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We recently made a couple of special pieces for an orthopedic surgeon in Pullman, WA: a large custom designed display cabinet, and matching credenza with Blue Pearl granite top. We consulted with the client extensively to design furniture that would be perfect for his office. We just received this message:
Hello Diana and Monte,
I just wanted to get a quick note off to let you know that the credenza and display cabinet arrived just fine yesterday. It was delivered on a truck with the lift gate which allowed it to be deposited at our front door. With the installer who helped during our office construction we managed to break down the extremely well constructed shipping crates which withstood the vigors of the cross country trip with no damage. The quality of the crates was an indication of what was to come.
All the pieces were free of any damage including the specially requested granite top for the credenza which is just beautiful. The media cabinet required the muscles of a couple of electricians who were working on another suite in our building but with their help we got it into my office without incident. We got the shelves and doors installed and they all fit perfectly. The lighting in the cabinet works just fine and the glass shelves are beautiful, and with the mirrored back, will show off the Steuben glass to maximum effect.
The brushed stainless steel is flawless and has a very nice crisp appearance which is just what I was looking for. It contrasts very nicely with the light stained ash. The sizes of the pieces look excellent in the office, not being too big or too small. Monte, I appreciate your judgment call on the hardware. The sandblasted lock looks great with the door hinges and both complement the look of the stainless steel side panels very well.
You have been super people to work with throughout this whole project. Everything was extremely professional and I appreciated your patience as we worked out all the details as to dimensions and finish. You obviously take great pride in your work and have every reason to be what with the outstanding quality of the materials you select and the skill with which you fashion them. Thank you very much! I’m very glad that I came across your site on the internet while looking for furniture for my office. –Charles
A flash of inspiration is sometimes described as a “light bulb moment.” In some cases the light bulb isn’t just a metaphor.
As part of our commitment to sustainable manufacturing principles, Stoneline Designs is working to reduce our total power consumption by 30%. We reached a big percentage of that goal in 2009, thanks to light bulbs.
In this photo, Stoneline artisan Dave continues work on the desk he and Chuck glued up a few days before. Dave uses a chisel and sandpaper to remove imperfections like dried glue marks, and make the tiny adjustments necessary to be sure every inch of the desk meets our quality standard. He will spend many hours on this step of building the desk.
In wood furniture construction “gluing up” is the crucial step when all the parts come together and the finished piece takes shape. In these photos, watch as Stoneline artisans Dave and Chuck glue up a Cessina desk.
This conference table is from very recent history: US Defense Secretary Robert Gates at the Conference of Defense Ministers of the Americas (CDMA), 3 September 2008. Secretary Gates expressed support for defense ministers throughout the Americas to work together “while also respecting and honoring the sovereignty of each nation.” He also spoke on the need for cooperative disaster relief: “We still do not have a comprehensive, hemispherewide mechanism to channel outside assistance to disaster areas effectively.”
This Cessina desk in maple has just been glued up. Stoneline artisans Dave and Chuck measure every angle of the desk before the glue dries, to make sure the desk has been properly fitted together. The desk will be finished with a Wenge stain.
We received this question from a reader:
Q. Today a Zimbabwe granite counter was installed in our kitchen. It was thereafter cleaned by a house cleaning company, I presume with regular cleaning material. Afterwards it showed stripes which we can’t get out anymore. We only tried with water, as we did not dare to use any strong material. Please advise if and how we can solve this.
A. You will need to ask your stone fabricator as they probably used a sealer on the stone and you will want to make sure that the cleaning products you use are compatible with their sealer. On stone finished with our sealer, we use a glass cleaning product (Windex) for difficult streaks.