All work was custom designed to fit the requirement, or playing with an idea or inspiration. We can also build to design. The pictures below are available in full sized copies, though we are still working out the kinks of taking pictures (which didn’t seem all that difficult at the time) and posting larger versions (pop ups). Thanks for looking!
Dog crate cover. Made to size, allows for colorful blankets or cloth under the top, draped over the sides; giving your buddy a break from the commotion around him, or drafts if placed near a door).
This option is low impact, but makes the kennel more appealing and the space above it useful. Both kennel doors are accessible. The dog goes into the kennel when they need to feel secure, get away, or calm down. It is convenient when you need to manage the dog from visitors (clothing, excitement levels go down, allergies), or that you want to introduce to gradually (infants, small children).
This is a cost effective and attractive answer for your kennel needs. The cover is relatively light, and can be stored easily. It can be a subtle hint for managing visitors that bring pets, and put away when otherwise not needed.
Kennel end table. Less obtrusive, it lets your room have a home for Fido near you, and use the space attractively. Like the crate top above, materials, size, finish are customized for the individual order. We are working on a solution that will have the kennel built into the table. It offers more flexibility for other options (like a drawer or shelf for toys and leaches), and will be more space efficient for larger dogs.
This crate top is is a maple veneer, with ambrosia maple (similar to beetle kill pine). The table is made from recycled spruce/pine bleachers and a maple veneer top with curly maple edge.
Ruff-cycles proudly models these units. He eats ‘table scraps’ (sawdust), and is made from left over bleacher wood.
A little more ‘in the spirit’ are these bottle and wine and shot glass holders. Each slightly different, they are also available in a variety of finishes, materials, and size. Most are intended to hold 2 glasses. Going forward, all will fit both wine & shot glasses. Pictured are red oak, hemlock singles, white oak (repurposed flooring), Colorado beetle kill, Jim Beam whiskey barrel staves (white oak). When available, white oak from wine or whiskey barrels can be used; they are minimally processed, to maintain the ‘spirit’. CNC engraving is available, for event, advertising, or personalizing. Branding opportunities are also welcome.
This project started as a stained glass pane set into a frame with another layer of glass, apparently removed from it’s original location. It was a lot of careful work to remove it with only minor damage. It was reset into a quarter sawn white oak frame. Bridle joints were used in the corners for strength, rabbeted joints for the glass to retain it, with more oak and small brass screws used for the retaining strips. It was regretful the oak was subdued by the stain used, but the star is the window, not the wood. Hand plane work made a bevel around both sides of the perimeter. The panel will be hung in front of a window in its new home.
The boot racks were originally a solution for a problem at our own home. These are much nicer than the original!
Made from Colorado beetle kill, each is unique. Note the three pair unit in the bottom picture — that was fun to make! Most are made to retain the rough sawn effect, but not so rough you get splinters. Natural/live edges are used for the backs whenever possible or as requested.
They are available in other materials and finishes. Just ask.
Sizes include 1,2, 3, and 4 pair (more pairs or custom length on request). To date they have all been made with adult sized boots in mind, but can be scaled down on request. The shortest can just span a typical 16″ stud spacing, so mounting them securely should be easily accomplished (typical deck screws in dull yellow are easy to hide). Usually they have holes drilled in the end for boot pulls/hooks. This can be deleted. Also, whip slots can be let into the top by request. Suitable for your Castle!
Here is a variation for a customer. The upper is a boot rack, the lower is custom. After making this, we have a lot of other ideas to make it even better. Like moving the slots closed and even further out from the wall, or maybe making the bottom out of a solid log, etc. In this case, we made the base to sit flush to the wall, and flush with the baseboard, along with a toe kick area.
Recently we completed a coat/robe rack for a customer and installed it next to a hot tub. It fit perfectly between the siding edges and over the siding slabs. Finished (as are many of our items) in an exterior grade water base clear.
The detail to note here is the rack is designed to fit the space, with no opportunity for bugs (especially yellow jackets) to get behind it. Yet remove the screws and the wall is back to normal (painting, etc).
Here are a couple of benches we completed.
One, the Barton bench, was built to a customers requirements: A specific length, width, height, and leave enough room for a dog bed and medium sized dog underneath. Like many of our projects, it took a while to find the ‘right’ answer. The top was originally live-edge out, the legs straight. I think I made three different cross pieces to attach the two piece legs to each other before coming up with the genuine used horse shoes (knowing your customer is an equestrian helped). The ‘live edge in’ is actually quite comfortable, as your ‘seat bones’ drop right in. All screws that are exposed are plugged.
Thanks Katie Barton Realty!
The slab bench started out one way, then ended up like this. It is a purely ‘let the wood talk’ solution.
A few design/build features: Cross doweling is ‘burned’; all joints (except the stretcher to shelf) use a blind tenon; all joints have expansion/contraction room when cross grain; the few screws are plugged; the two epoxy filled cracks in the top are in a complimentary color to that area. Milling marks were left (or recreated when they were removed during planing) though they are less in the seat area for clean up and comfort.
The unit is roughly 38 1/2″ long x 14 1/2~18″ deep x 19 3/4″ tall (that can be cut as requested). The shelf has about 8 1/2″ above it, and it is about 8 3/4″ above the floor. Perfect for shoes, drinks, etc. Front porch, mud room, deck, bed room; where ever you can picture it! Finished in a water based exterior grade semi-gloss/satin.
This is a white oak table top made to a customer specification.
The first picture is — well — where we start.
The next picture is an example of the ‘glue line joint’ I used to insure maximum stability of the board joints. Following is what it looks like when you aren’t looking for it. And last, the finished product!
Next we have a counter top completed to customer spec for Deebeez Honey on US 285 in Bailey Colorado.
You have to start somewhere! Note the great colors, including the maroon (Hard to find this color in beetle kill pine — from Colorado of course).
The knots were stabilized, any significant other marring repaired as well.
Worm/bug marks were left, all bark is removed (it is very difficult to successfully leave bark attached).
Check out the grain of the wood versus the ‘grain’ of the fungus lines (the gray swirly lines).
A ladder shelf built to specification for TJ (http://coredressage.com/contact.html). Made of cherry, finished with an oil based urethane. Note the color of the raw cherry and the finished product. A great example of the oil finish and a sun tan (UV exposure darkens cherry). No stain need apply.
It’s hard not to use hand tools — sometimes it’s just easier!
Some nice edge grain in this cherry.
Examples of other things we have done
include the picture/mirror, and a little fun, a pallet wood Christmas tree.
What can we build for you?