Cab­i­net maker gives old wooden fur­ni­ture new life

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Work­ing with wood is a labour of love for cab­i­net maker and Ter­race End’s Acorn Fur­ni­ture owner Peter Feekes. When he’s not mak­ing ‘fur­ni­ture to or­der’ or lov­ingly restor­ing a piece of heir­loom fur­ni­ture, Peter will be busy help­ing cus­tomers with their home handy­man ven­tures, as well as craft­ing some small piece of fur­ni­ture or house­hold item for sale in his shop.

Peter has been a cab­i­net maker for more than 30 years and has been at his cur­rent work­shop site at 239 Grey Street for al­most 13 years.

‘‘Peo­ple will al­ways have some piece of fur­ni­ture they want re­stored or re­paired and whether they want to do it them­selves or get me to do it I can pro­vide the right ad­vice and the equip­ment to help get the job done. Some­times peo­ple may have started a pro­ject and then re­alise that it’s a lit­tle more com­pli­cated than they imag­ined and I’m happy to do any nec­es­sary re­pairs and let them fin­ish the job them­selves or I will do the com­plete restora­tion for them,’’ says Peter.

Acorn Fur­ni­ture stocks a small range of paint strip­pers and fin­ish­ing wax along with the es­sen­tial steel wool.

‘‘The Paramose brand of strip­per I sell is all you need to get rid of any old paint work. Let the strip­per soak in then scrape off the bulk and use steel wool to re­move the finer in­grained paint. It’s a

Peo­ple will al­ways have some piece of fur­ni­ture they want re­stored or re­paired and whether they want to do it them­selves or get me to do it I can pro­vide the right ad­vice and the equip­ment to help get the job done. Peter Feekes, Ter­race End’s Acorn Fur­ni­ture owner

sim­ple yet very ef­fec­tive process. Of­ten the wood doesn’t need any sand­ing be­fore ap­ply­ing the Woodoc fin­ish­ing oil to get the life back into your wood.’’

The Paramose strip­per can be used on any painted or lac­quered wood, even ve­neered sur­faces, and also saves us­ing a hot air gun which can some­times leave dam­ag­ing marks, es­pe­cially on old wood.

Peter is of­ten asked to de­sign and man­u­fac­ture one-off items for cus­tomers.

‘‘They may want a small cab­i­net to match their ex­ist­ing fur­ni­ture suite or a small ta­ble that fits nicely in their hall­way or porch area. Some­times a cus­tomer may bring in a photo from a mag­a­zine and give me the mea­sure­ments they want and I’ll be able to de­sign and build the piece for them.’’

Most of the fur­ni­ture Peter makes is built from re­cy­cled na­tive tim­bers, in­clud­ing rimu, matai and to­tara.

‘‘These are hard-wear­ing woods and pro­duce a re­ally great fin­ish with their unique colours and grains. Any fur­ni­ture built from these woods is guar­an­teed to last for a few gen­er­a­tions at least and you just have to wax the sur­face oc­ca­sion­ally and they’ll look like new again.’’

Acorn Fur­ni­ture is open Mon­days to Fri­day from 8.30am to 5.30pm and Satur­days from 9.30am to 12.30pm.

Acorn Fur­ni­ture owner Peter Feekes with a few pieces of his hand­crafted fur­ni­ture and house­hold items avail­able for sale at 239 Grey Street.

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