Ping Pong Dining Table

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Quarter Sawn Figured Walnut , Cold Rolled Steel, Glass and Cork
dimensions 30" h x 60" w x 108" l

made for Esquivel

collaboration with Blacksmith Industries

June 2013

This is the second parsons style ping pong dining table I''ve designed and built for a residence here in Austin. The 3/8" steel outer sections have been tapped with threads from the inside and are bolted on from the underside of the table. The center stripe which is the full 3" thickness of the table is sandwiched between the right and left book matched sections which are tied together with 1/2" all thread  which like the side is accessed from pockets mortised underneath the table. An additional pre-tensioned 1/2" plate steel strap that was crowned toward the center was installed at the bottom of the table parallel to the net and  to  give lift and support to the design. The interior walnut leg sections are fit into the top with a dry mortise and tenon and attached to the steel leg via key hole slots machined in the wood and bolt heads tapped into the interior of the steel leg. The solid walnut net was designed to double as a centerpiece for the table when in dining mode and the fitted hand blown glass drop ins function as small flower vases or candle holders.  Though I wasn't able to put it on a scale, my assistant and I who had to bring it up and around a flight of stairs in two sections estimate the weight at around 500 lbs.

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Solarium Desk with Credenza

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mdf, solid surface counter and starphire glass

collaboration with Studio K Glass

January 2013

My first custom installation of 2013. Thanks to Kathleen Ash of Studio K for all the tips and advice on using the proper glass adhesive. One aspect of the design I didn't fully appreciate until I photographed it was how the layout with the tile creates a bit of a glass box optical illusion which is evident in some of the shots. The vertical leg is set into the tile work.

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Walnut Chisel Rectangle Table

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July 2012

New material option

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Console Table Completed

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September 2012

The mahogany console table was completed on deadline.  The table was initially oiled to bring out the beauty of its grain and the natural richness of color.  Then the console was sprayed with catalyzed lacquer for a hand-rubbed look to the finish.  Note the detailing of the turned legs and the dovetail jointery of the drawers.

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Sofa Table Progress

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September 2012

Landers' Studio continued to add the detailing to the mahogany sofa table.  We added a cockbeading to the curved sides and to the drawer fronts.  The drawers were then fitted to the carcase.  In this project, we are not using drawer hardware.  The drawers will slide easily wood-on-wood.  We began the finishing process with a natural oil conditioner that deepens and richens the natural mahogany wood color.  After this oil dries for 24 hours, we began the spray lacquer process for a hand-rubbed finish.

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Mahogany Sofa Table

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September 2012

Landers' Studio was commissioned to produce a mahogany sofa table in a very compressed amount of time.  We quickly procured the clear, genuine Mahogany for the project.  The thick chunk of mahogany was cut into pieces for the four turned legs.  We also had to cut some of the mahogany into thin strips which were then laminated and bent to form the curved rails.


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Media Center

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Walnut and Eucalyptus

collaboration with Blacksmith Industries

August 2012

Walnut Cabinetry with Eucalyptus Panel Work 2012. Though this piece looks minimal there is a great deal of complex functionality and flexibility worked into the design. All the case pieces are imbedded into and through the Eucaluptus panels providing chase ways to run wiring between all units and to the floating shelves which each have a removable hatch access behind them. The shelves themselves are hanging off a very rigid steel bracket design that is bolted to the studs behind the panel work. This began as a media center with more of a traditional cabinet design and in trying to showcase and best utilize the performance of the client's high fidelity equipment, the design kept getting stripped down and ended up as an acoustic niche with two floating walnut cases and two very solid floating shelves. There is lighting directly over the shelves from the bottom side of the upper cabinet. Thanks to GoAA member Hawkeye Glenn of Blacksmith for fabricating the heavy duty (hidden) bracket for the floating shelves.

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Mahlab Stool (Walnut)

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April 2012

Also now a production piece, this stool design provides an opportunity to employ a number of different joints at their optimum usefulness.  Hand sculpted and robust, these reversible stools have different foot-rest locations on either side, accommodating stool-sitters of varying sizes.  Shown here in walnut.  . Available in table, counter, and bar height.  

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Axis Chair/Bench

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Cherry, Walnut, Danish Cord

July 2012

Originally commissioned by fellow Guild member Todd Campbell, this line will now be a production item.  

The cherry for Campbell's original commission came from his family farm in Michigan, where it had been sitting in a barn for decades, awaiting it's destiny as Campbell's dining room seating.  I have a strong affinity for Danish cording, so I immediately proposed it as a seating material.  The second set  was commissioned--along with a table--by Mockingbird Domestics, a new furniture store on South Lamar that supports local makers.  

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Lyre Rocking Chair

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made for Private Residence

January 2011

A sculptural rocking chair. An original design by Ironwood Industries.

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