Sunday, January 6, 2013

A Sampling of our Cabinetry

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Friday, June 29, 2012

Birds Eye Maple Mantel

Custom Furniture, Custom Millwork, Architectural Millwork, Custom Mantel

Bird’s Eye Maple Mantel

Designed and built as part of a bedroom suite, this mantel incorporates Bird’s eye maple, Honduras mahogany, Ebony striping, and Crotch Mahogany veneer. The columns follow the Doric Mode and are hand turned and fluted here in our shop.

This is a prime example of Wilson & McCracken’s ability to bring the Quality of Custom Furniture to Architectural Millwork.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Lionel “OO” Gauge

We designed and built this Art Deco display case for a Lionel Train Collector to exhibit a rare salesman’s case for “Lionel OO” gauge trains.  The “OO” gauge trains were only produced from 1938-1942.  The logo is from 1938 Lionel catalog

The logo was executed in Cherry, Walnut, Curly Maple, with Ebony details, in a CNC process we call “Three Dimensional Inlay”.  

In this process, 1/16” deep recess is routed in the walnut background for each of the elements, which are then epoxied in place.  This creates multiple levels and overlapping layers.

CNC parts ready for assembly

1938 Lionel “OO” Gauge Case

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

U. Pittsburgh Russian Nationality Room

Completed Reproduction Cabinet
Completed Reproduction Cabinet

We were tasked with building a cabinet for the University of Pittsburgh Russian Nationality room. The cabinet houses three gifts from Dmitry Medvedev (former president of Russia), and become a permanent addition to the room.

The carved ornamentation of the new cabinet matches the room’s original carvings. To somewhat disguise the fact that the cabinet is new, we created a little wear in strategic places, and dusted the recesses of the carvings with a custom blended “soot” as exists in the rest of the room.

Original Carving

New Carving

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Carved Cherry Library Shelves

Again a dream come true Client!

Only the mantel in this room is original.  The bookshelves crown and over mantel are all new.  Details taken from furniture in the room include: The burled edged on the shelves, burled panels, carved fleur-de-lis on the doors and curved burled crown.  The lower plinths and some running carvings were matches of details on the existing mantel.  The cabinet backs are paneled and the shelf supports are a saw tooth and slat configuration, like a turn of the century cabinet should be.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Walnut Bathroom Paneling

Sometimes we get the best projects.  This client bought an antique cabinet for use in his master bathroom.  Our job was to design and build paneling for the rest of the room to match the cabinet.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Thiel College David Johnson Memorial Chapel

Custom Church Furniture for the David Johnson Memorial Chapel at Thiel College

We obtained the pick of the kiln for this lumber.  The 4″ thick walnut was virtually sap free and was some of the best we’d seen in years.  The table tops were veneered over custom 1-1/2″ plywood with ebony, maple and nickel detailing.  Our work for this church included an Altar, Ambo, Baptismal Font, Stations of the Cross and a table.

The design was by Architect William Brocious ( Weaver Iron Works ( provided and installed the iron. The iron was powder coated a metallic gray, but certain items were nickel plated for a stunning effect.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

1909 Kitchen

“So many people told us we wouldn’t be able to do this, to gut it,”  “But we came up with a way to make it work.”

WINNER 2007 Pittsburgh Post Gazette renovation contest

This period inspired custom kitchen won the 2007 Pittsburgh Post Gazette renovation contest. The details were custom matched to the existing cabinets; panel moulding, panel raise, stile and rail widths, and baseboard.  Maple dovetailed drawers, salvaged pulls, beaded board backs, and careful detailing to show a little wear (only where appropriate).  The customers, both gourmet cooks wanted this to be as useful as it was good looking.  The results could not have pleased them more.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Painted Fireplace wall & columns

The client approached us with a tattered magazine clipping of a traditional Colonial paneled room end.  The design was adapted from that photo. All the mouldings for this project were custom run by us.  Several utilized custom tooling we made for one of our most notable projects, the painting frame at Clayton.

Built in 1990, we were recently afforded an opportunity to visit the clients house for additional work, and update our portfolio shot.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Cherry Wall and Bar

This cherry paneled wall incorporates a T.V. cabinet, fireplace surround, and bar.  The paneling above the fireplace is figured cherry. Typical to our style, we arranged the panels, stiles and rails, so the grain is continuous from one to the next, providing a subtle but unified look.  Built by Wilson & McCracken in 1984, and coated with Danish Oil, we re-visit the project every 5 years or so to give it an oil rubdown.  We have been very happy to find it has held up well and aged with grace as seen in these current photos.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Pine Hutch

This 9′ tall hutch was designed to look like what may have been the original in the house.  The paneled doors with their stopped chamfer stiles were done in the same type of pine as the original paneling.  A part of this kitchen set was soapstone sink and sink base.  A dishwasher and trash compactor are hidden behind the lower doors.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Pine And Soapstone Reproduction Sink

This soapstone sink and sink base was designed to look like what may have been the original in the house.  The paneled doors with their stopped chamfer stiles were done in the same type of pine as the original paneling.  A 9′tall hutch was part of this kitchen set.