This wonderful customer of ours started out with a couple hidden structural pieces to support a floating vanity. After that, the orders came in one after another, for everything from a floating granite sink support, custom pocket handles for cabinet doors, a stainless backsplash, to the ultimate, a complete light fixture (nicknamed ‘Napoleon’ and featured in the next post) to span their 8 1/2′ kitchen island. This project exhibited our diversity, talent and attention to detail.
A local home caretaker needed a custom set of brackets to mount a decorative pot rack. He couldn’t find anything “off-shelf” that would seem to fit. So, we fabricated exactly what he needed in the matching brush-finished stainless steel material. Items you can not find “off-shelf” are our specialty.
A new bakery has opened at The Velvet Mill! Erin and Gabriella, of Zest Fresh Pastry, needed a safety enclosure for their propane tanks. These tanks need to be protected well since they fuel the ovens that help them create tons of yummy goodness. Fabricated and welded of steel, anchored to the pavement and brick.
A landscaper friend, Art Newman of Newman Enterprises, was tired of having to rebuild the plywood leaf box on the back his flatbed every other year. So, upon his request, we constructed a new, removable panel box, out of aluminum sheets. The panels were bent and welded to create a leaf box he won’t need to replace for many years to come. And, if you need lawn maintenance, landscaping or driveway sealing, his number is (860) 917-9540.
A previous custom was working on a similar project that we helped out on before. Unfortunately, he couldn’t get the same service from local vendors there. He called us for help and we agreed. “Where are the parts shipping to?” we asked. He answered “Puerto Rico! And we need it in two weeks!” Long story short, the parts arrived two days early.
This is the most basic of tube rails we can make. Is what makes this one special is our use of square tube, instead of round; and the over-sized anchor plates at the base. The square tube allows people who are unstable to grip better. And the anchor plates were designed for two reasons: to locate new positions for the anchors because the previous two rails had cracked the concrete around the corner; and to allow for extra anchors on the side of the concrete adding a bunch of lateral strength to a straight rail. Bottom line, this rail is way stronger than this nice couple will ever need and won’t need to be replaced again.
This cart was made for our friend at Raku Studio here at The Velvet Mill in Stonington, CT. It was designed so that a 5′ 2″ lady could push around a 600 lbs. ceramic brick kiln. Fabricated of steel, primed and painted, and special castors. Please visit her wonderful shop to see our kiln cart and her great Raku pottery artwork.
This customer loved everything old-fashioned. We designed for him this custom slide bolt latch for his mobile brick oven unit with three different locking positions. Fabricated from steel and a spring steel coil handle from a coal stove.
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