After the holidays

This was a great holiday season. Every year right around the end of September I start to slow down and in my head I start to stress out a little so like a squirrel i start to load up my work schedule. I normally don’t get enough to make it to January but this year I had some really cool furniture projects that got me thru  like the Armoire I did with the inlay      













then up next was the Coffee table I just finished 

that is heading to Texas it something the client wanted based of a table I currently sell.





so I designed and built her this. 





now I am moving on to build an Island for a friend of mine that has been patently waiting for her project to start And  the phone is getting a little more active once more. I hope I  can do that next year! for once I had a stress free holiday season . 




Mid century modern side table

I have just designed this new Mid century modern side table with the idea that I wanted something simple and yet elegant in the collection I am creating. I have a chair that this table will pair with on the drawing table I hope to unveil before next summer. This table is 24” tall and 16.5” in diameter and will be offered in cherry’ maple and walnut the finish will be a hand rubbed polyurethane and oil blend.   


Mid century modern china hutch

Good Afternoon to you all so about a month ago I got a call from a client that wanted a Mid century modern china hutch. I got all the info I needed to design the paper work got signed and off I went. I will be constructing it out of maple it has some curved drawer fronts so that is where I started.


After gluing them up in the form they turned out rather well so then I started with the lower part of the china hutch joining maple to make the bottom and sides of the cabinet. I then made the stretchers for the drawers using the drawer front to create the same curve of the drawer. Then glued all the components together  the drawer. then glued all the components together.  

    Then the next part of the process is to make drawers and glue them together. So I started with cutting the sides and back and creating the grooves for the bottom and a grove to make a slide for the drawer to fit in. Then I started the hand cut dovetails.  

dovetailed drawers

After that has been accomplished I glue them together and start checking the fit . 





I then make doors and legs for the case and create the top assemble every thing  and I am ready for a final sanding. 



so the final sanding and finish is done.I added lights and I m now just waiting on glass and hardware. 

Hall Table project

I started a new piece of fine furniture it is A Hall table made out of walnut and big leaf Maple. It will have two drawers and a lower shelf I will also add some inlay on the top and then give it a French polish.  Keep watching as I go through the process of building this table.


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Built in Bench

I love creating things for clients it is so fun I got the request to build a built in Bench for a client in Bothell  Washington. She had a space in an entryway that was unusable so she got the idea of of houzz and called me to create it .


built in Bench with storage

New twist on an the Dream Bench

Memorial Bench

So I have the Dream Bench but now I have the memorial Bench this was asked of me when a client was looking at the dream Bench. She asked if I could hollow out the spheres on the leg to accommodate for her father’s ashes. I quickly explained it would be easy to just drill out a cavity and then seal it after the ashes had been inserted. So now I have a memorial bench it is a great idea and will be selling those as well.



Why you should hire designers

I just wanted to shier this I found It  online and really do believe you should hire one to help you create your dream home.


It’s something to think about if you haven’t already done so. Hiring an interior decorator is a smart decision if you’ve invested a good bit of money into your home and want to be able to showcase it to look its best. Decorators truly serve a purpose for everyone. Whether you have no idea where or how to begin to decorate your home, or whether you have an idea but need help tying pieces together, or you simply haven’t the time to execute your style and desires due to your busy day to day schedule.

I recently asked Michelle Cortizo of Cortizo Interiors in Boston, Massachusetts, to explain why hiring an Interior Decorator is a wise and sensible choice. Toss aside the idea that interior decorators are only for the rich and famous or those with so much money that they don’t know what to do with it all. In reality they save you a great deal of time and money and headache medicine!

1. Save Money.

It might sound strange that hiring someone to decorate your home would save you money since you have the additional fee of the designer, however Cortizo makes a compelling point. “Hiring a designer can help you to avoid costly mistakes that will not only help you save money but can increase the value of your home.” Especially when selling your home – interior design is essential when listing your home. It can help boost buyer appeal and set your home above the competition.

2. Professional Assessment.

A designer can give you a professional assessment of your situation, that will will lead to a solid plan of action. The order of things in a design plan is key in determining what can be repurposed or should be edited. This will not only effect the budget but help you to spend it more efficiently.” A designer offers an extra set of eyes, but these eyes are trained to see and notice things that you may not.

3. Budgeting and Planning.

A designer can keep you on budget and save you time and effort. A designer knows where to go for resources for everything related to your home. This will save you endless amounts of time researching products, brands and prices. A designer will have all this readily on hand, and should he or she not, will spend the time researching so that you don’t have to.

4. Liaison

A designer will be able to build “a stronger bridge between you and your architect or contractor early on and can head off design misses in your overall plan. This is crucial in managing time and money explains Cortizo. Also designers are trained to think about things we may overlook. “It’s so important that the lighting and furnishing needs are addressed before construction. If your living room sofa is floating in a the middle of the room you want to make sure you have the proper placement for floor outlets.”

5. Wide availability of resources.

There are things available to designers that are not available to the general public in terms of connections, resources and general merchandise. By culminating these resources designers can  help to make your space look more collected, unique and pulled together.

6. Contacts.

Cortizo states that : “In addition to vendor resources, designers have many home improvement industry contacts. They can save homeowners time and headaches trying to identify reliable, contractors, plumbers and electricians for their projects.

7. Wow Factor.

Designers can help to give you the “wow” factor you’ve been looking for. They are trained to think differently, spatially and to see an overall picture that clients often cannot. Cortizo adds that “Thinking outside of the box is what designers do all day long.

8.Home sale.

A decorator can potentially add a great deal to the aesthetic of your home, which in turn can increase showings and sales. This increased appeal can exponentially speed up the amount of time your home sits on the market before it is sold. The benefit here is two-fold, a faster turn-around time and more money in your pocket.

9. A trained eye.

A designer is a professional with a trained eye that can automatically tell you if there is something wrong or right with a space. Having that immediate consult is a major advantage when making aesthetic decisions. It is the result of years of experience.” says Cortizo. Often times homeowners try to do it all themselves and get frustrated. Look at these 10 most common interior design mistakes and how to solve them.

10. Visual story-teller

Cortizo concludes with the fact that : “Interior design is a skill and an art that will only enhance the space and the quality of your life in the space. Hiring a pro raises the level of that experience and makes your house a home. A designer can help you tell your visual story. I can’t think of a better reason than that!

Given all this information will you consider hiring an interior designer the next time you remodel, buy a home or move?

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The difference between heirloom furniture and furniture.

Hi am Brian Anderson and I want to tell you the difference between heirloom furniture and furniture. So the first thing about heirloom furniture is the fact that an artisan is the one making it and it will last generations. The other factor is that when I am commissioned to make a piece for you your input is important to the style of what you want and you just cannot find that in any factory made peace even in high-end for furniture. So now let’s talk about the elephant in the room the price yes the price is quite a bit more than what you would find in the store for very simple reason. One is that I have spent a lot of time learning joinery and when and how to use it then there is the attention to detail. I also work with my hands not a machine it is truly hand built furniture built to your requirements. I would like you to understand you’re only going to buy that piece once not five or six times and it’s not a fad furniture it’s not the newest trend it will have a style that Is timeless. I also offer a lifetime guarantee I’m positive it will last that long or at least my lifetime so think of Anderson woodwork’s when you are looking for a piece of furniture that you truly want to be proud of and express your style pleas go and start the journey.cropped-DSCN4382.jpg

Sitting Bench I call the Dream Bench

Dream Step Stool Fine Furniture sitting bench

Sitting Bench I call the Dream Bench

Hi I just wanted to keep introducing this new sitting Bench I call the Dream Bench. I always wonder if this is art or furniture but I like both so when I create my fine furniture I try to make it as artistic as I can without taking the  functionality out of it and I then hope you will enjoy it. I created The Dream Bench  as if I am the one to keep it but that is far from what I want! I want everyone to have a piece of my functional art it is good for the sole I believe to have this kind of thing’s in your life. So I encourage you to go to my web site and look at what I have to offer and keep in mind I create new thing every so often so keep stopping by and see the new art and support your local artist.

My first Piece of Furniture I built

Good morning everyone I ran across my first Piece of


that I had ever built today me and the family were cleaning house when I came across the very first piece of furniture I built. I was working for a custom home builder at the time back in 1996 I had two really small kids and was with my first wife living in Olympia. I had a shop that was just a 10’x10’ space and hardly any tools or knowledge at that point. I took wood shop in junior high and really liked it something about creating furniture I really love. So any way I was at work we were remolding a bank in Elma when I saw some solid Oak Door James in the dumpster so I grabbed all six of them and took the home where they would sit for another two months. We moved on to a new remodel on a house just down the hill from my home and I came across some cut offs of some Brazilian cherry flooring and grabbed them and took them home. Now I had a lot of wood and needed a plan so I went out to the shop and drew up this table something simple but cool I had just a few tools a table saw ‘router  and belt sander and just a few chisels off I went to work . I always talk about hand built furnishings and how it last longer than factory built let me tell you this table has been abused it has been threw four kids and several moves and is still looking good other than the one failed joint In the top that was my very first lesson you do not secure the top to the aprons without allowing for seasonal movement. I like to stress that the piece of furniture that I create for my clients will last for generations because it is as if I were building it for me. In a way I am tied to it for life no matter where it ends up because my hand’s and love for woodworking created it.


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