The Cafe on the corner

Grace had Renowned restore a number of her care chairs. The Café is a great spot for weekend warriors and Grace was so impressed with the job we did on the chairs that she asked us to refurbish her main dining table. Solid spotted gum slats (now all jointed) with a green powder coated frame! Quite a centrepiece!

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The Vawdrey Group Project

The Vawdrey reception desk is complete!

The Vawdrey group makes trailers for big road haulage trucks. They’re building a flash new Queensland office, and what we did for them is a “Make one like this, please” project.

The reception desk at their Sydney office

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We think the client will be impressed with our little extras in craftsmanship and finishes. Renowned Furniture have been getting pulled into the commercial space of fine furniture making and supply over the past few years and we feel that the clients are seeing the benefits of dealing with a supplier willing to flex to their specific requirements.

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Well, the boys are “head’s down, backs straight! Getting through this commissioning job for Vawdrey!

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What a great show piece for the many visitors as they arrive in Vawdrey’s flash new facility.

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The fronts, curved section moulded out of several layers of bonded bending plywood and then overlaid with a New Guinea Rosewood timber veneer. The silver blades (made to look a little like the structural ribs that make up a semi-trailer frame) are constructed from solid core mdf and 2 pack painted using automotive paint, there are stainless steel boss stand-offs supporting 10 mm thick custom toughened glass for the floating tops. The work tops are solid core veneer done in American oak.

 

 

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The Vawdrey reception desk is complete!

Here are the boys at Vawdrey’s site for the desk installation.

 

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What a great show piece for the many visitors as they arrive in Vawdrey’s flash new facility.

The fronts, curved section moulded out of several layers of bonded bending plywood and then overlaid with a New Guinea Rosewood timber veneer, The silver blades (made to look a little like the structural ribs that make up a semi-trailer frame are constructed from solid core mdf and 2 pack painted using automotive paint. There are stainless steel boss stand-offs supporting 10 mm thick custom toughened glass for the floating tops. The worktops are solid core veneer done in American oak.

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Updated: April 27, 2016

More progress for the Vawdrey reception desk – with the spars, blades already built and undercoated. Watch this space for the finished product!

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Updated: April 25, 2016

Progress is good for the Vawdrey reception project – New Guinea Rosewood front, American oak desktops and custom curved sides.

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Update: April 20, 2016

We have all the materials here, including the finished timber for the outer front section, which came to us via special courier from the Gold Coast. We have made the templates for the silver spars that go down the front and these were CNC machined during Easter. We have also prepared the templates for the glass tops.

 

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Updated: March 30, 2016

We were asked to “Make one like this, please.” The Vawdrey group make trailers for big road haulage trucks and they’re building a flash new Queensland office. We’ve been proudly charged with providing the best piece in the new reception – the first thing people see when they walk in (apart from the lovely receptionist!)

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So here’s where we are with that project so far… WTS

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GPS Rowing trophy

Last time we did one of these, it was the GPS Rugby trophy that dated back to the early 1900’s! This time it’s the GPS rowing trophy that has “run out of room” where the annual winners get their name in history!  Well, now it’s ready for what we calculate to be another 28 years! WTS!

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Sharp’s repaired office table

The guys at Sharp were over the moon with the results of the restoration.

After shards of glass, hail stones and water ruined this semi-built-in desk and returns, 2 other furniture companies suggested that the unit would have to be replaced! We took the job, and in the process we helped reduce landfill waste and the client’s insurance company saved more than $2,500 restoring rather than replacing.

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Imported Furniture: Do you Homework – Part 2

And now the tale to end this series on a happy note:

From the outset, we want to make very clear that we endorse the concept of importing furniture, and we have engaged with companies from countries such as China for certain projects where quantity is required.

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We recently did a $250,000.00 job for a church and made solid oak church seating for 400 parishioners. We used a reputable local importer, but we also flew one of our craftsmen to the factory in China with a scale model (prototype) to meet and talk with the manufacturers, and we then flew back three weeks later to approve quality and process. The whole project was a massive success, and we’d do it again tomorrow if the need arose.

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There are a couple of important things to be mindful of. First, reputable Australian firms that import furniture made offshore do spend the time and money to ensure quality standards are met. But some less known or on-line companies do not. Second, while they may look great in the pictures, often the products (once received) are way below par – not what you ordered or simply unsafe.

That’s when Renowned Furniture gets called to help.

We show up in on-line searches for furniture repair and are contacted for assistance. In many instances, we’re fine to help, and in most instances, our repair quote is more than double the original cost of any one piece. But that’s not the fault of Renowned Furniture; it’s driven by what we need to pay our team of master craftsmen in reasonable Australian wages and local costs.

There are quality imported furniture and there are reputable overseas furniture manufacturers/suppliers. Just don’t forget to do your research before making your purchase.

Starting 2016 with a Blast!

Wow! 2016 has kicked in with a whole host of new jobs. Even some that are only now being restored following that mighty storm we had here in Brisbane in 2014!

Here are some of the projects that we are working on:

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This classic silky oak lounge suite was sprayed in shards of shattered glass, so it will have to be fully striped apart and redone.

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Also on our pipeline is a suite of office furniture as well as an antique cedar chest of drawers.

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There’s more!  We have almost completed the 3 solid silky oak bar stools with black leather upholstered seats.

 

So there’s plenty of reasons to “Watch this space” as we crank up for another record year.

If we look at our year to date sales turnover as we are now half way through the ‘15/’16 financial year, we are already surpassing last financial year’s figures. So in the past 3 years, our figures are more than double than of any previous years!

I’m sorry, did someone say downturn? What downturn!! It’s all about delivering quality and telling the world.

Bambi & Bear Hair Salon’s Wooden Animal Mascots

Update: December 18, 2015

The hand carved mascots for Liana’s new hair salon, “Bambi & Bear,” are coming along nicely. Handpicked blocks of genuine old growth Queensland rainforest red cedar are being used for the job.

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December 2, 2015

We are working on a cool project for a client who is about to open up a new hair salon. It’s going to be called “Bambi & Bear” and the mascots are our part of the project.

Here are the sketches we’re using for the wood cut-outs.

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Here are the raw blocks we made for the 2 animals. The blocks are made from old growth Queensland rainforest red cedar that we’ve been stockpiling for more than 30 years. It is quite probably another 25 or 30 years older than that, so we did choose special timber for the job.

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Here are the 2 animal cut-outs. There are more work to do, so Watch this space!

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