Distressed turquoise color dining table, very beachy.
Industrial cabinet with drawers
Very unusual pc of salvage. I was told this was a storage device for the wax rolls of an antique Edison invention. Precursor to the Victrola. Very cool. Top is Koa.
Here are a couple of salvaged industrial machine shop carts. Oak top above. Maple butcher block top below.
Vintage drawer unit, top is oak, trim mahogany.
Lockers, hardware added. Shelves added inside.
Steel industrial work station. New shelf added.
Here are a couple of consoles, diagonal multi colored boards include many of exotic hardwood species. Bought out the odds and ends from the estate of an amateur woodworker last year. Ran everything thru my surface planer and here is the result.
Three pieces using reclaimed maple gym floor. Coffee table with cherry stain. Small computer desk, large bench, both of these have a grey "driftwood" stain. Goes well with the polished steel.
Here are quite a few benches using more of the exotic hardwood stash mentioned above. Lengths range from 36" up to 72", some with shelves.
And a couple of the old school ones I have been making for several years. Never seem to be able to keep many benches in stock, they go so fast.
Here are a few coffee tables using that diagonal pattern. And one with a herringbone pattern. Bottom example incorporates a vintage drafting table as base.
Custom cabinet, distressed original paint on reclaimed wood. Antique cast iron hardware
Custom wine cabinet. Found a couple of these really well built wine racks at the flea recently. Dont see them as often as I wish. I built this cabinet to surround rack. Top is oak, reclaimed from old dining table.
Custom Kitchen island. Cabinet grade ply below. Top is reclaimed maple gym floor. Cherry trim, from deconstructed 100 yr old church pews. Architectural frags as legs.
Here are some tables recently built for Philz coffee. I bought the aluminum tulip bases a few years ago from a scrapper. They were the employee lunchroom table bases from Goodyear Tire Factory, Akron, Ohio. Diagonal wood strips are reclaimed wood, most not painted, just mixing up species with texture and age providing contrast.
Custom Maple bowling alley dining table.
Custom planter, very large, 10' I believe was. Clients used as divider on shared driveway.
Custom dining table, Surfaced old growth Doug Fir timbers, glued and doweled to create large slab. Matching bench. Extensions for table. Dark stain, Jacobian by minwax.
Large Custom kitchen hutch. Cabinet is predominantly natural doug fir. I mixed rough sawn, surfaced, distressed flooring, etc. to get contrasting textures, colors. Some distressed original paint for a touch of color.
Desk to complement the kitchen hutch above.
These are a couple more tables for Philz coffee, complete with many plugs for all those devices.
This blogs purpose is to introduce Bryan Appleton Designs to the internet community. I am a carpenter, artist, father, and an outdoor adventure enthusiast. I love to create furniture and other objects from relics gathered at flea markets, jobsite dumpsters, the local dump, you name it! These relics include antique victorian hardware, architectural elements from old houses, unique and interesting bits of painted wood, iron, and glass. Most of what I make is functional- a cabinet, hat rack, mirror, etc. Some things just sit there and look interesting. It is my passion, and I call it art! When I am not creating, I can be found hunting the local flea markets, scrounging thru dumpsters in Pacific Heights, or at play on my mountain bike or skiing in the Sierra's.