Scaffold Media Console

March 25, 2012

This media console houses components, hides cords, and anchors your flat screen.  It is constructed of weathered spruce scaffold planks, with a clean birch plywood interior, and easy-down door hardware by Sugatsune.  As pictured it is 72″ long x 20″ tall x 18 deep, with vintage brass handles.

Martin Table

January 19, 2012

We didn’t want the legs of this table to disappear under the large reclaimed wood top, nor did we want more obstruction to leg room than was necessary.  Instead of using steel bar or tube, we achieved  volume by designing with heavy gauge sheetmetal, bent and formed to a custom profile.  The result anchors the space without feeling too heavy. The top is made of floor joists salvaged from a renovation at my shop.


Five Degree Platform Bed

October 29, 2011

This queen bed takes its name from the subtle angle in its headboard.  The design showcases exceptional reclaimed water tower redwood in its primary components. The support slats are milled from reclaimed spruce floor joists, and the simple legs are blackened steel.





Much of the old growth douglas fir in this dining set is likely on it’s third life.  It was salvaged it from the remodel of a stately 1908 residence in Laurel Heights.  I noticed right away that the individual 3×4 boards had different blade patterns on their rough-sawn surfaces, suggesting that they originated came from multiple different lumber mills.

This peculiarity came up in a conversation with a craftsman quite a few years my senior.  He pointed out that after the 1906 earthquake builders often used material reclaimed from the wreckage, explaining why studs from a single wall would come from multiple different sources.

REASON is proud to follow in the footsteps of resourceful builders who invested the time to reuse this beautiful material.  As a 3rd Generation piece of San Francisco history these pieces are now poised to become the social center of a beautiful apartment in SOMA.

beadboard table

December 22, 2010

A found redwood garden gate becomes a perfectly distressed dining table.  The slim profile legs are solid steel and detach easily from the top so you can get it through that narrow doorway.

New Seats for Old Chairs

December 12, 2010

My bad habits are again on display.  Despite an expanding demand for my own designs, I still have a hard time keeping other peoples’ castoffs out of the back of my truck.  Chairs especially.  My original intention with this group was to fit them with a some sleek new shaped hardwood seats and backs, that was before I saw the work of Josh Duthie at Chairtastic. Instead I decided to try my hand at a bit of upholstery and weaving to fit them with seats closer to their originals.  Opening my doors to the world of textiles may prove to be a pandora’s box.

The first is an original, cast aluminum, Shaw Walker made in Michigan.  After that is a steel chair by Hamilton Cosco of Indiana. Both have all fully functioning swivel action and posture adjustments.  The low-back wooden chair I believe may be a genuine Shaker piece.  I fit it with a traditional woven rush seat.  It has a tiny brand near the top of one of the front legs reading ‘stw’.  The last chair I can’t put any specifics on besides that it received the most awesome upholstery to compensate for its ambiguity.

Backyard Table v2

October 23, 2010

I was shopping for fir, but after one pass through the planer it was clear I had  mistakenly come home with redwood. It was hard to be disappointed.  In fact, I was inspired enough that I decided to push back the start of the fir commission.

I wanted to keep the two beautiful old planks as close to their original state as possible. Dividing them each with a 2/3, 1/3 cut yielded a nice 3’x6′ table top–plenty of room for the whole family to gather around.  From there I let weather resistance guide me: Water will find the easiest way to the ground, off surfaces and between the spaced members, minimizing its effect on the already naturally weather resistant redwood.  The bright green detailing channeled my desire to add a bit of excitement to the piece, and serves to seal the end grain for even better outdoor performance.

Span Coffee Table

July 24, 2010

This is probably my first successful design. I hacked it together in my back yard in San Francisco with just a skill saw seven years ago.  All the components were salvaged off job sites of my construction job at the time.

The rectangular legs are douglas fir.  The connective tissue is cherry.  Lindseed oil and wax finish.