Christmas and Happy Holidays! (November 2017)
I'm so glad you stopped by to take
a look at my furniture blog! Here are some pictures of an
eastern white pine bench box just prior to finishing. One of my
favorite features of this bench is the lid board.
I constructed the lid board from
two pieces of pine through the process of jointing, gluing, and
clamping. I selected the boards for the lid and aligned them
this way to give the appearance of a board from the center of a
very large tree.
Your Holiday Orders in Now (October 2015)
Have me build a small piece for
someone special in your life. Not much says you care like a
small piece of handmade furniture. Now is the time to get an
order in for the holiday season!
Mud Room! (March 2014)
I just love building mudroom
systems. The last one I built is the first picture on my
website. That system was quite complicated as it consisted of
seven modules. The one on order now is a two-piece system that
takes advantage of the space available for such a system in that
Whether it's a half dozen modules,
or just two, I can build a mudroom system that allows you to
take back your entry-way. These systems are great for the people
who live in your home, and the bench areas are a great place to
stack coats when the house is full of friends and guests. No
more piling coats on the stairs!
Accepting PayPal! (January 2014)
I am happy to announce that I now
accept PayPal in addition to check and cash. As always, thank
you for your patronage.
Stand for a Small Wine Fridge (August 2013)
What a cool little project. A
20"x20" stand for a wine fridge. The idea is to get the
refridgerator off of the carpet. This should give it more
breathing room to function properly. Interesting aspects of this
order are the thickness of the platform (almost 1.5 inches) and
the edges of the platform need to be angled to match the angled
bun feet (8 degrees).
Slower but Still Busy Year (2012)
This year was kind of slow compared
to the others but I did get the opportunity to build some really
nice custom pieces for some great customers (old and new). I
even got to put together a commercial order for an office
reception area. Not to go into too much detail but that one
really pushed my jointer to the max! Hopefully next year will
better. They say the economy is recovering, right?
Radiator Enclosure for a
in Pennsylvania (June 2011)
I was contacted by a couple in
Pennsylvania to build the finishing touch for their recently
remodeled bathroom. It's a poplar radiator cover with a
beautiful trim that gives it the perfect touch. I really enjoyed
making this custom trim on my router table. I don't get to do
this too often but every now and again an order comes in that
requires me to do so. Here are a couple pictures of this piece
before the painting process began. Thanks for looking, and have
a wonderful summer.
Radiator Cover with Custom Trim
Poplar Radiator Cover with Custom Trim
Library Walls for One Room (November 2010)
Once again, it has been far too
long between blog entries. My apologies for that. I just
finished up the second of two library walls for a single room
for a home in Boston. That is nine modules total. A four-module
system for the left wall, and a five-module system for the right
wall. This room has a beautiful, deep red wall color, so if you
click around my website, you can certainly find the pair of
library walls I am writing about in this entry.
Also wanted to say Happy
Thanksgiving to you and yours. The holiday season is once again
upon us. I always find that Thanksgiving is a great holiday to
start off with because it gets our hearts and minds in the right
place, reminding us to be thankful for all the blessings that
are a part of our lives. I know it is far too easy to focus on
our challenges and problems and lose sight of our live's many
Maple Table (March 2010)
Sorry I haven't had a chance to
write a blog entry since December of last year, but I have been
very busy working on projects and planning for others. I am in
the process of building a seven-piece mudroom system right now.
I will definitely post some in-progress pictures of this one in
the coming month or so.
I recently posted some new pictures
to my website, one of which is of an Asian-themed maple table
that a customer will be using as a desk. Here are some pictures
of it. This was definitely an ambitious build.
Asian-Themed Maple Desk
of Drawers and Bookcase Delivery (December 2009)
I delivered the pieces shown in the
pictures below this post about a week before Christmas. The
timing of this delivery worked out very well. It was a Saturday
afternoon before a major snow storm that was supposed to start
late that evening. As the weather stations had predicted, the
next morning I awoke to more than a foot of snow! Being a
furniture maker in New England certainly can be exciting when
Old Man Winter comes back to the area. This storm was a true
The delivery was a true joy,
though, because the customer had ordered the dresser as a
surprise anniversary gift for his wife. There were many smiles
to be shared and it was quite a memorable event. This really was
the perfect delivery for this time of year and one that I will
always fondly remember.
Now that I think of it, each of the
three dressers I have been asked to build over the years were
all gifts. What is it that makes a custom chest of drawers an
often-gifted item? Maybe it has to do with the drawers making it
a gift you can open over and over again? You can find this
latest gift dresser on the pages of my website. It is one of the
nicest pieces of furniture I have ever been asked to build.
Custom-built handmade furniture makes for an awesome surprise,
Thankful for Repeat Customers (November 2009)
As a furniture maker and cabinet
builder, it is an honor to build from my heart and mind into
your home. Your comments, smiles, and referrals are wonderful,
but it's especially affirming to get new orders from previous
customers. It is an interesting time in my shop because I
currently have orders from not one, but two previous customers.
I am once again honored to build for these people again. Please
see below for some pictures of these pieces. As always, click a
picture to get a closer look.
Degree Corner Bookcase Set
8 Drawer Dresser/Chest of Drawers
Drawer Dresser/Chest of Drawers: Knob Detail
Drawer Dresser/Chest of Drawers: Small Drawer Detail
Drawer Dresser/Chest of Drawers: Large Drawer Detail
Getting to Use My Flat-Black Stain! (October 2009)
Happy Halloween to everyone.
Halloween candy is the official start of the eating season, so
loosen those belts or up the activity! Doing both is probably
the best idea at this time of year.
As a furniture maker, I get excited
about small things like trying a new stain. I've had this
flat-black stain in my arsenal of stains for a couple years now,
but only have had the chance to use it to darken other stains. I
finally get to use it as the coloring for a project. It's a
small radiator cover that is the finishing touch for a bathroom
that a customer did over. The stain has the effect of a Crate
and Barrel flat-black look to it. Looks like black paint that
shows wood grain. This is a common, contemporary look that isn't
so easy to achieve.
Now, if you've ever applied stain
yourself, you've probably noticed that different parts of the
wood grain end up darker or lighter. This is natural and
something that is typically impossible to get away from because
heartwood and sapwood parts of a board (the two types) soak up
stain differently. Although there are products on the market
that even out acceptance of stain (pre-treaters), they usually
have the effect of making the stain soak in lightly in both the
heartwood and sapwood.
So how do you get around this? The
flat-black stain I use is a suspended stain. It's a mix of
polyurethane and stain. Instead of the wood having its "way"
with the stain upon soaking into the grain, the stain is
suspended in the polyurethane, providing a perfectly even black
throughout the piece. In essence, the coloring stains the
polyurethane instead of the wood. You'll see a picture of that
completed radiator enclosure on my website as soon as I get a
chance to add it.
a Busy, Busy Summer... (September 2009)
This month has been much slower
after a very busy summer. Just some small projects here and
there. I also had a chance to change the lighting in my shop and
organize my tools a bit. The layout of the shop is much better
now, and I'm much less prone to trip over my saws. Like life,
the shop space is always a work in progress.
An interesting project I did this
month was a bathroom radiator cover that doubled as a shelving
unit. The customers were a pleasure to work with, and the
finished piece looked really great in their space. I'll be
posting a picture of that project when I have time.
Module Media Wall Finished (August 2009)
I completed the media wall and
installed it at the customers' house this month. If you haven't
seen it yet, it is the first picture on the main page of my
website. This was an extremely challenging project that came out
even better than I had imagined. When building something like
this, I take wall measurements many more times than needed to
ensure that I don't build a set that is slightly bigger than the
space. Slightly smaller and smaller are always better.
This project also involved some
on-site carpentry. The customer asked me to remove the baseboard
molding on that wall. I did that several day before install. In
the meantime I took some of the molding home to reuse it
post-install of the media wall. Using my trusty miter saw, I cut
the needed pieces to size and attached them to the wall to give
the installed media wall that fully built-in look. This is
certainly a nice touch.
With a "built-in" like this, it's
funny to think how a neighbor or family member who visited the
day before the install and the day after would be truly shocked.
To them, the media wall would seem like a monolith that just
suddenly appeared out of nowhere! :)
Module Media Wall (July 2009)
I'm in the process of building a
media wall for a family's living room. I actually had a project
like this around the same time last year. Sort of interesting
how these coincide... Maybe it has something to do with watching
the Red Sox in the Spring? This piece is coming together very
well. Soon I will begin the six doors for the base cabinets--3
cabinets with 2 doors a piece, and then the finishing work.
Library walls and media walls from Lakota Custom Designs are
modular. They are built off site and then joined on site to have
the appearance of a single unit. This is great because you can
bring the piece with you if you decide to move. Hands down that
beats the expense, mess, and fixed location of a built-in piece,
which is the general alternative.
You Know That I Build Your Designs, Too? (June 2009)
Chris and his wife from
Pennsylvania ordered an interesting piece that Chris actually
planned and drew and had been wanting to build for quite some
time. Not having the appropriate tools or skill set, he asked me
if I would build it for him. After discussing the drawing and
his vision for the piece, I built them a small end table for a
wine refrigerator. This piece was also interesting because the
finish was black paint with high-gloss polyacrylic over it to
give it a lacquer effect. I don't do true lacquer finishes (at
this time), but this certainly works well as an environmentally
Custom Vanity (May 2009)
I recently finished yet another
custom vanity. Orders for these nearly came in pairs. This one
was finished with an ebony stain. On top of it will sit a
flat-bottom Kohler sink. The brushed-nickel hand for the door
adds a nice touch, making this piece look quite contemporary. If
you look, you will find a picture of this vanity on another page
of this website.
Vanity for a Small Bathroom (March 2009)
Having custom furniture made
for you is a wonderful thing because it personalizes your home.
You use your furniture every day. Why buy something that was
mass-produced in a factory when you can have something made just
Like many businesses, both small
and large, Lakota Custom Designs has slowed down. Thank God it's
just me. I would be letting workers go at this point if I had
anyone on a payroll. I am sure there are brighter days ahead. On
the bright side for you, the wait time for me to begin working
on new orders is very small. Now is a great time to order.
The good news for me is that the
shop is not empty. My sincere thanks to my recent and current
customers for their orders. One project I am working on right
now is a custom vanity for a small bathroom. This customer tried
to find a vanity that would fit in her small bathroom for years,
but with no avail. With the custom sizing services that I
provide, she is now just weeks from having a
beautiful vanity that will slide right in and under her
Media Console (February 2009)
I have been looking forward to
getting an order for one of these for quite some time now. This
custom media console is just about ready for stain and poly. The
black stain that the customer has requested will make the wood
look like walnut when it is completed. This cabinet/console is
truly custom. It has all adjustable shelving, vented backing
(not pictured), and even a speaker-cloth grill insert as the
panel on the center door. This allows the customer to put a
center-channel speaker inside the cabinet!
Media Console with Bun Feet
I hear that when this is done and
delivered it will sit under a wall-mounted flat screen
television the size of a small horse. What a stunning picture
that will make. As you can see, the doors and face wood for this
piece are all clear pine. The doors also have raised panels for
the centers and are suspended with hidden hinges. Thanks again
to the customer for this interesting order. I will miss this
piece when it leaves the shop but be proud of its place in the
for Another Lazy Susan (January 2009)
I'm not sure why, but I love
building those handy rotating table platforms called "Lazy
Susans." I think it has something to do with the magic of
cutting out the circle. They are also a ton of fun to spin while
in the shop. Why the name Lazy Susan though? In truth, the
original Susan was probably not lazy, she must have had a giant
family and and a giant table. Maybe these should be called
Lazy Susan with Raised Sides
The really exciting thing about
this order for a Lazy Susan is that it is going to a family in
Kansas. Many thanks to UPS and it will be safely on its way in a
couple weeks from Boston to Kansas. Like
my previous rotating table platform, this one is also built
from hard white maple. The raised side pieces are actually
made from the cutoff of the original circle. This is an
eco-friendly approach that allows me to use "scrap" wood and
keep the cost down for the customer.
Radiator Covers Heat/Energy Efficient? (December 2008)
In these times of expensive natural
resources, I get asked about the heat efficiency of radiator
enclosures quite often. Am I going to have to pay more to heat
my home after I add radiator covers? How much heat efficiency
will I lose? It may be surprising to most, but radiator covers
actually make your radiators more
efficient--not less heat efficient. Over time, the
investment in radiator covers will actually end up paying for
The way a properly designed
radiator cover works to make your radiators more energy
efficient is by keeping the majority of the heat directed toward
the front of the radiator. This is accomplished by way of the
top of the radiator cover. It keeps all that great heat from
going up to ceiling. The natural motion of heat is to rise. The
higher your ceilings, the higher the hot air will drift and rise
[instead of being pushed forward and into the room]. Think of it
like a chimney that you can cap to keep all that hot air
produced by burning wood from escaping into the cold night air.
That doesn't exist with chimneys and fireplaces, but it can be
steam and hot water radiators.
Speaking of radiator covers, here
is a radiator cover and cubby
w/hooks combo that I am currently completing. As you can see the
hooks aren't installed quite yet. There are many steps left
before that. Soon you'll see a picture of the completed set on a
main page of the website.
Cover and Cubby Shelf With Hooks Combo Set
Bench is Done! (September 12th, 2008)
My apologies because it has been
far too long between entries. Since the last time I wrote I
finished many projects. The folks from ImprovBoston came to pick
up their complimentary bench this past weekend. I can't wait for
them to send me a picture of it in their beautiful bar! If you
love improvisational comedy you've got to check them out! While
you're there, have a sit on the bench and enjoy a glass of wine
or a pint of beer. I will be posting a picture of the bench to
the main page very soon.
Although we haven't announced it
officially, we are now looking for the Lakota Custom Designs
Charity Project for 2009. So, spread the word and please have a
deserving public organization or institution you know of contact
us if they have a need for a piece of free custom
furniture--designed just for them.
Radiator Covers Safe? Are Radiator Covers a Fire Hazard? (June
I get asked those questions once in
a while. Wood radiator covers are certainly not a fire hazard
because the outside of a radiator doesn't get hot enough to burn
wood; however, they do get more than hot enough to burn skin.
When you combine a small child running into a heated and
uncovered radiator, you've got a major safety hazard. Not only
will it burn skin, but the concussive force of running into cast
iron doubles the hazard. While I'm on the topic of radiator
covers, let me dissuade you from buying metal radiator covers.
Although they can cost just a bit less, metal conducts heat.
Although your radiator will no longer look "ugly" it will still
be a safety hazard. Sure, the metal cover won't get as hot as
the radiator itself, but unlike a wood cover, it will be hot to
the touch and much too hot to put anything on or use as a shelf.
Covers with Steam Trays (May 6th, 2008)
Very busy in the shop lately, so
not much time to write in this blog. Today is a Sunday morning
and the best opportunity for an update. Curious George is on the
television, and the family is together enjoying coffee or juice,
and breakfast. I was recently hired to create several very
specialized radiator covers. These ones will have water pans
that sit directly on top of the radiator (encased by the cover).
The purpose here is to use the radiators to heat up the pans of
water and provide a humidifier effect. In a going green sort of
way, these covers will give the client the ability to unplug
their electric humidifiers in the colder months and use the heat
from the radiators to create moisture in an alternate way. Each
radiator enclosure will have a flip top to make it easy to
change or add more water to each tray.
I started the dimensional drawings
for this new design and will be sharing it with the client soon
to see how well it fits their needs. My first concern is
balancing the safety of containing the hot water while allowing
for the steam to escape. At the same time, though, the steam
needs to have enough vent points to keep the lid from eventually
warping. This is an interesting challenge and one that must also
be balanced against the aesthetical requirements of the client.
As with all projects there is a perfect custom design that will
account for all of these requirements. Now, back to creating
Project Continues... (March 19th, 2008)
As you may or may not know, Lakota
Custom Designs had selected Improv Boston for our holiday
charity project. Based on the building/remodeling schedule of
their new space, Improv Boston is now ready for us to come in
and design a waiting-area bench for their new bar. Stay tuned
for more information and pictures about this project. To learn
more about Improv Boston, and why they need assistance, please
refer to the following link.
Window Treatments (February 15th, 2008)
From cabinets to window treatments,
we love to hear about your unique furniture needs. We are
currently finishing an order for 2 sets of window treatments for
an older home. The customer wanted to match the existing
treatments that were created many years ago, and scattered
throughout the home when they purchased it. Unfortunately, the
dining room didn't have any window treatments (unlike a lot of
the other rooms on the first floor). So, the first room to
tackle is the dining room. These will be installed for the
customer (free of charge) over the weekend.
Organizer to Match Existing Dresser (January 22, 2008)
We recently received and completed
an order for a customer in Indiana who wanted a media organizer
that would sit on a pre-existing dresser. Matching the style of
the dresser was a top priority, so a lot of research and
specifications went into this smaller project. I will be posting
a picture of the completed piece soon, and when you see it you
will notice that it has beadboard sides, astragal molding around
the top, and is intentionally distressed to look gently worn.
Speaking of distressing furniture,
this is truly an art form where cause-for-wear is a crucial part
of deciding what parts of a piece to distress. For the media
organizer, which will house a satellite receiver, I wore down
two specific sections the most to balance the amount of wear
shown on the front. One spot is on the top left of the
piece--the goal there was to make it look like someone had slung
their belt over it for years. The second spot is on the bottom
board that supports the unit. It is off to the right side and
gives the impression that a wallet or remote control had been
continuously taken out and put back over the course of several
years. The piece also has other distressing features, which were
applied more lightly. The
media organizer is currently en route to the customer and will
with Quick-Order Form (January 20th, 2008)
I just want to apologize to any
potential customer who recently submitted information via the
quick-order form and didn't get a reply back from me. Please
check your spam inbox, as it appears that some of my responses
ended up in there. After isolating the problem, this shouldn't
happen again, but in order to ensure that however you choose to
contact Lakota Custom Designs is truly a viable contact method,
each response I provide to these forms will include a short
question at the end asking you to send a quick response to
verify that you received my reply (and we are in-sync),
In general, our tunaround time to
respond to emails or form messages is no longer than 1 day. So,
if you are still waiting to hear from us, please accept our
apology, and try again. We would rather not "spam" everyone who
sent us an inquiry over the last month, so please email us a
quick note at firstname.lastname@example.org
telling us that you submitted an email form but did not hear
back from us. That short email will give us enough information
to find your original message and pick up from there.
Again, our apologies for any
inconvenience. Please feel free to contact us by email,
quick-form, or phone.
Ready for Another Radiator Cover Project (January 15th, 2008)
For the first time in a long time,
I can count the number of radiator covers I have left on order
on one hand (and even one finger!). It has been a very busy fall
and winter for making radiator covers. As you can see on my
website, there are a variety of radiator cover styles and
functions. Whether you need standard radiator covers or would
like a hall tree or bookcase built as a custom radiator cover
piece, now is the time to get your order in.
When you fashion your home with
custom-made radiator boxes, you, too, can make the best heat
also the most beautiful heat. In addition, you get
top-of-the-cover storage space and safer heat for your guests.
As always, no radiator enclosure job is too big or too small. As
you know, I am currently finishing a 7 cover order for delivery
this weekend. Now is the time to get your radiators covered and
beautified! Please email today.
Sometimes I get the question,
"Isn't a wood radiator cover a fire hazard?" This is a fair
question. The truth is that the top of a radiator (the hottest
part) does not get nearly hot enough to burn wood. In my own
words, "Radiators burn skin; not wood." Did you know that
radiator covers also protect your children and guests from
concussive injuries? Cast iron is extremely dense. Naturally, it
has to be to maintain form while allowing steam to move through
it and let the steam do its job. Don't let your children or
guests be a victim of your heat. Just imagine the injuries that
can occur when a child runs full force into a fully heated
radiator. Putting a cover on even just the most worrisome
radiators protects your family and friends from "running into"
injuries and skin burns.
of Recent Custom Furniture Projects (January 5th, 2008)
The shop has been very busy this
winter with a variety of custom projects and orders. At present,
there are several pieces that are in the process of being
order/decided upon. One is a hall table that will be used to
hold kitchen cookbooks, recipes, and a lot of miscellaneous
kitchen and pantry related stuff. This piece will have two long
drawers. I know when I was a kid there was just one kitchen
drawer for miscellaneous stuff like pads, pencils, pens, and
phone books. This customer will have the luxury of 2 or more
drawers (if they already have a drawer that is used for such
are some pictures of custom furniture projects that are
currently in the works.
Kitchen Cabinet With Middle Drawer
Covers In Process (5 of 7 covers)
As always, I will be posting more
pictures of these pieces as they reach completion. Another
recent project that I don't have a picture of was a drawer
repair for a customer in Western Massachusetts. Their
particle-board sink/counter drawer ended up getting soaked after
a pipe leaked, and the pressed wood fell apart. The only option
left was to build a new drawer but reuse the face piece (it was
still good). The customer just dropped the drawer into their
bathroom yesterday, and it fits perfectly. This was my
expectation, naturally! :)
Let's Get Started!
email, phone, or use the contact
form for a free quote or to begin design
are taken on a first-come/first-served basis. Thanks
for choosing us.
Holidays and Happy New Year! (December 24th, 2007)
Thank you for making 2007 a very
busy year for Lakota Custom Designs. For new customers, or those
of you who are just thinking about ordering a custom piece of
furniture, please know that we are here to work with you in any
way that helps make a custom piece truly custom for your use. An
important thing to keep in mind is that there is no rush in
ordering. Although we would like your order sooner rather than
later, getting exactly what You want is the key, and our
ultimate goal. So again, please take your time and allow us to
help you decide when we can help.
Quite frankly, buying custom
furniture and accents is so much different from the traditional
way of shopping for furniture. The options made available to you
by Lakota Custom Designs and other custom furniture makers can
seem very overwhelming when you compare a purchase from us to
buying pre-made as part of a large manufacturing run at a local
or international furniture retailer. Again, take your time and
let us know how we can help you decide what you'd like.
Thanks again for making this a
very, very busy year for us. We look forward to working with you
in the short time left in 2007, and all of 2008. Very Happy
Holidays to you and yours!
Enclosures and Wainscotted Radiator Cover (December 2nd, 2007)
I took this picture before I
started making a wainscotted radiator cover that is also part of
this set. I will post that piece as soon as possible. These
covers are all in hand-selected pine and will be stained or
painted based on location in the home. The wainscotted cover is
clear pine. All of these radiator boxes/enclosures will have a
nice trim running along the top. The wainscotted cover is really
going to have a victorian look to it.
Radiator Covers for a Boston Brownstone
is certainly the season of radiator covers, but any time of year
is a good time to turn the most comfortable heat into the most
beautiful heat! When deciding on the style of radiator cover you
want, you have lots of options. The pictures on this website can
help you figure that out, but a trip to you local homestore's
trim department can give you a better idea of what is possible.
In the future I plan to include a trim/stain section that will
visually show more options. This will be some work to put
together though, and with the demands of furniture making, that
website update may take a while to happen.
will post more pictures as these pieces come along, which will
include a custom hall tree/radiator cover with glove warming
area, and a bench box with a full-swing top and cubbies below!
Left for Only 4 More Holiday Orders! (November 25th, 2007)
would like to order a holiday gift for that special
someone, please don't delay. I have room left for just 4 more
holiday orders (guaranteed to be completed before December
24th). So, please get your order in ASAP because the spots are
and Giving Thanks (November 21st, 2007)
I've had a
happily overhwelming feeling of thankfulness these past few
days. There are
so many blessings in our lives that often times we focus on
the blessing that we don't have, instead of those that we do.
It's a blessing to spend time with people that we love each
and every day. For many fellow Americans, this is not the case
right now. We can all give them the support of our big family
with a USO care package. It means more to them than we know,
especially if you write something from the heart as a proud US
citizen writing to a proud US soldier/patriot. Click here to Donate a USO Care Package or consider
doing so! Thank you!!
Project for The Holidays (November 20th, 2007)
just about ready to decide on the charity project to do for this
holiday season. I posted a request for submissions on
LiveJournal in the Boston community. It's going to be a tough
choice, but any project that was considered this year and not
picked can still be in the pool of future possible charity
projects. So if not now, maybe later...
Pictures to the Main Page (November 15th, 2007)
as I would like to, I don't always have time to write about
every customer project that I have in the works. On the main
page you'll find a couple new pictures. One is of a radiator
cover for an inset radiator. The other is for a set of radiator
covers that the customer wanted left natural. Tonight, I will be
starting an art bookcase for a customer in Western
Massachusetts. Because of the depth requirement, this bookcase
will be made from cabinet-grade wood. It will have top and
bottom molding, be primed upon completion and ready for their
paint. I hope to get a picture of this piece when it is in full
use. It will be used to hold their large collection of art
books. The top will be used to display some prized sculptures
that the owner can't wait to set on top!
again to everyone for your recent orders, and please keep them
coming. Although a month may seem like a long time to wait for a
piece of furniture, it really isn't when you consider that you
are getting exactly what you want, you don't have to assemble
it, and it will last for many years to come. As always, we try
to hurry-up on orders that you need sooner (maybe you just can't
wait), but the key to getting your furniture sooner is placing
your order sooner. In any event, let us know what your time
needs are. Many thanks again and please feel free to call or
write if you have any questions or concerns.
Set! Radiator Cover, Radiator Cover Bookcase, Bookcase, and
Corner Unit Radiator Cover Bookcase Delivered (November 3, 2007)
we got the furniture upstairs before the worst winds of today's
storm. These pieces all came out very well and were a pleasure
to work on. The corner-unit bookcase radiator cover was the most
interesting of all pieces for me to plan and create, from this
set. Per the customer's interest, I created 4 slots for sheet
music as a feature of this piece. Pictures of all of these
completed pieces are available from the main page of the
website, throughout the listing of images.
pickling stain looks especially great. I really love working
with this type of stain due to its durability and unique look it
gives to the wood. The pieces used both pine and oak (backing).
The contrast between woods with the stain adds a nice extra
Cabinet Finished (October 29, 2007)
of the completed Victorian Cabinet are now available from the
main page of this website. Please click the main image to see
believe the Red Sox won the World Series again? Absolutely
amazing! That Sunday was possibly the biggest day in New England
sports history ever, with the Patriots going 8-0 for the first
time, and the Sox sweeping the World Series AGAIN. Hats off to
the Rockies for a great effort. Just being the first Colorado
team to play in the World Series was quite an accomplishment,
and that squad talked a lot about that fortunate honor, if not
anything else was achieved.
of Current Projects (October 24, 2007)
are some pictures of my latest in-progress projects. Please
click any image to enlarge it. As always, please keep the orders
Radiator Cover/Enclosure Bookcase
Radiator Cover/Enclosure Bookcase Corner Unit
Victorian Cabinet (Front)
Victorian Cabinet (Open)
Victorian Cabinet (Top)
Very Own Library, Library Nook, or Reading Nook (October 22,
avid reader, one of my favorite projects to take on is building
sets of bookcases and furniture for a library or library nook.
Because of our low prices you can usually turn that perfect spot
into a reading area or study for between $500 and $1000.
Naturally, larger jobs are more expensive, and smaller jobs are
less. If you've always wanted a library nook or full library,
but aren't sure of where it should be in your home, or which
spare room is just right for it, let us help you figure that
out. We'll come out to your home for free to help you determine
where and what. You might be surprised at what you can do with
an empty corner of a room. You may even have to hire your own
librarian to say "Shhh!" After your library or reading nook is
done you'll probably gladly take on that role yourself though!
Cabinet is Almost Done (October 20, 2007)
this is certainly one of the most beautiful pieces I have had
the pleasure to work on. Don't get me wrong, the goal of each
piece is to produce a masterpiece for your home, but this
cabinet is truly wonderful. The next step is to make six doors
and then finish the piece with a variety of stain and
polyurethene. The customer is very interested in every detail
and even sent me the 3 pairs of brass/crystal knobs that she
would like to use. I can't wait to post a picture of this
finished piece. The cabinet grade wood is remarkable!
Covers, Radiator Enclosures, and Bookcase Style Radiator Covers
(October 15, 2007)
certainly the time of year when we start thinking about covering
up our radiators to make them safe, aesthetically pleasing, and
even space efficient. I am currently working on a couple
radiator cover jobs. One is a very large order and the other is
a more typically-sized order. Big or small, we're happy to give
you the quality pieces you need at a fair price. I'll soon be
posting pictures of a couple bookcase-style radiator covers that
are in my shop right now. These are really the best of all
worlds for folks that don't have radiators under their windows
and can take advantage of all the vertical space above them.
Fall Everyone! (October 5, 2007)
leaves are turning and Halloween is fast approaching. Work is
picking up so please get your orders in as soon as possible. We
look forward to hearing from you and making handmade furniture
for your home or office.
Cabinet Ordered (September 4, 2007)
started working with a new customer who wants a Victorian
Cabinet for her dining room. She and her husband own nearly a
dozen pieces of fine Victorian furniture, and this piece will be
designed to best fit with the existing furniture in that room.
After it's done, the Victorian Cabinet will be used to hold
table linens and a large collection of player piano rolls that
her parents originally owned. This cabinet will have 3 storage
columns of equal size with doors adjacent to the drawer column
in the middle. I'll be posting pictures as I make progress, but
first the customer and I have to work through some of the
details. As you probably know, work never begins on a project
until the customer is fully satisfied with that which will be
produced. This will truly be a custom piece given some of the
design details she wants as well as the initial purpose for it.
for Visiting and Reading this Furniture Blog (August 27, 2007)
much to write about at the moment. We're currently very busy
having some remodeling work done on our house. I just picked up
2 refurbished cast-iron steam radiators from Radical
Radiator Restorations in Everett, MA. Thanks again to Joel
for this wonderful service.
of Bookcase and Matching Bench Box (August 13, 2007)
probably already realized that the pictures for these pieces are
posted to the main page of the website. Like images in this
furniture blog, you can click those main-page images to get a
better look at how well they came out! These were so much fun to
Bookcase and Matching Bench Box are Done (August 9, 2007)
taking pictures this afternoon and posting them soon. The
bookcase and bench box both came out great. The customer
actually stopped by to give me a small drawer from her office
desk (as I had mentioned she wanted to match the stain and
finish). Looking really good! I'll do a bit more work on both as
I always do, but these are now 99.9% complete. Aside from the
cherry dining room table, I'm now looking for my next
project(s). So, please contact me if you'd like something. Also,
I am still looking for a charity project. Please contact me if
you know of a deserving public institution.
Dining Room Table (August 8, 2007)
it's not official yet, I will be putting together a plan for a
100+ inch long dining room table that will be made from cherry.
This will be a great project that will give me more
opportunities to work with that fine grain of wood. The
potential customer said "cherry," but based on cost, they may be
more interested in solid/clear pine with a cherry finish. In any
event, I imagine this table will cost them between $600 and
$1000. That's nearly 1/4 of the cost for this size table and
style from traditional manufacturers.
for a Long Bookcase (July 27, 2007)
customer has ordered a library style bookcase that will have top
and bottom molding. The height is 38 inches and the width/length
is 6 feet (72 inches). I can't wait to start this project. I
have been looking forward to an order for a wide bookcase since
a lot of the ones I am asked to make are tall. I enjoy building
anything and everything, and this project will be a bit
different and give me a chance to focus on a slightly different
style. This bookcase will have shelves that are 12 inches deep.
I will post a picture of the finished bookcase.
for a Charity Project (July 23, 2007)
know of a charity that is in need of a piece of furniture,
please let me know or forward my contact information to them. As
a donation, I'd like to create something for a shelter or
similar public institution. Whether they decide to auction it
off to raise funds, or proudly display it for use by their
charges, I can't wait to get started on this.
Design for Floating-Top Bookcase (July 22, 2007)
started putting together a new bookcase design this weekend. It
is a modern/contermporary design with a floating top. When I say
floating top, this means that the top visually "floats" (though
fully connected). I'll post a picture of this soon. I'm trying
to determine whether to put the demo version (25 inches wide, 25
inches tall, and 8 inches deep) on eBay or just sell it on here.
I'll probably put it on eBay with a really low starting bid to
get the most activity out of it. I'll post related links or
pictures as they become available, too.
click to enlarge image.
Bench Box (July 21, 2007)
finished the final sanding for this pine bench box. All solid
wood, it is 3 feet wide (the one on the main page is 4 feet).
The customer is still deciding on the stain and finish. We are
also drafting ideas for a bookcase that will compliment both the
bench box and a roll-top desk she recently purchased from a
Please click to enlarge an image.
Bench Box (Front)
forward to staining this, it's just a matter of how light or
dark... Will post a completed picture when this is done. This
project involves free in-home consultation so I can see the
design elements used in the desk.
Let's Get Started!
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form for a free quote or to begin design
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for choosing me.