Renewed Timber Creations
How we work
A brief overview of what we do
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.
What we recover
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.
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.
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 .
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.
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
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Due to its porosity, a lacquer finish is not suitable for exterior use.
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.
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.
Our Standards are anything but 'standard'.
1925 vs 2016 timber
Pro's for recovered timbers
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.
Crafted to stand the test of time
Con's for recovered timbers
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About Our Company
A passion for renewing resources and skills
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:
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.
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 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 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 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:
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.