Cabinet maker gives old wooden furniture new life
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.