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Turning a Bathtub into a Shower

One of the bathrooms in this house had only a bathtub with a half wall for the bathtub plumbing. The home owner wanted a more useful space, so she asked us to install glass blocks to create a full wall for a shower surround. The glass blocks give more light to the shower area, as well as compliment the look in the rest of the bathroom.

Since we couldn’t put the plumbing into the glass blocks, we used copper piping to plumb the shower head. We looked for something store bought that would work for this application but could not find anything, even at the specialty plumbing stores. So we got creative and made it ourselves. The best part is that the copper is going to be chromed to match the fixtures and that the place to do it is none other than the Harley Davidson dealership!

With not too much work, new tile, and a glass wall, the result is a much more functional space that is really aesthetically pleasing. Something to think about for your next project!

Butcher Block Island

After helping build this client’s kitchen with Juniper Joinery, she wanted an island to add a little more work space. Because the kitchen was too small to accommodate a full-sized island, I came up with this option. The top measures 33″ x 22″ and is small enough to pick up and slide out of the way when needed.

I designed the counter top to be a butcher block so the customer could use this space as a cutting board for preparing meals. A butcher block top is a great choice for cutting on, since the end grain of the wood doesn’t dull a knife as quickly as cutting across the grain.

I also added in a couple of shelves for storing dishes, and as a special bonus, I added a drawer with hand-cut dovetails for the joinery. And I always give my clients green options when it comes to the finish on my furniture. This piece uses a combination of Osmo oil for the base, shelves and drawer, with food-safe tung oil for the butcher block top.

 

 

Asian Inspired Plant Stand

Last winter I designed and built a custom plant stand for a customer in Calgary, Alberta. The request was for a piece of furniture inspired by a Japanese garden gate that could hold a number of plants and be a decorative addition to their living room.

I was excited to take on the challenge of creating a unique piece that would be both eye pleasing and functional. The end supports are made of circles, each cut from four pieces of wood glued together. And to add another element of interest, the shelves are cut as horizontal arcs that are offset at each level of the stand.

Originally designed it without the corner braces, but the shelves were not stable enough to hold the weight of the plants. The frame was racking from side to side, and I had to adjust the design to add small corner braces at each level.

The customer was super happy with the finished piece, and she was able to display her plants – out of reach of her new puppy!