Sunday, July 10, 2016

a custom kitchen

well, we've been working on a kitchen for a couple months now ... we are coming down the home stretch now.  it's not been an easy one, but the clients have been great, and it's been a good exercise for the old brain, keeping track of the challenges and details ...

the 'before' shot ... after the flood, before the rewiring and new sheetrock ..
and the removal of some of the existing structure to increase storage options ..
interesting existing challenges abound ...

for instance, this corner is 1.5" out of square in 44", floors not level; walls are not plumb either ..
leveling up the kicks ..
dealing with the heat and pipes in the corner
 cabinets and temporary counters!! memorial day weekend ..

 waiting for the appliances ..
 interesting big drawers and corner detail ,,,

two fridges and some cabinets here ..
cutting the range hood through two 4x6s was a particularly challenging operation
 lots of climbing around on top of the stove

dealing with the out of square, out of plumb corner
lights on! all set for the 4th of july!

looking like a kitchen ...
making some big doors for the pantry in the shop this past week .. 
hope to get these and the marble counters in place soon .
all for now ..

Monday, June 13, 2016

another round one

here we go again ... time to think up a name for this design ... i think this is the fourth or fifth
version of this design we have done .. in the early stages above, it's a 48" round and will have two 24" leaves.  the halves of the base will move as the top expands ..
the revised cad drawing below
the first one, in the picture at the top, was a 60" round with three 18" leaves
you can see more versions of it in this slide show
light stain, dark stain, black, natural .. lots of choices ...
trevor, in the earlier stages, working on the base part joinery
gluing up the aprons here, which he angle cuts on the cnc after they set up ..
ready for aprons on the leaves and the angled apron cuts ..
ok .. the aprons are angled and the bottom edge of the top is beveled ..
a little sanding and scraping and we're ready for finish  ..

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

a visitor from italy

had a visitor from italy yesterday .. actually the visitors were local, but the table has been in their family since it was new in the mid 1800s .
 basically, it just had a little issue with the drawer runners, and they didn't want to touch the finish,
which i was very happy about
 we tuned it up and it is good to go .. click the pictures to enlarge them and check out the fine inlays ..
really nicely done.  i particularly liked the burnt shadings, the 'spectators' around the oval, the ribbon and the tapered leg inlays ..
a classic ... good for another hundred at least ..

Sunday, June 5, 2016

a custom claro walnut slab table

we finished one claro walnut slab table a week or so ago, and now we've 
got another, longer version of it in the works.

our new clients stopped by and saw the one above in the shop.  
they liked the base and wondered if it could work on a longer table ..

we made a concept model, which they liked, and we were off ..
we picked a slab from our friends at goodhope hardwoods
 sam had a convenient hole in his schedule and was able to get the two base parts welded up ..
here's one of them with the model on top of it.. almost ready for the bronzy patina ..
which seemed a little bigger once it arrived ..

after a short wrestling match, the four of us got it onto trevor's bench

where he worked his magic on what we decided was the top so that
the clients could have a look when they came by today to discuss the final cuts
to length and width .. we're not taking too much off it ..
i rough sanded a small area and put some finish on it so they could choose between 
a satin and dull rub sheen ... we're going with the dull rubbed
nice figure !!!  more as we progress .. 
6/6 .. all trimmed up today ... a little video of that process at this link .. 

below with my stihl chain saw and matching sneakers and  headphones ..
6/14 .. sam's got the base finished and ready to go ..

Sunday, May 29, 2016

open studio update

ok .. doors open in 3 hours .. kit still has to set up her jewelry, but the case is in place and she should have plenty of time ... the shops are REALLY clean, and i have just a few last minute details to attend to ... prices, road signs, sweep the office .. etc.  the weather is beautiful though hot ... come by if you can ...lots to see.
the big claro table is still here .. and isaiah finished the leather yesterday .. the benches still 
need finishing on the wood but the curved steel bases by sam are ready to go.  and there is a partially finished claro slab in the foreground, looking for a home ..
we have another area with a few smaller pieces for sale ..
i've got my paintings hung for their first public appearance .. nice to see them all lined up
panoramic of the metal shop
 another shot of the claro walnut slab for sale
the cnc area is cleaned up pretty nice .. that's will shop in the background
a guitar will finished recently ... had to learn some new skills, like metal spinning for this one ..
and the jewelry is out!

light turnout yesterday .. hoping for more folks today ...