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Have you ever bought a cheap chair from a discount warehouse? Well those chairs come from China, Sweden, or the US East/West Coast where the moisture content of the wood is 15%. When it is shipped to Colorado, or other dry climates, the wood dries out to less than 6%. This causes their typical cheap dowel joints to shrink in their holes, then the glue fails, and you have a wobbly chair. Its a matter of science, not necessarily poor craftsmanship.
For a table top, this means that it will dry out and shrink ~1/4″. If the table is not designed and built properly, the tension has to be relieved somewhere and the top splits. The only real cure is to move it back to the more moist climate and let the “sponge” swell back up.
Murphy’s oil soap is good to use for general cleaning: mix 1/8 to cup with a half gallon of water.acceptable, if you feel compelled to use something more commercial A mild soap and water solution, like Dawn dish soap, and a damp rag are all that you will need.
There are two larger shops in the Vail Valley, Aren Designs and Heartwood, that tackle bigger, whole house jobs. A few of the smaller shops are Acadia Woods, Paragon Woodworking, Beyond the Tree, Haak Designs, and Greg Fedeczko. These businesses are capable of crafting nice cabinets and furniture. Most people confuse a carpenter with a cabinet maker: make no mistake that I do not know how to frame a house and a carpenter does not know how to make furniture, they are two different professions. Make sure that the person you hire is capable of completing your project as expected and on time, like us.
Interior designers are, unfortunately, direct competitors by not helping to the enhancement the craft market. They are specialized shoppers and there is nothing custom about picking a table out of a catalog. In my experience, interior designers are the middle-men that only interfere with the design process and unnecessarily increase costs.
There are “high-end” furniture shops, like Gorsuch and Worth Home, but they are selling products straight off the boat from China or mass-fabricated two-weeks ago in the jungles of South America. Even if these pieces are well made, which is doubtful, they inevitably have finish failures and functional issues once the wood underneath dries out to our climate.
IKEA, Home Depot, American Furniture, etc. offer low-quality, cheap options that are not meant to last very long. That is on the opposite end of what I am trying to achieve. I do not consider them the direct competition, but they have regardless negatively affected my industry by falsely selling “fine” that inflict incorrect perceptions on the public. Remember, “You get what you pay for”.
The takeaway: Buy Locally and you only have to buy it once!
Metal: $80-135/squarefoot , depending on thickness, joinery, finish, and patina. Black Magic Welding , in Glenwood Springs, is our preferred metal fabricator.
Stone: $95-155/squarefoot depending on variety, size, and thickness. Just like woodworking, stone fabrication is a time consuming and messy business. Stone Concepts, in Eagle, is our preferred stone fabricator.
Glass: $6-23/squarefoot depending on size, thickness, tempering, clarity, color, and joinery. Denver Glass Interiors is our preferred glass fabricator.
Hardware: soft-close drawer slide drawer slides are $36/set, soft close Euro-hinges are $4/pair, premium Brusso brass hardware knife hinges are $42/pair. Depending on materials and styling, knobs and pulls can range from $2-27/each. There are countless other mechanisms, functional add-ons, and decorative bits.