Gallery for Furniture and Accessories

This design came about by collaborating with the client who happens to be a financial adviser but formerly a woodworker himself.
It was first conceived as an idea derived from an amazing tree with buttress-like roots that may be a baobab, Adonsonia.

The desk faces the rooms entrance and we needed to create a front panel. I have a carving technique that can be done fast so I offered this to keep it interesting and organic.

The small drawer is shown partially extended. The desk does came with a stand to elevate the computer tower a few inches off the floor.
This desk is made with rare burl mahogany but any wood you prefer will do.

This is a close-up of the wood desk top with the custom wood grommet to pass the computer monitor cable. You can also see the dovetail that locks the top to the leg. In fact, he desk is held together entirely with dovetails and assembled in just 3 minutes. If you live far away from my workshop and would like a desk like this, in any wood, it can be shipped in a large flat box right to your door.

This is a desk I was commissioned to design and build using locally harvested Miami wood, salvaged from hurricane damaged trees.

These blocks in the foreground are the pieces to be used for the custom executive desk.

Each chunk of wood will be sawn into lumber. This wood has verious names, Albezzia, West Indies Walnut.

After being sawn the boards are planed and sorted for the next step of laminating and other joinery. Any pieces that possess especially pretty grain will be placed for the best visuals.

This is one side of the desk after assembly and before the finish is applied.

The finished product after about a month of work. The left 2 lower drawers are actually only 1 to hold a printer.
You can see the special wavy grain selected for the posts.

The top has an inlay of some native royal palm. The desk’s owner wanted to match a pattern with the marble floor’s design and this is what I did.
Time was spent selecting just the right pulls that work with the chrome trim that wraps the base.

The job involved taking a favorite living room cabinet and adapting it to a new, large HDTV.

This picture shows the new wider center section for the new TV, rear panel and shelves for the cable box, other components, and base.

The top crown piece remained…. I just loosened it and slid the two existing side towers farther apart.

Here you see the piece before the changes. Oftentimes a cherished piece of furniture will need to be changed (more than once) along with our changing technology.

The equipment can now be transfered. I took care to color match the new wood pieces to the old, as well as mimicing the other details on the shelf edges and base.

If you want to shoehorn a bigger, badder TV into a favorite furniture piece, call me to find out how.

I enjoy making desks, even if they are not made of wood.

The customer who came to me sent a picture of one he saw in a magazine.

We changed the size a bit and used tanned leather instead of cow’s fur(?) shown in his photo.

The frame structure is welded rebar, something you normally would not see outside of reinforced concrete.

The beveled edge of the deep drawer produces a nice solid thud sound when it closes. I used an entire hide to completely cover the cabinet and it gives of the familiar pleasant odor of tanned leather into the office where it is used.

Here we have a 5ft. tall mirror and exotic wood frame that is also a storage case for the owner’s jewelry collection. It is designed to mount on a wall, then swung open to select from the assortment of rings, necklaces, earrings, bracelets. The customer who came to me conceived of the idea to present this piece as a gift for her friend to help organize her collection. We had to figure out how to best create each holder for the items, such as the silk padded ring slots and the bars for the earrings on the left side. The pegs for the bracelets and necklaces are made from royal palm, material I had saved from palms damaged in one of our South Florida storms. The case itself is made of zebrawood and is joined with dovetail corners. The beveled mirror can be removed easily if it’s ever necessary.

I call this desk tailor-made because the designing of the shape was not too unlike having a new suit or dress made to one’s exact proportions. Here it was a balance of it’s position in the room to suit the users field of vision in relation to the rooms door and windows and TV, and just how exactly the person will be working at the desk… which drawers hold what and where to place the CPU. The keyboard is at the best height on a sliding tray with a wrist pad for comfort and to the left of it is a thin drawer for all the little office accessories one can’t do without. This desk has just two file drawers built into it and to accommodate all the files for this home-based business I made a matching piece of furniture to the side of the desk with nine more drawers for files etc. All the slide hardware is the finest full-extension available and have a smooth, soft closing feature. The white finish is a spayed on epoxy-like paint that will resist scratching and yellowing. To complete this ensemble is a floor to ceiling built-in bookcases with enclosed cabinets underneath.

This piece was built as a companion to the HDTV Enclosure wall unit with sliding doors on the opposite side of the room. Like it's sister this solid cherrywood furniture is primarily for displaying fine handmade collectables in a finely handmade piece of furniture. Cherry is a quality wood that is readily available, has a color not too dark nor too light and if treated correctly can really shine. I tried a new technique of washing the raw wood once it was built and before the sealer went on, then instead of brushing or spraying the finish, I used a cotton rag to rub the varnish into the surface pores so that the finish remained thin yet created a glass smooth surface. I am sure some of my sweat got mixed into the oil/varnish mixture because it required a lot of rubbing. But several coats later and I had a protective film on the wood that looked as though it was not there and as if only the wood was polished. The doors have a frosted glass insert and accent lights as well as concealed hinges that allow the doors to open 180 degrees. With anything I have to measure the time I spend on a project and so here we have an example of simple "stick" construction method, unitized components in manageable sizes and surface bolt fasteners hold it all together once delivered and assembled on site.

 

 

 

 

I had the pleasure of designing this and another side table for someone who I know right away did not fit any molds and took pleasure in having unique, finely crafted objects. I have tons of tropical hardwood logs in my private stash left over from some of Miami's hurricanes and land development and as you can see I used some choice mahogany for this table. It is a much higher quality of mahogany than what is imported from South America and is a variety nearly extinct due to deforestation in Cuba and Haiti. The trees left growing street-side around Coral Gables, Florida were planted before the Castro revolution. My client was thrilled to know his hand-made furniture was being made from a tree that once grew down the street from his home and not from the Amazon jungle. Good design does not always have a rationale and I cannot tell you why I decided to put a large hole in the top of this coffee table. But after I did I realized that one could see the curvy legs more easily. This kind of commission is fun to do and is best done on request since the owner is the one inspiring the form.

 

 

 

I was commissioned to design this solid wood cabinet for a married couple, the husband wanted the TV concealed when not in use and the wife wanted a place to show her collectibles of their world travels. Both have an appreciation for hand-made things and a close tie with the places of origin. Keeping the space in mind I drew this geometrically balanced piece using some beautiful cherry. I put the raw wood through a process of acid wash and neutralization to end up with an almost transparent top layer of wood tissue that reflects the light nicely (the wall to the side has large windows). These pictures show the unit with the older Tv in place that was soon replaced with a TV that does not have side speakers and fits the center space better. I installed lights to illuminate the frosted glass in the evening. As with everything I build this piece of furniture is one-of-a-kind. Another commissioned piece, the CherryWood Display case on the opposite side of the room is similar in size, with glass doors, but the sameness ends there.

 

 

 

This eye-catching piece was designed to hold the DLP type projection TV unit but to allow only the image screen to be exposed, and because of its size (24" deep), be made with an open shelf design. This provides maximum lighting for the clients beautiful art glass collection and keeps the unit from intruding too much into the room itself. For dramatic effect I chose to use 3/4" thick glass shelves and installed lighting to shine from under the objects. The electronic equipment is housed to the lower right behind a door fitted on a pocket slide. The misc. media such as DVD's go into the drawers under the TV. I made the wood knobs myself. Once we spoke together about making this piece I offered to use "lysaloma" from my wood collection, a native tree knocked down by a hurricane some years ago. I am proud to have been able to put the wood to good use.

 

 

This client had just built a new family room addition. Being the director of Miami’s Arts and Film Media I figured I better do a good job on his media cabinet! I designed this piece with a few features they had seen in various catalogs, such as wood louvers, halogen lights, crown moulding at the top. A small snag was the fact that they had not yet decided on which new flat screen HDTV to own and they still had a hugh tube TV that worked ok. To solve this problem I built it in such a way that later we could convert the center section by simply removing an extension piece from the back. Along with the design sketch, I showed them samples of wood types, and they liked both the mahogany and lacewood…so i combined them. The wood louvers I made in the workshop and sized them to allow the use of a remote with the doors closed. The electronic components are in the lower cabinet hidden from view. I used several coats of poly varnish that protect the wood better than lacquer and also makes the darker wood colors richer. I have added additional pictures of this stylish custom-made unit now that the new plasma is in place. It is slimmer and has a more traditional breakfront look to it.

Here is an assortment of display cubes made of glass and mahogany for the gift shop of historic St. Judes Catholic church. The design by a local architect, features locking, slide-out trays and a storage compartment underneath. The cubes can be arranged to suit various configurations. The religious icons sit in a black velvet fabric that matches well with the rich, mahogany wood.

 

 

 

This solid wood piece is designed to have minimum depth of only 14" and has full-extension slides. The style follows that of the bed platform which is 2" thick, and the color to match exactly. The clients selected the hardware.

 

 

The decorator showed me a magazine picture and from that I built two of these cocktail tables and four sofa end tables to make a set. She saw the marquetry work I did on the Desk Armoire doors and asked for something similar for the tops. To protect the veneer, I applied a tough acrylic and buffed it to a high sheen so that the mahogany grain will bounce hi-lights in different directions.

 

 

 

This chest of drawers was made using material that was once a room divider-type of bookcase in the old house in which it still resides. Old, seasoned, long-leaf pine works easily, as if it were a hardwood. The rich tones cannot be found in new lumber which lack the resin content. The top of this bureau is old cypress, also a conifer. Pulls are carved from royal palm.

 

 

This contemporary cabinet with shelves was made as a copy from an item of furniture the client had seen years ago, but had not been able to purchase then. The double doors, dyed green, slide to open the TV/stereo compartment and tape storage drawers. A simple, but affective way to conceal darkly-colored appliances that don't fit the decor of a Florida room.

 

 

I placed this item in this category rather than Architectural because they are only 42"X36" wide and custom-made as an accessory to the bedroom furniture. The room has an embrasure-like cutout above the front hall. I recycled some very old boards and used rusted, reproduction hardware.

 

Approximately 36 in. tall. I built this piece for my workshop in order to test an idea for a dovetail joint that attaches the side rails to the legs. It has a Mission Style feel to it.

 

The piece was conceived as a (home)work station for the client's children, to be placed on the second floor hall-balcony, making it visible from the grand foyer below. The location, as well as the dimensional requirements, put me to task to create a harmony of function and form. The focal point is the two large "pocket" doors that conceal the television/VCR and computer. Rather than plain wood panels, a mahogany veneer triad is repeated, giving the panels a 3-dimensional, trompe-loi effect. The pattern changes depending on how light is reflected off it's surface. The desktop is a large expanse of mahogany… a full 1-1/4 in. thick…that marries the lower and upper sections. Besides being a very tactile work surface, it provides a break in the overall height of the 8ft. tall piece. On each side of the cabinet are double-radiused walls fronted by 5 ft. tall, turned posts. Shorter turnings adorn the two lower, drawer cabinets. No corners or hard edges anywhere. The left-hand cabinet holds a pencil drawer and a printer/paper tray. The last feature I want to point out is the base moulding and how it blends with the posts. The cove piece that fits in that corner between the base and the cabinet wall is extra-large. I had fabricated a unique steel cutter to shape this part.

 

 

 

 

 

A musician-friend of mine asked me to build this case to hold a mixing board he needs to have with him at gigs. The wood is called lysaloma, a strong but lightweight material that grows local to our area in South Florida.

 

The owners of this house had just completed extensive remodeling throughout and did not want to diminish their efforts by placing a painted metal grill on their new walls. This piece more closely matches the rest of their decor. The frame is mounted on a hinge to enable easy filter changes.

(56x37x15 inches). The wood used for this piece was collected where it grows in South Florida. It was highly prized by European woodworkers in previous centuries when it was exported primarily from Cuba. There is no comparison in other varieties of mahogany for its rich color, grain and perfect density for carving and acoustical resonance for musical instruments. The design for this large "coffee table" came from wanting to try a new method of making the four legs simultaneously on a lathe and then quartering the single "round" to get the legs. That way all four are perfectly matched. I only wish that I also had the right photography skills to show the incredible beauty of this wood. Compare the appearance of this mahogany with that used in the Mahogany Cabinet.

 

Solid mahogany with royal palm inlay, length 9 ft., Built with traditional dovetail and mortise/tenon joinery, this piece has heirloom quality. All solid wood furniture with lasting strength require this old-world joinery because of subtle changes in a rooms ambient temperature and humidity which causes wood parts to swell and contract hydraulically relative to each other, even with the strongest glue.

 

 

Mahogany and Caribbean pine. When Captain Elroy decided to sell his boat, "Seawolf", one of the few things he took to land included this brass clock that chimes to indicate a crew rotation. His house lacked a bulkhead to place it into, so I made this simple holder.

 

Varnished walnut, 14 in. tall.