Monday, September 19, 2016

683 Custom millwork for a house on Cannon Beach

A fun project for a house on Cannon Beach, Oregon.  Custom guardrail and handrail for this bright second floor "aerie" which sits way above the ocean and looks south toward that picturesque haystack rock.  The floor is roasted white oak.  No stain or dye was added to the floor - this is the natural color of oak when it gets roasted. 

Here's a drawing of the center medallion.  There were quite a few drawings that got presented for this project, and a lot of mental gymnastics that went into the structural parts and tie-ing our work into the house.  This was not my favorite design, but it was approved, because of the nautical look to the center motif.  

Matching handrail securely buckled to the wall using these painted end caps.  The lower rail is fastened to the studs through several bronze tubes, and the fasteners are capped by chiseled square oak pegs.  The top rail is fastened to the lower rail using the same bronze tubing, and this provides a nice smooth graspable rail with no interruptions all the way up.  At the very bottom of this stairway is a French oak interior door we built for the house as well.  

 For our rail cap, the oak was selected to have the most quartersawn figure, since it's up near eye level.  The painted parts below have several good sturdy coats of acrylic paint in a deep charcoal to match the house trim.  The light is a curiosity at the beach - this is a very very deep charcoal, almost black, but the color reads like a much lighter blue grey here.  

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

672 Hand-Painted Faux Tortoiseshell cabinet back

Antique oak cabinet top to which we added a hand painted faux tortoise shell decorative back.

Showing entire back, unobstructed by shelves.

The plan for this piece is to use it as a liquor cabinet, storing drinks and fancy glassware.  

Close view:  it's a multiple-layer finish which begins with thick layers of yellow and ivory paints which I coax into randomly crackling and cratering

This is followed by layers of glazes and lacquers containing all of the "burbly-wurblies"

Has a medium sheen - some gloss but not garish.  Finished up with a layer of crackle lacquer for plenty of interesting texture.  

Deep and complex and surprisingly neutral in appearance despite the strong egg yolk yellows.  A daily Rorschach test - what do you see in the pattern?  Links coming soon for purchase.  In the meantime, please use the "contact me" button on the top right of this blog for any questions about this.  Many, many potential ideas:   cabinet backs / mirror frames / decorative drawer fronts / door panels / anything that can be worked flat is fair game, and finish samples are available by mail.  Thanks for reading!  

Friday, July 29, 2016

666 Cherry cabinet for Vinyl Record collection storage

Dimensions 57.75 x 20.25 x 49.5 h.   A friend of ours who is a music lover commissioned this cabinet from us to store his vinyl record collection.  He and his sweetheart are setting up their household together and this is their first "significant purchase" as a couple and also their first commissioned piece.  

Built from cherry solids and veneer and given a rich finish that shows off the cherry chatoyance.  There's a lot of color on this piece, but it's mostly dye which will allow the nuances of the grain to show through.  It was meant to be vibrant.  This finish method could easily be applied to any other pristine natural piece such as a round table, or other furniture - and can be done in other colors or other species.  

End view showing grain.    As a clearcoat, this has a non crust, penetrating finish (Waterlox, satin) applied using my own method.

Drawer interior:  divided down the center
Stores two stacks of records, face-out, side by side, record-store fashion.  Drawers are 16.75 in deep.

Heaviest-duty undermount full extension slides were used - as each drawer is expected to hold 90 pounds of weight.  
Couple more photos showing how this drawer setup works in practicality

And it is fastened to the wall for safety so won't tip.  Thanks for reading - Here's a link for PRICING & AVAILABILITY -- and please use the contact button on the top right column here if you have any questions about this piece.  

Saturday, December 26, 2015

642 Best farmhouse table ever

Classically-proportioned farmhouse table newly built by us with an authentic rustic finish.  We love the extra wide gently shaped aprons on this one.

This one has pegged joints and a breadboard end -- shown with the finish sample.

As always, finish samples are sent to you for selection in your own home and lighting - finishing is done to match the selection, shown here clamped to the top.

Meant to have a very heavily distressed look.

Close study of real antique finishes reveals that the most soulful finishes are those with plenty of subtle color variation.

There are no shortcuts - this finish is achieved by a very labor-intensive 35 step process.

Another piece of like ilk but slightly different color

A series of pictures follows which shows breadboard construction method in our shop.  

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

635 French provincial wine tasting table

A classic wine tasting table in the manner of the tilt top vintner's tables of the 18th and 19th century
Built of sustainable northwest alder and hardened chemically as part of the finish; wears a "living finish" and will be easy-care.

More closeup pics of top.
Having a traditional looking lyre-shaped base, influenced by historical tables but designed and built by us. 
Showing center stretcher between the feet; mortise and tenon pegged construction.  The stretcher going lengthwise in the center of the table was, of course, given careful consideration by us and is the perfect height for propping feet up after a long day.
An additional close view of stretcher end and peg. 
The finish is a nice medium honey brown (G-1) with peachy undertones.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Projects done for LePigeon restaurant prove durability

Shown is a set of two communal tabletops we built for LePigeon restaurant.

We rebuilt and refinished this solid walnut top as well.  The idea was to test the farmhouse finishes we had developed in a rather severe setting, where they would get heavily used.
Love this illustration by Chad Crowe.  This pretty much sums up the experience.  It's a pretty lively place and no one has time to fuss with furniture.
The tops were hand planed and the ridges left by the planing tended to wear; however stains and glass rings remain absent.  The tables retain this naturally worn appearance years later with little to no supplemental care.
We also built and finished this large antiqued mirror with antiqued copper leaf frame.  A chemically antiqued mirror was chosen so as to reflect light but not be too harsh.

Andy and Gabe were GREAT to work with.
They wanted another one for Little Bird Bistro.   Upstairs, it got a BIG table top.  The guys decided that during banquets it could serve as a banquet table and at other times it could...
Could... what??

Hang on the wall!