Rustic furniture in Cebu, Philippines

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The bizarre thing of late is the fact that we never seem to have any spare time. I spent up until 2am updating PC’s yesterday to find on arriving this morning some of the games had a new patch release this morning. So back to updating again, problem is the internet cafe is never empty as a constant flow of kids appear.

What has this got to do with rustic furniture? well basically I don’t have the time to do what I want to be. I was a cabinet maker, carpenter and joiner for years in the UK before eventually becoming a surveyor. I moved away from the timbers as most companies have adopted factory techniques over craftsmanship even down to setting the machines up as you may have one guy who sets up the entire factory instead of a factory of skilled workers. So it sort of took the shine out of it for me although I do love making my own stuff when I have the time. We had some wood left from some trees that were felled last year and I know Aprils father likes projects as much as I do when it comes to actually creating something. So while he has been busy making benches for outside I have been working out the layout of what will become apartment 2 which has involved getting round a water pipe problem as I don’t want it buried in concrete. So an easy removable plinth will be added to hide it but also allow easy access for maintenance. Getting back to what Aprils father has been upto I am pleased with the end result and no doubt a few people out there will be saying “I want one of those” because I know the Chinese furniture that fills most of the stores here isn’t fit for purpose especially when it comes to Western guys due to not only our weight but our actual body frame shape.

rustic bench As you can see the first bench is wider not only in length but in depth compared to anything I have seen here. I am hoping we can make several of these from our available wood as we are often having visitors so some badly needed extra seating would be a great help on top of the fact its appealing to the eye.

2 comments for “Rustic furniture in Cebu, Philippines

  1. Tomdean34
    September 1, 2010 at 2:15 am

    Woodworking is my favorite hobby. It looks like gmelina wood being used here. Although a bit primitive, the bench serves it’s purpose. I sent over many power tools from the USA, and even made a table saw from a circular saw. The tools need a transformer, but comparing prices for quality power tools in the Philippines, it is a small price to pay. The problem I have is that I do not have a woodshop, so I am limited in the scope of my projects. Working outside is not very comfortable.

  2. Tropicalpenpals
    September 1, 2010 at 2:51 am

    Hi Tom,
    the Rustic design is pretty typical in the UK as its simplicity people go for not sure why it then becomes so expensive Yes its Gmelina Wood it comes from our own stocks it seems an easy wood to work with after mainly only spruce or oak being available in the UK (completely opposite scales).

    As regards woodworking it might be worth looking into a shipping container as a workshop in the future if you have room. I know what you mean about prices as they are not just overpriced here but often second hand with a splash of a wipe to clean them up so your getting old and more expensive than new..