December 2009 Archives

Conference Tables in History

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Stoneline's office will be closed from December 22 until January 4. Whether you set your holiday table with a tree, a menorah, a kinara, or even an aluminum pole, we hope you have a wonderful holiday and a happy new year!


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

Thanks so much, Charles. We're glad you came across our site too! We hope you'll send a photo so we can see the credenza and display cabinet in their new home.
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. 

This past spring we upgraded all light fixtures in our manufacturing facility. We replaced all the old fixtures and installed high efficiency fluorescent bulbs. With this one change, we've seen our electricity use reduced by over 20%. 

A good idea doesn't have to be radical or strange to work. Sometimes improvements are as simple as changing a light bulb.

How a Desk is Made: Detailing

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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.desk-detail1.jpg
Every wood table, desk or credenza we make receives the same care and attention. These are traditional woodworking techniques and do not involve trade secrets or unusual tools. Just precision, patience, years of experience and the desire to do the job right. When Dave joined Stoneline almost twenty years ago, he made it clear that he didn't want to work in a place where he'd be slapping pieces together without concern for quality. He wanted to build furniture he could be proud of. We're proud too, that all our artisans share that satisfaction in their work.

How a Desk is Made: Gluing Up

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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.

Metal angle brackets are used as splines in the corner joints, where strength is critical. 
Each corner joint has 2 metal splines. The pieces of the desk are labeled inside the joins, for a precise fit and so the pencil marks will be hidden when the desk is assembled.
Chuck applies epoxy to the corner joints where the splines will be fitted.
At the same time, Dave applies wood glue to the rest of the joins.

Conference Tables in History

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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." 

How a Desk is Made

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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.

Granite Streaks

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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.

This four inch diameter hole in a granite conference table will be fitted with a wiring grommet which holds 2 power and 2 data outlets under a removable cover. 

Even the inside of a wiring hole, which is not seen by anyone once the wiring is in place, receives the same attention to detail as every aspect of our furniture. The inside of the hole has been sandblasted, beveled on the edge, and polished to match the top.