden table with channel for condiments or herbs

Making your own garden furniture can be expensive, but this pine garden table has an aluminium channel that sits in the centre and can be used to hold condiments or filled with planted herbs.


Cable spool outdoor furniture

I love the idea of using a plywood or pine cable spool and turning this into furniture for a deck, garden or patio. At a cost of around R350, it's an affordable and fun way to make your own outdoor furniture.


Garden love seat

This slatted garden bench makes the perfect love seat for a garden. It's very easy to make and finished with Woodoc 25W water-borne sealer.



Prominent Woodpro seals with a kiss

The natural beauty of wood can enhance the interior of your home or outdoor area and even increase the value of your property. Choosing a wood care solution from Prominent Paints’ Woodpro range by PPG, a world leader in coatings, is the first step to protecting your investment – indoors or out. Here are some tips on proper care and maintenance.


Beautiful band saw jewellery or trinket boxes

I wanted to post this article to show how Alex Harris, a young woodworker, has gone on to show younger woodworkers that not all woodworking is for the older generation.



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Shades from skateboards

Dave de Witt has a passion for wood and creating unique objects, namely skateboard [sk8] shades.



Hand crafted hollow wood surfboards

I am fascinated by the various ways of working with wood and recently discovered the Triton blog where they showcase individuals they consider 'Masters of Wood'.



Make a tree stump table

Tree stump tables are still making appearances in many homes as coffee table and side tables. There's a good reason for this... they are free!



Patio lounger using birch logs

If you know of anyone having their birch trees trimmed, or know of a tree-felling company in your area, using birch logs to make this modern lounger is a fun way to add a unique piece of furniture to your indoor or outdoor spaces.


Old garden shed becomes children's playhouse

Having just demolished my old garden shed to make way for a veggie garden, this project that turns an old shed or garden hut into a children's playhouse struck me as a wonderful way to re-purpose a hut or shed rather than throw away.


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Reclaimed wood fireplace surround

I'm sure there are many homeowners out there who will appreciate this feature showing ideas on how to clad a fireplace with reclaimed wood. There are more than a few dated and old fashioned fireplaces that could do with covering up, and why not make use of reclaimed wood.


Scaffolding plank display table or console

Scaffolding planks, new or used, are great for using to make various furniture projects. This display or console table is made using new pine scaffolding planks and galvanised pipe. You can buy everything you need for this project at your local Builders Warehouse

Reclaimed wood wine rack for two!

This wine rack for two is perfect for those that only drink the occasional bottle of wine. It's also a great project to make if you are looking for gift ideas. Made using reclaimed wood, the wine rack accommodates one bottle of wine and two glasses, and takes up very little space.


Reclaimed pallet bird feeder

Winter is almost upon us and I thought this might be a nice time to put some reclaimed wood pallets to good use. I picked these up a while ago and have been looking for an excuse to use them. Making a bird feeder using reclaimed wood pallets seems like a good idea and I will be able to feed our local wildlife at the same time!


Restore antique or vintage chest of drawers

Auction sales and online auctions are a great way to discover antique or vintage pieces that have been locked away in storage for years, or left behind as part of an estate. When they have value, these pieces are worth restoring to their original beauty, especially when made of hardwoods that are difficult to come by these days.


Reclaimed and recycled wood linen drawers

Made using offcuts from pine shelves, reclaimed shipping crates, pine offcuts and a few pieces of PAR pine from your local Builders Warehouse, you can easily knock up this tall chest of drawers or set of linen drawers for a home.


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How to... strips excess wax from furniture

 In this project we explain the best way to remove excess wax from vintage furniture before you restore or paint.



How to bend supawood for curves and corners

\When making your own furniture, not being able to bend supawood or MDF limits the scope of what you can and cannot do, so having an understanding of how to cut kerfs for bending the board is one that I definitely had to share...


Repair damaged veneer edges

If there is a common problem when buying secondhand furniture, it's having to repair veneer. Quite a few older pieces of furniture were manufactured using cheaper woods, and veneer was used to disguise these woods.


Fast fixed for wood furniture

Finding beautiful wood for the construction of new furniture is becoming impossible as we deplete resources, so it is important to restore and repair wood furniture whenever possible.



Garden table from reclaimed timber pallets

Using reclaimed timber for projects is probably the hottest recycling project on the planet, and there seems to be no end to the ideas popping up for projects that use reclaimed timber. While there are quite a few tables made from timber pallets, this is one of the best I have seen to date.

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Make new pine like reclaimed timber or old wood

 I discovered a way to make ordinary laminated pine shelving look like the reclaimed timber furniture you find in many home decor stores. The trick is to use Woodoc Gel Stain and some common household products to age new timber and make it look authentic.


How to make your own liming wax

Finding liming wax is not easy.  Anyway, I came up with the idea to mix paint and antique wax together to see what would happen!



Secondhand dresser revamp

Buying secondhand furniture is a great way to find those old pieces that you can work magic with. A little sanding and touch up here and there, a coat of Rust-Oleum 2X spray paint, and you have a beautifully revamped piece of furniture for your home.


Removing veneer and painting up

 Although the veneer top has to be replaced, the dovetail joints on the drawers are a sign of craftsmanship and something you don't see often these days.


Restore wood finish the proper way

Browse the Internet and you will find plenty of hints and tips for bloggers who have transformed wood furniture using nothing more than Canola oil and vinegar. If you think about this process of restoring wood - the oil serves to nourish while the acetic acid in vinegar breaks down any wax or polish residue on the surface.


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Repair and restore wood furniture

Being able to repair and restore wood furniture means that you can not only extend the life of the beautiful pieces you already own, but you can also look at the option of buying piece of wood furniture that need TLC.


Reclaimed timber kitchen island

There are plenty of projects where you can use reclaimed timber in useful ways, and there are many sources of reclaimed timber. In this project you can make a kitchen island or convenient table for the kitchen.


Refinish or restore damaged furniture

More often than not the secondhand furniture you come across will need a bit of work. Over the years, furniture gets scratched, has water rings, layers of polish or other minor defects that can easily be put right if you are prepared to put in the time and effort to refinish or restore secondhand furniture.


Reclaimed timber for contemporary design

Reclaimed timber and wood has become one of the most easily recycled and eco friendly materials on the planet. Reclaimed timber can be repurposed into fencing and furniture, and timber pallets provide the perfect opportunity for even those unskilled at DIY to give it a try. But Sascha Akkermann takes it one step further... creating contemporary furniture using timber pallets.

Take care when using hard pine

I'm not going to complain about the quality PAR pine you find in the stores at the moment, because finding such hard pine is normally not an easy task. However, having used this pine at some of our DIY Divas workshops there are a couple of things you need to be aware of.


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Reclaimed railways sleepers for a coffee table

I was lucky enough to uncover a whole pile of Rhodesian Teak railways sleepers that someone had been using for garden steps and was throwing away. Throwing away - who throws away Rhodesian Teak...! Having now seen this project I so wish I had put them aside to make this coffee table.


Furniture ideas using reclaimed timber or wood

It's not only timber pallets that come in handy as a source of reclaimed timber. You can also find packing crates, wine crates, old flooring, timber fencing and other sources of reclaimed timber that are an excellent source of wood for DIY projects. Here are a few stunning projects using reclaimed timber...


Uses for pruned branches

I love these coat racks or hangers with wood slices. They look rustic and contemporary at the same time. Unfortunately I used up all my supply of branches for other projects, so will have to wait for winter before I can chop off some more. Here's how to make your own coat rack with wood slices...


Hardwoods and exotic woods in SA

While it's affordable to use pine and PG Bison SupaWood for a variety of projects, there comes a time when you need a hardwood or exotic wood to craft a piece that will become a vintage or heritage piece. A project that requires a special wood for a special task.


Use liming wax for interior and exterior wood

Wooden doors, floors and furniture can be transformed by the simple chalky tones of liming wax. Liming has long been used as a traditional finish on exposed timbers, floorboards and furniture. Inside the home, limed wood has mild antiseptic properties so was favoured for hygienic reasons.


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Eco-friendly products for wood care

As we look for eco-friendly products to use in and around the home, it's encouraging to know there are manufacturers that continue to strive for this goal. Plascon is one of those manufacturers, and the new Plascon Woodcare range is proof that you don't have to compromise on quality when using eco-friendly Woodcare products.


Techniques for finishing wood

There are so many finishing techniques that you can use for wood, whether you are starting a project with new wood, or giving old wood furniture a revamp. Techniques for finishing wood can range from a high-gloss painted finish to a finish that is more rustic or natural.


Restore vintage furniture

Over the years, an old piece picks up many layers of wax polish. Even regular furniture polish leaves deposits on the surface. As wax polish ages it becomes opaque... dulling the surface and hiding the true beauty of the wood grain or veneer.


Add curb appeal and architectural interest

Exterior home improvements can be costly and time consuming, but here's how to transform a front porch from blah to blow-me-away with a simple DIY slat screen that offers shade and architectural interest.


Stain and seal garden table with Woodoc

Having been inspired by the guys at Far Out Flora, who used reclaimed timber for their garden table, I wanted a more formal design for the garden, not to mention that I seem to have run out of reclaimed timber for the time being!


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How to finish wood trim

It's so easy to give woodwork and trim a smooth, satiny finish every time with this simple three-day process. And you don't need expensive tools, special knowledge or skills to get a flawless finish - just sand, stain, seal and finish.


Is there a way to sand faster?

Sanding can be laborious and time consuming. Whilst it's an essential part of the process there's no denying that sanding is boring!



What are the different ways to join wood

When making your own furniture, or designing projects for a home, there are several ways to joint timber and board products. Knowing and understanding the various joints that can be used will help you design and assemble lasting projects.


Stain and seal raw pine furniture

How to give new, inexpensive pine furniture an antique finish for a fraction of the cost than store pre-sealed - if you do-it-yourself.



Furniture makeovers for love and money

A South African living overseas has established a business where she can continue with her love for furniture and start a small business.



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Antique chair repaired

Reader, Wendy Craig, tackles an intricately detailed chair and shows us the before and after.



Quick fixes for wood touch ups

No matter how carefully you look after your furniture, there will come a time when you need to fix up scratches, stains, burns or wear. Here’s what you can do about it:



Recycle old pallets

If you ever come across the opportunity to pick up a few pallets take a look at some of the ideas I have come across for recycling old pallets into furniture and other practical and decorative pieces.


Protect exterior timber

Any timber surface exposed to the elements will age with time. Timber becomes dull and, if not carefully maintained, moisture penetrates and damages the wood.



Keep your front door looking good

Strip off that old varnish and give your doors some Woodoc loving for the care and attention they deserve.



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Extra protection for wood

Sometimes wood surfaces need a little bit of extra protection. Protect coffee tables, sideboards and dining tables from everyday wear with a touch of Woodoc.



Woodoc gel stain

Get a high-end look for less with an easy-to-do gel stain process for wooden furniture. With 6 colours and 6 wood tints to choose from, gel stains allow you to be far more creative without the mess.


Restore antiques

While restoring a genuine antique is usually a job for a professional, it is possible to tackle wear and tear on everyday items yourself. You only need a few materials and supplies to do a project that will restore your furniture to good condition.


Repair scratched wood

The minor nicks, scuffs and hairline scratches that come with everyday wear and tear is one thing. But a water ring, an alcohol stain or a deep unsightly scratch can be relatively easy to repair without resorting to removing the finish.


Makeover a front door

Strip off that old varnish and give your doors some Woodoc loving for the care and attention they deserve.



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Restore dining table

I love the rustic, farmhouse feel of this table. The more wear and tear it receives the better it will look. What I love even more is that it reminds me of something I might see in an expensive furniture store and I probably paid a fraction of the price!


Easy coffee table

This coffee table is so easy to make you can knock it together in an hour if you already have the timber cut to size. There are no measure-ments - you can make the table as small, or as large, as required.


Revamp secondhand

Although some cringe at the thought of painting wood, not everyone's taste is the same. I like both wood and painted pieces - especially distressed furniture - as I think it transforms an old and dated piece into something beautiful and functional once again.


Refinish a door

If you have an older home that still has solid hardwood doors, you may prefer to bring the doors back to life rather than replace.



Touch up wood

Does your wood furniture need some TLC, or perhaps you want to restore an antique piece. Here are some wood repair tricks you can easily tackle as a do-it-yourself project.



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Makeover pine bookcase

This project shows you how to take a plain, raw pine bookcase and - using paint techniques and a bit of DIY savvy - transform it into a piece of furniture you'll be proud to have on display in a home.


Hardwood or softwood

Do you know the difference between hardwood and softwood? Or why it is essential to let wood settle in before you use it?



Veneer or laminate

Many DIY enthusiasts often confuse the terms laminate and veneer. Veneers consists of thin section of various wood types, whereas laminate is the application of papers or plastics to the surface of board products or cheaper woods.


Restore chest of drawers

White rings, stains, chips, dents and scratches. All of these can occur over time as a result of everyday wear and tear and accidents.



Restore with Woodoc gel stain

Now you can have some fun with wood and Woodoc Gel Stain. Available in six bright colours and six traditional wood tints, Woodoc Gel Stain is so easy to use, and there are so many ways to use it


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Repair rotten wood

When old timber becomes worn or rots away, reach for Alcolin QuikWood. This epoxy is made up of two components that harden when mixed together.



Hang a new door

With two grown-up teenagers I know how easy it can be to damage a door, especially if you have boisterous boys in the house. Patching up the door isn't a good idea and it is fairly easy to replace.


Paint on wood

If you have painted timber that needs a facelift you need to prepare it properly – here are some guidelines.



Common joints

If you're new to DIY then chances are you're pretty confused by all the terminology out there. Here's a quick breakdown on the various jointing methods.



Penetrating oil and wax

To maintain, restore and bring out the natural beauty of wood grain, a penetrating oil or antique wax is preferable to any other type of finish as part of a maintenance program for wood.


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Care for butchers block

Butcher blocks should be finished regularly with a mineral oil and a beeswax coating to maintain their beauty and keep the wood from warping and cracking.



How to use dowel centres

If you don't own a dowelling jig, dowel centres are used to match up drilled holes to accept dowels for joining wood together.



Woodoc gel stains

Get a high-end look for less with an easy-to-do gel stain process for wooden furniture. With 6 colours and 6 wood tints to choose from, gel stains allow you to be far more creative without the mess.


Paint interior doors

It's not necessary to remove a door in order to paint it, although the advantage of laying it flat is obvious - no chance of paint runs. But the job is bound to take much longer since you will have to wait for the door to dry completely before painting the other side!


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