Live Edge Table

Posted in Uncategorized on March 10, 2016 by Chuck

Liisa missed her true calling in life, I think. She should have been a farmer. Thats the kind of patience she has. She cut me a check for this table last year! And while finding the perfect slab of wood isn’t easy, she was way less stressed out about how long it was taking than I was.

Once we did find a slab that would work, everything else went fairly quick. She was pretty specific about the style of legs/base she wanted me to fabricate and her vision was spot on. This thing looks so rad!

The slab is Guanacaste wood. This species is gaining popularity over more traditional wood like walnut, oak or maple due to its sustainability, hardness and gorgeous grain pattern. Its also slightly more affordable, which is nice.

The bases are 1×3 steel that I cut and fabricated and have a brushed satin finish that couldn’t have turned out better.

Thanks again, Liisa…so grateful that you commissioned me to build this killer table for you.
Update 4/15/2017:

Im getting a lot of people asking what a live edge table would cost. Because the slabs vary so much in size/quality/thickness there is no way for me to give you a price until we find your slab. Generally, these pieces of wood can range from about $1200 to $2000 with some slabs costing well over $5000.  It all comes down to which wood species you’re looking at, the size of the slab and whether or not it needs to be sanded, dried or otherwise prepped for fabrication.

I price a table this way; Cost of the slab, including any industrial prep that needs to be done (drying, sanding, etc…), plus 20%. The 20% covers all of my time picking up the slab, transporting the slab, etc… Then the cost of the legs/base, which can vary depending on the clients tastes. A starting point for a traditional leg assembly similar to the one in these pics is $1200.

Also, finding the right slab takes some time. We might get lucky and find the right one very quickly, but expect to wait a few weeks while I do my digging.










Experticity Tables/Quick Pics

Posted in Uncategorized on February 4, 2016 by Chuck

Delivered these monsters today. Not an easy feat considering the tops had to be carried up two flights of stairs and weigh about 200lbs each (thats like 95kg for those of us trying to move toward the metric system!).

Just wanted to post a couple quick pics I took since Ive been severely lacking in regards to posting new content. I have two additional side bars that I have to install next week so I will (hopefully) take some better pics and post some details.

For now though…here ya go!






Posted in Uncategorized on January 3, 2016 by Chuck

Thats me. Id normally argue that moniker but lately I’ve been pretty bad at posting new projects. Holidays…vacations…truly being a slacker….they all add up to the perfect storm of inactivity on the old blogg-er-oo.

But alas, I have been building! Maybe not with the ferver I usually do, but building none the less.

These two little beauties went to Samantha and Scott, who are not only my best clients, but two of the coolest people I know.

Sam contacted me about building two twin beds that could be slid together to make a king when/if ever needed. A simple enough request but as I got to designing the beds there were a couple things that really had to be thought out so that when slid together you don’t have an abyss of a gap betwixt the two mattresses, and also, it doesnt look like you just slid two punk-ass twin beds together to make it look like you roll king size!

Classic, functional and fun!

Chuck =1 ….Poverty Barn = 0


Traditional Farmhouse Table

Posted in Uncategorized on November 9, 2015 by Chuck

I really like these. So simple, so timeless…so cool! These can work just about anywhere, I think.


I’ve had a large piece of old, reclaimed fir in the shop that I had been wanting to use for the legs on a table such as this for quite some time. A little schedule change left me with some time to do just that.

Straying a little bit from what I would normally use for a top (1.5″-2″ thick wood) I went with a little bit thinner (1″) because thats what I think this table would have been built with a hundred years ago. Granted, it wouldn’t have been made with “reclaimed wood” and been a statement piece in a hip family’s home decor, but it most likely would have been a centerpiece of a family’s farm house. It would have hosted family dinners, gatherings, and what I like to imagine most….it would have been the landing place for loaves of fresh baked bread!

Which brings us to the bread boards; Breadboards are just that…boards for bread. Not to cut bread on…not to just set bread on…but to keep the boards on the table from warping when all the hot loaves were turned out of their pans onto the table. The heat and humidity would cause the boards to twist and bend, and over time they would have less and less tendency to go back to being flat and uniform. Adding the piece of wood, perpendicular to the length of the table, stabilized the boards and prevented the warping and twisting, therefore making the table that was most likely quite valuable and took a long time to build last longer.

Which, now brings us back to the thinner wood on top. Had I built this with the thicker wood I mentioned above, or, more pertinently, had the table been built with thicker wood 100 years ago, the breadboards wouldn’t really have been needed since the thicker wood would have resisted the twisting and bending much better than the thinner wood when 10 loaves of hot, fresh bread (ok…who wants some fresh, hot bread right now…right?) was dumped upon it.

And if you’re asking yourself  “Well why didn’t they just build a big, thick table and not have to worry about breadboards in the first place, Chuck? …You gorgeous, mad genius, you!”, I have an answer for that too.


Or lack thereof. Chances are that this style of table was in the kitchen of a working class family and was likely built by the man of the house as well. He might have even milled the boards himself, using the minimum thickness possible allowing him to maximize his available material and resources.

These tables do have some variations that Ive seen, but this is the style that I’ve gravitated towards the most.

I would personally love to keep this table in our house, but my wife still loves the big, round maple dining table I built for us last year (hmmm..maybe I should post some pics of that?) and I did build it to offer it for sale…sooooooo, there ya go. A classic example of the Farmhouse Table. 96×39 and seats 10 easily.

Offered at $1150 SOLD






The beginning of the end

Posted in Uncategorized on October 23, 2015 by Chuck

Im waiting on some materials for the last of the commissioned projects that I will be doing for 2015. Once those two pieces are finished, I’ll be starting work on a few things that Ive wanted to build and taking a break from commissioned work for a while. But, since Im waiting for materials, Ive had a little spare time on my hands so I decided to whip up two end tables that Ive been thinking about.

Yesterday was one of two National Color Days. I randomly discovered this during some meaningless web browsing I was doing on them world wide innanets. I can’t help but think that there was some cosmic connection between National Color Day and my decision to paint the bases of these tables a crazy blue/green/aqua/turquoise color. Probably not…but whatever…they turned out to so cool!

The tops are made from reclaimed pine with a hint of live edge still left on one side. Normally these pieces of wood that I find are often being thrown away because for some reason people seem to overlook the beauty of the large knots that are traditionally considered defects. I couldn’t disagree more. Who the heck likes boring, straight grained, plastic looking wood? I don’t. Which is probably why I noticed these.

I have enough material to make four more of these tables. I will be offering them up for sale in the near future so stay tuned for details on where to purchase them as well as a few color choices for the bases (white, red, orange, green…). In the meantime, these two are available for purchase right now.

Offered at $300/ea





Blast From the Past…and the Future!

Posted in Uncategorized on October 9, 2015 by Chuck

I was digging through a bunch of old pics the other day and came across some stuff I built a loooong time ago…so long ago that I actually laughed when I saw the pics because I had forgotten all about them!  Things were definitely different for MA back then.  I only built a few thing each year and there were no real clients or customers…it was all stuff I built for hobby and would then take to a local furniture consignment store and sell.  Things were pretty simple back then too.  Not that Ive had any crazy clients that hated what they had me build for them, but theres always that feeling of “man…I hope they like this piece when they see it” kinda thing whenever I commission a project.

Which brings us to the future.  While I will still commission pieces such as tables and beds for clients, Im going to be building and selling more things that I design. I’ll offer these pieces through my website, Etsy, Custom Made, as well as local classifieds and possibly even a few local consignment stores (if they’re lucky) but things will be quite a bit cheaper if you buy directly from me.  Things I will be focussing on are end tables, coffee tables, lighting and smaller furniture like stools and benches.  This is mainly because I can store this stuff a lot easier than a ten foot dining table…well…that, and I really dig this kind of stuff!

Other (less fun) changes that will be coming for 2016 are:

1. I will no longer do any “site-work”. This means that if you want me to come and do something to your house like line a wall with barnwood or build an outdoor somethin-er-nuther, it aint happening. My time is better spent in the shop, which is where I would rather be anyway.  There are plenty of handymen around to help you out with this and if any of you know me you know that I absolutely loathe home improvement.

2. If you commission me to build you a big piece like a table or bed, payment must be made in full before I start on it. Once payment is made I will give you an estimated time of completion then source your material.
If its outside of two weeks before your delivery date, and you get cold feet and decide to back out, don’t worry, you can have your money back, minus a 20% project fee.  If its inside of that two week window Ive likely started work on your piece. If you decide to back out within that two week window you lose your deposit, but I still finish your piece and deliver it to you. Its up to you then to keep it or sell it or whatever. Or, You can opt to have me hang on to your material for up to 30 days while you make up your mind (provided I haven’t started fabrication on your piece) Once 30 days have passed, and in the event you haven’t made a decision on what you want built, you can come pick up your material (it is yours, after all) and a refund for 50% of its cost. If 30 days have passed and you haven’t picked up your material, it will be donated…. to me 🙂

3. Delivery. If you live in Park City and commission me to build you a big table or bed or something, I’ll deliver it to you for free. If you live in SLC (as far south as Lehi) delivery will be $50. If you live anywhere else its $1.00/per mile but I only charge one way.  If its a small piece and/or you can come and pick it up that would be super!

Im officially booked for the rest of 2015 (update 11/25: booked until Feb 2016) and won’t be taking new clients until February 2016 but I would like to say thank you to everyone who supported Modern Americana in 2015. It was a really fun year!  I still need to post some pics of work that Ive done…so sorry to those of you that haven’t made the front page yet.

In the meantime, you can amuse yourself with a few pics of some of the stuff I built a long, long time ago.

Be well, and we’ll see you in 2016!














Oak Bench

Posted in Uncategorized on October 5, 2015 by Chuck

This incredible piece of oak might be a few hundred years old. I counted more than 100 growth rings just in this small section alone! However old it is, its gorgeous in its new life as an entry way bench for Scott and Dana here in their new home in Park City.

We were going to do the traditional square bases underneath but I feel like that gets done way too much. Ive always liked to add some angles to otherwise square/boxy stuff and cam up with this idea. I built a little jig to keep each leg at the exact same angle when I welded things up and finished everything with a light grinding, leaving a slight trace of the mill-scale so things didn’t get too flashy. This thing is cool…

Price for a similar bench = material cost plus $250 for base/legs.