It has been hot in the studio, so we’ve not had the courage to go in and shoot photos and there is so much to show. Here’s one we did grab though of our new 3-bottle wine rack. Made to mount on the way, this one is a slice of white oak with a red mahogany finish on it.
This is a beautiful piece of heavily distressed white oak. It had such a prominent feature in the knot that we simply had to make it the focal point of the piece.
We call it a credenza, but it works great as a hall table, behind the sofa or as a sleek media center for a flat screen TV.
The four legs slide out of the base to make for easy shipping and assembly. The whole thing ships in a box about 60” long, 30” wide and 8” tall and takes two able-bodied people about 5 minutes to assemble.
Just following the old design philosophy of KISS - Keep It Stupid Simple.
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.
A sample of some of the different styles of wine racks that we have made. These three are far and away our most popular with the slivers of century old rail to cradle your favorite vintages.
Left to right, we have our 8-Bottle Rail Yard model (Sycamore timber), the 5-Bottle Rail Yard model (White Oak) and the 4-bottle Wedge (Elm). The split on the top of the 5-bottle in the bottom photo has a butterfly to hold the split and provide a little more to the conversation around this one.
Threw some Barry White lighting on a couple of the wine racks and let’s just say the effect was a special moment to remember. Thanks to Nick McIntyre and Amy Mac who took it upon themselves to give this a shot at the suggestion of Drew Flowers.
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.