jrusten finishing up a rare cantilevered California table base. 8h

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jrusten post event clean-up nighttime vibes. Check: www.23rdstreetevents.com to book something fun. 1d

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jrusten #tbt Another (possibly misguided) logo from the past. 10" wide stencil on the underside of a table from 2008/2009. I was going for that old-timey Industrial Age advertising aesthetic of "here's a drawing of our factory, and here's a drawing of our founder." I did another stencil of the facade of my studio at the time but it didn't have any smokestacks so it didn't seem grand enough. 2d

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jrusten beat-up board and two wetsuits appeared in the scrap bin last night. Come and get 'em... today is gonna be a rad beach day. 23rd St. btw Bryant/York. 3d

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jrusten Late night lighting experiments. #modernrockingchair #thirdshift 3d

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jrusten skylight glowing maple chair parts... rough re-sawn on the table saw and ready for final milling. Lots of extras for choice. #paloaltochair 4d

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jrusten Seat shaping with makeshift 5 gallon bucket dust hood. 1w

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jrusten #tbt from 2005: Claro walnut Palo Alto chair back with hand-carved logo I used for a short time (about 4" wide). Inspired by Roycroft pieces originally, but then I decided a logo in view was obnoxious/distracting and broke up the plane of the piece too much. Working on a new maker's mark now so it's interesting to see what I'd done in the past. 1w

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jrusten First Palo Alto chairs of 2015 beginning. This pair with Claro seats/backs... going to be very pretty. One reason I love spring/summer is the arc that the sunlight travels around the studio gets tighter and more focused. Not many things more beautiful than this grain in the sunlight. #Claro #paloaltochair 1w
  •   wmcabinetmaker I have spent well over 30 years working in the Australian woodworking industrie, banging my head against the wall trying to convince my fellow tradesmen about the virtue of the pyramid system. I was taught it by one of the first tradesmen I worked under who was originally from LA. But do you think anyone else would give it a go? Absolutely no way, their all mad! 1w
  •   jwtwoodworks Beautiful 1w
  •   canadianwoodworks Can't wait to see this wood pop, get to work! 1w
  •   markbuildsit @wmcabinetmaker consider it your own little personal advantage. 😀 1w

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jrusten This morning's light. Summer feels close at hand. #summah 2w

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jrusten cute little custom drop-leaf table down. 2w
  •   kitknuckler So clean. 2w
  •   nisah_studio Beauty 2w
  •   union_foundry The knot is great 2w
  •   fajarcuncun Pretty good! 2w
  •   lycheeeeez Does all wood shine and ripple like that? 2w
  •   jrusten @lycheeeeez Wood is like gemstones...when it's rough, it's just dirty and obscured... it's only when it's carefully faceted and polished that it will reflect the greatest light. Not all wood has the same depth of shine (chatoyance) but most will have some pop when properly sanded/finished. 2w
  •   lycheeeeez I didn't know wood could be any more beautiful! I'm not sure I'd be able to work on a table with a gorgeous surface like that! But then again, I'm not sure I'd mind... :-) You do excellent work @jrusten! 2w

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jrusten cute little custom drop-leaf table up. 2w

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jrusten one of the first images from last night's shoot. Great work @pder ! Thanks for your talent and patience. Only a thousand more grain detail shots left to capture! #moonshinetable 3w

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jrusten Going to get studio photos tonight but jumping the gun... these moonshine tables are like jewelry you can set a drink on. #moonshinetable 3w

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jrusten delivery prep & polish. #moonshinetable I can't believe how long it's taken (busiest winter!) but these should be on the (New!) website by the end of the month... hopefully not all sold before then. 3w

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jrusten I reserved a zipvan for this week's delivery, but it had a flat, so the Ranchero got her maiden delivery voyage over the bridge and into the hills with 500+ lbs. of bed in the back. Good work little lady. #66ranchero 4w

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jrusten #tbt 2006, when I moved to Brooklyn for a year to help my architect friend build this bar. There's 100 feet of wood slats (every 6") hung under a cork-covered ceiling that articulate a curved plane through the space. We made concrete forms and then ground the concrete, did framing, installed felt and Panelite walls, etc. etc. etc... I'll stop now, but I could fill a whole Instagram account with photos of this project and write a book about the people we worked with and the things we dealt with. Definitely took years off my life, but left me with some of my best stories and valuable lessons I refer to often. Not too long after we finished it, the owner changed a number of critical elements so I can't recommend a visit unfortunately. 4w
  •   littlegraythings I completely forgot Macri Park looked like this. I don't recall if it was under the same ownership in 2006 but I remember being very impressed and slightly intimidated by the space when it opened. It was unusual for that immediate neighborhood. Now it feels much more claustrophobic and far less sanitary. Sadly, I think the charm of a good dive is lost on this place given the intent of it's initial design and lack of commitment to uphold those principles. It lives somewhere in between. The one remaining element is it's successful use of light and air. Good job. 4w
  •   jpmconstructioninc Too bad they would go and do that ! It looks awesome and they should go with the design intended so the feel is consistent. It not just about look.. The environment changes with it 4w
  •   siosidesign Heart breaking when your hard work and vision are changed. Ugh. 4w
  •   afortnerwoodshop Address? I'll be there soon 4w
  •   amyaswell Wow. Admittedly Grcic is one of my fav designers but I have his Chair_One more for aesthetics than function. I'm still impressed anytime I see his stuff in project cuz it's somewhat rare. AND I've heard so many stories about initial designs losing their integrity quickly after debuting. Why? Whhhyyyy?!?! The agony! :) 4w
  •   jrusten @afortnerwoodshop 462 Union Street, near Metropolitan and the Lorimer L stop in Williamsburg. The ceiling might be the only thing that remains... the wood is a rare species called Amapola ... super light and stable, and responsibly harvested (one of the trees displaced during mahogany harvesting). 4w
  •   jrusten @littlegraythings It's a long an complicated story that I shouldn't share publicly, but very interesting. I agree that it was very different for the neighborhood at the time. One of the things I'm proud of: there's a park bench directly across the street, and one night I went over, unbolted it, and flipped it around so it faces the bar. The last time I visited it was still flipped around that way. The concept of the bar related to the connection between the tiny triangular park (Macri Park), the tree in front of the bar, and the lone tree in the back patio of the bar... and how the space opened up. It probably would've been a better Thai restaurant than Brooklyn bar... haha. 4w
  •   littlegraythings No, you're right. Definitely not appropriate for public discussion. That's interesting regarding the symmetry between the tree in the front and back. There seemed a relationship between the two albeit a subtle one. I, however, did not know that you flipped the bench. . 4w

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jrusten Closer detail of the leather-topped bedside table/iPad/laptop slot and the end-grain sandwich. #tiburonbed 1mon

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jrusten Quick shot in the gallery of the Big Bed before delivery. Casey Cripe's paintings look great overhead, but this bed will actually be in the middle of a room- headboard viewed from behind as you enter the room. 1mon
  •   jrusten @bentclimb not yet at least. 1mon
  •   john.lavoie I guess the coastal native people would argue about west coast design, but I see a horizontal linear approach that I like. Interesting to perhaps combine the two... 1mon
  •   jrusten @john.lavoie It's certainly true that this low, linear, (and huge!) design works best in a spacious modern home (with a dramatic view) which is typical of the west coast and is exactly where it went. So, yeah... I think you nailed it. This bed wouldn't make as much sense in a colonial saltbox. I suppose I was just deflecting some credit for the concept because I've seen a bunch of European beds like this over the years. 1mon
  •   john.lavoie I know this bed sits away from a wall and that is an amazing art piece up there but I'm imagining some huge Haida mask or the like above it. Cheers. Love your stuff! 1mon
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jrusten I have nothing but respect and envy for my comrades who can find economy in using hand planes for final flattening. I bought this belt sander 12 years ago for $269. It requires no sharpening, just replacing belts. It doesn't ever tear-out, doesn't make me sweat, and in the time it would take to load panels in the truck and drive them to my buddy's wide-belt sander, I can have a big panel flattened with 80/120 and ready for card scraping. Mostly I guess I'm just complaining about tear-out (after honing a shaving-sharp blade and trying to flatten this panel and then having to fix it with my trusty belt sander.) It's those times that I'm reminded, I'm most passionate about "making furniture", not "woodworking". 1mon
  •   camdentoler @jrusten this is great. When I got started, I was pretty well convinced that handplanes were never going to make their way into my shop. Same for most handsaws, braces, etc. Now I find myself reaching for my hand tools more that the power strip. I did a lot of damage with a belt sander, but that's me. I need a tool to force me to be patient, and that's what planes and the like do. As someone already said, your work speaks for itself, and if you used a collection of shiny rocks and used chewing gum to get there, no one could begrudge you that. 1mon
  •   jrusten @beauwalnut Thanks for the wisdom Robert... I hope I get to visit when you have a handplaned top around... I'd love to see it! 1mon
  •   jrusten @camdentoler Haha... you're very kind to say so. I am in no way a hand-tool hater... I guess I just haven't cultivated the right hand plane skills yet... and fear I won't have time to! 1mon
  •   jrusten @jwtwoodworks I'll look forward to a tutorial the next time I'm over on that side of the states. 1mon
  •   camdentoler @jrusten , whatever works, eh? I actually broke out the belt sander tonight, albeit clamped in a bench vise and used for sharpening hatchets! 1mon
  •   jwtwoodworks @jrusten anytime! 1mon
  •   iamvack Good way of putting the making furniture vs woodworking! 1mon

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