Sunday, October 1, 2017

a reclaimed chestnut and steel dining table

we finished this one a while back, but we are going to use the base design
in a couple of new projects coming up soon ... 
the table base is essentially 2.5" square tubing, with welded caps on the bottom to
accept small adjustable levelers .. the original design was wood, but
the clients for the matched tables above wanted to incorporate some of sam's steel work.
cad drawing for the chestnut table .. very straightforward ...

base alone .. tubing plus angle iron
we'll be making a curly maple table about 34 x 78, and probably at the same time,
 a base for this new mahogany plank that arrived recently from
our friends at irion lumber 
  ... +/- 42 x 120 .. and available .. will cut to suit
nice one!
beginning of the smoothing process .. looks kind of cool like this, actually

Saturday, September 30, 2017

new spalted maple coffee table for sale


we've got a new spalted maple coffee for sale in the local
along with our other stuff there.  the show runs through columbus day weekend and you can see the
work of over 30 talented vermont artists ... friday,saturday and sunday through 10/8 ..
i will be sitting in the gallery on sunday the 8th.  stop in and 'say hi if you are in town
this is the third one of three from that log cut by my friend porter brown
back in the 90s .. he gave me several pieces from it, and after he died, 
i was able to purchase some of the pieces he left behind from his daughter last year
this one was almost 4" thick when we started, but ...
the flattening process took almost an inch off it .. that hardmaple
sure likes to move around when it's drying
anyway, i'm pretty please with how it came out, and it is completely
au naturel, no fill in the cracks, just a scraped, sanded and finished 
piece of beautiful spalted maple

r.i.p. porter brown .... one of the greats ..

art manchester!  across from the equinox hotel, manchester  village
lots to see there ...

Thursday, September 28, 2017

a custom cherry bar

who engineered the stone and the plumbing, we installed
this custom cherry bar cabinet last week.  beautiful flamed black granite top and 
a hand hammered copper sink in a beautiful sunroom.
we've been working on it for a bit now, and i am glad it is in its new home now.
you can see a little of the process below ..
as usual, it starts with a cad drawing and a cut list for myron at irion lumber.
beautiful 15-16" wide matched cherry for this piece
it is loosely based on this paint and maple sideboard we made back in the late 80s
blank slate in the room

 
we also did a cardboard mockup with a full size drawing ...
step one, the ply case
add the end panels, doors, drawers, and a template 
for the granite folks, and we are good to go .. well,
actually, as usual, there is a little more to it than that ..
 gotta deal with those off center, pesky pipes that have to be moved
so i made the jig below for the plumbers and set it up for them ..
that worked until i had my 'problem thoughts' when i awoke the morning of the installation ..
we now had to get the fairly heavy cabinet over the pipes and into place in the corner 
 with no place to stand .. brain storm
solution ??? remove the cabinet from the base .. 
place blocks to raise the box up above the top of the pipes,
slide the box over the pipes and remove one set of blocks at a time ..
fortunately, the supply pipes were only a bit above the top of the base, and the plastic drain
pipe had yet to be glued in, so we only needed 3 sets of 2 x 4 blocks ...
all that anxiety for nothing ... 

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

a claro walnut slab desk

we put this one all together for the first time today .. 
set up the cardboard and got lucky with the lighting.  i rarely get it this good.
it's been in the works for a while, and now it could be leaving as soon as tomorrow ..
two drawers, some secret compartments and a beautiful piece of claro walnut.
you can follow the process below.
we started with the claro slab that's been on the wall of the finish room for a while,
waiting for exactly the right client to come along ... in the end we 
angled the end cuts in a bit and skipped the horizontal cuts as unnecessary ..
 next up was a 1/8th scale model
with photos from two different angles
we put the cad drawing on the bottom of the model so we could build it accurately
steel parts were next and a full size layout on the bottom of the slab
and sam was slammed with deadlines in the metal shop, so trevor made 
the steel pieces and sam welded them up ..
all together now
except for the secret compartments, which will remain secret, all for now.
possibly some on site photos after the delivery ...



Friday, September 15, 2017

a nice repair

sweet little desk top in the shop for a tune up .. 
the tambour door on the right was in two pieces and of course,
would not come out of the case except if we removed the back of the cabinet.
                             like this .. lots of rusty and old different kinds of nails holding it on
the canvas backing was split on one of the five door parts
and when we removed it, there was some old newspaper too
for some reason ??
                                               hard to date it .. might be the twenties or 30s
we put a new piece of  canvas on the pieces with sandbags for weights 
because the door had a sections that was curved at the far end ..
aside from this proper family protrait we found inside,
there is an interesting thing happening with this cabinet ... 
an acquaintance called asking me to fix it a few weeks ago .. i definitely
know the person, but i didn't write anything down like the name or
number at the time since they said they would be dropping it off.  so, i went
off to golf last friday and there was this desk top sitting on a bench 
in the shop on saturday morning.
when the boys came in monday morning i asked whose it was and they said
someone's brother, with out of state plates, dropped it off and when trevor went 
to talk to him after he carried it into the shop, the gentleman was already driving away .. 
anyone recognize this?  i need some help here ..





Monday, September 4, 2017

a calro walnut island top

we installed a claro walnut slab island top on friday, 
just in time for the labor day weekend
another beautiful slab from goodhope hardwoods in kemblesville, pa.
 in the rough, with measurements
in the shop with a layout to size chalked on .. 
one live edge, one straight one
final cuts
this is our first look at the figure in the smoothed slab
and in case you are wondering what it takes to smooth one of these slabs, 
it takes about a bag and a half of shavings to get one this size smooth
we had a finish problem on this one .. aliens .. too hot? too cool?
too sunny? not sanded enough?  bad can of varnish? who knows? ...
trevor made short work of it though, and below is the slab in the sun,
ready to roll friday ..
everyone's happy!







Tuesday, August 29, 2017

refreshing a george nakashima table

we delivered this 1959 george nakashima table to its new home yesterday .. it is a
beautiful octagonal room with floor to ceiling cherry paneling
it was a sunny day and the photography was difficult, but you get the idea.
see the finished top in the sunshine in the last photo in this post.
 the table had been kerfed when it arrived here and we added a few more
to flatten the top which had curled over a 1/2" over its six foot width .
we also moved the short stiffeners out a couple of inches to get them closer
 to the edge of the table .. it's pretty flat now if i do say so myself.
trevor and tyler attaching the base to the top on site ...
the laurel top is EXTREMELY heavy, and there is no
way it could have been delivered with the base in place.
on arrival, we discovered that the base could be completely
disassembled.  we labeled all the intersections,cleaned the joints, 
and reglued it with hot hide glue
trevor also reinforced the half lapped joints with long screws after the glue had set
you can see the curve of the top and the color that the top
was in its unfaded color

this is what the top looked like before trevor scraped it down
based on how yellow it was, we're guessing it was nitrocellulose
 lacquer applied at some time in the past
just starting to see the natural color in the scraper shavings
sanded and ready for finish
a little alcohol as a test
oiled up with 6 coats of waterlox .. 
ready for the next 60 years
great spot!