Rugby cup dating back to 1918… “The things we do”

The Anglican Church Grammar School (“Churchie”) sports activities assistant, came to us with a dilemma. “The Queensland Secondary School Association” Rugby football cup that dates back to 1918(wow!) has run out of room to engrave this year’s premiers, Churchie.

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“Douzo meshiagare” Oak poles

Well we’re still going through white oak heaven (more on that soon!) and now there are American oak poles rolling out of every spare bit of room we have left at the workshop. ( Time to start thinking about expanding 😉 ).

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after first milling

There had to be more than 4 cubic meters of raw American oak delivered for us to build the 50 (50- imagine that!) large round oak poles required for a new Japanese restaurant here in Brisbane. Hence this blurb’s title (Douzo Meshiagare) which is Japanese for “Enjoy your meal”.

ready for turning

ready for turning

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Each pole will finish up at 3.1 meters high and 100 mm in diameter so we’re looking forward to seeing the completed job.

Good Problems

Renowned Furniture recently underwent a rebrand and added a fresh approach to their marketing. These initiatives are paying big dividends.

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from l-r: our mission, shop front

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We are suffering from growing pains and identifying areas where we have had to implement new systems and process to keep track of delivery promises, client requests, build slots, work in progress and so on. At a time when our industry suppliers such as high end timber suppliers, polish and paint suppliers and so on, are telling us “It’s still fairly quiet out there”, Renowned Furniture is at full pace with work load and it’s looking like it’s going to continue to grow out past the end of this year.

Some of the OEM projects such as Specfurn is progressing well

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and the church furniture is starting to grow and fill all the available space we have. We have also recently acquired additional space in an adjoining industrial shed.

Here’s just some of what’s going on here at Renowned at this point in time.

We have collections of furniture scheduled out a few weeks

upper l-r : birch ply work stations, cedar sidetables for restoration bottom l-r: birch ply tops, oak rattan restorations

upper l-r : birch ply work stations, cedar sidetables for restoration bottom l-r: birch ply tops, oak rattan restorations

 

and return deliveries to clients being supported by a local furniture removal company

caption - top: antique oak repair bottom l-r: oak extension,silky oak and inlay oak tables in the que, cedar table restoration

caption – top: antique oak repair
bottom l-r: oak extension,silky oak and inlay oak tables in the que, cedar table restoration

so that we can keep up the pace and not waste valuable craftsman time on deliveries. These are all the good problems that many of our counterparts are only dreaming of.

Also, one of our team members, Alna has spent the last few months working our brand and keeping the Renowned detail high on the internet search engines profiles and the strategy is starting to pay big dividends.

Natalie’s practice

Natalie was over the moon with her purchase of the ‘woodpecker’ range of shelving that she found on our website showroom. Natalie runs a psychology practice in Brisbane and was very particular about the type of décor. She worked with one of our craftsmen and had the range of shelves altered to suit her requirements. At the time, we were a little concerned that the alterations may be out of scale but we feel that Natalie’s vision was spot on.

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The timber for the shelves was locally grown Maple (right here in a neighbouring suburb called Salisbury) back in the 1980’s.

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They were felled to make way for a housing estate and Renowned Furniture, a local furniture making identity were approached to see if they were interested in saving any of the timber, so here we are now turning it into fine furniture 35 years later .

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Now the range takes pride of place in Natalie’s new rooms and is both stunning with a look of strength and form but also very useful and practical.
In Natalie’s words: “ Thanks for the beautiful shelves. I love them.”

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Natalie was also happy for us to link the story to her FB page Bulimba Psychology and said that she intended mentioning us on her page as well.

White Oak Heaven continues

So further to our story on the church full of furniture that was ordered a month ago, we are now well and truly on the way.

Here, you’ll see the 6 majestic priest altar chairs being finally assembled

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 the white oak altar table and the pulpit.

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There is the Seventh Day Adventist logo carved into each piece as well.

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The next phase is to complete assembly and start sealing & polishing.

ALTAR TABLE 

Here’s the altar table completed. The Seventh Day Adventist logo has been carved into the top
of the table, then filled with a 2 pack clear resin (it’s about 3 to 5 mmdeep) to give it that 3 dimensional look and then 2 pack clear isolac top
coat for long lasting durability.

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The solid oak table is designed to match the pulpit and the altar chairs which we will show you when they’re
completed next week.

Sand playbox & small meeting desk in one

Kate had an interesting task for us to assist with. Kate works
with handicapped children and there is a world renowned therapy using sand play that helps with all sorts of early development.

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These little tables are lined internally so that they are water proof and the children can make watery ponds as well as everything else. You’ll notice
underneath that there are two handles, these are for height adjustment so that with the lid in place, the sand play boxes can then become craft tables
or small meeting tables as well. Once the sand is in there, they become quite heavy so of course, the tables need to be well made, safe and sturdy.

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Painted in 2 pack white for durability and lined internally with blue laminex and waterproof glue, these tables are just one extreme of the
Renowned portfolio. The client was over the moon with them.

White Oak Heaven

  • Project Title: Seventh Day Adventist Church
  • Project Type: Furniture supply
  • Project Description: To design and build all of the furniture for a Southeast Queensland church within budget and acceptable timeframe to coincide with the churches plans. All of the furniture will be made using White Oak
  • Start Date: August 11, 2014

Latest Update – November 27, 2014

The Seventh Day Adventist church is nearing completion for us. We have had a very interesting ride with this job. Keeping the mix of local and offshore manufacture, maintaining quality (bringing the offshore pieces up to our standard after their arrival prior to delivery) and ensuring client satisfaction remains at 100%.

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The pieces are all coming together nicely and the fact that our guys have had to rectify some defects and repair some transit damage to the offshore pieces just further bolsters our faith in the project as a whole and the way we successfully blended the two sources, “A match made in heaven” 🙂

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Before we sign off on the project (worth more than $240,000.00), we will conduct final quality checks and then put our name to it.

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Renowned is a specialised company so managing projects of this size is a bit of a step up for us. Our managing director was previously in the mining industry (running a company he founded that was turning over several millions of dollars per annum) where managing projects 10 times this size was commonplace so the business side was well covered.

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Our craftsmen have seen another side to their own industry first hand and while the early stages of this project saw a little in trepidation from their perspective, we feel that it has been an extremely positive learning experience where we now have master craftsmen thinking globally.


Update – September 22, 2014

The next phase is to complete assembly and start sealing & polishing. The pulpit is completed and awaiting its final coat of 2 pack polish,

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The 6 priest’s chairs have been completed with 3 in final sanding and 3 in final polishing.

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COMPLETE PIECES

As of September 17, 2014

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Here’s the altar table completed. The SDA logo has been carved into the top of the table, then filled with a 2 pack clear resin (it’s about 3 to 5 mm deep) to give it that 3 dimensional look and then 2 pack clear isolac topcoat for long lasting durability. The solid oak table is designed to match the pulpit and the altar chairs.


ASSEMBLY

August 27, 2014

 Here, you’ll see the 6 majestic priest altar chairs being finally assembled, the white oak altar table

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and the pulpit.

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Again, there is the Seventh Day Adventist logo carved into each piece as well.

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August 11, 2014

It was announced today that Renowned Furniture won the bid to design and build all of the furniture for a southeast Queensland church.

The director, Dan Valmadre, said that the team were over the moon and had worked very hard to provide the right solution for the church within budget and in an acceptable timeframe to coincide with the churches plans. All of the furniture will be made using White Oak or depending on who you speak to, American oak. “We like to think we’re in “white oak heaven” at present “, Valmadre said. “As it has given the company some real street credibility on a number of fronts. Most importantly, the proof that quarter million dollar projects are well within our scope of capabilities. “, he added.

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“It’s simple really, you just start at the beginning and follow a quality management system for both “Just in time” procurement and “In process” quality control and the rest just sorts itself out as a result of good training & management.”, Valmadre said. “We’ve started on the procurement and at present we’re building the altar furniture comprising of 6 priests’ chairs, an alter table and a pulpit.”

Renowned have also provided additional features such as the Adventist logo (comprising of an open bible with a cross and the 2 flames or angles arising pictured below) to be carved into all the furniture for that special touch. We’ll keep updates on the construction coming if anyone’s interested.

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Craig’s cool new office desk

In the words of U2: “I still haven’t found what I’m looking for”.

Craig came to us with a common story:

“I simply cannot find what I’m looking for.”

Craig has started a progressive HR consulting company and wanted his furniture to start to reflect his business model. After several discussions and with Craig’s input, a collective design was agreed to.

4 weeks later, Craig, his wife and colleagues were certainly struck by the “wow factor” and were definitely lining up for more pieces.

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So… in the words of The Manic street preachers: “I think I’ve found it”