Custom Fine Woodworking Projects and Creations

I’m now taking on custom projects, whether it’s for a jewellery box or a large built-in cupboard unit it will receive the same first class attention to detail.

Jewellery box in Black Walnut and Oak with Cedar of Lebanon trays.
Conservatory storage unit in Tulip Poplar with painted raised panel doors.

What you can be certain of is that whatever I make has incredible attention to detail and will last several generations. For example, the doors on the above unit have embedded rare-earth neodymium magnets in them which align with embedded magnets in the unit carcass.

The door hinges are solid brass with brass screws, which are screwed deeply into the vertical dividing bars and the door stiles so that the hinges never need any maintenance.

The door knobs are fitted with mortise and tenon joints so there is no screw at the back to catch on things.

All the shelves are height adjustable, and should you want to turn them into a shoe storage shelf there is a  special notch to allow the shelf to be held securely at a slant front to back, with a gap at the back to allow any dirt off your shoes to drop to the bottom of the cupboard.

Ash and Black Walnut Coffee Table

This coffee table is handmade from solid wood using traditional joinery techniques.

The wood is finished with Danish Oil to give it a hard wearing, easy to maintain and beautiful natural wood finish.

The drawer sides, back and base are made from unfinished Cedar of Lebanon to give them a beautiful fragrance when you open them.

The drawer knobs are made from solid brass which is lacquered to ensure they keep their shine.

Showing drawer detail.
As seen from the back

The table is 36″ / 0.92m long, by 24″ / 0.61m wide, by 19″ / 0.48m tall.

Oak and Black Walnut Writing Desk with Leather Writing Surface.

Solid oak desk top, gallery and legs. The drawer is black walnut front, oak sides and cedar of Lebanon base. The top has a recessed single hide real-leather writing surface available in a variety of colours.

The desk is hand made, with traditional joinery (mortice & tenon, hand cut dovetails and stopped housings) all finished with Danish Oil for a smooth satin sheen that really makes the grain pop.

The dimensions are 40″/1.02m wide, by 23″/0.59m deep, by 30″/0.76m tall to the writing surface (or 35″/0.89m to the top of the gallery).

Qube Chairs and Table with Six Drawers

This heirloom quality piece of furniture is available in either ash and black walnut, or pine. The table and two chairs set is handcrafted from solid wood using traditional joinery techniques and employs no metal fixings anywhere in it’s construction. The wood is finished with Danish Oil to give it a hard wearing, easy to maintain and beautiful natural wood finish.

Qube chairs and table in ash and black walnut. Two qube chairs, table and 6 drawers.

The chairs are 14″/0.36m cubes, which flip over to give two different seating heights.

The table was designed to be coffee-table sized, and functional in that role. Without children using them the two chairs can be used as shelves or pull them out and stand them with the back uppermost and they become an occasional table themselves.

Qube chairs and table in pine, showing drawer detail.

The table is 37 1/2″ / 1.48m long, by 23 1/2″ / 0.60m wide, by 17″ / 0.43m tall. The drawers are 6″ / 0.15m wide, 11″ / 0.28m deep, giving plenty of capacity for TV remotes, pens and pencils or other small household items.

Handcrafted Solid-Wood Bed with Storage Drawers. Multiple Sizes and Woods. Made to order.

This bed is made to order, and can be made in a choice of woods and finishes. The standard finish is an oiled finish (Danish oil) which gives a natural satin sheen and brings the wood to life. Alternatively a coat of shellac and wax polish can be added for a shinier finish, but not to the level of french polish.

Underneath the bed (small double, double, king and super king) are 4 storage drawers, two at the end of the bed and two in the sides. The drawers are fully enclosed so won’t get dusty.

The bed can be supplied as a traditionally jointed bed (no assembly required) but given it’s size it is supplied by default as a knock-down construction (a bit like flat-pack, only no MDF or chipboard).

Start a conversation if you’re interested and want to know more, and I can provide personalised renderings and make size adjustments to suit your particular choices and circumstances.

The bed is also available without a foot board.

Also available is a range of matching bedroom furniture, including bedside tables/nightstands, tall-boy drawers, dressing table, chests of drawers, free-standing wardrobes and sliding door built-in wardrobes. Designs will be uploaded here for each as the renderings are completed.

Note: Mattress is not included, but the bed is sized according to standard mattress sizes. If you have a special requirement for an extra long mattress or an unusual size please start a conversation, I can make the bed to suit.

I’m on Etsy now

I’ve added my first product listing to Etsy.com and opened an Etsy shop. You can view the online store by going to https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/GrantCrawley or by clicking on the Shop entry on the menu.

The first item to be listed on the shop is my versatile Qube Chair.

I designed and made a prototype of this chair for my daughter when she about 18 months old. It’s turned out to be really practical, for very young toddlers it’s great at the low chair height because it offers lots of back and side support in that orientation. As she’s grown up the higher seat position has become more useful, so she can use it to sit at a desk comfortably. Turn it the other way and it’s perfect for a play table, we use it to make Lego models on while sat on the floor, and she uses it for colouring. The chair is quite lightweight and easy to carry for toddlers too, so it does tend to get carted around the house quite a bit.

The chair is 14″ x 14″ x 14″ (35.5cm x 35.5cm x 35.5cm) made from solid pine and finished with Danish oil as standard, or optionally it can be supplied painted with a water-based (child safe) paint which is then coated with a hard polyurethane satin finish.

Low seat height is 5 1/2″ (14cm) from the floor.
High seat height is 8 5/8″ (22cm) from the floor.
Table height is 13 1/8″ (33.5cm) from the floor.