There’s not a lot of room for making big design statements in my tiny boat, but one area I thought I could make an impact was the kitchen worktops. I wanted to use some really nice wood for this, and Emma suggested Keighley Tree Services – a tree surgeon and timber yard not far from Todmorden.
They showed me a wide range of English timber including oak, elm and ash, all of it from nearby. In the end I went for a few slices of lovely, thick oak.
I’m lucky to have a dad who apparently has a passion for collecting industrial industrial woodworking machinery, so I hauled my wood down to Shrewsbury where my parents live and we spent the next two days planing, sanding, joining and finishing to make two beautiful workshops for my kitchen. I’m really proud of the results and can’t wait to get them onto the boat.
First, we had to cut the timber into slices which would fit through the planer. The wood was then planed to create a smooth, clean surface:
Then we joined the slices back together again using biscuit joints:
The final step was to sand the pieces down to a super-smooth finish and coat with Danish Oil: