Handcrafted Furniture

Rob Chamberlin in his furniture studio

A quest for meaningful value leads me to design and build furniture that will endure the passage of time, while representing honest construction and human spirit. After years of studying and repairing antiques I feel compelled to design and build furniture that will age gracefully and reflect beauty. My furniture is handcrafted using time tested techniques combined with modern insights about wood and adhesives. This type of furniture is not manufactured for failure and replacement. Even though it can be expensive compared to disposable furniture, these pieces will gain value with time just like anything that has been well crafted.

Poplar and cherry drawer stand, mortise and tenon construction. Poplar and cherry drawer stand, mortise and tenon construction.

Figured poplar and cherry, mortice and tenon construction, hand cut dovetails with carved pull.

Cherry and walnut chair. Three more chairs and a table coming soon. Cherry and walnut chair. Three more chairs and a table coming soon. Cherry and walnut chair. Three more chairs and a table coming soon.

Cherry frame with walnut seat, interlocking wedged mortice and tenon leg to rail joints. Incredibly strong design yet flexible to accommodate uneven floors with out stressing the joinery.

Round dining table. Round dining table. Round dining table.

Round dining table.

Reconfigurable table. Reconfigurable table. Reconfigurable table.

Reconfigurable table.

Curly cherry drawer stand. Curly cherry drawer stand.

Curly cherry drawer stand.

Poplar and cherry coffee table, mortise and tenon construction, solid top attached with sliding dovetail. Poplar and cherry coffee table, mortise and tenon construction, solid top attached with sliding dovetail.

Figured poplar and cherry, mortice and tenon construction with top attached using a hidden sliding dovetail which allows for seasonal expansion and contraction while keeping the top flat.

Dresser. Dresser.

Dresser.

Beech bowl, angled hand cut mitered dovetails. Beech bowl, angled hand cut mitered dovetails.

Beech bowl, angled hand cut mitered dovetails.

Bell's Brewery. Fabrication and installation of the stained glass window frames and units.

While working at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Maine a student gave me a Chamberlain Pale Ale six-pack. I thought it would be interesting to make a bottle completely out of wood and finish it to match the others.