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Pedestrian Bridge

They lived in Ardsley, NY… which is a fairly well-to-do town less than an hour north of Manhattan.

Although this property, as it faced the road, was only 75 feet wide, it ran back almost 250 feet deep giving the owners quite a bit of land behind the house. The problem was that a little over half way back, a creek cut the property in two. The little ravine was 15 ft wide but fully 8 feet deep so getting to the rear section (behind the creek) was near impossible.

They needed a bridge… a pedestrian bridge which would allow easy access to the back section for lawn mowing, parties, throwing the ball around, etc.

I’m a cabinetmaker and during those rare times when I’m asked to make something whose structural integrity must carry the weight of people (decks, stairs, etc), I always make it much stronger & more substantial than I think it requires because a) I like the look and b) it will pass any safety test that way…

The following two renderings represented my vision for the bridge. I wanted an arbor over the walkway to which they would introduce vines. As the costs began to escalate, the client established a ceiling to the budget and I had to simplified the bridge (no arbor).

The following photos portray how we netted out. (For reference, my youngest son, Brian is almost 6’4″ tall.)

 

 

Two years later, the client confided in me that the project turned out so well, he wishes he’d payed the extra cost & included the arbor above.
Damn…. I would have loved to have built that original design…..

Russell Hudson / Hudson Cabinetmaking, Inc.

 

 

Photographing the Difference (built-ins / wall units)

Having shown before & after pictures of kitchens, I thought this next group could be of other built-in wall units we’ve done / hope you enjoy…







Some of our other before & after shots are of exterior work, architectural details, etc / I think I’ll try to post some of those next week / hope you enjoyed

Russell Hudson / Hudson Cabinetmaking, Inc. / -12/1/12

 

 

 

 

Small End-table with Decorative Inlay

My youngest son (Brian) likes making intricate furniture as much, if not more than, the larger projects we do. He recently created an end table w/ a small inlay for us and we took a few pics of the various stages of production. This work is historically referred to as marquetry.
Like all design work, it starts with a drawing

then he created his bird from 1/8th inch maple
then he used the bird cut out to mark exactly the size and shape of the area to be removed on the table top
the router is used to create the inset area
he made the bird’s beak from a naturally red-colored wood called Paduak
inlay prior to finish coat
here is a detail of the drawer within the skirt
hand-rubbed oil finished with a urethane top coat
I began to think of how great one of these inlays would look as a small ‘signature’ on one of the doors or drawer fronts in a kitchen or entertainment unit. A rosette made from a contrasting wood could also make a piece richer
this is a pair of doors I made many years ago for a client using what is known as marquetry inlay banding.
It seems that the possibilities for cabinet and furniture makers are endless

Russell Hudson / Hudson Cabinetmaking, Inc.

 

Fireplace Bookshelves with Wood Storage

This is the same client (friends, actually) for whom we constructed an exterior door  (see oldest post here- ‘A Castle’s Exterior Door’… at the bottom of the page).
Anyway, this stone house was built over 75 years ago and we believed the old tongue and groove pine was original. Nice old wood but it made the living room a bit gloomy and she wanted to brighten and ‘clean up’ the look. They wanted to keep the stone fireplace and redo everything else.

We designed low shelving for that wall, the wall to it’s left and included a place for cord wood ‘waiting it’s turn’ to heat the house. It was a bit pricey so we eliminated the shelves returning on the left wall and… got to work.

The paneling was removed to expose the studs, the walls sheet-rocked, the stonework re-chinked, floors sanded / urethaned and the walls painted before installing the bookshelves.

We installed all the finish woodwork including some wider molding for the windows (more ‘old-world’ look to work with the stone). All painted white for a nice contrast. I fabricated some thick, oak, quarter round molding for the hearth’s edge as it sat 2″ above the floorRather than build the whole cabinet deeper, I elected to simply extend the floor of the cord wood opening. We protected it’s interior by lining it (floor, walls, ceiling and back) with sheet metal. I’m interested to see how this will stand the test of time.

I usually like the look of very old wood but it’s not quite so special when everywhere you look, you see nothing but walls of dark wood. I think this room is vastly improved… as our friends, all along, believed it would be.

Russell Hudson / Hudson Cabinetmaking, Inc.

 

 

 

Historic Kitchen

Here is a kitchen we built for, what was an old school house (1860).

This above photo displays the strong, simple detailing we incorporated. We  increased the width of the frames for the doors, drawer faces and side walls which leaves a slightly smaller panel in each of their centers.

There is no molding profile on the inside edges of any of the frames. The fact that every face (surface) on the cabinets are frame and panel is enough decoration by itself.

The ‘fireslate’ counter tops were left square on their outside edge. These are the counter tops we all had in our high school science labs.

The wall cabinets possess the same detail with the addition of hand-made support brackets (corbels) and the cabinet’s top edges are finished with two, staggered square trim pieces (to act as a crown).

On an opposite wall we included a small unit for cookbooks.

 

 

 

 

 

The island’s counter top we made from rock-maple planks ( looks so much better than commercial butcher block). A refuse bag sits beneath this opening cut into the surface. We used over-sized legs (6″ X 6″) to support the counter’s cantilevered (over-hung) edge which creates an area to sit along one side of the island.

The Old School House has just received Historic Landmark Status. I’m pleased we were asked to maintain it’s authentic character… and I love the way it turned out.

Russell Hudson / Hudson Cabinetmaking, Inc.

 

 

 

 

Pencil Lead Carving

I found this a while ago on the net. Still blows me away.

“Dalton Ghetti is a truly incredible artist. This 49-year-old carpenter from Bridgeport, CT has been carving utterly stunning miniature sculptures, without the aid of a magnifying glass, for more than a quarter of a century. Every amazing piece is carved from the tip of a lead pencil.”

He spends as much as 2&1/2 years making one.

They look so good it’s hard to appreciate just how small these are…..

I like the hand saw best!

Russell Hudson / Hudson Cabinetmaking, Inc.

 

Architectural Detailing for a Foyer

A few years back, an interior designer who brings us work from time to time, asked us to further ‘decorate’ her client’s foyer. When we left the job, it wasn’t painted so I hadn’t really seen the end result. (We recently went back there to grab a few photos for ourselves).
Central to this foyer were a pair of ‘mirrored’ staircases. Though good looking in their own right, she wanted to raise the bar even further so we faced the adjacent walls in wainscot.

Every time I see one of those old movies filmed in the interior of a ‘grand estate’… I’ll sometimes see hallways with arched ceilings that have been paneled. It is a look that kills me. Absolutely great looking. Not many homes are built this way anymore.
And then an opportunity showed up (albeit, on a more humble scale AND these passageways were arched already… but we enjoyed paneling them anyway). Since it was a paint job, we simply applied frames to the walls and ceilings (which became the panels). This also makes the project more affordable.

Having a few photos of this work can help convince others to consider this kind of approach.

Russell Hudson / Hudson Cabinetmaking, Inc.

 

English Manor Kitchen

Completed this kitchen in the fall of 2010. Though the term ‘Edwardian’ seems to conjure visions of butler’s pantries in stately English estates, the photos speak for themselves…

Island made for seating (shown w/o stools)

varying cabinet depths with side panels / all hand-made

Understated Stove Hood

modern appliance within old world cabinetry

extended 'farm sink' / articulated base molding

pull-out baskets / function and 'country' look

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Russell Hudson / Hudson Cabinetmaking, Inc. / 3/11