New To The Shop

BIG NEWS: OUR SISTER SHOP, FAMILY

So, we've been working on this idea for a collection of utilitarian items, accessories that fit into all projects for both home and business. Through months of thoughts, prototypes, and finally photos, I am a puddle of melty excitement to announce KKDW's sister shop, FAMILY.

As the compadre of KKDW, Family provides you with beautiful accessories to help you create flexible storage solutions. More designs and pieces will be added regularly, so continue to check back, but to start with, check out our shelf brackets, hooks, and first door handle.

Logo by our very favorite Lauren Dickens. I literally cried when I opened up the logo file for the first time. She's the best, isn't she?

Video below by our exceptionally talented and genius friend, Drea. Give her a follow if you don't already. Video music by KKDW's very own Aaron Ward <3

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New to the shop: Mahogany

New mahogany coffee table & XXL mirror, two designs now in the shop.

Mahogany is at once burly and delicate, a perfect marriage for these XXL pieces that showcase the hefty lines mahogany's capable of. The thickness of the mahogany, particularly on the coffee table, is hands-down one of the front-runners for my favorite aspect of the design, but it's neck and neck with the coffee table base. The pedestal base is bent steel, welded into a tripod, with a matte black powder coat. Que bella.

I shot everything at the shining start of sites, One Eleven East. The space is naturally filled with light so soft you'll just want to lay down on the floor and never leave. Which is what I almost did. One Eleven East is a historic building (constructed c. 1983) recently renovated into an event space and studio. Side note: my husband, Travis, built out a lot of the space throughout the renovation--lotsa reasons to love this place.

New to the shop: shaker bed

 The newest addition to my webshop is the Shaker Bed

This Shaker Bed is solid wood through and through. Knotty alder makes up the headboard, footboard, and aprons; the slats that support the mattress are poplar; the pins I used on the headboard are white oak. The head- and footboards are built with mortise & tenon joints that I used a drawbore technique on, which is a fancy way of saying they're not going anywhere. No nails or screws or other non-wood fasteners, and the whole thing is finished with natural oils, waxes, and a series of steps that take days to carry out. The entire bed feels so lovely, I'm plotting my next bed design--but the next one I might need to keep for myself.

If you're interested in a little more information about traditional joinery, check out a brief intro to it in my previous post.

NEW TO THE SHOP: OPEN RECORD & PLAYER CABINET

A new open record cabinet design is available in the webshop, and, lo n behold it's in alder! I built the original version of this cabinet for my best bud, Lauren Dickens. Lauren is a mega-talent who designed the KKDW logo as well as some KKDW redesign elements that I'm just busting to share soon. Because Lauren's the best.

This cabinet is 100% solid alder, through and through. No nails or screws or other non-wood fastners, built with traditional & modern joinery, including sliding dovetail joints. The apron & legs were attached with full mortise & tenon joints, and the whole thing is finished in my favorite way: natural oils, waxes, and a series of some secret steps that leave the whole thing feeling like that really soft part of a dog's ear. I'll be keeping this design around for a while.

 

TWO NEW: KKDW open record cabinets

I recently finished building two open record cabinets. One is a big guy that holds about 500 records. The other is a smaller cabinet that fits around 200 records. What I love most about the small cabinet is that it’s completely solid walnut, even the legs. No welded steel on this one. I don’t have a lathe {yet}, so I was stumped on how to build four perfectly cylindrical legs. I did a little experimentation with a router with a round over bit on some 1 x 1” walnut I cut, and that did the trick. You don’t always have the right tools, but life is about adaptation, right?

After I had my cylindrical legs, I used my bandsaw to cut kerfs into the tops of each of them, then I wedged another piece of walnut into the kerfs to keep the legs super snug in the cabinet. The weight of 200 records really adds up, so it was important to use techniques that could handle the heft. The entire piece is built with modern and traditional joinery—dado joints on the sides and a nice dovetail in the center. The ace in the hole is the joint that runs along the back of the top that allows you to face out your favorite records or whatever’s on the player.

NEW WORK, FALL 2014

After weeks of finishing up a project in my workshop, it's always a treat to spend a couple days styling the final piece. It's even better when you have a serious plant-lady friend who can help you bring the backdrop of your dreams to life.

In this case, my good pal ErinBeth of Ethel helped me install the above monstera leaf behemoth. I gave the site a little makeover to go with it all, and you'll see some new pieces in the shop. Here are some process shots of the day.

Erin is one of the best folks around and runs a little plant studio here in Austin called Ethel where she does plant installations, botanical styling, and all around plant voodoo. I couldn't have pulled this off without her help--she also makes a little cameo in my shop.