When I decided it was finally time to get a small-ish cabinet for organizing my archives of our print promotional materials, I drew a quick stick-figure thing of some cubbies and asked Thad – an employee at our Tempe store – to build it for me.
A week later, he called and said it was finished and ready to be picked up.
Knowing what I told him, and knowing how pathetic my drawing was, and knowing my criteria (“Ummm, I need a thing that holds some stuff . . “), I expected something made of Baltic Birch or maybe just MDF.
You know, something utilitarian; it just made sense to me.
Thad didn’t quite understand my expectations. He built a fine piece of furniture instead. And there’s a good reason for it – building fine furniture is just his style.
How he deduced this fine cabinet from my rudimentary sanskrit will remain a mystery.
Check out his fine projects. Thad is actually just a part-time employee for Woodworkers Source. He’s busy at Arizona State working on a degree in Design Management. It looks like he’s got a long career of building cool stuff ahead of him.
Thad’s Project Gallery:
The cabinet that started it all for me: red oak plywood with baltic birch dividers
Base moulding, perfect mitered joinery, and every plywood slat has been edged to conceal the plys. Pretty slick.
Hammock Chair: birch dowels roped together form this chair (rather reminicent of a taxi driver’s seat cover, no?) is supported by the maple and jatoba framework.
More hemp cord action. The tension of the cord and curly maple slats keep this table upright. Notice that cocobolo top.
A ceramics instructor commissioned Thad to build this elegant maple shelving display
Thad’s also dabbled in turning. Walnut vessel with a curved maple base
Another walnut bowl
The Hook and Lace stool: Maple, cherry, walnut, hemp, and cocobolo
The hemp cordage provides both structural and visual tension
The inspiration source: my drawing. Perhaps it was the whole “pizza-n-beer-on-me” thing that got his attention?