About

Commissioning Custom Work

Interested in commissioning a single piece of furniture or an entire kitchen remodel? The first step is to give me a call & make an appointment to come by the shop & see my work in person. I always have something to show & talk about. At this initial appointment, you will see many styles, samples of wood species & finishes. If you give me a rough drawing of your kitchen, I can give you an estimate & possible timeline.

The next step is to hire me for the design work. I charge a design fee of $250. I will come to your home, take measurements & bounce ideas around with you. I will also present you with a 3D drawing or sketch of the more sculptural pieces. I’ll make changes to the drawing as needed. During the design process, I will make finished samples of the wood species you’re considering. Included in the design fee is a specific proposal outlining the details in your kitchen and an exact cost for the cabinetry. Due to every job site being different, I charge a by-the-man-hour rate for the delivery & install.

If this seems like an agreeable arrangement, please call or email me and set up a time for us to meet. Thank You, -jason


Woods


I use a variety of beautiful woods. From River Recovered Cypress to Black Limba.

Here are some photos of some of the sample boards we have provided to our clients. We work with many different species of solid wood and we have access to hundreds of varieties of veneer…


Solid Wood Vs. Veneer

There are two main styles of furniture construction: solid wood & veneer. Of course, solid wood means one piece of solid wood. Its aesthetic is comforting; knowing that your furniture is solid wood is a source of pride. Solid wood also behaves as you would expect it to behave in that it moves according to changes in the air’s humidity. In Florida, a solid wood dining room table top could easily move 3/8” from summer to winter. This means that a solid wood piece should be designed properly so that the table will not literally work itself apart over the years. There are other ways to work around wood movement; the main technique that I prefer to use is veneer.
Many people today rightfully cringe when they hear the word veneer in reference to furniture. The tradition of veneering was hijacked to make cheap furniture that anyone could afford to throw away.
I like to introduce my clients & students to the European tradition (veneering dates back to the Egyptians) of sawing veneer from a plank of wood. Using this technique, veneer can be cut to an appropriate thickness of approximately 1/16th of an inch so that it works like real wood, has the color of other related solid wood such as legs & stretchers, & can be repaired & refinished many times. Sawn veneer at this thickness is not able to overpower the adhesive, so by cross bonding (how plywood is made) we can arrest its movement and allow for great exploration in design, whether by marquetry or parquetry. In the website’s gallery, you will see many of my custom furniture pieces where the grain is going in every which way; that is veneer at work. Besides liberating the design, working with veneer also allows a one-of-a-kind solid wood plank of sometimes extreme value to be stretched up to 6 times per inch of its surface area.


Cabinet Construction

Cabinets are constructed using Columbia Forest Products PureBond® plywood and substrates. This product line is made in the USA with no added formaldehyde. The glue is soy based and the poplar core is Forest Stewardship Councils (FSC) certified. We are a certified member of the Columbia Forrest Products fabricator network. Cabinet boxes and shelves are made with 0 VOC epoxy acrylate pre-finished maple plywood and all edges are covered with maple veneer banding. We make the cabinet boxes in the shop to whatever dimension is necessary; we have no standard box sizes. The drawers are made using solid maple with dovetail joinery. We use Made in North Carolina Blum brand undermount soft close slides.


Modern Kitchen Design

We do a remarkable job using decorative veneer. I would be happy to show you over one hundred samples of different species of wood and grain figures that are available. Our veneer work is furniture quality and we compose our work using the graphics of the wood.
Frame and panel doors and drawer fronts can be made with any species of wood available. I have a wonderful stock of solid wood: Black Walnut, River Recovered cypress and Long Leaf heart pine. Our traditional Shaker style doors are constructed with straight grain quarter sawn frames and flat sawn panels. Our solid wood work is a composition rarely seen even in magazines.



Custom Made vs. Semi-Custom Cabinets

“Semi-Custom cabinets are a rip off.” There, I said it. Now, let me explain.

People who are buying cabinets through a store are paying a premium mark-up to middle men & what these people get are factory, mass-produced cabinets. Calling these cabinets “semi-custom” is like calling a car you bought from a car lot “semi-custom” because you picked the color & stereo package. As a custom maker, the term “semi-custom” is a common marketing strategy that I find offensive & disingenuous.
Buying custom crafted cabinets directly from the maker can be less expensive or just as competitively priced as buying from the cabinet store. More importantly, semi-custom cabinets can not compete in any way other than price with custom-made cabinets. The workmanship, the details & the service are barely existent in store bought cabinets. If there is an error in the ordering or design, last minute site changes or a damaged part, you can the expect weeks to go by before the problem will be remedied.
When you hire a custom maker, you are actually hiring a team of people who are responsible for the process from the beginning to the end. We design, build, deliver & install quality one-of-a-kind, custom cabinetry & furniture.
I commonly see that semi-custom cabinets cost more than I would have charged for custom-made cabinets; the semi-custom cabinets that clients receive are over-priced, boring, uncreative, cookie cutter & generic.
If you are shopping for Kitchen Cabinets in Florida, reach out & inquire; the results may surprise you.


Eco Policy

Made in the USA
My ethics dictate my dedication to buying American-made products. I feel that when I buy something, I am responsible for bringing the object into the world. I am responsible for its existence forever, first in my home and eventually in the landfill. It takes a terrible amount of time to find something of quality; for example, try buying a Made in the USA toaster oven! I build quality custom furniture with pride in Gainesville, Florida (and I can make it affordably).


Eco Policy
I try my best to be a good steward of our environment. The shop is lit mainly by sky-lights, but efficient lights are used as needed. Another portion of our power (2400 watts per hour) comes from an array of solar panels. I am happy to use Low Voc glues and finishes and formaldehyde-free substrates. I try to be conscientious about where and how my materials are sourced. I am constantly evolving this side of my woodworking.