TV’s Last Stand

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The television set has certainly come a long way.  In the 1950s my Dad built a TV from a kit – it was just the screen with all of it’s wiring and components in the back – they were so thrilled to be able to watch that little screen.  I remember a great big console that was a piece of furniture in our living room when I was growing up.  Eventually TVs lost their furniture look and went back to being just a TV.  But then they kind of looked lost and we decided they needed a piece of furniture around them, so we built a whole wall of furniture to keep them company.  Steve made lots of those – Entertainment Centers.  That was great for Steve’s business because they usually had a center section where the TV would sit with drawers and doors to hide the other components that have to accompany a TV today.  Then there were the bookcases on either side that kept the TV company so that it didn’t feel so exposed.  I still love that look, but the TVs grew larger.  Now they didn’t fit in their homes and we all went back to the 1950s of a TV set on a floor or box or something we would make do.  Then we decided again that didn’t look right with the TV all by itself, bare and exposed to everyone.  So, we decided to put it on a pedestal and be accompanied by drawers or doors below.  Now the TV is the star of the show sitting on her pedestal and for the time being seems to be happy.  For those of you who have a beautiful piece of furniture in an entertainment center and a TV that is too large to fit in it – Steve can fix that too.

The TV in Her Splendor

 

 

 

 

The Modern TV Stand - Stylish yet Simple

Time for Reflection

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Jeanine found a picture in a magazine of a beautiful mirror that she wanted to hang above her French family heirloom buffet.  She knew Steve could make it for her with just the right dimensions that she needed.  While it was intricate and labor intensive, it was worth it.  Take a look at how it turned out – Awesome!  Not to be bragging on my husband, but if you can dream it, he can build it!

Notice also the crown moulding Steve installed in the room – great touch to the room!

You can see a glimpse of Jeanine’s niece from France in the reflection in the photo below.  The buffet is her family heirloom as well!

The White Mirror is great contrast against the dark wood of the antique buffet.

Custom Home Office Cabinetry

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More and more of us are working from home nowadays – which for me is awesome!  Our clients, Rod and Sandy run a successful home siding business in Northern Kentucky (Casco Siding LLC).  While most of Rod’s actual work is, of course, on the job site he still needs a place to study blueprints and work on proposals.  Sandy manages the office and bookkeeping aspects of the business.  And, like most, they “made do” with on-hand desks, filing cabinets and storage.  And, like most of us, it gets to the point where it just isn’t working anymore.  So, they called on Steve to help them design and build their ideal home office.  From numerous in-home consultations and phone calls, Steve learned that they were looking for a rustic, natural look to match their quaint country in-the-woods setting.  The finished product is a functional, awesome looking home office that they are in love with and gives them the functionality, space and organization they were seeking.  (See their comments about Steve and Woodwork Designs on Angie’s List.)  Maple cabinets have a warm cinnamon chestnut stain with distressed finish.  The doors are shaker style overlay with rustic hardware and the door covering the hard drive has a unique antique tin venting to allow for air flow.  They chose a laminate countertop (“Verdi Oxide”) for easier writing (firmer surface than wood).  The walls are painted a beautiful blue/green (“Observatory Night Sky”) that shows off the warm wood tones.  It’s great when you have great clients (and friends) like Rod and Sandy.  How about you?  Could your home office use a make-over?  In the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky area?  Contact Steve at 859.380.0127 or email us at grayoctober384@aol.com to see how we can make your personal life and work life more organized and enjoyable.

Cabinets, Shelves, Work Area, Filing Cabinets make this an Ideal Office

Laminate Countertop and Keyboard Slide are Great Assets

Filing Cabinets for Hanging Files

Great Idea for Venting the Hard Drive

Great Storage and Display Shelves

(Table) Tennis, Anyone?

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I didn’t get photos of Steve and Grayson making this table tennis (ping pong) table, but here is the finished product.  It made another great father/son project and we LOVE playing “ping pong”.  Great for being indoors in the wintertime.  Steve used MDF for the table top to get a straight smooth surface.  Better than anything we could have bought in the store.  And we even found a cotton net on-line on Amazon.com for $39.99.   (Table) Tennis, Anyone?

 

 

Custom Built Table Tennis

That’s Entertainment (Center)

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I came across this photo of an entertainment center Steve did awhile back.  I realize the TV in this photo dates this piece a bit.  However, it has some great bones.  Notice the slight arch top and fluted trim on the center section.  Also, there is great storage under the TV with two openings for VCR/Cable box components.  The four drawers directly underneath are for storage of the DVDs.  This client did something a little different and left the countertops natural maple with a clear coat finish.  Adds a nice touch.  The bookcases on either side give lots of storage.  Steve has a great eye for detail and one of the things he encourages on his cabinetry pieces is to keep the doors under 24″ wide.  Notice on this piece that each bookcase section has four equal doors.  Being married to a cabinetmaker you notice details on pieces made by other cabinetmakers and I have seen similar pieces where they would put three large doors on a piece like this.  It looks ok, but this definitely has a more balanced look.  I like what the client did also with the bookshelves by dividing them up into sections giving eye appeal.  While brass is usually the choice of the day, this piece features black nickel plated handles and knobs.  The upper perimeter is topped of with crown moulding to complete the look.  Maybe an old TV, but still a great looking cabinetry piece!

Keeping It Under Lock and Key…

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These two cabinets Steve built for a client are just incredible.  I think they look a lot like Pottery Barn, don’t you?  Simple lines, glass, fully adjustable shelves and hardware make these custom built cabinets definite winners!  These were built for the children’s toys, books and other items.  Since the children are toddlers, the client wanted to have locks on the furniture so that little  hands wouldn’t find their way in just yet.  

Simple Lines, Glass Doors and Locks

 On the bookcase below, notice the detail trim on the sides as well as the top moulding that give added depth to the design.

Bottom Drawers are Lockable

Old Fashioned Key Adds An Element of Charm

Side Trim, Brass Pulls and Keyed Locks

See anything you like?  Call Woodwork Designs 859.908.0352 or email us @ grayoctober384@aol.com.

Black is Back!

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While most of the furniture Steve builds is generally white or stained, every now and then someone steps it up and comes up with an awesome  change of pace.  This home office/entertainment center painted black was built for an older home in a charming negihborhood in Cincinnati.  A lot of detail went into this cabinetry including the specialty glass in the door panels and awesome door pulls.

Bookcase Section on Left Side of Window

The open desk section spans the full width of the window and makes a great area for doing homework.  That is if you can keep the kids from daydreaming out the beautiful window!

Here’s a great view of the rest of the span of the desk across the window and the entertainment center on the left side of the room.  Notice the inset doors and inset panels beneath the TV to match.  The high ceilings allowed for great height on these pieces.  Notice the crown moulding type trim on the top edge.

Notice the great crown moulding at the ceiling line of the room.  I’m all for crown moulding in every room.  Makes a great finish.

As great as this piece looks Steve is a perfectionist and says black is very hard to get just the right finish and it shows dust.  I think we could all put up with a little dust if we had this piece.  Anyone in the Cincinnati area interested in ballpark estimates on any of the pieces you see or dream up just email us at grayoctober384@aol.com.