On 27th April half the staff returned from furlough with others returning during the first weeks of May.
Installation took place of the “Harry Potter” doors in Christ Church dining hall, this very prestigious job can be seen in the photo section. On 27th March most of our staff where put on furlough leaving Julia and Mark working from home to keep maintain customer contact and continue quoting new work.
Completion and fixing of an unusual set of units for Solid State Logic at their Begbrook offices,
Christ Church College asked us to secure and replace a large double hung box sash window, which had blown out in a storm. Subsequently, we were also asked to replace an adjacent window – both being made in oak to match the original design.
Installation of Balliol College Porters lodge was completed. Benfield and Loxley placed an order for arched pair of glazed fire doors for Christ Church College dining hall (the ‘Harry Potter doors’ based on the famous scene filmed in the dining room).
Work commenced on the refit of Balliol College Porters Lodge for Savvy Construction. The work included two sets of glazed entrance doors, three glazed fire rated oak internal doors, curved oak reception desk and JCR and SCR pigeonholes.
We have just completed the design and build of a large high quality garden house for a property in north Oxford. This large job features fully insulated floor, walls and roof and high qaulity oak flooring and ceiling
Following delivery of the cutting tools from Germany we have begun training on the Vertongen tenoner which will allow us to mass produce a wide variety of windows and doors for the first time. This machine also allows us to provide a CE rating for our high specification doors and windows.
We have just commissioned a new paint spray room which will allow us to deliver high quality workshop painted joinery to our clients
We have completed the work for Benfield and Loxley for the refurbishment of Wolfson College Buttery which includes oak doors and fitted furniture.
Andrew has been working on a very tall “Alternate Tread” staircase made in “Pithy Oak” (sometimes called Cat Paw Oak).
The double volute oak stairs are being stained, polished and decorated for installation in mid July. At the end of the month we installed a large segmented bay window for Wolfson College in Oxford.
We are pleased to welcome Ross one of our subcontract fitters on-board as a full-time employee.
Stephen Taylor our staircase man is well underway with a very ambitious oak staircase, double volute first and second tread, volute open run handrail with ramps, reefs and turned spindles. This due to be installed at the end of April.
The start of the new year the ongoing replacement of windows in a large period property in Abingdon keeps our site staff busy along with works to sound proof the floor on the second floor. We have also been involved with some very interesting timber wall panelling in Banbury. Our manufacture of briquettes produced from wood shavings has been a source of entertainment for visitors to the workshop. One briquette is equal to ten times its volume of loose shavings, they pop out of the machine like large magic.
On completion of the Gate House we are pleased to receive the order for the Belvedere at the Edwardian Restoration project. A Belvedere is an ornamental structure in the garden where one can go to sit in peace. Being substantially made of stone, our section of works comprises the specialist roof structure which tested the skills of our tradesmen and allowed the apprentices to see what they can aspire too.
The new workshop is settling down well with lots of space compared to the Jack Straws Lane workshop making life for the joiners much easier.
September saw the introduction of two new apprentices Alfie Comer and Jago Downs to complement our ongoing training program.
Having spent several hours negotiating, our estimator Ken Gelder was thrilled to receive an order for 20 large double glazed traditional sash windows to be manufactured together and then fitted over the next 6 months. With our new workshop, we are able to store items until they are required on site.
It has been many months in the planning and we are now pleased to say we have moved to our new home. After over 30 years in our small workshops in Jack Straws Lane we have moved to larger premises in Kidlington. In a hectic 6 weeks we have renovated, decorated, improved staff areas, installed a new office and added new machines and dust extraction to the workshop.
Last week all our heavy machinery was moved and as of 3rd April we will all be getting used to our new home at: 15B Station Fields Industrial Estate, Kidlington, Oxford, OX5 1JD.
We are please to announce that Gelder Joinery have won the prestigious title of Project of the Year 2017, from the leading industry body, the British Woodworking Federation (BWF). We were awarded the trophy for conservation grade woodwork on an extensive Edwardian House restoration.
One of the firms apprentices was runner-up for the Trainee of the Year award. Further information on the awards can be found on the BWF website.
Events prior to this can be found in our News archive