• Manufacturers of;

    Architectural features and furniture

  • Products

    The following is a small sample of the many possibilities. 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.

    Doors and Jambs

    Standard and custom

    We make a variety of solid timber door types, primarily out of recycled timbers. Our most common door type is the flush panel door as shown here, clear finished with an external acrylic on forest red timbers (mostly Bluegum). Other door styles include VGrooved, Glass, Shaker, Stable and Barn doors. See Door Blog for more information on doors.

    We also provide hardwood jambs and weather strips for all doors (as required) to minimise noise and heat transfer and impact from doors being slammed shut.

    Barn Doors

    Ledge and Brace doors

    Barn doors are a gorgeous alternative to cavity sliding internal doors and lend themselves to being a bit rustic when slid on a black track with big black wheels. We have also had clients install flush panel doors on Barn door tracking for a very sleek modern look while painting the character of recycled timber.


    Floating Shelves

    Box Beams or Hollow Laminated Profiles are an economical alternative to sourcing large heavy timber section sizes for your project and as such are ideal for Floating Shelves. The job shown above was for a shop fit out in which we designed the hangers, shelves, tables and displays all to be from recycled timber. Check out Trends at the Bay. We finished this job with a clear oil on forest white timbers (mostly blackbutt with some tallow and stringybark)

    Vertical Louvres

    Privacy Screens

    Vertical louvres can be operable (as shown here) or fixed depending on needs. If we are unable to source sufficiently wide blades we will glue smaller sections together to make up required blade width. See Vertical louvres Blog for more details.


    Come in many sizes and shapes

    Screens or room dividers are able to be fabricated in any configuration. In the job shown above, we took a photo of the trees outside the picture window and reproduced the primary branches in lime washed recycled oregon.

    Vanities and Benchtops

    Bringing life into the bathroom

    We have completed a variety of Bench top and vanity jobs of varying complexity from simple slabs to the complex floating bench as in the job pictured above in which a stainless frame was bolted to the wall with a timber sleeve that we made to slide over the frame and become the vanity top.


    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.



    Catchall title for everything else

    The cabinet shown here has linen fabric doors to allow the AV equipment to be stored behind closed doors while allowing the remote controls to still work. the Shelves and Mantle piece where made from Beefwood, a native of the owners home town of Lithgow. We have completed many furniture jobs including Office fit outs (see Study in Red Blog), to Libraries, recessed Shaving Cabinets, Butchers blocks and AV cabinets.


    Mantle Pieces

    Protect with Style

    A common theme in modern homes is placing the TV above the fire, so a beautiful recycled timber mantelpiece is an ideal solution. This mantle is made from old warehouse beams from the Brisbane wool stores and has been burnt and oiled for finish giving a gorgeous game of thrones gravitas to the living room.


    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.


    Cafe or Restaurant Fit Out

    Not just Tables

    Durable, gorgeous and economical, recycled timber comes in a variety of finishes and styles. Check out http://www.barenakedbowls.com.au in Bronte for a great superfood feed and stunning fit out.


    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.

    Mirror Frames

    Inside or Outside LED lighting

    The mirror shown above is actually a one way window from the ensuite behind set in a fabric wall with LED perimeter lighting. All our work, bar the upholstering.


    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.


  • Finishes and Coatings

    There are a number of finish treatments 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.

    Brushed - Finish

    De-nailed and brushed

    Rough Sawn recycled timbers are the base material for most of what we do. We receive the timbers and remove metals and other contaminants. The timbers are then brushed to minimise splinters and provide a clean almost polished surface. The posts above where from a 120 year old flour mill in Auburn and took a day per post to clean off the old paint and remove all the nails and bolts ready for installation as a pergola frame. A lot of this work is hand work, in positive pressure rooms to ensure the safety of the workers and controlling the contaminants from spreading further into the environment.

    Rustic - Finish

    Weathered, often very weathered

    The Rustic timbers shown above have endured many years without any finish to protect them and are deeply weathered and grey providing a rich textured surface.

    Australian hardwoods tend to lose integrity to weather at about 6mm per century of exposure.When we get them they are often covered in lichen and in the case of stock fencing other smellier organic materials, but as with so many things in life, the dirtier the better.


    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), power wash and power brush to ensure clean and free of splinters. Careful design and working of products using rustic finish is critical minimise any new cut timber being obvious and betraying the gorgeous rustic story.

    Brushed - Finish

    Recovered finish on structural timbers

    A Brush finish is power wire brushed to clean and even out saw marks and splits. In the example above, the rustic 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 a cafe table that has been brushed over rough sawn timber.

    Sanded - Finish


    A Sanded finish allows the beauty of the natural colour and grain 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 or any finish you fancy.

    Oil - Coating

    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!


    Acrylic - Coating

    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.


    Paint - Coating

    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 Stain - Coating

    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.


    Suggestion Box Finished in Osmo Oil

    Osmo Oil - Coating

    Interior or Exterior - clear or stained

    Wood is a natural material and the cell structure, similar to our skin, can take on and release moisture it breathes.
    To ensure that this exchange is not prevented we have created finishes especially suited to the nature of wood. Osmo natural wood finishes are based on oils and waxes. The oil penetrates into the wood surface, protecting the wood from deep within. The waxes form an elastic, microprorous surface which protects the wood from external moisture and abrasion. The wood remains naturally beautiful, protected and durable.


    Osmo natural wood finishes can be easily renovated at any time without the need for sanding. It may not even be necessary to re-finish the entire surface but simply touch up damaged or faded areas.Conventional lacquers require sanding back to bare wood to re-coat, which reduces the thickness of the timber with each maintenance.

  • How we work

    A brief overview of what we do



    Demolition destroys most of the recoverable materials but is faster and safer for demolishers than the alternative.

    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

    • Roof/ceiling timbers
    • Bearers and joists
    • Decking
    • Fence palings, posts and rails

    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 timbers.


    Unfortunately, a tree that may have been growing for 300 years is only worth about $100 to a logging company who then only recovers roughly 1/3 of that tree as building timber. In spite of this it is still more economical to process a new tree to timber than renew old timbers as most of the processes are automated, whereas processing renewed timber is largely hand work.


    The 3 top benefits of renewing old timber include:

    1. For every 1m3 timber reused, 3m3 stays in the forest
    2. Timber from old trees grown in a harsh environment tend to be stronger than rapidly grown plantation timbers
    3. Renewed timber has a story, a character, that tends to be cut out of new 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. For custom work we prepare 3D drawings to ensure everyone knows what is coming.


    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.

  • Standards

    Our Standards are anything but 'standard'. 


    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.


    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.


    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


    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
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  • The Blog

    Collection of case studies and feedback

    March 23, 2016
    Chris and Vanessa get a new study in recycled Ironbark Prior to starting Bib'n Brace Chris...
    February 14, 2016
    Like many people, I had always wanted to build with as small as environmental footprint as...
    February 6, 2016
    Tony and Bec had a 30-year old hardwood deck that was becoming unsafe. In certain spots, the...
    January 22, 2016
    Fashion Boutique fit out, Trends at the Bay Trends at the Bay is a retailer of local designed...
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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:

    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.


    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.


    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.

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