• BIB'N BRACE

    Renewed Timber Creations

  • Recovering Waste Timbers

    Australia has some of the hardest most beautiful timbers in the world. Yet in Sydney alone over 65,000 tonnes of Timber ends up in landfill every year.

     

    Our role at Bib' n Brace is to match timber waste streams with appropriate products and markets. The result is a win for the environment and a win for our clients.

     

    Approximately 20,000 tonnes of the waste timber is Australian hardwood, every bit as durable as Aluminium or Plastic equivalents (sometimes even more so) with the added benefit of requiring a tiny fraction of the energy to process and get back into use.

     

     

  • How we work

    A brief overview of what we do

     

    Demolition

    Building demolition destroys most of the recoverable materials but Deconstruction provides a number of opportunities to re-use or recycle viable building materials.

     

    We work with Builders and select Demolishers to recover, renew and re-task as many timbers as is practical from each site.

     

    For more information, click on the image on the right. The link will take you to the the NSW EPA House Deconstruction Information Booklet, which includes a cost comparison between various deconstruction methods.

    Recovery

    What we recover

    • Roof/ceiling timbers
    • Bearers and joists
    • Decking
    • Hardwood flooring 
    • Fences, posts and beams

    Pick-up service

    We offer a pick-up service, free for sufficient volumes, from sites in Sydney, Newcastle and on the NSW Central Coast.

     

    Please note we are unable to accept asbestos, painted or preservative treated or contaminated timbers at this stage.

    Renew

    When building and renovating, many people are tempted to take the 'easy' option and use new timber. But while it may be easier to process a new tree than it is to clean, straighten, de-nail, patch and sort old timbers, the result will never deliver the enduring warmth, character and environmental benefits that recycled timber does.

     

    Let us do the hard work for you

     

    Our modern facilities and efficient processes enable us to do all the hard work for you (including de-nailing and sorting). The result is cost effective, unique and enduring products with a character and legacy that just can't be matched by freshly cut timbers.

     

    Re-task

    At Bib 'n Brace we work closely with designers, architects and passionate owners to design and create products that are functional, durable, and beautiful.

     

    Taking our design cues from the original timbers being recovered, we are sensitive to the unique characteristics of each piece we work with. The result is a finished product with its own story to tell. For case studies, check out our Blog .

    Craft

    At Bib 'n Brace we are absolutely passionate about our craft. We balance this passion with an awareness of the need to use our skills, experience and tools of trade to be as efficient and cost effective as possible, saving our clients precious time and money. The result is a beautiful handcrafted product that is made to stand the test of time.

  • Products

    The following is a small sample of the many possibilities available to you when using recycled timber. With applications and designs limited only by the imagination, why not call us for some design inspiration and advice on the best solutions to suit your project and your taste.

    Square Dressed Timbers

    DAR or sanded

    We always have a range of Square Dressed Timbers available with section sizes ranging from 90mm x 9mm to 240mm x 100mm and various timber species to select from. If we don't have what you need in stock, we will be happy to source, select and supply to your exact specifications.

     

    The longer lead time we get to source and sort timber, the better we will be able to fulfil your needs.

    Doors and Jambs

    As commissioned

    Anything is possible when it comes to the design of a door. We love the cross laminated door as shown in the photo above. We used a Western Red Cedar core with outer faces in Hardwood but will manufacture in accordance with your specifications.

     

    We provide hardwood jambs and weather stripping as standard on all doors (including internal doors) to minimise noise and the impact from doors being slammed shut.

    Box Beams

    Cantilevered shelves

    Box Beams or Hollow Laminated Profiles are an economical alternative to sourcing large heavy timber section sizes for your project. We carry some laminated sheets in stock to minimise beam fabrication times.

     

    Storm Shutters

    The lowest cost shutters in Australia

    Storm shutters are simple yet stylish 'Slab' shutters that can be used to dress up a building facade or protect windows from potential storm damage. Storm shutters can be manufactured from regulation approved materials for fire prone areas.

     

    Louvres

    Traditional/heritage hardwood louvres

    We offer traditional louvres in a variety of styles to suit your taste and design specifications. Flexible and versatile in design, our louvres are manufactured to allow the frames to hinge and the blades to rotate as required.

    Plantation Shutters

    Hardwood or Oregon

    Hardwood or Oregon Plantation Shutters are a delightful and robust alternative to the ubiquitous white Plantation Shutter.

     

    Australian Hardwoods are so strong that we are able to dramatically reduce the frame sizes to maximise the view and airflow. What's more they are virtually indestructible!

     

    Plantation Shutters are traditionally supplied and installed as a finished unit.

     

    We recommend Open Shutters to provide this service as they have an Australia-wide network that handles this product.

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    Slat Screens

    Woven or straight

    Screens are a great way to breathe a new lease of life into old hardwood decks and flooring. Pictured above is a woven screen crafted from recycled hardwood decking with 60% coverage.

     

    Screens are available as completed screens, components for site assembly or as raw materials for your own design and construction.

     

    Mirror Frames

    Front lit

    Front Lit Mirrors make a dramatic difference in fitting rooms where achieving a realistic reflection is essential for the customer experience.

     

    In the example shown above, traditional Front Lit Mirrors were difficult to source for this high end fashion store. So we designed a recycled Mirror Frame with LED's integrated into the frame for a similar effect.

     

    Furniture

    As commissioned

    The experience and superb craftsmanship of our team of fabricators and recyclers is such that we have the ability to craft any piece of furniture to suit your needs and design inspiration. Just let us know what you are after and we will take care of the rest.

     

    Glass Boards

    As commissioned

    At Bib 'n Brace we use Glass Whiteboards to brainstorm ideas and share critical details with our production team. Not only are Glass Boards super easy to clean, but they are also attractive and highly versatile.

     

    We have been commissioned by SilverScreen Glass Whiteboards to develop portable Glass Boards, as shown in the photo above, as well as wall or door mounted multitrack systems, stack-away sliding variations and desks preferably recycling their surplus pallets and containers.

    Cafe Tables

    Sustainable and practical

    Durable, gorgeous and economical cafe tables in a variety of finishes and styles. Check out the "Dining out" blog for more details on sizing and finish options that we have completed so far. These timbers where recovered from a fence, machined flat and lightly sanded to remove any splinters then clear coated for ease of cleaning.

    Doors

    Unique and Great value

    Solid, and we mean solid..... doors from recycled hardwood, no MDF, cardboard or polystyrene in these babies. Every door is unique and gorgeous, the common comment from clients is that they just love the feel of them, and the positive clink as they close. For more details on our doors, check out our blog on divine doors.

  • Finishes and Coatings

    There are a number of finishes that may be applied to the timber prior to coating, some natural and others requiring various degrees and types of machine processing. It all depends on the application and your personal preference. Scroll down to view a guide to the most common recycled timber finishes and their applications.

    Rough Sawn

    De-nailed; as is....

    Rough Sawn recycled timbers are the base material for most of what we do. We receive the timbers, remove metals but timbers remain uncleaned of glue and other contaminants until required to be used for a finished product.

    Often they will still have have glue and sand embedded in the grain, and possibly the occasional nail (we check again for metal before additional processing), so will require additional treatment prior to processing into more valuable items.

     

    Applications

    • Structural Timber
    • Blanks for other products

    Rustic

    Weathered, unfinished

    The Rustic timbers shown above have endured many without any finish to protect them and are deeply weathered and grey providing a rich textured surface, often covered in lichen and in the case of stock fencing other organic materials.

     

    To transform weathered timber into a beautiful rustic product, we select the timbers that are structurally sound (knowing the weathering only effects the surface of the timber). We then clean thoroughly and design products to minimise any new cut timber being obvious. We would expect to get at least another 30 years use out of these timbers depending on the product and its application given that Australian hardwoods tend to lose integrity to weather at about 6mm per century of exposure.

     

    Applications

    • Shutters and louvres
    • Privacy screens
    • Balcony screens
    • Garden screens
    • Feature panelling
    • Outdoor furniture
    • Picture framing

    Brushed

    Recovered finish on structural timbers

    A Brush finish is wire brushed to clean and even out saw marks and splits. In the example above, the rough sawn finish incorporates the natural 'silvering' of the untreated timber over time and the brush has knocked off any major splinters and sharp edges. Check out our gallery to see images of this cafe table in its brushed state as shown here and with a clear acrylic.

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    Applications

    • Shutters and louvres
    • Privacy screens
    • Balcony screens
    • Garden screens
    • Feature panelling
    • Outdoor furniture
    • Picture framing

    Sanded

    Unfinished

    A Sanded finish allows the beauty of the natural timber to be the 'hero' of the product.

     

    The product is supplied without a surface coating. For example a chopping board, as pictured above, may be left unfinished or oiled for any finish you fancy.

     

    Applications

    • Everything can be finished on site or in the factory on an as needs basis

    Oil

    Various oils

    We apply different oil coatings depending on the application. Our oils range from vegetable based oils for chopping or sandwich boards through to preservative or fire rated oils to meet specific maintenance requirements or fire regulations.

     

    Oil finishes on exterior timbers are easy to refresh but they will require re-application more frequently than paint or acrylic stain finishes. The result is well worth the effort!

     

    Applications

    • Chopping and sandwich boards
    • Bench tops
    • Plantation and storm shutters
    • Flooring
    • Decking and handrails
    • Indoor and outdoor furniture
    • Fencing and screening
    • Stairs and balustrades
    • Doors and windows
    • Panelling and cladding
    • Posts and beams
    • Interior and exterior Joinery

     

     

    Wax

    Scandinavian oil and cabinetmakers wax

    A wax coating is best described as an 'almost matt finish' with virtually no build-up of finish on the surface. Products with a wax finish are very easy to maintain, but require constant re application. A light rub with a soft furniture wax is all that's required when the colour starts to fade.

     

    Applications

    • Indoor furniture (such as tables and chairs)
    • Cabinets
    • Plantation shutters
    • Skirting boards and architraves
    • Interior joinery

    Please note, wax finishes are not suitable for exterior use or exposure to high heat. Use of coasters and place mats is recommended when a wax finish is applied to bench tops or tables.

    Acrylic

    Clear or stained finish

    A clear acrylic coating is a durable, relatively economical spray finish based on a modified automotive finish to provide better durability and flexibility than traditional cabinet lacquers and polyurethanes. A satin finish (30% gloss) is the most commonly applied.

     

    An acrylic finish is best maintained with furniture polish or wax to prolong its lifespan, which varies from 5 to 20 years depending on the environment and application.

     

    Applications

    • Cabinets
    • Wall units and libraries
    • Commercial fit-outs
    • Interior joinery, including kitchens and wardrobes
    • Skirting boards and architraves
    • Tables and chairs
    • Plantation shutters

     

    Due to its porosity, a lacquer finish is not suitable for exterior use.

     

    Paint

    Acrylic or enamel paint

    Of all the coatings, solid colour paint delivers the most long-lasting and hardwearing protection for timber. Paint is also versatile. It can be pigmented with the colour of your choice, as shown in the image above, or clear or stain finished to showcase the grain.

     

    Whatever look you wish to achieve, a paint finish will give you a higher degree of protection than other finishes. And the higher the gloss level, the less maintenance required.

     

    Please note, since the abolition of lead-based tint colours, some traditional colours are not as colourfast as they used to be.

     

    Applications

    • Plantation and storm shutters
    • Cladding and panelling
    • Flooring
    • Decking and handrails
    • Indoor and outdoor furniture
    • Fencing and screening
    • Stairs and balustrades
    • Doors and windows
    • Posts and beams
    • Interior and exterior joinery

     

    Exterior Stain

    Exterior acrylic finish - clear or stained

    A tinted clear or stained acrylic finish is the ideal solution for exterior timber as it is the most durable finish, requiring less maintenance than exterior oil finishes. However, when it inevitably does need to be restored, as no paint finish will last forever, it is more difficult to refinish than as alternative oil finish.

     

    Maintenance largely depends on the local environment. In a dry coastal environment such as you would find on the east coast of Tasmania for instance, the exterior stain finish would require less maintenance than if the same product were installed in wetter, more humid conditions such as you would find in Brisbane. The best time to maintain any coating is just before the timber beneath is exposed.

     

    Applications

    • Plantation and storm shutters
    • Cladding and panelling
    • Flooring
    • Decking and handrails
    • Indoor and outdoor furniture
    • Fencing and screening
    • Stairs and balustrades
    • Doors and windows
    • Posts and beams
    • Interior and exterior joinery
  • Standards

    Our Standards are anything but 'standard'. 

    Quality

    1925 vs 2016 timber

    Pro's for recovered timbers

    • Well seasoned (dried), therefore less likely to shrink, warp or crack than new equivalent.
    • Cut from larger trees meaning they have more stable section sizes and less knots, feathers and shakes.
    • Slower growing trees from unmanaged forests have tighter growth rings making them generally more stable.
    • Recovered timber has character. Each piece tells a story. We endeavour to stay true to each piece's inherent story, while delivering a finish that is appropriate to its use.
    • Most of the hardwoods we recover are of Class 1 Durability, meaning they are highly durable if left outside without protection. This makes our hardwoods more durable and hardwearing than the best of the northern hemisphere hardwoods like French Oak. They also come in a greater variety of colour and finish options than their northern hemisphere counterparts.

       

      We can advise of appropriate timbers and finishes to suit different applications.

    Durability

    Crafted to stand the test of time

    Con's for recovered timbers

    • Subjective selection of timbers for colour and "features" can only be made at time of production to guidelines in each job specification
    • It's very difficult to determine species, even when dressed, so we default select by Pale Timbers and Red timbers with shades in-between. 
    • Our timbers where mostly logged, milled and used as structural timbers, and as such have a wide spectrum of holes, cracks and grain structures that we will treat as we think appropriate to the application (see finishes). There are always multiple choices for treating these features and there is no right or wrong way, unless clearly specified at the outset. 
    • Not all pieces of timber will behave as anticipated. All timbers absorb and release moisture as humidity changes, some more than others. We expect our timbers to act within specifications, but have no control over the environment in which they end up so cannot guarantee they will all behave as planned.

    Standards

    Benchmark standards

    • Section sizes as quoted +- 0.3mm
    • Bows <2 mm per 1 l Lm of length of sections > 42 x 65
    • Default position is not to fill holes or checks, but can be done if specified
    • Dressed comes un-sanded
    • Shrinkage .05% face dimension
    • Surface checking is acceptable (often desirable)
    • #Feathers and Shakes to be ground below surface to minimise future chance of catching on cleaning rags/ clothing

    Jargon

    Explained in plain English

    • mm - Millimetres
    • Lm - Lineal Metres
    • Section Size - 2 smallest dimensions of a profile
    • DAR - dressed on all 4 sides
    • Dressed - face machined smooth
    • Sanded - face sanded to remove machine marks
    • Rough Sawn - as it came from the sawmill (rough but reasonably accurately sized)
    • Rustic - weathered but clean, from 'silvered off' to 'ancient'
    • Bows - non-straight pieces of timber
    • Surface checking/checks - non structural cracks parallel with the grain
    • Feathers and shakes - non structural cracks across the grain
  • The Blog

    Collection of case studies and feedback

  • About Our Company

    A passion for renewing resources and skills

    Passion

    Throughout much of the history of mankind, standards for quality, service, staff and community welfare have been managed by people wearing overalls. Bib'n Brace celebrates that legacy by embracing the following Key Values:

    1. Thriftiness - in the sense of not being wasteful with time and resources
    2. Respect - for the materials used and the people using them
    3. Integrity - to make the best choices for all concerned

    Bib'n Brace embodies these values by employing the latest in equipment and management practices to provide sustainable uses for waste timber that enhance the user's experience well beyond its immediate function.

     

    Our goal is to recover 5,000 tonnes of timber per year from the Sydney region alone within 3 years through our process of matching waste timber with appropriate products to suit. Our intention is to focus on the timber recovery process and support craftspeople in developing products to serve their respective markets.

    Origin

    Our founders share a common passion for thrifty and sustainable building, having owned various successful businesses within the construction sector. They made the decision to re-invest in the Australian manufacturing sector and put their faith in the market to value well made, durable, locally designed and made products.

     

    Bruce Cottrill

    Bruce was a founder of Sydney Plantation Shutters and then Open Shutters. Over a 25-year period, Bruce was instrumental in growing Open Shutters from a single man operation to a company employing over 100 staff through innovative product design and an exceptional service culture. Bruce is currently a Shareholder and Principal of Private Equity Firm, CtechBA and Director of Trends at the Bay, a high end fashion retail business located on the NSW Central Coast. He is also founder and co-ordinator of the Young Entrepreneur Support Program for Wild Fig Service Alliance and Director of Stepping Stone Homes, a private finance company for Starter Homes.

     

    Andrew Smith

    Andrew and Bruce have collaborated on various commercialisation projects over the years, including technologies as diverse as Aquaponics, Plastic Recycling and Diesel Fuel substitution. Andrew is a mechanical engineer with a broad base of experiences from maintaining garbage trucks to managing the maintenance of the Coal Haulage trains for Pacific National. Most recently, Andrew has been implementing new plastic recycling production lines for Waste Enterprises.

     

    Paul Young

    Paul is a principal at CtechBA with Bruce. An electrical engineer by profession, Paul now is primarily an Angel investor and commercialisation consultant with a passion for recycling and the efficient use of resources. Paul successfully developed and then sold 'Take a Break' (a precursor to Airbnb) to Fairfax Media. Paul's last building effort was the construction of an award-winning recycled house on Sydney's Northern Beaches. He is currently working with Victorian project builder Story Book Homes to improve their offering of affordable, sustainable alternatives to traditional project homes.

     

    Our team includes talented cabinetmakers, french polishers, carpenters and a dedicated group of volunteers passionate about recovering our natural resources and a very supportive growing family of advocates.

     

    We are all delighted to be involved in Bib 'n Brace because of its genuine triple bottom line benefits:

    • Delivering products of value,
    • Maintaining skills and employment in our community, and
    • Making the most of an otherwise wasted resource.

    Location

    We are based on the NSW Central Coast, 90 minutes North of Sydney and 60 minutes south of Newcastle. We are 5 minutes from the M1 enabling us to receive and ship goods anywhere in Australia.

    Our network of Partners and Advocates is constantly growing. Please contact us to see how we might be able to work together to exceed our waste recovery goals, and replace as many unsustainable products as we can.

  • Contact us on

     +61 418823023

    3/6 Hereford St, Berkeley Vale, NSW

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