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Outdoor Table Top October 3, 2012

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Bench Dog Design created this custom table top using wood salvaged directly from the home. The lovely home, located off the beaten path in Bucks County, is set in the woods next to a picturesque stream.

Using the existing base, Bench Dog Design fabricated a table top from wide plank floorboards. A unique locking system attaches the the top to the frame without any fasteners. The slim profile of the table complements the base. The larger table top fits comfortably with the scale of the patio and furniture.

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Coffee/Console Table April 24, 2012

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Bench Dog Design created a custom coffee/console table for a client in Northern Liberties. Above are images of the table in progress. The rustic table was built in modules and set on wheels to allow for easy reconfiguration.  The console functions as a centerpiece while creating additional storage and display space.

Below are images of the final product in the client’s contemporary home.

Arts Fest Photos May 25, 2010

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Below are just a few photos from our booth at the Trenton Ave Arts Festival in Fishtown on Saturday May 22nd. We featured some small scale works such as picture frames and tealight candle holders along with our mobius end table, large wall mirrors. Thanks to everyone who stopped by our table. We had a great time alongside the Kinetic Derby festivities.

It was apparent that the favorite item in the lot was our Wide Plank Wall Mirror. The frame was made from 8 inch wide roof boards salvaged from a rowhome at 18th and Carpenter Streets in South Philly. –SOLD–

Trenton Ave Arts Fest May 19, 2010

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The Trenton Avenue Arts Festival is taking place this Saturday May 22nd. This favorite Fishtown event brings out the community and is jammed-packed with local artists, vendors, music and food. Bench Dog Design will be there showcasing and selling some new items, all made from reclaimed, locally salvaged wood. We’ll be sharing a space with Be Frank Studio, who will be selling their handmade papergoods.

Date: Saturday May 22nd, 2010
Time: Noon to 5pm
Location: Trenton Avenue between E. Norris Street and Frankford Avenue at York Street, in Fishtown
How to get there: by bike, bus (route #5), the el (berks stop), car, or on foot if you live in the hood.
Click here for a map
More information here.

Bench Dog Design is excited to introduce some of our newly crafted smaller-scale items including picture frames, candle holders, and mirror frames. Below is a sneak-peak at our tealight candle holders, available in 3 sizes. These lovely pieces are crafted from former joists from a house in the Mount Airy section of Philadelphia. The nail holes, that once attached wooden lath strips for plaster, are clearly visible in each piece. Knots, cracks, and other ‘imperfections’ add to the character of the pieces. Be sure to stop by our booth and check them out.


Project Highlight: Making Big with a Little Vestibule March 10, 2010

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What do you do when there just isn’t enough room to build a coat closet, a coat stand takes up too much space in your living room, and typical wall mounted coat hooks just don’t seem to fit with your home?

Introducing the vestibule at a residence in Fishtown:

Inspired by the look of exposed wood lath (the structural system that holds up plaster walls) and the need for a place to hang a coat or two, the project solves the problem while creating a welcoming image to the home that isn’t cluttered like a conventional coat rack or taking up too much space such as a coat closet.  One of the walls and ceiling are covered with narrow, horizontal strips of wood. The exposed plaster wall is painted with a chartreuse green, while the door and trim are painted with a cool gray.  This creates a bright yet balanced composition for the entry to the home. As an added element– antique doorknobs are inserted sporadically (and can be moved, adjusted as needed), for use as coat hooks, leash hooks, hat hooks, and just about anything else you are looking to hang. The door knobs were purchased at Second Chance Architectural Salvage in Baltimore, an excellent place that consists of 4 warehouse full of re-used finds. The best part is that whether or not something is hanging on the knobs, you still have a wall that is pleasing to look at and wouldn’t be embarrassed by when welcoming a friend or neighbor into your home.

Lastly, a light fixture was needed to brighten the vestibule. Often fixtures can be out of scale with the size of the room and their aesthetic can detract from the space. The fixture chosen for this project is a very simple pole with a clear linear bulb. It throws just the right amount of light and it is small and compact.  The fixture and lamp are thin and long which ties back to the wood strips and completes the composition.

In the end the space is welcoming as well as functional, both are critical in any urban home.

[Photos by Kate Devlin.]

Project Profile: Indoor Bench November 11, 2009

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We were recently commissioned to build an indoor bench for a couple’s mountain home in North Carolina. Below is a photo, from the clients, of the finished piece in its new home.

This bench features mortise and tenon connections and a clear finish coat. The wood was salvaged from a row home at 16th & Christian as well as a South Philadelphia row home. If you look carefully at one of the legs you can see the some of the nail holes from its previous life are retained.

For more images of the final product, click on the images below.

100k Table- Process Video October 4, 2009

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100KprocessMOVIE

Originally uploaded by Bench Dog Design

We put together a brief video that documents some of the steps in building the 100k House table. This piece was custom fabricated for Post Green using reclaimed wood from a row house at 15th and Montrose. The table is larger than typical at 7ft. x3ft.

Credits:  Final photos by Carryn M. Golden of Golden Silhouette. Video created by Jenny Yip of Bench Dog Design.