Last week we finished a new French Column base design. They are quite heavy using 1″ thick plate steel for the main supports, and are adorned with bent angle iron and hundreds of rivets. We can build these for round tops, consoles, desks, dining and conference tables, and more. Weight is around 300-400 lbs per base depending on size. Call for pricing.
Monthly Archives: July 2011
Adjustable Height Crank Desk with 2 Drawers – height adjusts from 25″ – 35″ with the 2 ton rated screw mechanisms. This piece has a 10″ cast iron wheel, crank the wheel and it goes up or down. The top is made of extra heavy gauge plate steel and is accented with metal trim and bolted corners. The is a drawer on each side, and an optional separate filing cabinet underneath. Can be built as a dining or conference table too.
This entire piece was made by hand in our shop, and is an original design. It is pretty heavy, around 600 lbs. Available in custom sizes, with a wood top, various drawer configurations, and more. As shown, this desk is priced around (Check our new site for price).
Our I Beam base can be built with various tops including steel or wood round tops. Below is a picture of the base with a 44″ riveted steel round top. Email us for pricing.
We’re finally getting close to finishing our chair design. It’s been a year in the works! We love the old Toledo UHL drafting chairs and wanted to create our own version of it. Restoration Hardware has replicated this chair already, but unfortunately I’ve heard the quality is not so good. A few of my clients have stated this and a restaurant project that I worked on is needing to replace their broken and worn out RH chairs and it hasn’t even been a year yet. RH updated their website and the chair description now reads “This collection is for residential use” which I think is a sneaky way of saying not commercial quality.
But our new chair will be commercial quality, as is everything we build. Our thought is that it needs to last 100 years or more. The seat height will be adjustable from dining to bar height which will make it very versatile. It’ll have a maple seat and back, just like the original Toledo chairs. We’ll probably make them with metal seats too. As with everything we make, these will be customizable to suit your specific needs. As for cost, it’ll be somewhere from $400-600, not exactly sure yet.
Below is an original Toledo drafting chair from the 20s so you can get an idea of our inspiration. These things last forever and you should expect the same from us.
I Beam conference table – 14′ long, approximately 1200 lbs, aged sugar pine top, riveted metal trim, with our I Beam base design. This is a custom piece we made for a client. If you are interested in something like this, let us know.
Here are a few vintage industrial designs we’ve been working on. Stay tuned as we have lots more on the way.
Smith Commons adjustable tables with our new top design
14′ I Beam Conference Table
What an interesting ride it’s been! Last year we were working out of a studio at my house. And today we’re in a 6000 sf historical warehouse. We’ve hired several awesome employees in the last month. I’m trying to keep our lead time down under 6 weeks which has been a challenge, while trying to keep the manpower available to work on new design ideas, of which there are many (keep your eyes out for some commercial quality chairs and stools coming soon). We’re working on getting in several retail stores (finally), building a center piece table for a sports talk show, building fixtures for retail stores, and basically expanding the company on a monthly basis in every way. I was told yesterday that we should put together a press kit which sounds like a good idea, just too busy at the moment building and designing!!
So I just wanted to thank our fans, friends, employees, customers and my wife for everything you’ve done to support us on this crazy roller coaster ride! There’s been some growing pains for sure, but it’s so worth it for the end result.
You may have seen it on the news, but we got to see it in person. A huge dust storm hit the valley a couple days ago as we were driving home from a day at the shop. I managed to snap a couple pictures before it swept over us.