Thursday, September 27, 2012


I found this record at a thrift store a while back and thought it was pretty neat. The record kind of sucks though...

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Upcycled/recycled Writer's desks


This was a project that I did back in March, 2012. I met Brendan and Priya through some good friends, and they commissioned me to build these 2 desks. Brendan is a writer, and the two had recently moved to a house in Silverlake, Ca. Brendan had a room staked out for his office with a window and a great view. We decided on building something super simple and modern, he also liked the worn/industrial look, and didnt mind if the desks looked "well worn". I sketched something up and we agreed on the dimensions. We agreed on 2 desks in an "L" shape. Brendan also hosted a weekly pocker night with his buddies, so we designed the desks so that they could be pushed together and used as a card table. After stewing on it for a little bit, i decided to check the local Habitat for humanity restore to see if they had anything I could use. Score! 2 matching Oak solid core doors!

I snatched up those doors, and hit my local scrap metal spot. I decided to use 1.25" square tubing. It felt right, and looked pretty good proportionally. Next, I fabbed up some frames.

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Next, I started to cut the tops to size...


Getting closer...


Added some adjustable feet.


Here they are just before I delivered them. I still have 2 left over door pieces that we might eventually make into rolling carts that fit underneath the desks. I think they turned out nice.

Sunday, September 16, 2012


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First 2 photos courtesy of Patrick Connor Photograhy


For my first real (long overdue) blog post I wanted to share the Cell phone case I made earlier this year.

I made this case since I am so rough on my phone, and since I hate having a lot of things in my pockets. I drop my phone at least once a day so I designed this to be pretty rugged, and also made a pocket to hold an ID, credit card and some cash etc. I designed it so you could still plug in the charger jack when the phone is in the case. It also has a belt loop, but its thin enough to still fit in your pocket or small purse.
I searched online, and at the retail store, and the only cases really available were cheap plastic cases, made in china.
I wanted to make something cool with an americana vibe. Believe it or not I already lost the prototype while on a trip, but a new one is already in the works. It will be distressed brown leather with jeweled beads and studs. Stay tuned!

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I had my buddy Alex Benavidez, an old school shoe repair guy in Santa Monica-Heres a link to his yelp if you are ever in the area and need leather work