jrusten We're going with the blue. (still out of frame while standing on a chair) #jrfs #BWFtable 5h
  •   majidaq @jrusten love your work and the shapes you choose out of wood. 4h
  •   majidaq @jrusten are the 2 colors you have here part of your design process (trying to find the best choice out of a slab? 4h

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jrusten Excited to announce that we're hosting an open studio for SF Design Week, Wed. June 10 from 6-9pm. Come say hi and creep on some of the things we've done and are working on. Please RSVP through Eventbrite.com (search for "Rusten") or find more info on all the rad events June 4-12 on the @sfdesignweek website (sfdesignweek.org) Hope to meet some of you locals in person! #jrfs #SFDW2015 #sfdwtours 1d
  •   johnfnelson @jrusten do you sell those cast bronze legs? 19h
  •   jrusten @johnfnelson only when they're attached to pieces of furniture. Seriously though, R&D + casting + finishing = $$$. I can't imagine anyone paying what they cost individually. 5h

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jrusten #tbt 2007. Design week posts got me sentimental about NYC. Self portrait at 4am on the last night in my W'Burg studio... everything packed but this desk I'd just barely finished after back-to-back all-nighters. I slept a few hours, and then got in the Uhaul, driving all of my machinery and everything else in the world I owned across the country alone. Weird/wild times... haha. 3d
  •   la_fabrica_makes @jrusten It seems like beyond 2 am is when all the crazy things tend to happen. Especially with no sleep back to back days. 3d
  •   jrusten @afortnerwoodshop @trentpreszler Thank you gents. It's all about that "cross-fit"...as in, Fit all your machinery in a van by yourself and drive Cross country. 3d
  •   trentpreszler @jrusten LOL -- well I'm sorry we didn't meet while you were still in NY. Crossfit and all. 3d
  •   jesjw I worked many hours at that desk and never saw this beauty. 2d
  •   iamvack I see! Well all I know is that both are definitely expensive. Down here in Dallas, the cost of living is so much cheaper haha. 2d
  •   luchopapa Can I get a frontal view of this pic for my Desktop? Hi-res of course. DM me Thx 2d
  •   _fvvwoodworks Haha this is awesome.... 8h

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jrusten Finally getting to prototype an idea I've had for awhile. I wish @txheritage lived closer. Any SF locals who are EXPERT at stitching leather -I'll pay for a consultation (or just hire you). Excited! #jrfs 6d

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jrusten #tbt 2011 -a wide shot of the VG Doug Fir CA desk. The holes in the top are the peepholes from the doors I salvaged. So buttery smooth in person. #jrfs 2w

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jrusten sneak preview of a project with @dusdincondren ...featuring the lovely @reginasinsky and Neva in the #modernrockingchair 2w
  •   mrs_efabulous @joel_fabs I LOVE THIS! I need one! 2w
  •   jrusten @michaelsiy That's such a great compliment... thanks Michael! 2w
  •   jrusten @_dorno_ I host visits by appointment (but yeah, it mostly a work studio with a little gallery space). But, if you're in the area on June 10th, we're hosting an open studio night as part of SF Design Week from 6-9pm... it'll be super fun. 2w
  •   m.tex Very nice 2w
  •   nanzanann Oh, that looks cozy. 2w
  •   marygollii @mgoleh12 ba on mize 3 paye kenarish 2w
  •   michaelsiy Not a problem. Thank you for sharing. It's refreshing to see design intended for moments we tend to overlook. 2w
  •   lrusten This is beautiful, Jared. I wish I had a baby to rock. 2w

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jrusten Twins... that are now living with different families. Don't be sad though. They're happy, and have gorgeous views. #jrfs #paloaltochair 2w

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jrusten one-man studio tricks: giant slab flipping. #jrfs 2w

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jrusten #tbt 2011. All of the California tables are made out of Claro walnut, except: one made of western maple, and two made out of vertical grain Douglas fir. This one was made from doors I salvaged from an ancient hotel being renovated in the Tenderloin. It also has a little extra connective material in the bay to keep San Francisco from snapping off. #californiatable #jrfs 2w
  •   o1crane Ugh..i imagine every time you get to the hand sanding, you must curse yourself for coming up with this idea 2w
  •   jrusten @o1crane haha... well, just at 4am when a coat of finish HAS to go on before bed. 2w
  •   o1crane Haha ... I can tell the way you say that....it hasn't just happened once ;-) 2w
  •   o1crane Really nice detail leaving that connecting piece by the way.... I'd like to think that alone probably sold you three more tables when your clients showed it to their friends. 2w
  •   jrusten @o1crane thanks Gregson... as I'm sure you know, the "finish line" always seems so close in the middle of the day until you remember just how long the final sanding takes. 2w
  •   o1crane Haha all too well... and not your fault but it's Owen - thanks for reminding me to update my profile, I've gotten that a couple times lately. Gregson's my mothers maiden name, I wanted to pay tribute to that side of the family... (also, sounds way more official if it seems like there are two people involved, right?) 😕 2w
  •   jrusten @o1crane ... ah "o1"... I get it now... went on your website to check but I missed seeing the "owen@" email. GCM has a nice ring. 2w
  •   o1crane Ha, you're probably the first to catch that! Thanks! 2w

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jrusten Slab delivery: Knowing that I would need a forklift to unload this slab, I went down the street to Casa Lucas, my local (small) grocery store. I tracked down the manager Danny and explained that I needed the help of a forklift and he said it would be no problem. Factoring the wear on his forklift to drive it down the street a few blocks, the gas, the risk of getting a ticket or damaging his machine, and the value to me... I offered him $100. He gave me a puzzled look and asked incredulously "You want to PAY me???" I was stunned. He continued, "Why not just be neighbors??? You don't have to pay me!" I mean, who couldn't use an extra $100? But, in a neighborhood that is undergoing major change... where money, and the pursuit of it, and too often a "leave nothing on the table" attitude has put a strain on many people, this man set a powerful example in front of his employees and the store patrons within earshot. "Why not just be neighbors?" Thank you Danny (and Ruben)... not only for the forklift help, but for the lesson I needed to learn again. #casalucas #jrfs 3w

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jrusten diy Vans hack: veg tan leather insoles #vans @vans #jrfs 3w

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jrusten have to share this one too...from the front... no filter, just a blazing skylight #jrfs #paloaltochair 3w
  •   jrusten @4206911 If the seat boards ran in the same direction as the back (side to side) there would be a dangerous amount of flex in the cantilever when you sat in it... I wouldn't trust it given the 1.25" seat thickness. The seat isn't glued in place though... there's 3/32" of space on each side for expansion and 3/16" worth of inset on each side, so even if the seat shrinks 5/16" across it's width, the leg dado would still be hidden. The stretcher under the seat provides support and keeps the seat from ever getting sloppy, even if it shrinks a bunch. In normal climate controlled rooms, there should be no problems. I witnessed a worse case scenario in 2006 when I accidentally left two chairs in a storage room/unvented laundry room in NYC in the most humid summer months. The seats swelled like crazy and strained the joints. Then the chairs got shipped to bone dry Utah for the winter. The joints were strained but easily repaired. Lesson- don't leave nice chairs in a wet laundry room with the dryer vent blasting during a humid summer. Good question though Eric! 3w
  •   4206911 Ha! I knew you had a damn good reason. Thanks for the thorough response @jrusten Completely unrelated, did you get my text a couple days ago? 3w
  •   chapmanbespoke So nice 3w
  •   jrusten @4206911 There are a few other things going on there too that I could explain in person. Sorry, didn't get your text- I have a new phone number: 415-640-7997 . We're actually going to be in LA today... have some meetings but might have time for a quick hello. 3w
  •   lrusten It glows' 3w
  •   defiancehardwood I'll be getting live edge purple heart after my trip to Brazil in august. Also have all sorts of interesting reclaimed or salvaged hardwoods. Shipping in over 40000 pounds of live edge this summer for NE. Holla at yo boy! 3w
  •   tie.rant You love that skylight! 3w

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jrusten just about to leave... anxious to get another batch cast. #moonshinetable 3w

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jrusten delivery day. In good company with a desk (and other great pieces) from @bddw_etc #paloaltochair #jrfs 3w

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jrusten #tbt from back in the early days when I liked joinery that demanded more attention. #jrfs 3w
  •   hayabusa_78 Nakashima-sensei show us long time ago this variation of wedged tenon in his wonderful Conoid table. Nice work 3w
  •   jwtwoodworks Nice! 3w
  •   facturewoodwork Awesome idea mechanically and visually, but I can see how it might take a while to do 3w
  •   bentclimb Get ready for some more - railing at the tree house. :) 3w
  •   tessfacegram And joinery that demanded jesus 3w
  •   redleafwoodcraft Gorgeous solution. Did you have problems with the short grain? 3w
  •   jrusten @redleafwoodcraft thanks... no probs 3w
  •   brettch This is amazing!!!! It took me a few seconds to workout exactly what I was looking at 3w

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jrusten thank you skylight. #paloaltochair #jrfs 4w

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jrusten seat/back pre-finish, 2nd coat... #paloaltochair #jrfs 4w
  •   jrusten ...still a little blotchy until it fully cures. Another obsessive choice: I use two different oil formulas on the walnut and maple because of color/how they absorb. Easier to do most of the seat/back finishing before assembly. 4w
  •   mantecachica Looks like a jelly fish 4w
  •   sbwoodworks Was the grain orientation chosen more for aesthetics or strength? The chair is already amazing, I like the semi floating look that it will have from the back. 4w
  •   jrusten @sbwoodworks just strength/season movement, thanks' 4w
  •   springkcm Beautiful ~like a sunset and sunrise ,should have one in a wild lodge 4w

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jrusten finally ready for assembly... #paloaltochair #jrfs 4w

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jrusten one of the last and most fussy steps before assembly: relieving the joints... not to show off, but so you don't feel a sharp ridge a year from now. #paloaltochair #jrfs 4w
  •   gretelthompson Looking forward to the detail shot. Don't quite know what 'relieving the joints' means. 4w
  •   andrewmiguelez @gretelthompson As the wood expands and contracts, where the two faces are butted up against each other, one can sit proud of the other. Thus you may feel an edge where it was originally flat and even. Relieving the joint usually entails carving a subtle groove along the joint which adds to the look but also alleviates the chance of recognizing any wood movement. 4w
  •   gretelthompson @andrewmiguelez Thanks. I figured it had to do with expansion and contraction of the wood, but wasn't sure what would be done about it. Makes sense. 4w
  •   lkponder I'd love to read up on this method. Any resources that you could recommend? 4w
  •   hamiltonholmes Do you glue the whole joint? Or pin it at one side so it shrinks in a direction? Just asking bc its a big cross grained joint i know its not going anywhere! 4w
  •   lrusten Hmmm, relieving the joints... 4w
  •   jrusten @hamiltonholmes the whole joint is about 4" deep, and just the front 2.5-3" or so is glued. 4w
  •   hamiltonholmes Great. Sounds like you've got it all figured out! thanks 4w

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jrusten happy client and his new bay laurel dining table to be. #jrfs 4w
  •   michelleembs Gorgeous... What kind of legs will go on it? 4w
  •   durhamb86 @bsquared13 I'm down man 4w
  •   jrusten @michelleembs still working that out 4w
  •   michelleembs Will it eventually end up with splits or does this wood not expand/contract much? 4w
  •   michelleembs Haven't worked with this type of wood before . 4w
  •   jrusten @michelleembs not if I treat it right. Wood generally only splits/cracks when it is dried too fast or is prevented from moving through the seasons. This slab has some small end checks (totally typical with any kind of air-dried lumber) but there shouldn't be any additional cracking if I finish it correctly and it's not exposed to extreme heat (like a garage in an Arizona summer, etc.) 4w
  •   mellonworks Love the bay. 4w

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