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MASTER CRAFTSMEN: Ken Lane and Matt Gooding from Dayal Singh’s Joinery in Jubilee St with their latest creation, an intricate bluegum stairwell bound for a Brisbane home.
MASTER CRAFTSMEN: Ken Lane and Matt Gooding from Dayal Singh’s Joinery in Jubilee St with their latest creation, an intricate bluegum stairwell bound for a Brisbane home.

THE latest creation to leave the breezy and well-lit workshop of Dayal Singh Joinery is a magnificent bluegum stairwell bound for a Brisbane home.

Ken Lane and Matt Gooding have been working on the complex timber structure for the past two months at the Jubilee Street premises, and rank it as one of their more memorable achievements.

Never ones to shirk a challenge, the pair took the flowing lines of an architect's concept drawing and transformed it into a three-dimensional timber sculpture for a project being built by Integrity Homes.

The inside arc and the outside radius are two different curves, which were plotted on a raised construction stand.

Because of the individually sweeping curves, every tread and riser varied in width, which made the project a bit of a brain- teaser.

"It's not your ordinary curved set of stairs," Ken said.

But it was the difficult nature of the project that led to the job being secured by Dayal Singh Joinery.

"We've got a reputation for delivering with minimum fuss and no after-service problems," Matt said.

Curved timbers were created from laminated Sydney bluegum, glued together in the required shape before finishing. The curved banister rails were made the same way, but from one piece of hardwood with the laminations so fine that it appeared at first glance as if the curved shape were created from a single piece.

The stairwell will be finished with curved walls, which were also created in-shop, capped with a timber rail with wrought iron and stainless work.


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