Steam bending Oak Veneer

An old oak table that has been kicked around & soaked by Hurricane Sandy found it’s way to our shop. Here Julien is steam bending a piece if 1/8 ” oak wood. He uses the Earlex steam machine ( $75 bucks) a plastic plumbing pipe, a clamp and some rags. <p><a href=”″>Steam Bending Oak WoodContinue reading “Steam bending Oak Veneer”

Bait Shack Conversions

  Bait Shacks litter the Maine Islands. Some have been converted into seriously small homes or weekend getaways. My friends on Little Cranberry Island converted their bait shack years ago. Bait Shacks are¬†long shacks on piers with a huge hole in the floor. Live bait was pulled out when needed. The Avery’s bait shack now¬†housesContinue reading “Bait Shack Conversions”

Tearing down the saltbox section of an old house

Tearing down the back two rooms of our old house is finally done! The rotten sill had been placed in some spots on bare earth in others on field stone and red brick. We seem to tear much apart in our lives. From old wooden boats to outdated cabinets and home extensions. We are goodContinue reading “Tearing down the saltbox section of an old house”

I have a thing for Black Window Sash

I have a thing for black window sashes. Not only do I like the way black makes a frame ( when looking for the inside) but I also love how Black Sash show off the details in historic built windows. Some how black even makes a factory built (way to perfect) window look good. EveryContinue reading “I have a thing for Black Window Sash”


  An article I wrote for the WESTVIEW 2008 Restoring the Historic Doors of the West Village Published 06/01/2008 – 12:00 p.m. EST Entrances welcome and beckon, as well as shelter and protect. Doors are not only critical from a functional standpoint, e.g., keeping the local cats out of the kitchen, but they also makeContinue reading “DOOR & WINDOW RESTORATION IN THE VILLAGE”


Some ways of removing lead paint actually increase the risk of exposure. Lead paint that is chipping or peeling needs to be removed or covered. Painted surfaces that rub on one another, such as windows and doors require attention to stop the friction that can cause dust. If your house is old you may mostContinue reading “LEAD PAINT REMOVAL”

More Door Idea’s- Custom Doors- New York My Very Favorite places to go door shopping is the west village NYC, P-Town Cape Cod, Ston ington CT, Any out island off of Maine, St Barths and Antigua. I wonder what I will be gauking at when we sail to Europe?

Handcrafted Doors- the only kind to consider

      Doors add funk & soul to a house. They new that in the old days. Have a new old door built to suit your needs and look. Have fun. Some more ideas on my Pinterest http://WWW.URBANBOATWORKS.COM  

understanding Wood Choices for your next wood project

Wood choices The species of wood you decide upon should take into account the purpose you will be using it for, as well as the cost and the maintenance schedule. While specific species of woods have a general look, the grain varies from tree to tree & between heartwood (center of tree) and sapwood (outerContinue reading “understanding Wood Choices for your next wood project”

Picking Clear Coat Finishes

Danish oil- is a blend of oils and phenolic resin. The oil and resin are rubbed deep into the wood where the it hardens and seals the wood without leaving a surface coat. This is the finish you find on Danish furniture. It produces a warm natural hand rubbed finish that will not crack chipContinue reading “Picking Clear Coat Finishes”