Why have a cheap-o wood retirement plaque made overseas when you can have a piece of the aircraft you dedicated your career to made by a Marine in Austin, Texas! Custom made for a retiring Gunnery Sergeant in my C-130 squadron. This personalized plaque makes a nice going away gift that he can proudly display on a desk, book case or at that new job in the next life. Just like the Marine receiving it; this window has been retired from flight service to the Marine Corps. This cockpit window once flew at 250 knots and now it serves as the platform for personalized text and images. The images on the window had to be individually laser engraved to re-adjust each time for the curvature of the window. The window bolts to a simple stainless steel free which allows an unrestricted view all the way through the window. Semper Fidelis! March 2015
An ultra cool, ultra custom trunk designed and made with cutting edge technology. In keeping with the design of the previous desks made for "Fat Sal's" Restaurant in Austin, TX; maple and mild steel were the materials of choice. This was designed to fit perfectly into an opening under a window and it still allows massive and hidden storage space inside. An extremely strong mild steel base holds it all together, and the top lifts gently by rotating around a 50" piano hinge. One finger lifts this 45 pound Maple lid. The main event is the Fat Sal's logo cut out of a huge piece of 6061 Aluminum plate by a 60,000 psi waterjet. This plate floats 1/2" off the frame and is backlit with 16.4' of color changing LEDs controlled by remote. Aluminum rivets provide a nice contrast, give it an industrial feel and hold the sheet metal to the frame. July 2014
A recent project to reach completion is this walnut and steel bench. This bench was made to go along with a matching dining room table. The wood was hand selected from a mill in Virginia and the metal materials were hand selected in California. Three sections of black walnut were joined with decorative Purple Heart strips spined in between those joints and showing their beauty on the ends. When sunlight hits the bench it looks like a topographical map. The rod in the center was custom made to add an industrial feel while give both bench columns support. The JDL logo is cut from 1/2" Steel Plate by waterjet and welded to the vertical column ends. Walnut top treated with multiple coats of Varnish, steel left raw and wiped with machine oil..
Another recent project to reach completion is the maple, cherry, mahogany and aluminum computer desk. I wanted to create a modern looking desk that you can't find anywhere else. The aluminum frame contrasts nicely with the beautifully joined Bird's Eye Maple, Curly Cherry and Mahogany top. With a minimalistic style in mind, I wanted the workspace free from clutter. All hardware and power strips are mounted on the under side of the table, leaving only a computer monitor, wireless mouse, and wireless keyboard if desired. Decorative countersunk steel grommets add beauty while also providing strong mounting points for speakers, a book holder or simply a location for wires to pass through. This was on display in the White House.
Long and low, this purpose built audio stand was made to fit under a low sitting window and hold audio equipment such as a receiver, speakers and satellite radio. The walnut is solid and hand selected for it's beautiful figure. Each end is supported with three stainless steel tubes and the underside is discreetly reinforced with aluminum channel for added rigidity. The stainless caps on the topside ends are actually threaded and countersunk - all thread running through the tubes and secured with a nylox nut on the bottom side. Hand finished with 6 coats of low gloss oil and urethane varnish for a natural look.
A very challenging build! Sometimes a simple and square look requires the most amount of time and energy. This table (with a matching end table) was built for a custom home in New Orleans. No glue was used in the construction of this table. The top of the table is alternating solid cherry and stainless strips held together with three threaded rods that run through the entire width and is capped on the ends with flush mounted acorn nuts. The acorn nuts sit in hand made stainless cups which are press fit into the wood. The end frames are made of 2" mitered stainless box and serves as the attachment point for the top and as the cross bar connection point for the bottom. The cherry is finished in multiple coats of semi-gloss varnish. April 2015
Built especially for the Smith Family in Ohio for their Black Bear themed room. This 100lb Black Walnut and Steel End Table is built to be tough as a Black Bear! The top is made from a single board of 2" thick Black Walnut, joined in 3 sections, with decorative purple heart spines on the ends. The base is made out of mild steel and MIG welded together. The special centerpiece bear claw cross-brace design was cut out of 3/16" steel plate on the water jet and reinforced underneath with 1.5" box tubing. The steel was powder-coated with the color "Speedway Grey" to give it an indestructible and beautiful steel colored finish. The Walnut was finished with gloss brushing varnish and museum grade wax. The whole table disassembles for shipping and bolts back together in 20 minutes. Sit on it, throw a stack of books on it or spill a beer on it---you can't hurt this table! April 2015
In a word--Indestructable. Completed in the fall of 2012, is this pair of walnut and steel end tables (only one is pictured). The matching set perfectly complements a brown leather couch on either side. While identical in dimensions, each end table carries it's own distinct figure and grain pattern in the walnut. The top is 2" thick, closely resembling a butcher block and is actually four separate pieces joined using the biscuiting process. Each end table weighs approximately 50lbs and sits on discreetly placed felt lined pucks to eliminate scratching of surfaces. The steel structure is made out angle iron and is attached to the underside of the table using wood screws.
This end table was build to accompany the above coffee table. The top was made from a single board of cherry, joined in three places and also finished with semi-gloss varnish. The wood has a vivid grain pattern which resembles a topographical map. The frame was TIG welded together and the JDL logo sits on top of the cross bar. Hidden fasteners attach the top to the frame on the underside. April 2015