Kapsyl Öpnnare (Bottle Opener)

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Sweden. A country. One of winter coats, strange daylight hours and mysterious umlauts. And also one time I had a little sausage thing there that came with some raspberry-ish sauce that was oh my gosh so delicious. Especially in the wee hours in which it was eaten. But that's another story.
Sweden. Congratulations. You're doing your thing. And your ambassadors are growing in numbers here in the US.

Our custom-made Swedish Tap Handles inspired some other expats and ancestral kin who long for a little Swedish touch of the motherland. And in that spirit we designed and built this handy and hardy bottle opener.

Made with hard maple and yellowheart and finished with a clear polyurethane.

Legend has it if you grab yourself a Swedish brand beer and pop off the cap with this Swedish-flag-styled opener, Abba will magically appear and grant you three meatballs.

Matt and Lisa

Broadway Bourbon and Spirits

There's a swell little melody coming out of this custom liquor cabinet. Could be that we used bona fide, whiskey-soaked, speakeasy-seasoned drumsticks to create the rails for it's doors. Just a true bit of musical history from the work of one of it's owners, an accomplished jazz percussionist. His old sticks were his donation to our "cause".

Plenty of room here, Daddy-O, for showcasing fine libations and crystal within each luxurious compartment. The solid zebra wood-faced drawer keeps barware tools easily accessible and tucked well out-of-sight. We lined it's interior with a lush and flowered velvet, a nod to the exquisite style of the cabinet's proprietress, an elegant woman by rights and a doctor by trade.

We chose a little more zebra wood to shape the legs and some aged copper hinges to add subtle interest and charm to this already formidable chest.

Designing and building this bar cabinet was a hoot and a holler. We thank the wonderful couple who entrusted us with the honor and raise our glasses to them. Bottoms up!

 

Lisa and Matt

Diamonds in the Roof: Reclaimed wood vanity

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Life is full of balance. Yin and yang. Night and day. Tom and Jerry.

But we're talking about destruction and rebirth here. You tear down the roof. You tear down walls. Things collapse. Things get chucked. There's an almighty mess and disorder.

But there are little nuggets. Nuggets worth saving, worth giving another spin on the tea cups. Old, solid wood. Dry, well-preserved, absolutely reusable. And bonus: Those precious nuggets don't end up in the dumpster. 

We took those nuggets, ran them through the trusty Rebirth-a-tron 2000 and created a kid-friendly, adult-stylish vanity.

 Nuggets.

Nuggets.

Always start with a trusty base.

  Cl  amps, and more clamps the unsung heroes.

Clamps, and more clamps the unsung heroes.

With some know-how and a little hardware, we made a handy, dandy drawer with easy sliding for little hands.

  "Open Sesame" just one of the fine games we play .

"Open Sesame" just one of the fine games we play.

We painted the base and put the elements together. Stained and finished the wood, preparing it for a whole new round of service and beauty.

  Sand, Sand, sand, cut, sand, stain, paint, relax.

Sand, Sand, sand, cut, sand, stain, paint, relax.

And then, boom! You've got yourself a pretty lil' vanity to call your very own! And we kept the global footprint closer to the size of the cute, tiny ones that will now use this bathroom. Let's here it for tiny feet.

 Pretty isn't always in pink.

Pretty isn't always in pink.

Have fun finding your own projects or just relax and get us to do the work! Besides were nice people. It will be fun.

Lisa and Matt

Matchy Carts

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Just two lively rolling carts here. Footloose (literally) but not exactly fancy-free. They do have their duties, these two friends, but continuously work with a smile and a bit of zest.  Reliable? Yes. Matchy-matchy twinsies? Always.

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Their frames were built from carefully selected boards of poplar with colored panels of birch plywood shaped to form the top and front facades. Disks of zircote wood were added as drawer pulls.

These carts are perfect for standing work stations, entry check-in points, podiums or flexible storage. 

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Simple design. Highly-functioning. Adding brightness and fun to any space. And when the work is done, unlock their wheels and let them get a party started.

Matt and Lisa

Table Read

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(Mamet-Style)
Everything. The Curves, the lines, the dips. Choice. Tops in the room. All eyes on them. But, they've gotten a look at you and they're sizing you up. They lure you in. You're hooked. And they know you know it. And that's it then. That's you on the list, off the list, whatever. You're down. On the ropes. Because, no, these two end tables ain't letting you walk that easy.

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(Longshoremen-Style)
Two gulls of a feather these ladies are. Inseparable. Steadfast. Loyal. It's been years and ages since we dragged them home from a sad, unending heap. Discarded. Lost. Bitter castaways, these swashbucklers are. Look upon them and imagine their saddled past, hardened coats. Oh, the duplicity.

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(The Price Is Right-Style)
Natural-design. Organic form. Bringing the outside inside. These two end tables have been completely transformed from gruff and bulky into soft and sturdy. The new white coat reveals the details, catches your eye, and provides a bright, clean base for the wooden leaf design on top. Strips of ash wood were cut and pieced together by hand before being finished with a dark walnut oil. These two end tables are a great example of giving new life and value to old, forgotten pieces.

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(New York-Style)
They're stylish. They're modern. They're quiet. They're awesome. They're good for you. They're oatmeal. Yeah. I get it. They cook. They clean, right? Come on. They're lamp stands.


Matt and Lisa
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Red Dwarf

Here stands our little red dwarf in his delightful little tough stance. He's just recently opened his eyes and has been delivered to his nice, new family.

This little guy is the product of a redeemed, little gift card which we had on offer this passed December. So, he's much more than a little purchase. He's a gift. And, as you'll see, he's full of little surprises.

His little door opens downward, supported by a metal rod hinge and a custom-made zebrawood lid stay. This reveals the inside of his little body where he offers you storage in a deep cabinet and a shelf to keep your things organized... the practical little fella.

His door itself can hold a variety of items from dessert plates and glassware for entertaining to decorative and accent pieces for everyday decor.

But, he's more than just a little storage. He also has a lot going on "upstairs." Resting on top of his little head is a tray. And inside that tray is his great big metal saw blade.

It was this saw blade and a set of four turned legs that set about the birth of our little red dwarf. These items were given to us by our clients to incorporate into a table. And frankly, without the blade guiding our ideas, we may never have decided on a tray at all for this little guy.

So, our red dwarf has a good amount of grit, history and perseverance coming together to shape that tough little stance of his.

Adding in your found and cast off items into our designs is a pleasure. We know it enhances your connection to a piece. But, it also enhances our connection with you. Which is important, because custom design is about people.

Custom design is about creating your own hinge or handle or leg or tool because you can't find it in a store. It's about creating your own solutions and delivering something that's more than just one-of-a-kind. It's about delivering something special.

And just look at him. This little red dwarf is the special-est. 

 

Matt and Lisa

Bench Restoration: Awesome Edition

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We picked up a very nice, but very weathered iron garden bench some time ago. It was an exciting find and an exciting day.

It was all so exciting, in fact, that we immediately went about finding a nice, little spot in the yard for it, discussed our most sincere intentions to restore it and then promptly let it sit and deteriorate for an eternity.

Behold the rotten bench!

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Yes, an eternity is a long time. And you can see what an eternity does to an unprotected bench. It uglifies it. It just doesn't care about your sincere intentions. Nature wants to come by and douse your bench with rain and wind and earwigs and reclaim it's stuff. ...A real menace.

Know what else is a menace: any mosquito, anywhere. Ever.

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But one day, you say to yourself, "enough is enough." You start taking that bench apart and thus beginning the restoration.

Firstly, we do a thorough inspection. It includes rot analysis, which is widespread. It includes rust analysis, which is widespread. It includes bolt and screw deterioration, which is... widespread!

Hot pockets! We've got ourselves a custom job, here.

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Those iron pieces needed to be scrubbed with a wire brush to remove the rust. There were lots of little nooks to get into and ridges to get around. But, the time you spend doing this, of course, is directly proportional to your rust accumulation, your arm strength or how many mosquitoes are landing on your ears.

The rotten slats were completely replaced with pressure-treated wood.

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Rust removal: check. Rot removal: oh yeah.

Most of the difficult stuff is done at this point. Whats left is paint and hardware.

We used a dark bronze metallic Rust-oleum spray over every piece before reassembly. It's not easy to see the sparkly-sparkly in the pictures. But, it's got a sparkly-sparkly, for sure.

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All new bolts, nuts and screws were easily replaced. But, there was a bit more work to do making two metal supports that go underneath the slats.

I suppose we could have bought exactly what we needed somewhere, somehow. But, buying your own metal blanks, cutting and boring into them makes us feel pretty sparkly-sparkly. So, that's what we did.

Hardware replacement: right on.

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In the end, we've restored a bench to its former glory and protected it from the coming onslaught of uglification by bugs and elements and a variety of mammal poop.

We are calling it a success.

Hip hip hooray,
Matt and Lisa