Custom, Fine Furniture
Handmade by Jon Peirce
All my furniture is made by hand using the finest solid woods available. No plywood, pressboard or any other compromises! I use traditional tools, techniques and materials to create beautiful, graceful pieces that will last for centuries. My passion is making fine furniture and my objective is to make things that people will treasure and pass down to future generations.
My furniture is custom made to order, so I can alter dimensions and details of anything I've done previously, or create completely new pieces to meet your exact requirements.
Industrious Revolution is a one-man furnituremaking shop that aspires to recreate the quality, beauty and attention to detail of furniture made in the glory days of American furnituremaking when everything was hand crafted.
I make all my furniture myself, in my Union Village, Rhode Island workshop. Using exceptional native hardwood lumber, locally made brasses, and traditional materials, tools and techniques, I build my furniture to last for centuries and be used and enjoyed for generations.
Thanks for your interest in fine hand crafted furniture. I hope you see something you like!
My Sheraton Writing Desk was awarded "BEST IN SHOW" for Furniture Craftsmansip - Traditional at the 25th annual Fine Furnishings Show that took place in Providence on Nov 6-8, 2020
Miguel Gomez-Ibanez, President Emeritus of the North Bennet Street School in Boston judged the show and provided the following critique:
"A meticulously detailed and crafted desk giving a traditional form a modestly new look through the successful choices of figured wood, veneers and inlay banding."
PORTFOLIO OF WORK
Below you’ll find some examples of items that I've made recently for clients.
I would be happy to alter any of these designs to meet your unique specifications, or design/build something completely custom for you. I guarantee you’ll receive an item of the highest quality that you'll want to hand down to future generations. Please contact me for a free quotation
CURLY CHERRY QUEEN BED
A reproduction of an antique rope bed scaled to queen size and adapted for boxspring and mattress. Full mortise and tenon construction with 8 bed bolts securing rails, headboard and footboard. Finished in ruby shellac.
Dimensions: 42"H x 64"W x 84"L
TIGER MAPLE QUEEN BED
A reproduction of an antique rope bed scaled to queen size and adapted for boxspring and mattress. Full mortise and tenon construction with 8 bed bolts securing rails, headboard and footboard. Finished in ruby and orange shellac.
Dimensions: 42"H x 64"W x 84"L
This is an adaptation of my West Hill Stand design, optimized for more economical shipping. TThe turned birdseye maple legs are attached to the case with threaded inserts and 3/8" stainless steel threaded rod, allowing the legs to be detached and stored in the drawers for shipment. The casi is figure-matched tiger maple and there are black walnut accents between the case and leg and also at the cuff of the leg. Finished with orange shellac and urethane varnish.
Dimensions: 29.5"H x 24"W x 17"D
An adaptation of a washstand designed to function as a bathroom vsnity accommodating a vessel sink. Tiger maple with birdseye maple drawer fronts.
Dimensions: 35"H x 40"W x 21"D
VIRGINIA TAVERN TABLES
Reproduction of an 18th century tavern table found at the Hanover Tavern in Virginia. Soft maple turned legs, stretchers and aprons. Tops are made from antique wide southern yellow pine floorboards
Dimensions: 30"H x 36"W x 36"D
FARM TABLE DESK WITH HIDDEN DRAWER
Bookmatched black walnut top with breadboard ends. Tiger maple legs, apron and brackets. Hidden drawer suspended inside the apron descends when activated by depressing brass catches. Finished in amber shellac, urethane varnish and wax.
Dimensions: 30"H x 34"D x 84"L
Tilt-top candlestand with rotating birdcage pivot. Tiger maple, finished with amber shellac and wax.
Dimensions: 30"H x 20"W x 20"D
FORMAL DINING CHAIRS
Set of 8 dining chairs in curly cherry with cross-banded satinwood inlay in the back splat and crest rail. Turned ear adornments. Upholstered slip seats. Finished with ruby shellac and urethane varnish.
Dimensions: 38”overall height, 19.5”seat height, 16” seat depth
18” seat width, 20” overall depth
SHERATON END TABLE
Curly cherry with holly and walnut diamond inlay. Pencil-post leg tops with lambs tongue carving at the transition to square taper. Hand dovetailed drawer. Finished with ruby shellac.
Dimensions: 14.5"W x 29"H x 16.5" D
WEST HILL COFFEE TABLE
Tiger maple 3-drawer coffee table with walnut and sycamore inlay. Hand dovetailed cock-beaded drawers. Finished with orange shellac and urethane varnish
Dimensions: 48"W x 17"H x 17" D
Three shelf Honduras mahogany barrister bookcase with wavy glass retractable drawer fronts. Ogee bracket feet. Finished with garnet shellac and urethane varnish
Dimensions: 36"W x 52"H x 14" D
MALMSTEN ARM CHAIR
Replica of a design by Vidar Malmsten as pictured on the back cover of the June 2019 issue of Fine Woodworking Magazine. Made from white oak and laced danish cord. Finished with linseed oil and wax.
Dimensions: 25"W x 32.75"H x 23" D
SHERATON-STYLE WRITING DESK
Small writing desk with Sheraton design elements. Tiger maple tapered pencil post legs with lambs tongue carving. Top, apron and drawer fronts in curly cherry with walnut and satinwood inlay banding. Hand dovetailed drawers and solid brass hardware. Finished with padded orange and ruby shellac and wiping varnish.
Dimensions: 36"W x 31"H x 20" D
Stylish and comfortable chair that is equally at home at a desk or dining table. Made from curly cherry with satinwood and walnut inlay in the curved crest rail and back splat. Fluted front legs. Full mortise and tenon construction with pegged joints ensures strength and durability despite absence of leg stretchers. Finished with padded ruby shellac and wiping varnish.
Dimensions: 20"W x 38"H x 20" D. 19" seat height
FEDERAL STYLE MIRROR
Tiger maple, cross-banded curly etimoe and cherry frame with beveled mirror glass
Dimensions: 13"W x 16.75"H
These cabinets were designed to store 6 pair of size 13 shoes in style. Made from curly cherry, with black walnut and birdseye maple inlay. Finished with ruby shellac, urethane wiping varnish and wax.
Dimensions: 26"H, 22"W, 17"D
BATHROOM VANITY BASE
This vanity was designed for a remodeling effort in a c1700's colonial. Made from tiger maple with a shellac and urethane varnish finish.
Dimensions: 33"W x 33"H x 20.75" D
FIREFIGHTER GEAR DISPLAY CASE
Custom designed and built for a retired firefighter to display his gear as part of a larger memorabilia collection. Made from Honduras mahogany with a shellac and urethane varnish finish. Spotlighting in upper and lower sections with external dimmer switch.
Dimensions: 29"W x 79"H x 27" D
HEPPLEWHITE CHEST OF DRAWERS
Hepplewhite chest of drawers with curly cherry case and birdseye maple and Honduras mahogany drawer fronts. Birdseye maple and cherry banding and crotch cherry inlay. Hand dovetailed drawers and solid brass hardware. Finished with padded ruby shellac and wiping varnish. Inspired by piece attributed to George Whitfield Clark of NH c1815.
Dimensions: 41"W x 41"H x 20" D
CURLY CHERRY DOUBLE PEDESTAL
Sheraton style double pedestal dining table made from curly cherry. The table top is made from a single cherry log, enabling the boards to be book-matched for perfect grain figure alignment. The legs are fluted, and attached to turned pedestals with sliding dovetails. Finished with hand padded ruby shellac and urethane wiping varnish.
Dimensions: 90"L x 40"W x 30" H
Seats 8 diners
CHERRY QUEEN BED FRAME
Cherry bed frame with curved headboard and footboard with "X" and "Y" shaped spindles. Mortise and tenon construction. Rails fastened to headboard and footboard with 6" bed bolts. Finished with linseed oil and urethane wiping varnish.
Dimensions: 40" headboard height, 24" footboard height.
86" overall length, 63" overall width.
Accommodates standard 80" x 60" queen mattress
MID-CENTURY MODERN DROP-LEAF DINING TABLE
Designed for small apartment living, this table comfortably seats 2 with leaves down and 4 with leaves up. The tapered legs and arched apron are tiger maple and the top is wide board genuine Honduras mahogany. The leaves are supported by wooden knuckle hinged wings that swing out from the apron. The table is finished with linseed oil, ruby shellac and urethane varnish.
Dimensions: 32" x 35" table top with leaves down,
35" x 54" with leaves up. 30" high
MISSION-INSPIRED KITCHEN STOOLS
These arts and crafts/mission-inspired kitchen counter stools blend nicely with a variety of kitchen design styles and themes. The curved back splats and crest rail and the padded leather seat provide a very comfortable sitting experience. All joints are pinned mortise and tenon, so these stools will stand up to everyday use over generations.
Dimensions: 24" Seat Height, 37" Back Height, 18" Back Width,
14" Seat Width, 14" Seat Depth
MID-CENTURY MODERN BEDSIDE STANDS
Simple and clean, yet possessing some distinctive design elements, these mid-century modern bedside stands complement the modern aesthetic. Black walnut cases with grain that wraps around all four corners sit atop tiger maple legs and aprons that taper to present a slightly splayed appearance. A single hand dovetailed drawer is faced with walnut swirl veneer. Brushed brass knob. Finished with Danish oil.
Dimensions: 23.5" tall, 15" wide 14" deep.
BEDSIDE BACHELOR'S CHESTS
Designed for studio apartment living where space is at a premium, this matched pair of petit bachelor chests double as bedside night stands. Built from black walnut, with bookmatched cock-beaded locking drawer fronts and frame-and-panel finished backs, these chests are both elegant and functional. Solid brass hardware and drawer locks. Finished with linseed oil, orange shellac and wiping varnish.
Dimensions: 26" tall, 16" wide 14" deep.
GENUINE MAHOGANY PARTNER'S DESK
A large desk designed with an extra large kneehole to accommodate an Aeron swivel chair. Lower lateral file drawers equipped with Blum self-closing glides. All drawers are hand dovetailed. Genuine mahogany with poplar secondary wood. Drawer fronts have cross banded mahogany veneer order and cock beading. Solid brass hardware and drawer locks. Finished with boiled linseed oil, ruby shellac and rubbing varnish.
Dimensions: 78" long, 31" deep, 31" high
CHIPPENDALE VALUABLES CHEST
Incorporating elements of Philadelphia Chippendale style, this valuables chest was made entirely from black walnut, with black walnut crotch drawer fronts and door panels. 23 visible and 2 hidden drawers. Hand carved rosettes and keystone. Solid brasses. Locking door. Finished with orange shellac and beeswax. French polished
Dimensions: 30" tall, 17" wide, 13" deep
FARM TABLE / WRITING DESK
This table was made for a client to use as a writing desk, but it would be equally well-suited as a dining or kitchen table. Pegged breadboard top on a base with rectangular tapered, bracketed legs.
Constructed from curly soft maple and finished with orange shellac, wiping varnish and paste wax.
Dimensions: 72"L x 34" W x 30"H
Designed as an elegant alternative to utilitarian filing cabinets, this tiger maple 2-drawer cabinet was designed to accomodate standard sized hanging file folders, and also has a floating tray for smaller items.
Dimensions: 30" H, 17" W, 28" D
MATCHED SET OF BLACK WALNUT
These diminutive chests were designed for a client who wished for a stylish clothes storage solution in a studio condo with very limited floor space. The chests' dimensions enable them to double as end tables on either side of wing chairs, a love seat or other seating, or as bedside tables . The chests are constructed with solid walnut, and yellow poplar was used for drawer sides backs and bottoms. The backs of the chests are fully finished with frame and book-matched panel construction, allowing them to be positioned away from the wall if desired. The drawers are fully hand dovetailed - through dovetails in the rear and half blind dovetails in the front. The drawer fronts are book-matched, cock-beaded and have tiger maple diamond shaped inlay around the keyhole escutcheons. Each drawer is fitted with a solid brass lock. The drawers are fitted with solid brass rosette pulls with round backplates. The chests were finished with boiled linseed oil, orange shellac, wiping varnish and paste wax.
Dimensions: 25" tall, 26" wide, 15.5" deep.
Drawers are 23" wide, 12.5" deep and graduated in height - 5.25", 6" and 6.75"
MAHOGANY COIN CABINET
The English have a tradition of storing and displaying their coin and medal collections in custom made Honduras mahogany cabinets. This particular cabinet was designed with 15 coin trays, with 2", 1.75", 1.5", 1.25" and 1" coin pockets, as well as one tray with a 8" x 11" recess for displaying paper currency. The fronts of the trays are clad with tiger maple, and tiger maple was also used for the door and rear cabinet panels. There is a glass observation window at the top of the cabinet which allows the contents of the top tray to be displayed when the lid of the cabinet is flipped open. Each tray is interchangeable, enabling any tray to be positioned in any slot in the cabinet. When the front cabinet doors are locked, the lid is also locked down. When the lid is open, the front doors can be locked to prevent any of the trays from being removed. Knobs, hinges and barrel lock are all solid brass. Front door lock and key are brass plated steel. Finished with several coats of orange shellac.
The design of this cabinet can easily be altered to accommodate more trays as well as displaying other small, flat collectibles such as medals, pins, documents, paper currency, stamps, etc.
Dimensions: 14" tall, 16" wide, 13" deep.
Trays are 12.5" wide, 8.5" deep and 7/16" thick
WEST HILL 2-DRAWER STAND
This graceful 2-drawer stand is patterned after a Greenville Co. SC antique, featuring cock-beaded drawers with hand cut dovetails and diamond shaped escutcheon inlay in contrasting wood species, solid brass knobs and escutcheons, pencil-post ovolo legs transitioning into square tapers with lamb's tongue carving at the transitions, cock-beaded case sides, hand-rubbed oil and shellac finish.
Made to order from your choice of tiger maple, black walnut, or cherry primary wood and poplar secondary wood.
Dimensions: 28.5" tall, 24" wide, 17" deep.
Drawers are 3" and 3.5" high.
Inside drawer dimensions are 18.75" wide x 12.5" deep x 2.75" high and 18.75" wide x 12.5" deep x 3" high
This stand would be ideal as a bedside table, hallway table or end table in a living or family room, either against a wall, or in the center of the room.
QUEEN ANNE MIRROR
This classic Queen Anne mirror is a form that was popular in America and England in the mid 18th century, although the dramatic tiger maple grain in my version is a distinctly New England signature. Hand-rubbed oil and shellac finish.
Made to order from your choice of tiger maple, black walnut, or cherry primary wood and poplar secondary wood.
Overall Dimensions: 37" tall, 20" wide.
Mirror area is 20" x 13.5".
This mirror would be equally impressive in hallways, living areas or bedrooms.
UNION VILLAGE CANDLESTAND
Hand-made tilt-top candle stand with carved feet and turned pedestal, custom made to order from your choice of tiger maple, black walnut, cherry or mahogany.
Hand carved ‘egg and claw’ feet, turned pedestal, sliding dovetails securing legs to pedestal, tilting top with button catch, solid brass hinges and catch, hand rubbed oil and shellac finish.
Dimensions: 28.5" tall, 18" wide, 21" deep
This candle stand would be ideal beside a wing chair or sofa and would accommodate a small lamp, candle sticks, small framed photos or other accessories. It would also look beautiful in the corner of a formal parlor with the table top tilted up.
Hand made to order washstand, patterned after an antique originating from the New England region circa 1810. Mortise and tenon construction. Hand-cut dovetailed case and drawer. Book-matched birds eye maple veneer on drawer front. Vintage functioning lock set for drawer.
The dimensions of the stand are 20" wide, 15" deep, 35" tall.
The stand pictured was made from tiger maple. Other wood options are cherry and black walnut, although tiger maple provides the greatest visual appeal due to the dramatic wood grain.
This stand would serve beautifully as a bed side table, as a hallway or entryway table, or even as a side table in a den or living room.
RHODE ISLAND PORRINGER TABLE
The Rhode Island Porringer table is one of the most sought after tea or tavern table designs from the mid 18th century. Made from Honduras mahogany, with a hand-rubbed oil and shellac finish. Also available in tiger maple
Overall Dimensions: 25.5" tall, 27" long, 24" wide.
Due to its diminutive size, this table works best as a living room or den end table
QUEEN ANNE HANDKERCHIEF TABLE
Hand made to order black walnut Queen Anne handkerchief table, patterned after an antique produced in Boston in 1740. Original handkerchief tables are exceedingly rare and valuable, often fetching more than $100K at auction. Handkerchief tables get their name from their triangular shape, when the table leaf is down, resembling a folded handkerchief worn in the breast pocket of a gentleman's suit in the 18th century.
Mortise and tenon construction. Rule joint and period appropriate hinges supporting drop leaf. Gate leg with hand-cut wooden 5-knuckle hinge. Cabriole legs shaped with spokeshaves, rasps and scrapers. Hand-rubbed oil and shellac finish.
Dimensions: Height: 27.5", Width: 33", Depth with leaf down: 18"
Depth with leaf up: 35"
Handkerchief tables are ideally suited for placement in the corner of a room with the drop leaf facing the center of the room, however they can also be used as a hallway console table, or dining room server with the drop leaf down against the wall
Hand made to order 16-drawer jewelry chest, patterned after diminutive antique chest of drawers used in the 18th century to secure spices.Mahogany case construction with birds-eye maple door panels and tiger maple drawer fronts and rear case panels. Each drawer is hand dovetailed and lined with black 100% wool felt. Case construction utilizes sliding dovetails for joining horizontal partitions to the case. Turned tiger maple bun feet. Solid brass highest quality hinges and drawer knobs. Bullet catch secures front doors. Hand-rubbed oil and shellac finish.Dimensions: Case: Height: 20.5", Width: 17", Depth: 11.5". Small drawers: 2.75" High, 3.125" Wide and 7.25" Deep. Inside dimensions are 2.25"H x 2.5"W x 6.375"DLarge drawers: 2.75" High, 6.5" Wide and 7.25" Deep Inside dimensions are D 2.25"H x 5.75"W x 6.375"DWhy use a mass produced jewelry box to store your precious bling when you can use a beautiful work of art instead?
RACKLEFF END TABLE
Custom hand made to order oval shaped end table from your choice of black walnut, cherry or mahogany wood. Square tapered legs with spade feet, chamfered leg top, beveled top underside, mortise and tenon construction, oval shaped top, hand rubbed oil and shellac finish
Dimensions: 26" tall, 35" long, 27" wide
This table would be an ideal as an end table next to a sofa or love seat, or as a small game table for the living or family room.
MID-CENTURY MODERN DRESSER
Custom hand made to order mid-century modern inspired dresser with black walnut case and tiger maple drawer fronts and feet.
1" thick solid walnut case. Two smaller over four larger hand dovetailed drawers with book-matched tiger maple drawer fronts. Easy-close bottom mount drawer glides. Lathe turned tiger maple feet. Hand rubbed oil and shellac finish
Dimensions: 32" tall, 60" long, 20" deep
If the mid-century modern aesthetic appeals to you, it is unlikely you will find a better built piece. Original mid-century modern pieces extensively utilized plywood and veneers, whereas I use solid wood that will outlast original mid-century modern pieces by centuries!
MORGAN DINING CHAIR
The client had 3 dining chairs that originated from the estate of JP Morgan and asked me to make 3 replicas so they could have a complete set of 6. The chairs were made in the late 1800's and featured carved mahogany burl crest rails and back splats. I made the replicas from black walnut, a structurally superior wood, and used reddish brown wood dye to match the original chair's coloring. The chairs were finished with linseed oil and seven coats of garnet shellac.
BLACK WALNUT AND TIGER MAPLE JEWELRY CHEST
Hand made to order 16-drawer jewelry chest Black walnut case construction with black walnut crotch panel in front door and rear panels and tiger maple drawer fronts. Tiger maple diamond inlay in case sides and front door. Each drawer is hand dovetailed and lined with black 100% wool felt. Case construction utilizes sliding dovetails for joining horizontal partitions to the case. Exaggerated ogee hand carved feet. Solid brass highest quality hinges and drawer knobs. Bullet catch secures front door. Hand-rubbed oil and shellac finish.
Case: Height: 22", Width: 18", Depth: 11.5" Small drawers: 2.75" High, 3.125" Wide and 7.25" Deep. Inside dimensions are 2.25"H x 2.5"W x 6.375" Large drawers: 2.75" High, 6.5" Wide and 7.25" Deep Inside dimensions are D 2.25"H x 5.75"W x 6.375"D
Why use a mass produced jewelry box to store your precious bling when you can use a beautiful work of art instead?
TIGER MAPLE FARM TABLE WITH FOLDING LEGS
The client wanted a farm table that could be used for entertaining, but folded and stored when not in use. The challenge here was to make the design rigid enough to support hundreds of pounds of load and yet enable the legs to fold up into the apron of the table with no unsightly struts or braces that reduced the legroom underneath the table. At 8' in length and 34" in width, this is a large table that would easily seat 8-10 guests. Another challenge with a table this size is accommodating the natural movement of wood with variations in humidity. This was accomplished by using free-floating breadboard ends on the table top, and attaching the top to the apron/leg assembly with sliding cleats that enable the top to expand and contract laterally without warping, splitting or tearing out fasteners. The exceptionally figured tiger maple is finished with linseed oil, amber shellac and wiping varnish. The legs are fitted with heavy-duty locking pivots with toggle bolts and threaded brass inserts for locking the legs into both the fully retracted and fully extended positions.
FEDERAL WRITING DESK AND CHAIR
Solid Honduras mahogany desk and chair with matching fluting in legs. Desk has cock beading on drawer fronts and along the base and sides of the case to add elegance and formality to an otherwise simple design. The desk legs are tapered to create the illusion of splay, adding a graceful verticality to the piece. Carved fans adorn the kneehole corners. The hardware is solid brass. Chair is adorned with hand cut beading along crest rail, back splats and stiles. An upholstered slip seat provides comfort and coordination with the client's decor. The finish on both desk and chair are amber shellac and wiping varnish.
LIBRARY TABLES AND BOOKCASES
I made 3 tables and a circulation desk bookcase for the North Smithfield Public Library. I used White Ash and black iron pipe to create an old-school industrial look in keeping with the history of North Smithfield, and the location of the library - in a building once part of America's first planned mill village.