The Alpine Oak Bunnings Competition is an opportunity for builders, DIY’ers and furniture makers to demonstrate their creativity and craftsmanship. It is always such a delight seeing the unique ways Alpine Oak panels are used throughout homes in Australia.
ALPINE OAK panels are made from character filled pieces of Victorian ash that champion the natural effects of timber and reduces manufacture time for the builder. Sold in Bunnings, the 600 x 2100 x 26mm panel is commonly used as a bench top, bathroom vanity or for shelving.
Once a year, we run a competition which results in an influx of amazing projects using ALPINE OAK – the lucky winner receives a massive $500 Bunnings voucher to spend on their next project. Last year’s winner was a bathroom vanity built by ET Construction, take a look at their amazing work here.
After looking through hundreds of amazing entrants, we’re happy to announce that the 2018 winner is Kevin Whysall – semi-retired DIY’er and woodworker hobbyist. Kevin sent in his tall boys earlier in the year, explaining “I am a full time father with a 10 year old, a 7 year old and a 2 year old. Hence the 3 tall boys. If you make something for one, then you make something for all”.
Kevin has had some experience in wood working, but calls himself a keen DIY’er. Kevin mentioned “I really enjoy learning new techniques in woodworking and have plans for making new kitchen designs using ASH products and integrating them with stainless steel”.
When we asked Kevin about using ALPINE OAK, he explained “This is the first time I have used Alpine Oak panels, but it will not be the last. I concur whole heartedly with your last Alpine Oak competition winner, Eden Triffit, that they are easy to use, need minimal work to achieve a great finish and really showcase the natural characters of the timber”.
When Keven said ‘it won’t be the last time I use ALPINE OAK’… he meant it. Once Kevin was sent the $500 voucher, he went straight back to Bunnings to pick up some more 600 x 26 panels. His next task: to build matching bedside tables (pictured below), or as Kevin calls them “short boys”, to accompany the tall boys. Not only that, Kevin is also building a 6 seat dining table using ALPINE OAK!