Steve built my island in the fall of 2003 and then he and his wife left for a three-year mission to Mexico. They just returned this summer and he is now building a similar craft-island for a friend for Christmas — and now, this is where it gets really good — Steve came over the night before Thanksgiving to take some measurements and refresh his memory on some of the details and he said to me … (are you ready?)
If I’m going to build another one of these islands, I might as well build three or four — do you know anyone who might be interested? Do I? Keep reading … but first, here are some photos of my scrapbook island that Steve took when he built it:
Hopefully you can tell from the pictures, that this is a beautiful, hand-crafted piece of furniture, and you should know, that Steve is NOT interested in mass producing these, as the process takes almost three months of detailed work. I’m going to include some information about the island that Steve sent me in an email:
4′X4′ footprint (can be set up in a 2"X8" configuration also.)
39 1/4 " tall
Solid hard maple and walnut exterior with figured wood in drawer and end panels. (Could use other hardwoods if desired.)
Interior high quality Baltic birch
File drawers (2) for 12"X12" paper hanging files.
Nested storage drawers (2) with two 38"X15"X4" drawers in each (approx. size)
Includes rotary cutter mat for each side.
24" X 48" (approx.) light table on one side.
24" X 48" (approx.) cutting/work area with scrap collector
Ball bearing, full extension slides on all drawers.
I truly can’t express how beautiful my island is, or how much I love it. Steve neglected to mention that there are two shallow drawers on the work area side (where I keep things like adhesive, Un-Due, photo-cloths, sandpaper and other things I use everytime I scrapbook. There is also a very cool (and this is my favorite feature) long, skinny opening to catch all of those small scraps of paper (garbage) this hole drops into a drawer that you can pull out and empty — so totally awesome. The paper drawers hold Cropper Hopper 12×12 files and are built for lots (200lbs) of paper storage. The construction allows you to either use this piece as an island (footprint 4′x4′), or arrange it along the side of a wall (4"x8") and it features an electric outlet to plug in things like a heat gun or sewing machine. It also has 16 cup holders along the sides for writing tools, markers, scissors, etc. It also come on heavy-duty casters so you can move it around and clean underneath — basically, Steve took my wishlist for the perfect work center and improved upon it — he is an engineer by trade and just has one of those brains that thinks of every little detail.
So, how do you get one? Here’s some more info from Steve:
Price would be $4000 plus any applicable tax and shipping. (Estimated shipping weight 300 lbs.) I’ll needed to get started on the project by 11th of December so we’ll have to set that as a deadline for orders. I’ll need a deposit of $1500 on each order by that date. Delivery would be before end of March. (Earlier if possible.)
Now, I realize this is not inexpensive, but really for the quality and craftsmanship, this is an AMAZING price and opportunity. If you have questions about how I use my island, please feel free to email me. If you have questions about the piece itself or the materials or terms, email Steve at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I have had so much fun moving into my new studio and deciding how best to use my island — stay tuned and I will post some pictures later today or tomorrow.
This is going to be so cool!