Category: Drawings & Sketches

In the Shop: Dual Wallbed Build


The woodshop has been bustling with the design and creation of two wallbeds, nearing completion. One is a full size bed, made from Maple, with custom wood pulls, and will be flanked by matching side cabinets that stretch from wall to wall. The second is crafted from Walnut, and will go to an apartment in Manhattan.

Each starts with a client consultation, a sketch, raw lumber, a cut list, and hours upon hours into weeks of craftsmanship. These images are from Adam’s Instagram stream @SpringhouseWoodshop – but if you aren’t a IG user, you can see all the progress photos at this link #WallbedBuild.







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Campaign Furniture for the Study

campaign style file cabinet and end table



Three custom Mahogany pieces of campaign furniture are nearing completion for a Philadelphia client of architect Mark B. Thompson Associates.

Two filing cabinets- one lateral and one standard configuration as well as a side table with drawer have been stained to join some existing campaign furniture already in the room. Antique brass hardware completes the look. The drawer sides are rated at 200 lb capacity each to meet the demands of piles of papers.

Lumber for this project was selected at the nearby Mooretown Mill.

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Sketch for Long Credenza

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The next item up on the agenda is this oversized built-in Walnut credenza with three large floating shelves.

The credenza boasts ten black walnut doors and matching counter. The doors will have no visible hardware to distract from the wood- instead, they’ll employ push to open catches that hide inside the cabinet.

After a couple of lumber sourcing trips to Alderfer Lumber, the schoolhouse is chock full of gorgeous walnut slabs, ready to go.

Drawing for Armoire, Bookcase


This drawing of a custom armoire is for a client in Hoboken, NJ who wanted something in the Hollywood Regency style to house items for her baby, expected later this spring.

The feet, apron, doors, and drawers are subtly curved. The bottom drawers provide storage for the parents, too. The Knob back plates may be this brass deco piece against a gloss white lacquer.

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This walnut bookcase will live down the hall from the Manhattan Mudroom built-in.

Walnut Wall Bed


Here is a sketch for the next job, a Walnut wall bed going into an addition on an old stone farmhouse in Churchville, Pennsylvania.

This piece is for designer Adele Danziger, a former RN who specializes in Universal Access Home Design, or making the home more accessible for people of various abilities, age, and physical abilities.

To the right of the bed there will be several adjustable shelves and underneath is a roll-out cart on fixed casters, with a pullout surface. The top rail of the bed flips up to become the foot that  it rests on when it is folded down from the wall. The end of the piece will be paneled by the doorway, to match the piece. This built-in will be sharing the room with walnut furniture by George Nakashima! We think that’s pretty special.

Drawings for Murphy Bed with Home Office



After a site visit in Manhattan to measure the space and discuss the project, these are the drawings for a guest bedroom Muphy bed with home office.

The client has asked that the desk  and bookcase be removable so that she can take them with her if she moves. This job will be a stained to harmonize with the existing woodworking, and the trim will be adapted to mimic the kitchen cabinets.

Mirrored Wardrobe Built-In


This drawing for the Philadelphia based design firm Mona Ross Berman Interiors depicts a white painted wardrobe with mirrored doors, a large pullout with a clothes rod, plenty of shelves, drawers, and a vanity desk. The woodwork will be on furniture style feet with recessed toekicks. The piece is located at the top of a flight of stairs, across from the banister, near the master bedroom and bath.

King Size Storage Bed Drawing


Projects undergo a transformation as they go through the design stage. This second rendering (above) of a king sized bed with six drawers is more in keeping with the client’s affinity to objects with provenance and patina. Dust and allergens in the room will be kept to a minimum with no bunnies able to hide under the bed, while the drawers promise plenty of space to stash and organize shoes or clothes. The edges will all be kept rounded so there will be less shin bruising than occurs around some sharp-cornered platform beds. The first version of the bed (below) looks entirely different, with exposed joinery and carved raw boards at the head and foot.