hand made furniture

A quick bookcase...

So there's this guy, let's call him Dave.  Because that's his name.  Recently he asked me to build him a bookcase for his studio.  Nothing special, inexpensive, but something cool.  Here's what happened:

Since budget was a big factor, I used sanded B/C construction grade plywood.  It's basically a little nicer grade of house sheathing.  Although it's great to work with beautiful, pristine materials, I also love the challenge of making something beautiful with utilitarian materials.  

The corners are mitered, glued and cross nailed with masonry nails, which have a thick, irregular head.  The heads are set just on the surface, not driven home.  Sorta like a row of rivets on a steel bridge.  It's not traditional joinery, but it's strong and interesting and quick.  Fits in with the whole industrial vibe.  The feet are blocks cut from an LVL beam, so they match the plywood edge perfectly.  

Dining Set

I'm going to do this next post as a little series to give a glimpse of the process (or lack thereof) behind what I do.  Bear with me:  I'll include pictures and try not to talk too much.

First, an Idea:  Long built-in banquette, table, chairs

Sketches

Next, lumber:  Reclaimed beams from M. Fine Lumber in Brooklyn

At the lumber yard

Lumber for the project

Check back soon for the next installment...