Styling your home for sale and presentation

home cabinets

home cabinets

1. De-clutter your space. Start earlier in the kitchen area. Remove all the clutter on bench tops, window sills and clean all surfaces. All documents, invoices, the debris, the file away neatly.

MOTTO: If in doubt – throw it out! Or at least, keep it off!

2. Re-organize stay for a good flow and spatial layout. All the pictures on the walls should be placed at eye level and curb all pictures and belongings scattered.

Minimalism is better most potential buyers can not imagine living in the same space made with your clutter accumulated.

3. Add some funky bright pillows for your sofa existing to modernize and improve the environment and put a nice rug under the coffee table (perhaps Shagpile or something contemporary) to complete and define the living area.

Lighting is of prime importance to the atmosphere, so include a lamp standard or modern coffee table and lamp.

Accessories and modern art have a huge role in creating the ‘wow’ factor and the skillful use of color is more important.

These are the important factors that puts it all together.

4. The beds Shoulderstand be dressed with modern duvets / soft pillows / valances / pillows / bedside tables and elegant lamps. These need not be expensive-go style.

Advantages of wooden furniture and things to consider when buying

Wood Furniture

Wood Furniture

Is most surprising of wood furniture, the quality is second to none. None of the alternatives has proven to be as good as wood. It has a characteristic warmth that is felt, and there is no substitute. Furthermore, it is durable, strong and durable and will last for several years. The traditionally prepared joints to improve strength, without glue, screws or nails. It really is a timeless investment.

Here are some things you consider when shopping like:

Go to the rugged and strong products so that they can withstand harsh conditions and test time.
Always check many types of wood used, the quality before buying to make decorative pieces.
In addition to quality, be sure to also check the color so that it matches the interior and the main theme of your home.
Always check for cracks and crevices. If present, avoid buying this item. In addition, when shopping for antiques, you should look to experts.
You can check for active worms or interception by the polls.


The main advantage of wood furniture is elegant and charming look. It is a timeless work of art. Serve not only all functional purposes, but also emphasizes the look of your room. It is warm and impressive and is sure to leave a lasting impression.

Dark Mango Wood Furniture

Wood Furniture

Wood Furniture

With solid wood furniture a comeback Mango is increasingly replacing the Sheesham and Teak as an affordable and sustainable option. ,

With the sharp jump in prices or sheesham rosewood, homeowners are looking for cheaper, but as a class options. And that’s where the dark wood handle fits the bill perfectly.

Thick, hard, durable, lightweight and strong texture is a perfect combination of quality, strength and water costs. This is also a very viable alternative.

In line with the trend

Perhaps one of the big advantages over the use of dark mango is the finishing and timelessness to give your property. It is always the preferred choice for creating rustic modern furniture. Greenish in color with a dark, warm tone brown, eaten carving solid pieces with a rustic surface and irregular edges absolutely bread, when the medium mango.

Cleanup seems now to be seen on designs simple cuts, clean lines and straight forward nature-inspired motifs, the buzzword. Mango with your natural texture thick and dark, warm encapsulates only honesty, to re-create this helps rustic traditional elements with modern metaphor.

5 Tips for cleaning wood furniture

Wood Furniture

Wood Furniture

If you are surfaced with wood furniture at home, it is important to take care of special, because wood with special health care compared to non-wood furniture for the home. Therefore, cleanliness is taking an important step for you well on their stuff. 1. Keep away from direct heat of the sun: Here are some helpful tips that cleaning can be presented useful.

The furniture that must appear in the areas where you can not be reached by direct heat of the sun. Too hot sun to dry-wood furniture. In extreme cases, you can remove the color of the wood.

However, if your home textiles there have been exposed to sunlight and is prone to drying, it is recommended that you use a dehumidifier or humidifier. Helps dry in maintaining wood surfaces.

2. Identify the type of wood finish.

Wood finishes come in different types. Varies hard soft surfaces. Some comes painted in clear or colored. The correct identification of the type of wood surfaces will help you identify the correct cleaning methods.

3. Note the formation of dust rule.

For all types of wood surfaces, it is a duty to observe the formation of control dust. You can use a clean, permeable skins use cloth to remove dust. Dusting should be more than a few times per week are performed. As a result of the rapid build-up of soil and other debris on the surface is exposed.

The manufacture of wooden furniture

Wood Furniture

Wood Furniture

To start with the right foot to become a carpenter, is beneficial for you to answer these questions:

1. Do you have experience in carpentry? Even as experience will qualify in the school shop class. The knowledge of the tools and what they do is a plus.

2. Do you know what you build? A simple table, shelf or bookcase would be great if you have no experience. If you are familiar with handling tools and wood, you can to move larger or more detailed article.

3. Is there a difference between the acquired woodworking plans, free plans? The difference is that free plans are usually run out of it, you are knowledgeable in the art of woodworking and either can not or will stop in the hope of every step in detail the steps that you already know. Purchased plans are very detailed, and you do not have any guess work to do. In addition, you can use the same company through some of his woodworking projects want to stay because they often combine.

4. What tools are needed? As simple as go want to do on their plans for wooden furniture, you can view a list of saws, drills, hardware, stick to most other elements needed to create to make your project from start to end and. Ask. A straight edge, pencil and glasses are standard for each project

what kind of steel base can i have on my slab top table?

invariably, after the question ‘how much does a slab top table cost?’, the next question is, ‘are there other kinds of table bases i should consider?’  there are.  the legs shown above are our most popular style.  based on a shaker design, below, they are cut (wastefully, i admit), from a slab of 1.5″ thick steel on a waterjet, at a local steel fabricators shop.  the process is extremely accurate, but slow going through the thick, solid steel, so the individual cut pieces are expensive even before we grind, polish, drill, tap and assemble them.  they are beautiful though, and extremely rigid, and give the heavy slabs a lighter, sort of ‘floating’, familiar, yet contemporary look.  click the photos to enlarge them. 

each section consists of the main vertical, a 10″ ‘wing’ for stability and a 2.375 x .375 bar  to tie the whole thing together.  we offer ‘natural’, top and below, rainbow, a dark browny, bronzy, patina, and black.  these finishes are then top coated to stabilize them.

we can also easily alter their shape as our cnc uses the same programming as the waterjet.  if you can draw it, they can probably cut it.
a flattened version for a smaller table

we also offer fabricated metal bases in a variety of styles.  above and below are our ‘trapezoid’ bases.  also offered in various finishes, they can be fabricated in any size and can accommodate a design change to allow for a drawer.

with the square or rectangular tubing, we can offer a variety of shapes, including squares and xs, shown below.  these bases can be polished and patinated, or left more or less ‘as is’, like above, for a sort of industrial look.

the restaurant tables below we re fun.  randomly space 5/8ths rebar was welded between two steel plates, randomly painted and randomly rusted.  given that these were 42″ high, tghey were bolted to the wood floor, but shortened to traditional dining table height, i’m sure they would make for an interesting look.

we also use plasma cut tapered legs on some of our dining and console tables.

or, our ‘bridges’ base could also be adapted somehow to a larger, taller scale table.

then we have the ‘wood and steel’ combinations …

the ‘nakashima inspired’ welded steel bases …

coffee tables …

and your imagination .. we’re open and happy to discuss your designs, either for a slab top you already own, or for a whole table we can design and build for you.  in general, prices for custom steel bases start around $1000. for the welded tubing designs and go up to $3500. to $4000. for the waterjet cut, thick, patinated steel bases.

a custom floor inlay

trevor finished up the 68 pieces for a custom floor inlay we’re making for a local client today.  you can see half of it here.  it will be 3/4 ” thick, 60″ in diameter when it’s installed.  click the photos to enlarge them.

he started with this cad drawing i made from my memory of a compass rose we did in a ‘sea chest’ lid about 15 years ago.  that was a small inlay, and i can’t find a picture, but i remember the layout.  we then made a quick 1/4 inch mdf sample of half the circle, which gave us patterns for the blanks.  

there was, of course, a little bit of programming involved. but, on the whole, it was a pretty quick piece of cnc work compared to cutting and fitting the pieces by hand.  the next step, is the final fitting and gluing to the mdf core and installing it in the floor after it is laid. more on this project later …

more piccolo banjos

short concert here

will put up a website back in may and boom, boom, boom .. three piccolo banjo orders. he’s working on all of them sort of at the same time and finishing up the first one, which has to be in california for a festival next week. i haven’t been paying 100% attention and i only caught the highlights, but watching him figure out efficiencies to produce multiple editions of similar designs has been really interesting. click the photos to enlarge them … 
6/22/2014 .. for photos of 20 more banjos visit will’s website at

first, he cut all the pot ring parts at the same time. it was quite a stack …
then, based on some stuff he found on the internet, he designed and built a machine tool type setup for the wood lathe to rapidly and accurately turned the pots.
eventually, he’ll have a steel plate made to more firmly hold the reversible tool post, but the wood plate worked surprisingly well.
three necks … cut on his refined swing jig
he then added the inlaid and slotted fretboards
and refined the final shapes
he finished the wood parts with tru oil, a hard oil product made primarily for gunstocks, but it works great for banjos and other small things too.

a new challenge was installing the natural skin head, which the first client requested for a traditional sound. this one’s goat skin which has an interesting, natural look.
you soak it in warm water, and then lay it over the rim and install the brass flesh hoop, which Will and Sam rolled from brass and brazed in the metal shop.
then you place the tension hoop over that
and pull the excess up through a little at a time.
last step is to install the tightening hardware, snug it up and trim the excess. after drying for 24 hours, the skin will shrink and tighten itself … pretty slick … i was fascinated watching the stretching process. i had my camera nearby and took the really short video here as will was finishing up … about all you can see there is how quickly you need to work, but it’s still a pretty cool process shot.
other banjo related posts

and then it was friday

quite a lot went on this week … i wasn’t sure i was going to make it through all of it, but, in the end, i did … click the photos to enlarge them …

will is finishing up a new version of this sideboard we made back around 2004 or 5.  it will be stained and have walnut hand turned pulls.  he’s got the top moldings installed now and will be starting the turning and finishing process on monday.

and sam had a busy week, working on some BIG turnbuckles for a local  remodel project


and the stratton rails are finished except for some touch up paint on the welds .. complex project.  angles, level changes, drainspouts … all done now. 

and he welded up a whole new railing job … straight rail sections plus the stairs … paint ‘em black next week.

and jim’s working on some curved benches from some curved planks we have had air drying outside the finish room for at least a couple of years.  (actually they are in that link from 2010 … finally made a decision.

first we curved the front and back edges of the tapered ash supports, then we burned them with the big torch, and then we swabbed on some red and black oil based paint … these bookmatched benches will be good for indoors or out .. they are homeless for the moment and looking for a place to live … price on request.

and trevor finished up the curly maple trestle table with some stain and varnish.  that one will be around until the room where it is going is finished in a couple weeks … nice color!

and he started a new 11’6″ long version of the table above, also from the mid 2000s.

roughing out the top made us think of bar shuffleboard .. all we needed was some wax.
the scale was different so we made mdf mockup aprons and a new, 4″ square leg sample.
approved by the client …
and the top is glued up .. nice cherry from our friends at irion lumber.
  and i’m working on my pottery chops, with a new technique of my own devising.

i have never had the time to put in to learn to throw shapes like these, so i devised some lathe turned mdf forms. first i roll out a .2″ thick slab, then after it is on the form and rough trimmed, i put it on the wheel, add a ‘snake’ for a foot and throw the foot onto the bottom of the bowl form … it has allowed me to make shapes that my pottery throwing skills will most likely never be up to, and, i love the ‘target’ shapes.  i can pretend i’m jasper johns or josef albers for a minute or two … more on this technique later.

and we’re fooling with some new zinc table top concepts, like maybe a ‘hammered over’ edge on a round top … it could work .. 

and jim picked up a few items from a temporarily closed gallery in massachusetts … ready to go and attractively priced for sure.

including this very fine claro slab table … +/- 44 x 90 … it has a polished rebar base, but we are open to other options .. call for prices and details on all these former gallery items .. 802-867 5541

   and the last of the ice went out of the pond today with the sunny skies and 50 degree temperatures.  i thin it is finally gonna be spring now …

a custom built in bench

Linkwaaaay behind in my blogging … along with a bunch of stuff in the shop, i have also gotten caught up in a good paddle tennis season, playing more than ever before … the weather has been perfect; warm for vermont and my body has been holding up surprisingly well … it’s a great, fast, outdoor winter sport. good to get outside and run around …

we delivered this built in bench about a week and half ago, and though it looks pretty simple now that it’s done, there were a lot of things to think about and consider as we put it together …
we had an inspiration photo and overall dimensions, but no angles which, since you can’t tell much by sitting on a drawing, encourage us to make a full size mdf mockup, complete with foam and took an hour or two, but was well worth it and allowed us to debate the incline of both the seat and the back cushions …
from there it was on to the cad drawings, which gave us dimensions and an actual plan to work from. the little recessed base was interesting and gave the piece a little more of a ‘furniture’ look but added a few complications to the construction process start up … lots of little offsets and surface plane differences to create shadows …

plywood carcase designbut once the structure was defined by the plywood carcase, it was a little more straightforward as we added the layers.moving along here, about to add the ends and top rail …
a little oil primer and paint ..

a test fit on the cushions by local upholsterer, isaiah mccauliffe, and we were out the door. in the top picture above, the carpenters will cut the baseboard and fit the bench top to the wall when the clients’ table arrives, for the complete built in look .. nice house …