Another Piano Bench

Piano bench, part V. Or is it part VI? Anyway, here are pics of this one, which happens to be exactly the same as two other ones I've created before. This one lived next to my piano for all of three and a half minutes before I packed it up and shipped it off to an anxiously waiting customer.

Details: Solid ash; leg structures stained dark; shellac finish on top; width 30"; depth 14"; height 18".

Next up: Another piano bench that I'll actually keep. And it won't have slats! What? No slats? I actually build things without slats?

Do you want slats? More slats here.


Messing with SketchUp: The Chair

A chair is still a chair, even when there's no one sitting there.

An afternoon of experimentation and bending and twisting and pulling curves through other curves, I'm beginning to further enjoy the magic that is SketchUp.

Still not perfect (with the random non-hidden lines and parts that just don't quite line up), but soon this I will conquer.


The Magic of SketchUp

Seeing as how all work is custom built to your specifications, it's important that you have a proper visualization of what the finished product will look like. Enter SketchUp. From Google.

The secretary desk completed last year is a perfect example of this visualization process. The customer told me what he wanted; I sketched up some stuff; we went back and forth with ideas; changes, tweaks, mods, additions, deletions, etc; and out came a 3D SketchUp model with a bunch of views; here are just a few:

Compared to the finished photos below, I'd say the renderings are a pretty accurate predictor of what you'll get in real life:

What makes this process work so well is that within SketchUp all parts of the piece are broken out into separate drawings. Therefore, relative scale and proportion is maintained throughout the piece, and all dimensions proposed are the actual finished dimensions.

If you have an idea in mind for a piece of furniture that you've been dying to have custom built for you, let me know. SketchUp drawings will be provided free of charge.


The Big Coffee Table/Museum Bench

Big, as in six feet long.

Familiar, as in it's a copy of the benches at sfmoma.

Replacement, as in the coffee table that used to be in the living room now has no home and is for sale.

Yours, as in if you want one (or something similar) let me know and I'll build it for you.