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Custom Made Case Notary Public Stamp Seal Press Pt 2

Night time workshop goings ons!

  • Fitting the base
  • Fitting the Lid
  • Shaping the Raised Panel

Some more work in progress photos of the Stamp/Seal box. In this post I will show the steps involved in fitting the base and lid into the slots as well as fitting the solid brass plaque into the top.

Squaring up the end of the slot with a chisel

Extending the slot length into the dovetails and squaring up the end without breaking through! Just a nudge with the palm is enough, this QLD Maple works well with sharp hand tools.

It’s little things like this that take the extra time — I like to sneak up on the fit rather than create a slot that’s slightly too wide or too deep, there’s nothing worse than getting half way through the glue up only to find something is slightly out of line or the base bottoms out in the slot and throws the whole thing out of square.

It can be very hard to correct once you have glue on the tight fitting dovetails, so preparation is key.
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Custom Made Case Notary Public Stamp Seal Press

Night time workshop goings ons!

Here’s some work in progress photos – in between making signs I have started a new box/case build. This will be used for a Notary Public to keep his stamp seal press and other items he will be carrying to meetings. The box will be posted to Brisbane when complete. The timber is from the cleanup after Cyclone Yasi – some rare rain-forest species.

shavings on the workbench

I’ve been working at nights and have made some progress so here are some ‘work in progress’ photos of the build so far and some close-ups of my messy but reliable workbench! (more…)

Merbau Timber Sustainability

The Hidden Damage Caused By Merbau Decks In Australia

Orangutan family

Orangutan families are losing their homes and populations are dying off – They are becoming extinct just so we can improve our homes and have a nice looking deck! – Ridiculous!

“Merbau is not only considered an endangered species, at the prevailing rate of indiscriminate usage it will also be extinct within the next 35 years.”

Does this sound like a 
Sustainable timber to you?
Come on Australia, we can do better than this. PLEASE READ ON!

What about the animals?
Does anyone care?
Or do you just love your new deck and couldn’t give a rats where it came from?

Why not use Merbau?

  • The destruction of large forest areas to get just one tree is shocking!
  • It does not grow easily in plantations.
  • The small Islands of Indonesia cannot sustain this continued destruction
  • It is very difficult to enforce any laws put in place by governments.
  • Logs are often smuggled over near by borders or officials are paid off to turn a blind eye.
  • It is rapidly causing the extinction of beautiful defenceless animals
  • Not only losing their homes – THEIR SPECIES IS BEING WIPED OUT!

Where there is big money involved there will be corruption!

PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD

I think it’s important to get the word out about the sustainability and damage from Merbau timber as many people are not aware of the destruction caused by the continued importation of this timber species to Australia.

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Merbau seems to be a very popular choice here in Australia
– DIYer’s walk into their local Bunnings looking to build a deck and don’t know better!
The sales staff will probably point you in the direction of the Merbau racks without a second thought.

CHANGE IS UP TO YOU – Your choice of decking timber can help
So what can we do?  – Education and choice when purchasing is the key to this change, we must make change happen through the choices we make when building decks and other outdoor projects.
Get the FACTS right before making a decision based on price and colour alone!

Do we trust corrupt governments or corporations when they tell you it’s sustainable and being managed? – IT’S NOT!

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Wooden Name Signs

I’m often asked if I make wooden name signs. Of course the answer is yes I do!

In fact it has now become my main line of work. 

Close up of wooden name signs for dog kennel

Wooden name sign for a dog kennel – My early days of sign making

Just about every sign I make is a name sign of some sort.
Here’s some more examples.

  • House Name Signs
  • Beach House Signs
  • Holiday House Signs
  • Personalized Signs
  • Cabin/Shack Signs
  • AirBnB Signs
  • Shed Signs
  • Mancave Signs

I used to make these signs by doing all the lettering by hand with a router to carve out the areas needed following guide lines on the stencil and a pantograph.

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A Pantograph in motion

This involved printing out a large banner sized paper stencil to trace from and gluing it down to the timber. The lettering is then painted after being carved into the timber with the hand held router. The result of carving the lettering this way is a flat bottom cut to a controlled depth.

These days my signs look more like this, (more…)

Our Products

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Personalised Wooden Signs

Large variety of fonts and styles to choose from for your own custom wood sign. Andrew makes bar signs, house signs, engraved name plaque, man cave signs, signs with sayings & pictures.

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Wooden Boxes

Need a special wooden box for a loved one or a presentation box for that precious item you've had laying around? Andrew makes jewellery boxes, display cases, pen boxes, cufflinks boxes, watch boxes and more.

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Custom Made Work

Custom made woodwork. Australian made using the finest sustainable timber and materials. Andrew has a passion for hand tools and traditional woodwork joinery to ensure your custom made treasure will last generations and be passed down through your family.

Workshop News - 2018

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Environmentally Friendly

It’s important to know where timber comes from and if there are ethical practices involved in harvesting and sourcing from sustainable forests. Here at Australian Workshop Creations, we only use sustainable or ethically salvaged wood and natural oil finishes that are made in Australia of course.

We believe in preserving our old grown forests and national parks for future generations and keeping Aussie jobs here in the land down under.

Wood is simply the most perfect renewable resource and I think we should be proud of what we have in Australia, especially Victoria with our timber industry supporting so many Aussie families and industries in all our states and territories!

My thoughts on logging in Victoria.

Although many argue about how much we should or should not be logging in this state I think it’s important to find a balance so we can hold on to these important fundamental industries, especially when they work well and are profitable.

Let’s not forget they also support many other businesses and industry down the line, not just the local area and communities directly involved. (more…)

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Projects & News 2018

No longer taking Christmas orders for 2018

  • WAITING LIST…(Dec 2018) growing longer daily SORRY!
    Current lead time is roughly 7-8 weeks from the payment date to postage/delivery date.
    Signs ordered this week will most likely arrive late January after a short break.
  • I cannot estimate an exact date at this stage as there are a lot of orders to do before a short break between Christmas & New Years.

If you have already ordered/paid for a sign and are still waiting for delivery please note that it is coming eventually
There’s a backlog I’m working through sorry and already posting out the maximum capacity I can make and pack each week.

I will be making signs again in January...

Wishing all my customers a merry Christmas & New Years.

Timber News
I’ve been using a lot more Victorian Ash since moving back to Heyfield and going along to the trade days at ASH (Australian Sustainable Hardwoods)

Here’s one of my Vic Ash signs hanging on a gate.
Deep black engraved lettering, natural decking oil finish.

Looking forward to making many more Chopping Boards and other Vic Ash products in the near future so stay tuned and let’s see what we can do with this beautiful locally grown hardwood.

Beginning of a new year woodworking, I’m back in my old workshop!

2018 has turned out to been a busy year already! With a backlog of custom made signs over the Christmas period I’m only just catching up on things now, I’ve been busy moving my workshop and timber stock, renovating my house in Heyfield and preparing some nice new Alpine Oak (Victorian Ash) kitchen bench tops.

Of all the timber I’ve purchased over the years these two bench tops are going to be mine forever, I will be looking at them for the rest of my life so it feels good to finally do a project for myself for a change.

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Thanks for your interest in my work.
Andrew Wilkerson