About Us

Timber made to Last

Timbermade specialises in custom made orders of a variety of timber products manufactured to individual specifications. This includes letterboxes, feature gates, bird nesting boxes and small tables.




Environmental Statement

Timbermade is committed to supporting a sustainable environment. We only use high quality, responsibly sourced plantation Western Red Cedar to manufacture our items and are careful to minimise our waste and off cuts. Western Red Cedar is a highly durable and sustainable timber, noted for its longevity in outdoor applications and resistance to rot. We have built close relationships with a number of Melbourne-based timber suppliers to ensure reliable access to a large range of sustainable and high-quality materials.


Quality Statement

All of our products are manufactured and assembled by hand to the highest possible standard. We triple sand our timbers to give a professional finish and exclusively use marine glues and galvanised nails to ensure longevity in all weather conditions.


Colin Risbey, founder and craftsman

In 1985, Colin turned his passion for working with timber into a thriving home business he called Timbermade.

The Timbermade motto is, ‘Made to last.’ Timbermade takes great pride in the products we build so you can be sure only the highest quality materials and the best practices and processes are employed.

A close association with a number of Melbourne suppliers gives us access to a large range of quality materials. Using their expertise, knowledge, and buying power Timbermade can pass on to you the best possible prices in South East Australia.

Contact Colin today!
0412 315 313










Our built-to-order Western Red Cedar gates are manufactured entirely by hand using traditional and time proven construction methods. We hand cut all tenons, drill every mortise and fix all joins neatly together using galvanised screws and marine-grade glues. All gates are made-to-measure and built on a substantial 90mm x 70mm solid Western Red Cedar frame, ensuring they will withstand the harsh Australian climate and retain their original form for many years to come.

For your convenience, we have a number of classic designs from which to choose. We are also proud to offer a fully customisable, bespoke service for anyone wanting a unique set of gates. Customisable features include crosses, capping rails, lining boards, frame, and more. From modern design to traditional charm, we can make gates to suit your style and home.

To see our full range range of gates, please click.


We also have a unique self-designing and pricing tool call "gatemaker" ( see menu bar above ) . Exact pricing will vary depending on many factors - style, size, location etc .. for more details please don't hesiate to contact us for precise personal advice.



Our handcrafted Western Red Cedar letterboxes are manufactured using marine grade glues and galvanised nails to ensure durability and longevity. We have a wide range of styles available to suit modern and traditional homes in both urban and rural settings. With over 30 years experience in the industry, we can manufacture letterboxes to suit your individual needs, or help you select the best letterbox for your home from our extensive range. All of our letterboxes can be finished with polished chrome, satin chrome or brass fittings; or finished with a timber edge for a less formal look.

Pricing varies according to the style and size of the letterbox.

To see our letterbox range please click below.





Bird Boxes

Carefully handcrafted from sustainable pine, our bird boxes provide a focal point for local birds and look fabulous in the garden. They can be made to any specifications and in a variety of styles to suit your application. All bird boxes are hand painted and finished to ensure each one is unique and in-keeping with your garden or setting.

To help you get the most from your bird box, all sales come with mounting and care instructions.

To see our birdbox range please click below.


Photo: 'The Eagle's Nest' - Melbourne Royal Botanic Gardens




We stock a range of polished chrome, satin chrome and brass accessories for gates and letterboxes including mail slots, newspaper rings, gate hinges and latches.

To see our full range please click below.







Gallery of Concepts

Below are a range of photos – some of them Timbermade and some concept photos (thanks Google !!)
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Gate does not keep them out?    Try a moat and bridge?    Not much we can't do in wood.  !


Timbermade tools .. always sharp!


Missing that something in your garden?     Tell us and we will build it.


Our WorkShop on a quiet day!



We also make wooden signs - exactly to your specifications.


Twin - suburban style


Bulk orderzs accepted














Design your Gate

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Contact us here

Hawthorn East, 3123, Victoria
Phone: 0412 315 313
Email: crisbey@bigpond.net.au