summerhill woodwork

Small Oak dining table


I made this dining table for a friend of mine earlier this year out of some wood sourced and milled locally by another friend. It was a beautiful windblown oak that had been sat in a field for a few years until they decided to mill it up.

I used traditional mortise and tenon joints with drawbored dowels to keep it held together. For the top I glued together multiple boards with grain directions facing alternative ways. Doing this reduces the likelihood of the top cupping or moving with seasonal humidity/temperature changes. Wide boards look great but I think I actually prefer the look of this top.


Large Deodar Cedar milling

Milled up a large Deodar Cedar in Tunbridge Wells. its really beautiful timber and can be used outdoors or indoors. Traditionally it was used to line boxes, drawers and cupboards because it has a lovely fragrant aroma that lasts a long time compared to other timber fragrances . I cut some wide boards for furniture as well as narrow planks for some fencing.


Wood prints


Recently I’ve been playing with ink and wood in order to create some interesting end grain relief prints on paper. I’m still working on the method required to get definition between the yearly growth rings. The results can be quite striking.

I made a frame for one of the Sweet Chestnut prints using Sweet Chestnut timber! Bridle joints with brown Oak dowels hold the whole thing together.


Stable renovation with Western Red Cedar


Earlier this year I worked on a tree job with my friend Alex from

He was asked to removed a huge Western Red Cedar from a clients garden and we discussed the idea of milling the stems to provide some timber that could be used around the house and garden. WRC is a naturally durable timber which means it doesn’t need any chemical treatments in order to be used outside. It is also a very beautiful looking timber and is the most stable softwood which lends itself to construction use as seasonally it moves very little. It smells great which is another perk!

Between us we decided that the best use for the timber was to renovate an old horse stable that they had been using to store various things in. the old stud work and cladding were pretty far gone in terms of rot so we carefully dismantled the sides of the barn and used props to keep the roof held up.

WRC is one of my favourite timbers to use for external building work. it cuts and takes fixings very well without the need to do a pilot hole for the screws - even close to the ends of the boards where you would usually get split out. I opted for the use of stainless steel screws and black coated fixings to maximise weather durability.

All the timber used to build this was milled with my portable Lucas mill which was perfect for cutting the dimensions needed for a job like this.

Log to Table

I milled this oak log in Gatwick in the summer on a beautiful sunny day. It was absolutely riddled with nails, screws and fencing so the bottom metre had to be cut off completely and the rest carefully examined before each cut. Despite the large amount of blue staining I was lucky enough not to hit anything at all. 

I cut two slabs for the top of the table then some 5x5 and 4x4 for the frame underneath.







On this table it was decided that I could spend an extra day on the table and plane and size all the timber. This really makes a big difference to the finish of the table and allows the grain to show through. As it dries out and ages the grey of the oak will be enlightened with the silvery medullary rays and will look really smart. 


The frames I build for these tables are all made with pegged mortise and tenons. The pegs are made out of seasoned oak so when the rest of the table dries out the joints only get tighter


As I had planed the timber I also added more finishing touches such as chamfered edges. 







I built the two ends in the work shop and then completed the rest of it on site. This included cleaning up and hand planing the top smooth.




The finished product. One very heavy table!