Sunday, April 15, 2018

just a few mirrors

i love a good mirror!  they can make a room bigger and brighter, 
and more interesting, and also create interesting reflections and shadows.
and we have made quite a few of them .. we are working now with a client who
would like to do something 'a little interesting' in the mirror department.
and below are just a few we've done ... any wood combination or size possible
and we are open to new suggestions too ... 
click the photos to enlarge them ... 
when you sit in just the right place, the mirror becomes a 'third window' but i've never
been able to catch it just right in a photo .. mirrors are actually tricky to photograph. 
same room as the first image, in my own house .. 
crazy things can happen when these two interact.
with an abalone detail
we've done a few of these
and then there's your arts and crafts style

 your round ones, with or without the convex (security) mirrors

                                                          you've got your carved details

                                                        your 'doorway' traditional style
your funky painted style ...

                                 then you can combine any wood with any frame border,
                                         above aluminum and brazilian rosewood veneer
in this case, cherry and black milk paint
and on and on

Friday, April 13, 2018

a cool retro fit

well ok, here's a good project ...
this client bought the table above at an auction as 'half of a table', 'several years ago'.
when we got it, it was three pieces, the top, the leaf, and the base below, 
no hinges and no instructions.
so this was the base .. nice carvings! we didn't think much about the hole until after we made some
half size pieces of cardboard and tried to figure out where the pivot point for the main top was.
bingo!  the theoretical pivot point was somewhere in the hole!
so we filled in the hole and attached the top to the base with another circular 'plate' of wood
that was a little larger than the light colored circle in the picture above.
we could see a ghost of where the missing 'plate' rubbed when the top was swiveled.
worked perfectly ..
so then, luckily, we had two pairs of drop leaf table hinges on hand, and they 
were the right size, but the original screw holes didn't line up.
patch the holes, attach the top .. good to go ...
an interesting repair ... 
now if we can just find the mate to it, the client would have a nice dining table

Thursday, March 29, 2018


well, i realized yesterday a whole month has passed without a new blog post.
first time in over 10 years ... sign of the times, i suppose.  70 is not the new 50.
we have been busy though .. actually busier than usual, which in some ways is nice .
below is a parade of projects from this month and a little bit of february .. 
cherry vanity and mirror #1
cherry vanity #2 .. had to replumb from 1 sink to two
and we also had to decide how tall the mirror should be
we had to assemble it onsite because it wouldn't make the turn on the stairs
tahdah, in place ...
next was a built in reading bench
a ply case with dovetailed drawers
testing the function

built in ... awaiting cushions
also, a couple of items for a client's pool room .. above a plaque to mount the lights on
sam made brackets to hold the 15' counter up
the 15' walnut counter
driving south in the snow
the walnut game table with the edge inlay
and with the center inlay

your basic old fashioned veneer press

glued in an leveled with some alcohol on it
the base has a tapered hexagonal center column
it's all finished now, but i missed the pacture and it's wrapped now.
 and sam made some steel brackets and we made some barnboard shelves
 and a 12' bench for a local client
with a fine slab of curly maple
3/16/18 ... down to 16 projects that week
 an oak table using the client's antique legs earlier in the month
40" x 7'
back up to 23 projects in the works this week ...
and currently we are wrapping up this custom kitchen island in natural cherry
counted them today ... 67 pieces

it is disassembled and in the finish room now ...
hope to ship that out one on tuesday ... verde antique top coming 42 x 60
and somewhere there we squeezed in a butternut cremation urn
and we repaired this beautiful old oval table this week.
i dropped it off today.  it was sloped about 2" due to the broken leg when i picked it up
we reglued the cracked leg
rebuilt the dovetail and shimmed it
reinforced the glue joint under the new ebony veneer
added a new copper spider
good to go
and sam made this cute little stand for a friends glass panel

black powder coat finish
 and next week i'll be taking a little trip to boston to drop off these steel
benches, visit some friends and play a little indoor badminton. 
something i haven't done for 50 years now ...
i am looking forward to that
original equipment, 1968
and i will be totally glad when this snow goes .. this is from last thursday
when we got about 12 inches on top of a foot already on the ground.
we are just starting to see some grass now ... crocuses before too long ...
i am ready for spring.