Laundry and mudroom millwork

We just finished this project and are excited to show it. Ill start from the beginning with before photos

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Audra from  Deconstructed Living reached out to us to jump in on the woodworking. We worked together to comeup with a layout that provides storage, both open and closed, a spot to fold, hang clothes and store laundry baskets. We raised the washer and dryer onto a stand that allows for three laundry baskets to be slid underneath. These machines are heavy, especially when running. The stand was constructed of a torsion box to make it flat, strong, and not TOO heavy (it still was). This is what the inside of a torsion box looks like.

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After the washer and dryer went onto that stand we wanted to cover it with a wooden, waterfall grain, bevel folded piece of walnut. Here are photos of the two bookmatched walnut slabs after being joined and glued, then after the miter was glued.

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We designed the millwork to play on different thicknesses of various components. In order to create a seamless and thick component with a durable hard edge two piece of plywood were glued together and cut with a birdsmouth shape of hard maple glued as edging. Like pacman eating a piece of hardwood.

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Running a business as a married couple with kids means that sometimes I get to have an extra shop helper. She pumped out a really nice painted “bench” for her fairy garden.

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The last step in building inset cabinetry it to fit the doors. They are built slightly oversized so that they can be trimmed to fit into the opening perfectly, leaving a consistent gap around the entire door/drawer front. Here is the bench unit after being fit and shimmed.

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And NOW for the finished photos. Photo credits to Rachel Gregory. Im so thankful for her help getting this job properly represented for us.

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Walnut dining table continued

We finished and delivered this table that we mentioned months ago on here. We wanted to show some of the final pictures. It turned out great and I’m hoping to have another chance to build this. I’m picturing a mahogany base, with a quarter sawn white oak top this time.

 

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Home Schooling Organization

This was a super wonderful, fun project for us. The client had begun home schooling her children, but was not set up for it at all. Tons of curriculum and school supplies with no place to go, and no proper work space. We thought about doing permanent built in pieces, but the family would like to move within the next few years, so everything that we built can be taken with them when they go. Jesse started by making a simple and beautiful desk, that the client and her two children could all sit at together. A live edge piece of walnut, with a steel base. Next in line was the storage solution. All wood pieces are obviously lovely, but the floors in this house are a dark wood, so we wanted something that would balance that out and lighten up the space. We also wanted a combination of open shelving and closed cabinets. Open shelving for the things that they need to access on a daily basis, and closed cabinets for the unsightly things that are not needed as often, such as a printer. I then went through all of the stuff and got it mega organized, in a sustainable way. We got new curtains, and a new rug and pillows for the middle of the space. This created a second area for the kids to work on things like puzzles and games. The client is thrilled with how it all turned out, and we loved working with them!

BEFORE

living room design before brass tacks home redesign

AFTER

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The private stash lumber

I was approached a bit ago to help someone make use some wood they had tucked away in their barn. They needed a table made and I agreed to go climbing in the barn to investigate. What we found was a stash of walnut boards that they had milled from a fallen tree on their land. It had been drying for quite some time in the top of a barn so it was an adventure. First things first, we starting sketching some ideas for a trestle base. The wood was a bit rustic in quality, so I thought a trestle table might be fitting. At the time the kids and I were making models of their treehouse project. In the spirit of that model making, we decided to make a model of the table design.

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After client approval, the building began! The first thing to note is that drying wood is a tricky art. I usually buy from sawyers that are reputable. This wood from the barn had a lot of twist. I cut it into smaller pieces, flattened it, waited to see if it was going to move again, then flattened it once more. The other thing that kept coming up were hidden nails. Nothing puts a damper into a nicely sharpened tool like a secret nail. They look really cool when they come shining through but they ruin tools. See the nail in this photo.

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After milling, and some mortise and tenon joinery, the base could be dryfit.

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Now the top has been glued up and its time to get to some sanding before gluing the base together. Ill post more pictures when it comes together.

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Walnut Media cabinet

This cabinet was finished about six months ago. I have been sitting on the pictures wishing I had better photos. Alas here are the pictures I DO have.

This client was in between a reclaimed style and a more polished modern style. I love the danish modern cabinets so the McCobb legs were an easy decision. When I found the two boards that made up the outside of the cabinet, they were a perfect fit. They are walnut with some amazing crotch figure. In order to incorporate the rough look of reclaimed styles but also the polish of a nice new piece, we went with a rough mill for the doors, just slightly sanded and lightly finished, then a perfectly smooth, nicely finished exterior. The cabinet is all solid walnut. Shelves included. Im not talking about the “Solid wood” that actually means plywood. Im talking solid wood that was cut from a tree and then turned into furniture, without being peeled and glued and turned into seven thin layer sheets. Check out the pictures below. If you want a cabinet like this, contact us and we can talk about it. This cabinet ranges between $2000-$2500

A custom walnut media cabinet with grain figure all solid wood. rough doors. danish modern style mccobb legs  www.brasstackshome.com A custom walnut media cabinet with grain figure all solid wood. rough drop down doors. www.brasstackshome.com A custom walnut media cabinet with grain figure all solid wood. rough doors. www.brasstackshome.com

 

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