Shanghai Trolleys

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Project by Pankratio posted 07-04-2009 07:58 AM 1362 views 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was hired to build some furniture for a hair salon in Vancouver’s chinatown. The salon is actually located on a ‘street’ called Shanghai Alley. Every molecule I put into that place other than oils, glue, and hardware was headed for landfill. The trolleys are made of a framework ripped from old cabinet door laminations with ‘barnwood’ (rather aged fir) as the cladding.

The drawers roll on pretty smoothly, for something built mostly of wood found in the smoldering ruins of a 120 year old barn. The stylists required additional space, yet need the small footprint, so I added the ‘cutting board’ top extension.

These are some pics from before the final sanding (actually, wire brushing, to preserve the barn wood look)

Enjoy, and I’ll upload the rest of the salon in the coming weeks.

I’d do it tonight, but I’ve been in the shop all day making a table (not of barn wood…. from now on barn wood has a 60% surecharge;) and my woman really would like to see me without my shop clothes on.

Keep on keeping on.


-- I am the man in the arena. Q-Woodworks

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#1 posted 07-05-2009 07:26 AM

interesting project

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#2 posted 07-24-2009 10:16 PM

Hi Nic
nice job, I like to use reclambed wood myself

-- OC down in Costa Rica. come down and see me some time. I'll keep the light on for you [email protected]

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