New ironmongery shop is open for business!

On and off over the years (probably more on than off!), we’ve been asked, either via email or over the telephone, whether we could possibly sell a pair of gate hinges, a ring latch or a pair of garage door holders etc on their own and not with a gate or garage door (and yes we could and yes we did!). Why did we never actually think *lightbulb moment*?

Why not start an online shop selling the gate and garage door ironmongery we actually use!

I couldn’t possibly answer and why we never actually started one, I don’t know!

A Westie with some gate hinges

Ted Westie is waiting to take your order!

Help us keep our new “Ironmongery Operations Chief” in his newly promoted role…

Well, he has to earn his keep somehow! He likes ‘working with’ the postman, so we thought this was an ideal role for him…*

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Garage doors for sale – a buying guide

There is a vast array of timber garage doors on the market, from different timbers to different methods of operation; this guide is specifically for side-hinged garage doors, sliding garage doors and bi-folding garage doors.

We do not make up-and-over garage doors, these are manufactured differently, usually as lightweight as possible and based on a metal framework, so these doors are not covered in this guide.


Garage door or gate?
Wood is wood, right?
Letting your garage doors weather naturally
Construction methods
Types of garage doors
Full thickness bottom rails
Mortice & tenon jointed doors
Proper wedged Mortice & tenon jointed doors

Adding the T&G boarding
Panelled garage doors
Do the doors overlap when closed?
Garage doors with windows
Hinges, locks, ironmongery
Garage door frames – Cill, sill or not?
Garage doors for oak garages
Garage door for car ports

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Introducing the Wood Durability Guide: A Database & Infographics about Timber Durability

We’ve put together a handy little resource about Wood Durability, including a database with durability ratings by timber. When finding the right timber for our gates and garage doors, we look at durability and find a suitable class – the database will be useful for whatever you’re planning to create.

There are also some Wood Durability Infographics, which go into detail on what affects durability and displays ratings in a quick-reference style.

Find the Wood Durability Database here!


The ultimate guide to buying a wooden gate that lasts!

There are a wide range of different types of wooden gates on the market: hardwood or softwood gates, ledged gates, morticed and tenon jointed gates, dowelled morticed and tenon jointed gates, through-wedged morticed and tenon jointed gates, standard sized, made to measure…the list is endless. So what should I look for when choosing the right wooden gate, I hear you ask?

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Bespoke wooden gates with raised panels

From time to time, as we are making a bespoke gate, (by bespoke I mean a gate made to our customer’s own design, rather than a made to measure gate from our own range of gates), we like to show you exactly goes into one of them so you can get an idea how we make them and the quality to expect in everything we produce. So once again, we’re going to have a look at a bespoke wooden gates with raised panels; if you don’t know what raised panels are, then all will be revealed!

These gates were influenced by our St Asaph driveway gates, which are part of our standard range of made to measure gates, but the customer saw our ‘customise your gates’ page and decided to go for something a bit different and we were given this sketch to work with…

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Bespoke wooden Victorian gates

As well as our range of standard designs of wooden gates which we make to measure, we also manufacture bespoke gates, i.e. gates made to your own designs.

Usually, these are based on sketches or pictures that are sent in to us.

These can be to suit existing gates our customers already have when they want something that matches, or they’ve seen something they like elsewhere and would like something similar, or for people in period properties that want something sympathetic to the style of house they live in. Here we look at some wooden Victorian gates we recently manufactured.

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Who knows what goes on behind (new) closed (garage) doors?

Their eyes met across a crowded (glazing) bar, ‘Can I get you a drink?’ he said.
‘I’ll have a gin and slim,’ she said, before adding, ‘I’m watching my figure.’ (It’s made to measure).
He was tall, well-built (through wedged, morticed and tenon joints) and tanned.
‘Are you local?’ she asked.
‘From just down the road in Conway,’ he smoothly (planed) replied.
‘Fancy going back to my place?’ he asked, running his fingers over her finely shaped frame (work).
‘Yes’ she urged living for the moment for once in her life,
‘What do they call you?’ he enquired,
‘They call me Aber,’ she softly sighed, as she leaned in closer to him and noticed his chiseled good looks and freshly-cut pine aroma before adding ‘and you?’,
‘I’m a man of mystery,’ replied the tall, transome handsome stranger….

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Free timber for schools? Well, we’re trying our best!

As the school terms across the Country start once again I thought I’d do a brief update on the timber for schools thing we have been trying to do.

Unfortunately, it hasn’t gone as well as we had hoped and, to be honest, more than likely the whole thing highlights the reason why education in Wales is so backward – and it’s nothing to do with the hardworking teachers throughout Wales!

Picture of a wall

This is what it has felt like recently talking to the local councils

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