Adrenaline pushes its creative boundaries and dives into the world of table making for The Furniture Bank of Metro Atlanta’s 5th Annual Chairish Design Contest.

Update: Thank You For Making Our Table The Design Winner!

Chairish The Future raised almost $94,000 last Friday – its best year to date.

Our table sold for nearly as much as all the other design contestants combined, and we won the design competition!

Kasey Pickett, twin sister of our own Kerry Pickett, was the high bidder. Attached is a photo of the log in its new home in Kasey’s study.

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Thanks again to everyone for your participation and for helping raise money for the Furniture Bank.

 


 

Adrenaline joined seven other metro Atlanta design firms in building side tables for The Furniture Bank of Metro Atlanta’s 5th Annual Chairish Design Contest.

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The Furniture Bank of Metro Atlanta is an organization that provides free furniture for people in need, including individuals and families moving out of homelessness, battling HIV/AIDS, and fleeing domestic violence.

Every year they hold their Annual Chairish Design Contest, and this year the theme is all about side tables! At the end of the contest, each of the entries will be auctioned off, with the proceeds going toward helping The Furniture Bank provide furniture for those people in need.

Our team at Adrenaline came together to push our creative boundaries and dive into the world of table making. As a branding agency, furniture-making is not one of our core competencies, but we’re proud of the ways our team members were able to translate their design thinking and skills into the physical world to support the Furniture Bank.

Here’s how it happened…

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The table’s creation began at a colleague’s family farm in North Georgia, on a brisk February weekend…

Securing the Log

We selected our solid English Walnut tree log for its size and beautiful grain pattern, and cut it to table width with a chainsaw.

A tractor carried the log (weighing hundreds of pounds) to a wood-cutting machine.

A tractor carried the log (weighing hundreds of pounds) to a wood-cutting machine.

Cutting the Log

The 48″ walnut log was carefully lowered onto a Wood-Mizer machine, which was then carefully calibrated to cut a perfect slice down its center.

Wire Brushing the Log

Following the cut, the log was meticulously wire brushed to a driftwood-like appearance. Here Claire Puchis gave it her all.

Custom steel panels to be the table "legs" were cut via blowtorch.

Custom steel panels to be the table “legs” were cut via blowtorch.

Steel Legs Contour

We had to create a different template for each side of the table based on the log contour.

The Device

This handmade device was used to create the contour template for the steel legs, which would be inserted in a 2″ deep cut into the log surface.

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After blowtorching, the steel cut needed to be smoothed by a metal grinder (operated by Tex Grubbs) while Kerry Pickett in the background keeps things plugged in.

The 2" routes cut in the log perimeter took over two hours to perfect.

The 2″ routes cut in the log perimeter took over two hours to perfect. Here the table begins to take shape.

Routing

Using a hand router, groove lines were carefully measured and then cut at a 3/4″ glass depth on each side of the log.

Handscraping after the routing revealed the beautiful maple wood grain.

Hand scraping after the routing revealed the beautiful walnut wood grain.

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The finished log was transported back to the Atlanta metro, where it was treated with Mineral Oil and then assembled into the final table.

The final table was made of three simple elements: English Walnut, Steel and Glass. After the photo series above, two panels of 9″ x 48″ tempered glass were placed on top of the log wood grooves and steel leg base to complete the table. Because the core of the table (the walnut wood log) was an organic and imperfect natural element, the schematics to output a level and symmetrical table was no easy feat. In the end, the concept was truly brought to life in perfect form.

Adrenaline's 2014 Charish The Future contribution: a four-sided lamp with laser-cut lettering on a stained wood exterior, acrylic panels and interior lighting.

Adrenaline’s 2014 Charish The Future contribution: a four-sided lamp with laser-cut lettering on a stained wood exterior, acrylic panels and interior lighting.

Last year, Adrenaline’s custom-made lamp was a top-bidding item at the Charish The Future event. We hope that a generous bidder at this Friday’s event bestows a great donation to the Furniture Bank while procuring a beautiful handmade table for their home.

Thanks to everyone from the Adrenaline team who poured their heart and talent into creating this piece: Gina Bleedorn, Courtney Brennan, Carolee Coker, Saray Gill, Tex Grubbs, Laura Harvey, Kerry Pickett, Claire Puchis, and Tiffanni Spann.

And last but not least, thanks to The Furniture Bank of Metro Atlanta for creating such a fun, unique opportunity for us to put our skills to work to serve others in our community!

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