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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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.


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.


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



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”

Steel Storage Australia office fitout

The team at Steel storage Australia were looking for a fresh new set of ideas for their new complex fit out on the Gold Coast.

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Renowned were contacted through our web site and we sat down with their designers and ours to arrive at the suite of furniture you see here.

The latest in ‘AA’ grade birch ply, some clever timber wrapping and joinery and “Hey presto!”
There are left hand and a right hand, kidney shaped desks with round touch-open drawers seated in a charcoal laminex wrapped pedestals,

a large sharedesk (hot desk) made from 32 mm thick birch ply on a fabricated round steel frame powder coated in the same colour as the round desk pedestals forvisitors to the “self-storage facility” and corner managers desk made out of 25 mm Birch ply.

There is also a matching printer/photocopier cupboard with charcoal doors and birch ply divider and top.

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All delivered and installed on time, in budget. 🙂

The “Trex”

Renowned were contacted recently by a company that imports a “wood alternative decking” material called Trex.

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Our fine skills and special timber jointing technology were enlisted to help build a display deck at the front of the AWS warehouse for sales evenings and demo displays.. Naturally, it had to look perfect so Renowned’s craftsmen got to go on an ‘out of the ordinary’ field trip to assist the guys at AWS with their new venture.

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Dry Bar Tables

Seven months ago, one of our valued clients, Jason Bird and the Luxxbox Team, won the contract to supply several pieces for the new fit out at the Myer Food Court located at the central city area of Brisbane. Along with this, Renowned Furniture were commissioned to build the “dry bar tables” as shown on the pictures. To date, we are still receiving encouragement & positive comments regarding their quality.


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These are made from solid Blackbutt timber on a powder coated steel frame & some pre-wired for lighting. And together with a multi-skilled team, access to a wide network of contractors (that I have worked with for more than 25 years), a principal supplier that knows the commercial design and furniture supply business, we were able to come up with this outstanding end-result! 

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V8 Supercars New Office Desks

The client runs a shared office space business on the Gold Coast called “Co-Spaces” and had a very important tenant coming in called the V8 Supercars Group. They are one of the icons in Australian Motor Racing.

The desks he wanted to design for the V8 guys needed to be unique and have industrial flair for both 2 person & 4 person seating. A collaborative approach to the design between Renowned Furniture & Co-Spaces director, Ben Howe, turned out some cutting edge desks that are one of a kind.

We’ve used a highly polished birch ply top framed underneath with hi grade aluminium powder coated in black. These tops are supported by fabricated steel legs & fabricated steel pigeon-hole pedestal bases all powder coated white. The divider partitions on top to form the 4 operator positions privacy panels are fabricated steel with a black & white powder coat contrast. The finished product gives off a sharp clean appearance with an almost ‘War of the worlds’ like power stance. Very solid pieces.

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