Here is the previously promised video of us assembling the second conference table we created in conjunction with FME Architecture and Design. They designed the building and commissioned this table for the new Stacy & Witbeck headquarters in San Francisco, CA.
It had to be easy to ship, so you can see the vegan redneck and me putting together the conference table - we even get one rail in the wrong place and still make it happen in under 10 minutes. Not too bad for a couple of old guys.
This was a collaborative effort with Eric and Callie from FME asking for some revisions to the original design that quite frankly, I was hesitant about at first, but I wound up really liking the result.
We used some beech and hickory timbers and a dark stain to give this its distinguished look and strong profile. As with the other conference table, it is built with an extensive system of cable runs to conceal all of the hi-tech AV system.
The whole thing breaks down into 11 pieces and assembles in such a short amount of time with just two people that you have to see it to believe it. Speaking of which , I should post the assembly video next.
Had the pleasure of making three tables for the new Stacy & Witbeck headquarters on San Francisco Bay. They are THE light rail engineering firm on the West Coast. Fantastic folks to work with all around! Many thanks to Janet at Stacy & Witbeck and to the architects Eric (a fellow OSU grad - Go Buckeyes!) and Callie with FME for the opportunity to do this project!
The concept is based around a railroad trestle bridge and executed using a mixture of oak and hickory timbers.
The planked top is oak crossties cut into 1” thick boards. The rail that supports it is inverted to give the effect that you are looking up at the tracks from below like you would from under a bridge.
In keeping with the bridge theme, we have a trestle running the length of the table and it is attached to the legs using railroad bridge bolts.
And we made it pretty hi-tech, too - a state of the art AV system is integrated with cable runs throughout the table. There are two microphones that will sit in the middle of the glass tops with their wiring completely concealed and ALL wiring runs through the structure and down to the floor.
Shot some video that shows how our work gets assembled. We gets lots of questions about how we move these pieces and people have concerns about how to install them in their home or office. Truth is, the vast majority of what we build can be easily assembled by two able-bodied people in a matter of minutes as this video shows.
This one is our very popular Sleepers Coffee Table. We ship it out in the pieces just like this along with a video telling how the piece is assembled. We can also have white glove service install it on site at the client’s request.
This particular table is headed for the west coast to a client in San Francisco for their new corporate headquarters.
With a demand for authenticity, we insist that only railroad materials be integrated into a design. Furthermore, all of our products are completely “Made in the USA” and are crafted in large part by the same hands that work the railroad on a daily basis – honest, hard-working blue-collar laborers.
About the Designers
Robert Hendrick, Rail Yard Studios founder and designer, learned about wordworking and carpentry on the weekends from his father Jim. Together they are the father and son team responsible for the creations that come out of the studio.
Robert was inspired to create Rail Yard Studios after seeing century-old materials being scrapped by his railroad maintenance and construction company.
He received his undergraduate degree in Industrial Design from Auburn University in 1990 and his Masters of Art in Industrial Design from The Ohio State University.