Plastic out – wooden in

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I was asked to replace a french bay, the original timber bay was replaced 17yrs ago with this plastic substitute.
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i was given a photograph taken before the old bay was replaced.
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Using only this as a guide, i was able to reproduce a copy of the original french bay, the only difference between the old and the new being a different door.
Fourtunately the customer had the foresight to save the old stained glass windows after rumaging around in a very dusty loft, they were found along with the photo shown.
This though did present a bit of a challange, normally the glass is the last thing to size when making something like this, having the original glass meant that not only must the whole bay fit the brickwork, but it had to fit the glass as well  
I was keen to reproduce something that was as close to the original as possible, so i researched joinery books from the 1930’s to establish the mouldings that would have been used .
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So after about 120hours the end result. I have now been asked to replace to original specification, all the exterior windows and doors, bringing this 1930’s house back to its former glory.
The customer who has lived in the property many years said that when she dies ‘ she wishes to pass the house on as it should be’  
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About southamptoncarpenter

Traditional standards. Traditional tradesman. Traditional service. Thank you for visiting my website. I have been in the trade for over 40 years; my 5 year apprenticeship as a boat builder was followed by a further 2 years as a wood machinist, then a spell repairing furniture and manufacturing reproduction antique clocks followed. I then spent a further 15 years working in a therapeutic environment passing on my skills, before setting myself up as a self-employed carpenter/joiner. As you will appreciate, I undertake a wide range of projects, so scrolling through the site map may well direct you to past work that may be similar to your requirements. The preferred way to contact me is by using the contact page on this site. However you can always ring me during normal working hours. Lead times vary depending on the time of year; small jobs I can often do promptly. I cover Southampton, Winchester, New Forest and Waterside.