Custom Kitchen Island on Wheels!

custom kitchen island, pine, Boston, Massachusetts, New England, custom millwork, custom woodworkCheck out this rolling kitchen island.  This one-of-a-kind kitchen island was fabricated out of pine with a distressed finish and a zinc top.  Wheels were added to give the island added flexibility as it can easily be pushed out of the way for extra room.  The pot rack gives the kitchen island extra functionality, serving as storage space and in turn, allows you to show off your best pots and pans.  Furthermore, kitchen islands can be considered for extra counter space, a prep work area, and entertaining.

Lifestyle guru and businesswoman, Martha Stewart touts the advantages of rolling kitchen islands on her website in her 50 top kitchen tips “An island provides a central spot to work and eat.  Martha doubles functionality and flexibility with a pair of marble-topped islands, one on wheels and one stationary.  She can use one for prep work and the other to seat guests for an informal meal.”  Martha says an extra bonus about the custom kitchen island on wheels is “I also push the rolling island up to the stationary buffets” for more surface area for serving.

Martha also mentions that “To be most useful, an island must be at least 4 feet long and 2 ½ feet wide, clearance of at least 3 feet all around is essential.”  The pine island South Shore Millwork created is 2 ½ feet wide, by 5 feet long (pictured here).

On the Hanley Wood website “Remodeling” Morton Block, award winning designer, training consultant, author, and speaker cautions that “…island dreams can become nightmares if the island’s placement or size is inappropriate for the space.  In an effort to satisfy client’s requests, many designers and remodelers ignore the fundamental clearances and distances that islands require.”  All the more reason to consider the benefits of an island on wheels!  Morton goes on to say that “the recommended work aisle width is at least 42 inches for one cook and 48” for multiple cooks.”

Regardless if you are looking for a rolling island, stationary island, or full blown custom kitchen, South Shore Millwork can help.  Our Boston, Massachusetts area based luxury millwork company can create cabinets and other custom woodworking elements to fit any design style. Services include design, engineering, project management, fabrication, finish, delivery, and installation provided throughout New England.

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Featured in Boston Magazine‘s Fall 2012 Kitchen issue

Architect: Lyman Perry Architects

Builder: M.F. Reynolds

Photography by Bob O’Connor

Unique Custom Conference Tables – Update!

Update on January 9, 2013

The custom conference room tables are complete and installed.  Our client could not be more delighted with the outcome (and so are we!)

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From September 13, 2012 Blog:

Today we’re giving you an exciting sneak peek into a project we’re currently working on here at our Norton, Massachusetts millwork shop.

These photos show the custom conference room tables we are creating for a client. As you can see, our team is hard at work ensuring that the unique design of the tables is executed flawlessly.

The custom conference table and side tables are mahogany, and will feature leather inserts and bronze inlay. Once building is complete, the tables will receive a catalyzed lacquer finish.

Here you can see the concept drawing by the architect. We can’t wait to share the photos with you after this one-of-a-kind project is complete!

If you looking for a custom woodworking company to bring your ideas to life, contact us today! We combine smart project management and engineering with skillful woodworking to create gorgeous, high-end custom built-ins, cabinetry, furnishings, and more.

Care & Maintenance of Fine Woodwork

Happy New Year!

Starting off the new year with home organization and cleaning?  Here are some tips to help you care and maintain your fine woodwork. 

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  • Architectural woodwork should be treated like fine furniture, particularly if it is constructed of wood and finished with a transparent finish system.
  • Fine architectural woodwork is finished with a commercial grade finish, which is durable and resistant to moisture.  Allow moisture to accumulate on, or stay in contact with any wood surface, no matter how well finished, will cause damage.  Prevent direct contact with moisture, and wipe dry immediately if wood comes in contact with moisture.
  • With the exception of true oil-rubbed surfaces, modern finishes do not need to be polished, oiled, or waxed.  In fact, applying some polishing oils, cleaning waxes or products containing silicone may impede the effectiveness of touch-up or refinishing procedures in the future.
  • No abrasives or chemical or ammonia cleaners should be used to clean fine woodwork surfaces.
  • Routine cleaning is best accomplished with a soft, lint-free cloth lightly dampened with water or an inert household dust attractant.  Allowing airborne dust, which is somewhat abrasive, to build up will tend to dull finish over time.
  • Remove oil and grease deposits with a mild flax soap, following the directions on the packaging.
  • Avoid excessive or repetitive impact, however lightly applied.  The cellular structure of the wood will compact under pressure.  Many modern finishes are flexible, and will show evidence of impact and pressure applied to them.
  • Avoid localized high heat, such as a hot pan or plate, or a hot light source, close to or in contact with the finished surface.  Exposure to direct sunlight will alter the appearance of fine woodwork over time.
  • Maintain the relative humidity around the woodwork to minimize wood movement.  Relative humidity between 25% – 55% is recommended.
  • Use the trims, cabinets, and fixtures, paneling, shelving, ornamental work, stairs, frames, windows, and doors as they were intended.  Abuse of cabinet doors and drawers, for example, may result in damage to them as well as to the cabinet parts to which they are joined.
  • Plastic laminate material should be cleaned with a mild soap/cleaner and water.

Reproduced from Architectural Woodwork Standards edition 1 (2009)