Eight Pieces Win Honorable Mentions

The following projects were awarded Honorable Mentions in the 2000 Design Portfolio awards competition.


Woodworker: Hand Made Furniture, Avondale Estates, GA

Category: Residential Furniture

Project: Five-Legged Bedside Table

Materials Used: The tables are made of Honduras mahogany, with ebony handles and glass shelves, and are lacquered with M.L. Campbell Magnalac. The fretwork shelf is made from 9/32-inch by 9/16-inch strips.

Construction Details: James Tolmach, owner of Hand Made Furniture, built two five-legged bedside tables to fit the oblique corners of a customer's house. The tops are pentagons with corners of 90°, 112-1/2° and 135°. The two front legs are 22-1/2° out of square. The stars, apart from the visual aspects, act to strengthen the legs, support the glass shelf and balance the top and apron. The curved frets around the perimeter of the star were fabricated by laminating three thin strips of mahogany over a form in a vacuum press. The triple scarf joints at the points of the star are reinforced with exposed dowels.


Woodworker: Swartzendruber Hardwood Creations, Goshen, IN

Category: Residential Furniture

Project: Horvath Sideboard

Materials Used: The Horvath Sideboard is made of select solid curly cherry hardwood and veneers. The 11/8-inch top features a solid cherry 2-1/2-inch edge, beveled on the lower edge, with a 3/16-inch black inlay band. The four doors have concealed European brass hinges, and the drawer boxes are solid cherry, are dovetailed on the corners and ride on full-extension Accuride slides. The pulls are hand-made of cherry and ziricote. The piece is finished in a natural oil.

Construction Details: The sideboard is 72 inches by 30 inches by 20-1/4 inches. The unit rests on flared legs with an accent groove at the bottom for added visual interest. The legs are mortise-and-tenoned to curved cross rails at the top and bottom. The ends are joined by a pair of cross stretchers that support the body of the piece. The center section stands away from the top and sides to give the impression of suspension within the frame.


Woodworker: Bud Tullis -- Woodworker, Solvang, CA

Category: Residential Furniture

Project: Entertainment Center

Materials Used: The exterior is built of solid and veneer mahogany. The interior is a maple ply carcass with solid maple drawers that ride on Accuride full-extension slides.

Construction Details: The piece is 15 feet, three inches long and eight feet, eight inches at its tallest point. It was built in nine sections. The curved doors were made using V-shaped plywood and adding widths as required; they were veneered using a vacuum bag. Mouldings were shaped by hand and shaper. The design of the entertainment center had to incorporate a pair of Chinese panels that the client already owned. Photo by Richmond Productions.


Woodworker: Craig Graybar Furniture Works Ltd., West Allis, WI

Category: Commercial/Institutional Furniture

Project: Classic Buffet

Materials Used: The buffet is constructed from select 4/4 Honduran mahogany with secondary framing and drawer boxes in select 4/4 birch. Drawer fronts are elm burl, and the inlay borders and tapered column inlays are maple. The piece includes solid brass bales and teardrop pulls on doors and drawers.

Construction Details: The top drawer extends the length of the buffet and is capable of storing delicate rolled linens, and the door cavities have adjustable height drawers with removable dividers. The drawers can also be nested to store larger pieces. All drawers are dovetailed in four corners and have birch bottoms built into the sides for extra strength.


Woodworker: Beckman's Woodshop, Waseca, MN

Category: Kitchen/Bath Cabinets

Project: Kitchen Cabinets, Bath Vanities, Stairway Railings and Balusters

Materials Used: The kitchen faces are made of solid cherry with white melamine cabinet liner. Bath vanities are white birch with custom-mixed cherry stain and finished with M.L. Campbell Ultrastar waterborne sealer and topcoat. Stair railings are 6/4 cherry.

Construction Details: The kitchen was designed to be functional but contains pieces that have the feel of furniture, with hidden appliances, crown mouldings, decorative shelves, plate racks and leg-type toe kicks. The bath vanities are 36 inches tall with framed mirrors.


Woodworker: Winntech Digital Systems, Kansas City, MO

Category: Specialty Products

Project: Audio Soundroom Exhibit for Pioneer Electronics, USA

Materials Used: The exhibit uses Baltic birch plywood and 1/2-inch and 3/4-inch MDF. It features brushed aluminum laminates and 12-volt halogen and neon accent lights.

Construction Details: The displays use reverse interlocking slots to join pieces together. Gaps between shelves allow a peek in from the exterior of the display. All pieces were CNC milled and hand finished.



Woodworker: Swanson Woodwork, Boston, MA

Category: Kitchen/Bath Cabinets

Project: Painted Kitchen Cabinetry, Paneling and Columns

Materials Used: Solid poplar, cherry and maple were used, as well as maple L.M.C. core plywood. MDF is used for the paneling and door and drawer front panels. Hardware included Blum "clip-it" hinges and Accuride drawer slides, and the columns and pilasters came from Hartman-Sanders.

Construction Details: The open floor plan had a difference in ceiling heights totalling 18 inches. The columns and frieze not only take care of that difference, but they separate the kitchen from the rest of the floor plan. The columns also hide a load-bearing core and sink vent, alternately. Cabinets are dadoed, tongue-and-grooved, and mortise-and-tenoned together.




Woodworker: Custom Woodturning & Millwork, Eden, NY

Category: Specialty Products

Project: Entertainment Center/Mantel and Bar Unit

Materials Used: The units are made of solid cherry, cherry plywood and birch plywood, with 27 maple dovetailed drawers. The pieces use Accuride 100-pound full-extension drawer slides, the Accuride flipper door system, Blum 35mm hinges and solid brass Belwith-Keeler knobs. The bar includes a Kohler sink and Corian top. The interior bar finish is M.L. Campbell white water base seal and hunter green paint.

Construction Details: The entertainment center/mantel unit is 13 feet, six inches wide, nine feet tall and 30 inches deep; the bar is eight feet wide, nine feet tall and 28 inches deep. The bar was made in two sections and the entertainment center in five. The entertainment center's panels are all in the same plane so when it is closed, the unit looks like it was paneled rather than face-framed. The electronic components are on remote control, so they can be activated without opening the cabinets.

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