Drop Leaf Dining Table and Chairs
This Shaker dining set was done for a lady who didn’t have a lot of dining space in her apartment. She wanted a high quality table in a specific size, with a pair of matching chairs, and a bench.
The table could be only 2 feet deep with the leaves down, and 4 feet with them up. As the chairs needed to be pushed under the table, to get them between the straight tapered legs on the narrow side, they had to be made narrower than standard.
The table and chairs are cherry with a dark stain chosen by my client. The curved ladder-back chairs have seats woven with 1” wide classic cotton Shaker tape.
This turned out to be an eloquent solution to a small space problem.
Shaker Inspired Table
Inspired by a candle stand first created around 1830 by a Shaker craftsman in the community of Hanover, Massachusetts, this solid Cherry table faithfully duplicates the fine lines of its ancestor. It duplicates the original in every detail except for the size of the top. Standing 24-1/2” tall, this classic, graceful table has a 20” diameter top. The original was 18”.
It was meticulously crafted by hand using traditional techniques. It was finished and hand-rubbed to a satin sheen, resulting in a velvety touch to the hand.
High-Top Table and Stools
I completed this high-top table and stools for a client who needed some casual furniture. The table stands at a 42” height – a conventional height for a high-top. The tall stools sport a generous 18” diameter seat that is gently hollowed to form a most comfortable place for one’s bottom while enjoying their favorite beverage.
The base of the table is a reclaimed whiskey aging barrel provided by the clients. It comes from a distillery in Kentucky which makes the clients’ favorite bourbon.
I constructed the top and stool seats out of sturdy oak – just like the barrel. The clients provided the stain, so that it would match other furniture in the same space.
I had the barrel and stool steel bases fabricated locally and finished with a very durable powder coat finish.
I’m certain this set will provide entertainment for many years to come.
Contemporary Table Group
This was a new venture for me. I've not done something so contemporary before. This was for a client who needed to fill a large space in a wide open living room.
The tables range in size from the small 18" diameter one to a large 48" diameter table. They vary in height between 14" and 23". Each table is separate so they can be moved in the space to create varied designs.
The tables have hollow bases topped by 2-1/2" thick tops with a full bullnose edge. they are made of laminated furniture veneers for strength, durability, and low weight.
The tables were finished commercially with silver leaf.
Dutch/Tuscany Pedestal Dining Table
This is a unique table. The sculpted pedestal and base combine the fluid lines of furniture often found in Tuscany, with the Dutch inspired geometric Parquetry pattern of the table top. I built this for a client who had lived in the Netherlands for a period of time and had become fond of a particular pattern of inlaid wood. The pattern shows up much better in the photo below.
The table, as well as the bench seats, are made from recycled locally sourced barn wood. The wood species include Ash, White Pine, and Douglass Fir. The pedestal is turned from a solid glued-up block of Yellow Poplar, supported by a base of Baltic Birch.
My client wanted to finish this piece themselves, as well as install it in the breakfast nook shown. So, I shipped it to them raw and unfinished. It turned out quite stunning.
French Country Writing Desk
This piece was a commission for a client who sent me a photo of a desk like this that she had seen.
She wanted a custom version of it. She wanted it a bit smaller than the original. This finished piece measures 46" wide by 24" deep, with a 30" high writing surface. In addition, she wanted a commercial finisher to apply the finish with her own version of a French Country finish. Didn't it turn out amazing?!
I made this piece for her out of soft maple, which is an excellent hardwood for painted projects. It incorporates all traditional mortise and tenon construction with dovetailed drawers, both on the fronts and backs.
Below is a photo of the final piece, in its unfinished stage, show construction details.
The drawers feature stops to prevent them from being accidentally pulled all the way out, spilling their contents all over the floor.
This heirloom quality piece will likely provide some up and coming author a great inspiration for writing.
French Country Writing Desk Fine Details
Sophisticated Double Pedestal Dining Table
This is a commissioned table (44" wide x 76" long) I built for a family who wanted to replace their standard 4-legged table with a pedestal design. They were accustomed to entertaining large groups for diner, and wanted to rid themselves of the interference to seating that table legs can create.
The table was designed to complement the style of their existing dining set. I was also able to match the material (hard maple) and the finish. It looks like the table was part of the original dining set.
This table has fluted pedestals, and softly curved ends on the top, along with a curved table apron.
A remarkable feature of this table is that it accommodates 5 each 21" wide leaves, making the extended length of the table a whopping 181" - that's just over 15'. To ensure this long table does not sag in the center, I designed and incorporated a pair of custom, fold-down legs that hide under the table when not needed.
Check out the following photo to see it fully extended.
Monster Dining Table
Here's that monster table extended to its full 181" length.
Note the two tapered and fluted auxiliary legs that have been folded down from under the table to support the center of this monster.
Arts and Crafts Bedside Table
This is an original design Arts and Crafts style bedside table (23"W x 27"H x 17"D). I designed it to match the bed I had built for these clients a couple years earlier. You can see the bed in my "Casework" gallery section.
It departs from the oak tradition of Arts and Crafts furniture, being done in cherry and maple instead, with walnut and carved accents. It is built with traditional mortise and tenon joinery, employing frame and panel construction, with dovetailed maple drawers gliding on wood guides.
While designed as a bedside table, it can be used as an occasional table. It is finished on all sides so it can be displayed in the center of a room if desired.
A special practical feature of this table is the way it provides a means to get power to the upper shelf so electronic devices can be charged overnight. Rather than having an unattractive hole through the back of the piece, each drawer is designed so there is space behind it to pass wires. The power is simply fed in from the bottom of the table and comes up through a finish grommet in the upper shelf.
Occasional Entertainment Table
This cherry occasional table (18"W x 25"D x 23"H) doubles as an entertainment center. Each of its "drawers" is actually a small folding snack table - shown in the photo below.
This was designed and built for a client to match the style and finish of a large cabinet in their living room. These two pieces sit side by side and look as they were part of the same furniture set.
This table is finished on all sides, which allows it to be used anywhere in the room - not just up against a wall.
Occasional Entertainment Table - Folding Tray Tables
Here is one of the snack tables from my cherry occasional table. Each of the 4 tray tables measures 14-1/2"W x 16"D x 18-1/2"H, and folds up easily to store in the table.
Creole Style Table
Creole Style Table
This table with the sculpted marble top is a concept I developed for a prospective client. I designed the base to be incorporated with an existing client-owned marble top. This is an example of a photographic rendered drawing of a design that I provide to clients prior to building their project.
Mission Style Nightstand
Mission Style Nightstand
This is another photographic rendering of a mission style night stand, designed for a prospective client.
It was to be made of quarter sawn white oak - the stereotypical material for mission style furniture.