A couple months back we had a chef approach us looking for some kitchen islands. We decided to use our Ellis design. They are similar in style, and mirrored on both sides. One has 2 doors on each side, some shelving in the center, and an overhanging top to work as a bar with our Wright stools. The other has 3 drawers per side, open storage underneath, and 2 enclosed storage bays under that. Each Ellis island (funny how it came out that way) has GFCI outlets on one side with wiring routed down to the ground. These are finished with 4 heavy duty locking casters, and aged sugar pine tops. Weight is somewhere around half a ton each, ya they are heavy!
Last week I had an idea for a new restaurant cafe table. I started with a solid steel 2″ screw for the base. It pierces through the table top and has a 3″ nut which makes a very interesting focal point. This was designed as a fairly economical commercial quality table that would last forever, and catch people’s interest.
This table can of course be customized: A round and or wood top would soften the look, painted, chromed, brass or copper plated, use two bases to support a larger top, make it side or coffee table size, etc.
Priced around $1095, quantity discounts available. These are built to order and there is a lead time.
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.
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
I took some pictures yesterday of some new pieces and designs…
Industrial Toilet Paper Holder – Our shop needed one of these so I put this together. It’s definitely overbuilt, weighs around 10 lbs, and the Acme nuts keep the paper secure. The double holder will make sure you are never without a square again! – Price $225
Adjustable Height coffee table – 42″ x 42″ x 18-30″ tall, this heavy duty coffee table adjusts in height to double as a cafe or dining table. It has a 30″ square cutout in the center which will hold a piece of glass which allows you to see the workings of the design.
Here is a variation of my Ellis design. It has 4 solid doors with ironwork that is riveted and bolted on, an internal shelf, 6″ cast iron casters, solid mahogany top and shelves, about 400 lbs of handmade steel and hardwood. Ideal for a residential, or commercial setting. Built to last a lifetime and then some. This piece as pictured is priced around $3575. Without the hutch it prices around $2595.
Dimensions: 60″ L x 20″ D x 74″ T
Available in custom sizes, finishes, and can be tailored to suit your needs.
Here is a new line I am carrying, Coach Casters which have an aged 6″ composite wheel, and a dark vintage patina on the metal. They have a mounting height of 7.5″. They are budget priced at $119 per set of four. These are also available with an 8″ wheel for $129.
Here are some Vintage Industrial style casters I am now carrying. The 6″ wheels were forged in America and designed around the 1940s. I will be adding these to my Antique Caster page soon. Feel free to contact me if you are interested in a set. The top two pictured have a 6″ spoked cast iron wheel. The bottom two have a cast iron wheel with a rubber tread.
Here is a new version of the 308 series, a desk with a rare 2″ thick mahogany top. The large aged pipe base sits on old spoked casters. This piece is 60″ x 19.5″ x 30″ tall and weighs in around 225 lbs. It would also make a nice console or display table. Price $1,750