Woodworking & Furniture Creation

“The best carpenters make the fewest chips.”
― English proverb, c.1500s

An old desktop PC case transformed into an audiophile music server based on custom heavily modified Arch linux distribution.

The face, made out of Izombe wood from Gabon, is hand sanded to a very smooth surface and into it’s final shape.

The sides are decorated with copper rods between Izombe parts.

Three layers of paint and three layers of vinyl are applied to give it it’s current color and shine.

The design has no visible screws.

Work days 40Days

“Woodworking gives me something useful to do when I’m feeling puny and it takes my mind off my troubles.”
― Gary McCarthy, Yellowstone Thunder, 2011 (Quinn Wallace)

Four audio cable holders hand made of Padouk.

Hand sanded into their current shapes.

Three layers of vinyl to give them their shine.

The red color is the natural color of the Padouk.

Screwless design.

Work days 70Days

“The feel and beauty of finely crafted wood…the refreshing smell of your workshop…the absorbing joy of cutting and joining that makes the hours race by… These are the reasons you love woodworking.”
― Jack Neff, Make Your Woodworking Pay for Itself, 1996

Three audiophile tables dual decoupled.

The design is inspired by Japanese architecture.

The main plate is made of six Padouk pieces cut to 95 x 21 x 55 mm (W x H x L) decoupled from the legs.

Sanded to an almost perfect flat and very smooth surface.

Borders are beveled to 45° to keep the same design as the other furniture.

The legs are made of Afromosia (yellow wood) to contrast the red color of Padouk.

Legs are squared of 65 mm per side and four sides scave.

Height is 300 mm and 350 mm for the middle table.

Legs are linked together with pieces of Padouk and are decoupled from the ground.

All parts are sanded to a very smooth surface then three layers of vinyl are applied to give them the shining finish.

Screwless design.

Work days 80Days

“Woodworking is a most satisfying pastime, so varied and multifaceted you will never complete the twin processes you have undertaken: acquiring tools and learning how to use them. You have begun a lifetime pursuit. ”
― Michael Dunbar, “Essential Tools”

Bookshelves speakers stands made of Merawan from the Sulawesi Island.

750 mm height.

Painted to their current color.

Three layers of vinyl are applied to give them a shiny effect.

Work days 20Days

“Ultimately, literature is nothing but carpentry…. Both are very hard work. Writing something is almost as hard as making a table. With both you are working with reality, a material just as hard as wood. Both are full of tricks and techniques. Basically very little magic and a lot of hard work…”
― Gabriel Garcia Marquez, interview, The Paris Review, 1981

A suspended work desk made out of Padouk.

The idea was to achieve a work desk with the smallest footprint but offering a decent work space.

The desk is suspended (no legs) and curved on the sides.

The curvature are made out of several narrow pieces cut to angle and glued together.

The desk surface is hand sanded to a very smooth finish and three layers of vinyl are added to give it a shiny appearance.

Drawers are replaced by open space for easy access and offering  25,112.5 cm3 of storage space.

Desk dimensions: 410 x 141 mm unfolded (W x L) and 670 x 141 mm when folded.

Screwless design.

Work days 120Days

“Woodworking matters. It’s more than a pastime or hobby—being a woodworker means that you know the satisfaction and pride that comes from using your hands and mind to build beautiful, functional objects, and that you’re as interested in the process as the outcome. Amid the speed and chaos of the modern world, woodworking gives us a place where we can slow down, pay attention, and take the time to do things right.”
― Aimé Ontario Fraser, Your First Workshop: A Practical Guide to What You Really Need, 2005

A suspended TV stand made out of Padouk.

The idea was to achieve a TV stand with the smallest footprint but offering enough space for the different electronics.

The stand is suspended (no legs) and hanged using chains which are also ornamental.

Borders are beveled to 45° to keep the same design as the other furniture.

The stand is sanded to a very smooth surface and tree layers of vinyl are added to give it a shiny finish.

Spaces for equipment are made open for easy access.

The stand has a pyramidal shape with the upper part dimensions : 1310 x 335 mm (W x L) and lower part : 1350 x 445 mm (W x L).

Total height is 190 mm.

Screwless design.

Work days 90Days

“A man who works with his hands is a laborer; a man who works with his hands and his brain is a craftsman; but a man who works with his hands and his brain and his heart is an artist.
― Louis Nizer (1902–1994)

A wall stand for the Olive one, an all in one media server.

It had to follow the design of the rest of the furniture and to respect the lovely design of the Olive One.

Made out of Padouk and copper rods.

Dimensions : 255 x 200 x 80 mm (W x H x D)

The design has no visible screws.

Hand sanded to a very smooth surface.

Tree layers of vinyl are applied to give it a shiny finish.

Work days 45Days

“Where you find quality, you will find a craftsman, not a quality-control expert.
― Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com

Two indirectly RGB illuminated, remote controlled, wall hanged Blu-ray rack.

A simple design, hand made in Padouk, to follow the design of the rest of the furniture.

Dimensions : 1330 x 590 x 110 mm (H x W x D)

The design has no screws.

Hand sanded to a very smooth surface.

Tree layers of vinyl are applied to give it a shiny finish.

Work days 25Days

“Woodworking minus patience equals firewood.
― Author unknown

RGB voice/phone controlled wall lamps.

The electronics is developed using Arduino C and burned to an ATmega328P processor.

The electronics schematics are designed in Fritzing and the boards are home printed.

Voice is controlled using Amazon Echo.

The phone application is developed using Android.

The lamps are capable of representing 16M color in different brightness and can be controlled individually or in group.

The design follow the rest of the furniture using Padouk and copper rods.

Dimensions : 600 x 200 x 100 mm (H x D x W)

Hand sanded to a very smooth surface.

Tree layers of vinyl are applied to give it a shiny finish.

Work days 240Days

“Split your own wood, and it will warm you twice.
― Old New England Saying

RGB inlluminated and remote controlled vases inspired from the Empire State building.

The electronics is developed using Arduino C and burned to an ATmega328P processor.

The electronics schematics are designed in Fritzing and the boards are home printed.

The lamps are capable of representing 16M color in different brightness.

Dimensions for the lower part : 810 x 560 x 560 mm (H x W x D)

Dimensions for the upper part : 560 x 200 x 200 mm (H x W x D)

Hand sanded to a very smooth surface.

Five layers of special white paint to imitate the shiny finish of the floorstand speakers.

Work days 30Days