I actually make this piece in a few variations. It’s fun to play around with door and drawer combinations while still leaving room for the contents to show off a bit.
While this particular cabinet is 18 inches wide, 26 inches high, and 7 inches deep, I’m happy to work with you to create a piece to fit a particular wall space, or to house a specific collection of items.
The ash case is built with dovetails and through mortise-and-tenon joinery. This makes it really strong, but it looks pretty cool as well. The drawer fronts are brown oak for a nice contrast and the door is filled out with a kumiko panel for a little pop.
A sturdy little bookcase
In these overly digitized times, a nice bookcase becomes an even greater necessity. A new-found appreciation of the printed page combined with its increasing scarcity requires that we offer our books a perch befitting their worth. And this happens to be a nice little bookcase, so problem solved. Two drawers offer added storage, cat optional (but recommended).
A small table can be a useful thing. The need for a portable sewing table offered inspiration for this piece. While it works very well in that capacity, it serves a variety of other functions as well. It’s perfectly sized for a small laptop computer desk, or a writing desk. Cord-wrapped side rails make it easy to relocate at a moment’s notice. Ours has been put to use as the perfect TV tray on occasion, though a tea party may be more in keeping with its personality.
Chelsea letter desk
A small bare patch of wall in an otherwise over-stuffed New York apartment inspired this compact desk with a cosmopolitan personality. A peek into the window of a stationary store completed the picture. This is a desk for penning a letter, no laptops or phones or charging stations allowed. The desk tucks away nicely, but dropping the lid offers instant refuge from the static of daily life. Grab a cup of tea have a seat and maybe do nothing at all for a few minutes. Sometimes that’s all it takes.
Winter shoe bench
This bench offers a roomy garage for shoes and deep drawers to handle a winter’s worth of scarves, beenies, and mittens. It actually dresses up nicely as a low side table or floor desk, just pull up a pillow. A flat screen TV transforms it into a funky modern entertainment center. One of my favorites.
Smith Lake dresser
A Low dresser that packs in a lot of storage, yet is still light on its feet. Butternut adds a soft golden shimmer. Seven dovetailed drawers slide smoothly without sticking or rattling and make even the mundane chore of stashing the socks and underwear a little less, well, mundane. Subtle curves give it a quiet personality that goes well with just about any style.
A bird on a branch
The original idea was a chest for tea and teaware. The problem was that a tea set inside of a chest didn’t have a chance to show off when not in use. I solved that problem by placing the chest on a long base. Plenty of storage for tea, a tea jar and odds and ends, and a nice perch for a tea set next to the chest on the base. What I like about this is that the tea set helps to define the cabinet, so by changing it out, the nature of the cabinet changes as well. I don’t use a lot of natural-edge lumber in my work, but in this case, the curves of the base add a little flavor to the chest without spoiling the soup. Apologies for the mixed metaphors. At least there were no puns.
Tea box with tails
Oysters and pearls. That what was in mind when thinking up this box- a rough exterior protecting a luminescent interior. Rather than smoothing the box to a hard shine, I worked to bring out the grain instead. A rough-sawn ebony clasp attached with wound hemp cord adds to the chorus of textures. There is a nice ritual to tea, even from a bag. Bringing this box to the table for company, or just yourself, unlatching and lifting the lid to reveal a rainbow of choices, beats a cardboard box any day.
Good luck tea chest
Not quite a puzzle box, but not your average chest either. Chest or box, I’m never sure what to call it. Wrapped handles make it portable and a nice presentation piece. A hinged lid decorated with kumiko panels lifts to reveal half of the contents and slides to reveal the rest.