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Shaker inspired benches

Over the past two years I have made quite a few benches, mostly my Bowback Benches, but also Shaker Meeting House Benches.   The Bowback (Contemporary Windsor) Benches have included my standard in cherry with ash spindles and figured maple legs:

Contemporary Windsor Bench

Several of the benches have been new variations on the theme, including a white oak Contemporary Windsor Bench with ash spindles:                   


I also made an oak bench with dark mission oak stain:


I happen to have two new slabs of wood, a 20 inch wide piece of cherry suitable for an eight foot long Contemporary Windsor Bench and a wide piece of walnut  big enough for a 6 foot Bowback Bench.  These pieces are special due to the width; usually I glue two pieces of wood together to make the seats.  These pieces of wood will make one-piece seats.  Here, along with a smaller bench and a chair,  is a photo of the last six foot Walnut Contemporary Windsor Bench that I made:

I’ve had a photo of a 5 foot Shaker Meeting House Bench, that I made, on my website for 25 years without an order until this year when I got two orders in a two week period.  One was just like the original in cherry with ash spindles:

The other went through two iterations, both adding a splash of color to the bench collection:

Chartreuse and Orange Shaker Meeting House Benches

I also made one other Contemporary Windsor Bench out of ash but dyed walnut brown:

Please keep the orders coming; increase the variety!


Desk and Return in Maple and Bubinga

Bubinga, Maple, and ebonized Walnut Desk and Return

Custom Desk and Return

Desk and Return during building process

Detail bubinga edge and wenge inlay

This Panel Desk and Return, suitable for a reception area but built for a very nice home office, is constructed of solid maple with bubinga panels, drawer fronts, and accents.  The drawer pulls are ebonized walnut.  The top construction is baltic birch core topped with maple veneer and edged with solid bubinga.  There is a wenge inlay between the bubinga edge and the maple veneer on the top.   The customer provided very specific functional specifications and overall dimensional limits (103″ x 87″).  He also specified woods and the top design.  The project resulted in two quite large pieces with a total of 12 drawers.  There are several “grommets” (through-top fittings), an electronics shelf under the corner and a lockable CPU cabinet.  Cables are contained using carabiners attached to the underside of the top.   A computer keyboard tray was added on site and assembly took a bit more work than anyone expected due to a very much less than level floor in the office.  Ultimately everything worked out as you can see in these wonderful photos the customer took for me.  Both of us are very pleased with the results!

Sleigh Bed

Not one but two Sleigh Beds were ordered this past year,  both by the same customer one of my best.   I’d been wanting to build one for 30 years.  Kurt makes me work, drawing several possibilities before making a choice of designs, but the results made everyone happy!  The two bedrooms required chests of drawers and nightstands as well.  The designs were radically different, one an unusually high (a trundle bed fits beneath) contemporary sleigh bed: and the other a more traditional design though its matching bedroom suite is anything but traditional:  The contemporary sleigh bed is cherry and maple, the more traditional sleigh bed and bedroom suite is constructed of butternut.  Cherry and maple are quite hard woods and suitable for the boy’s bedroom and rugged treatment.  Butternut is one of the softest “hardwoods” and was chosen, in this case, for its beautiful soft brown color. 

The rest of the butternut bedroom suite is pictured below and includes two 3-drawer night stand chests, a lingerie chest and a long low chest of drawers.

Contemporary Windsor Benches

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThese two Shaker Inspired  Bowback Benches , made in the past 3 months, were slight variations on my standard Bowback Bench marketed in cherry with ash spindles and figured maple legs.  The first is a five foot bench painted dark grey (light black)  for a customer in Colorado.  The second is a 6 foot bench constructed of FSC Walnut and FSC Hickory for a customer in the Baltimore area.  I make these contemporary Windsor Benches in various sizes; 4, 5, and 6 foot are the standard sizes, but I can and have made them in other sizes as well.  My Bowback Bench design is a combination of all I learned working for Thos. Moser (1980-1986) and some Shaker influence as well.  The FSC lumber came from Rex Lumber in South Windsor, CT.  The work was completed in Windsor,  VT.  6 foot walnut Contemporary Windsor Bench side view 6 foot walnut bench rear view 6 foot walnut bench put in perspective

Walnut Partners Desk

I recently completed a Custom Walnut Partners Desk project.  Each side has three pencil drawers.  The proportions are substantial, a good piece of furniture to jump under in case of an earthquake.  Walnut Partners Desk drawer fronts small file Walnut Partners Desk 5 smaller fileWalnut Partners Desk small fileWalnut Partners Desk drawers open smaller file

Custom Contemporary Daybed

Justrich original photo  An architect from San Francisco contacted me asking for one of my Bowback Benches as well as a Custom Contemporary Daybed.  Eventually the customer decided against the Bowback Bench, but did order the Daybed.  The designing of the Daybed was a process which began with the photo of a bench, pictured here.  Eventually the architect sent a photo of another daybed which was closer to what he and the customer had in mind:

Justrich original photo of daybed 2M

In response I did a set of drawings and sent them to the architect

Justrich daybed frame drawing 2M Justrich Daybed front view 2M Justrich daybed top view 2M



He responded with more drawings of a bed with what I thought were undersized, poorly braced legs. more similar to the original photo of the bench:

Justrich Daybed progress rendering 2M

We went back an forth some more and eventually agreed upon the bed in the following rendering:

Justrich Daybed final rendering 2M

Here are some photos of the bed in progress:

Justrich Daybed leg detail unfinished 2M OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

And finally photos of the finished contemporary daybed in its new contemporary home:

Daybed for Justrich Contemporary Daybed for Justrich


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Dyed FSC Walnut Desk and Credenza/Computer Work Station


Above you will see photos of a dyed FSC Walnut Desk ( in my “Pencil-Leg Style”) ordered to go in Leeds certified building.  The dyed FSC Walnut Credenza/Computer Work Station pictured below was ordered later to compliment the desk.  I will post photos (I hope) from the office later.  The Writing Desk  (Dims: 72″H  x 36″D x 32″H)  has two pencil drawers.  The Credenza, pictured before its final finish rub-out and assembly, (Dims: 74″W x 22″D x 32″H) has four legal files as well as a pop-up power communication dock from Doug Mockett (http://www.mockett.com/technology-into-furniture-integration/power-communication-systems/aluminum/pcs50e.html).

LAM Credenza back and drawer fronts LAM Credenza and me

Bookcase from Office Hutch

 I recently modified an office hutch I made 10 years ago :      Jas. Becker Credenza Bookcase



It became a freestanding bookcase:   Bookcase from Ming Shaker Credenza


and a credenza.  The credenza required no modification, but the upper bookcase portion required a new bottom and base plus a new top to cover the uneven original top surface.  Here you will see photos of the original hutch and the bookcase (minus a few of its adjustable shelves) plus detail photos of

the base:   Bookcase with a new base

and the new top:  Ming Shaker Bookcase with new top 

The new cherry is obvious in these photos, but over time will darken and should blend in nicely with the patina of the original wood.  This lucky lawyer as well as a pile of his partners got to buy (and take home) the custom office furniture I had made for them at pennies on the dollar when the firm decided that uniformity, not individuality  should be the decorating theme.

Bowback Bench featured in New York Times article

aBowback Bench copyCheck out the article by Tim McKeough about Paul Loebach”s on and about benches including my own Bowback Bench:



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