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Furniture Repair, Refinishing, Restoration, Cremation Boxes by Matt


Matt resides on Manhattan's Upper West Side and does all work in his apartment's tiny workshop. He takes pride in making finely crafted wood furniture and gifts as well as doing repair, refinishing, and restoration. His work has appeared in Fine Woodworking magazine.

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Natural Wood Grains and Colors


We travel to specialty lumber dealers and hand pick rough planks with exquisite grain patterns and colors. The colors you see are the natural colors of the woods.

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Continuous Grain Flows


We cut pieces from rough wood planks using a band saw and, when possible, carefully match them so the wood grain "flows" in a continuous pattern around the piece.

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Golden Ratios


Heirloom boxes are built using the Golden Ratio (1.61), which has been used by architects and artists for thousands of years for its strong aesthetic appeal.

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Shellac Finish


Shellac is a natural finish made from the hardened resin of the Indian Lac Beetle. Unlike varnish and oils, shellac won't yellow over time and cloud the beauty of the wood.

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Floating Panel Jewelry and Cremation Boxes


To accomodate wood expansion with changes in humidity, box panels are set into grooves cut in the box sides, allowing them to "float" and thus avoid cracking over time. This technique is often used in panel doors.