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A sampling of unusual projects now being created in our custom services department

June/July 2003


I Can't Believe It's Not Butternut!

Installing and finishing faux beams

No, not butternut, or hundred year old walnut. Just lowly MDF.
The challenge was to give some character to existing drywalled(!) beams.

Special thanks to Rick DeNuccio, finisher extrordinaire, who flew in from Missouri between casino jobs for just long enough to complete the fantastic work on these beams.

Installing and finishing large faux beams


Reduce, Recycle, Reuse

Carved Panels

I don't know how long the carved panels shown here have been waiting upstairs in the "treasure pile" for me to find the inspiration to use them. Long enough to cover them with a VERY thick layer of dust. Of course, that's the thing about treasures, lonely and forsaken for years

So if I were stranded on a desert island, and could only build just one cabinet over and over again...

Building Frames


Radius crown molding

Curved Crown

Created for a small quarter round display cabinet.


Burl commode

Small Commode

Solid ash and olive ash burl.

Just readied for the finishing room, the hinging was removed before I could snap the photo (thus the radius doors sitting on the bench). Oh well, take a look at the Soss hinge mortises.

As light colored as this piece is now, the finishing process will transform it into a rich brown with silver-bronze accents.

Besides, these lagniappe furniture pieces keep the guys sane between the ten-thousand part behemoth projects.


Come on back, they'll be more next month, or sooner if the mood strikes me!

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