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Be sure to click the thumbnail photos on this page to see their full-size picture, then use your Web browser's Back button to return to this page.  If you are interested in a couple of higher resolution photos of any project on this page, send me an email requesting subject project photos: dave@swigerwoodworks.com.  In addition, I'll be glad to answer any questions you may have.

To inquire about one of these projects or to start the ordering process for one of your own, send me an email with a short description and/or sketch of what you have in mind to dave@swigerwoodworks.com 

Ongoing Projects

Woodworking Bench - Mr. L. Joe Messenger of College Place, WA has reserved my Fall 2013 build slot for a bench.

Upcoming  Projects

Woodworking Bench - Mr. Frank Chairamonte of Libertytown, MD has reserved my Winter 2013/2014 build slot for a bench.

Some Completed Projects

Lyptus Butcher Block Countertop for Kitchen Island - Eric and Cindy Jacobs Bilsky of Silver Spring, MD have completed their kitchen re-modeling project - beautiful!  Their project includes this "end" grain butcher block countertop for their kitchen island.  It is made up of over 225 one and three quarter inch wide Lyptus blocks and includes Hard Maple accents in the far corners from the sink.  This butcher block top is  2 1/2 inches thick and is finished in an FDA food grade approved white mineral oil finish.  Checkout the matching curve between the countertops.

 Quoting Cindy and Eric, "Our butcher block is beautiful ... it is the centerpiece of our new kitchen... thank you!"

   

As showcased on Luxury Housing Trends.

Be sure to checkout the other Lyptus Butcher Block below!

 

Cherry Desk & Hutch with a Tiger Curly Maple Top - A project for my wife's home office.  Particular details are contained within this video.

Butcher Block Top Desk with Hutch - Mr. Philip Blackburn is enjoying his new 7 ft desk with hutch for his home office in Lexington, VA.  The 2-1/4" thick butcher block desk top is made of santos mahogany.  The supporting desk pedestal and upper hutch are made of solid black walnut.  Touch control recessed lighting is hidden under the first shelf of the hutch.

   

One of the best decisions I ever made was hiring Dave Swiger to build my home office desk and hutch.  Dave is a perfectionist in the best sense of the word.  I had high expectations for my desk and hutch, and in every way Dave exceeded those expectations.   As a bonus, Dave was a pleasure to work with.  The finished product is truly a piece of art.  The design details are fabulous; the desk and hutch absolutely beautiful.  I have enjoyed showing them off to those visiting my home.  By the way, I wrote all of this without Dave Swiger's asking me to do so.  That's how highly I think of him and his exceptional workmanship skills.

       Philip Blackburn

 

Secretary Desk with Hutch - Mrs. Grace Chhim of Bristow, VA is the proud owner of this cherry secretary desk with hutch - stunningly beautiful.

   

TV Entertainment Console - Mr. and Mrs. Kendall of Middletown, MD have taken delivery of a 50" W X 20" D X 29" H red oak entertainment console built for their new TV.

Purpleheart Fireplace Mantel - Mr. and Mrs. Grenier of Urbana, MD have had installed an unique fireplace mantel made entirely of purpleheart wood.

Quoting the Grenier's, "Dave, it's fantastic and the centerpiece of our family room!"

Four Season Room Beamed Ceiling - Finally, a project for my wife and I!  A photo of some of my handy work with the help of Mike Huffer of Huffer and Huffer, Inc.

Alder beadboard with Jatoba beams.

I have approx 315 sq ft of the alder beadboard available for sale.  This is true 3/4" thick beadboard milled from rough alder at a great price: $ 2.50 per sq ft. The boards measure 4 1/2" wide and are approx 10 ft in length.  All boards have been prefinished with 2 coats of non-yellowing Minwax Polycrylic finish.  Great for ceilings (as shown in photo) or walls (would make excellent wainscoting).  Material available for pickup or I'll deliver locally for a small charge based on distance.  Location is: Jefferson, MD.  Contact me at dave@swigerwoodworks.com or 301-371-4932.

Cherry Fireplace Mantel - something for our new four season room.

A Bedroom Suite - Mr. and Mrs. Roustom of Vienna, VA have received their new bedroom suite. This order was placed as a follow-on to their kitchen table and bench seat project below.  It includes a king size bed, two nightstands, and a large dresser with mirror.  The dresser contains three jewelry trays as the top row of drawers - every women's dream?

Quoting Mr. Roustom at delivery, "Dave they're exactly as I had imagined them!"

Quoting Mrs. Roustom, "The dresser is really awesome and I am so enjoying the jewelry drawers!"

Bathroom Vanities and Medicine Cabinets - Mr. and Mrs. Marcelino of Ijamsville, MD have had delivered cherry vanities and medicine cabinets for their bathroom re-modeling projects.  Here are some finished installation photos.

     

An entrance door with a leaded glass panel - Drs. Amaris Little Rajaski and Jeff Rajaski of Frederick, MD have had installed a custom built entrance door for their home.  This door is made of Brazilian Cherry (a.k.a. Jatoba) and their hallway light sets off all the spectacular beauty of this door - click on the thumbnails and see for yourself.  Installation completed by Dorcus Construction Company, Inc. of Thurmont, MD.

 

Ethan Allen Wall Entertainment Unit Modification - Mr. and Mrs. Gleason of Leesburg, VA have had a modification made to their entertainment wall unit.  After the original TV went, they were not able to obtain a replacement from Ethan Allen.  Well their new Sony 46" LCD widescreen TV fits beautifully into its new home!

Mrs. Gleason quoted at delivery, "Dave your work shows you care, the new cherry cabinet and bead board back match perfectly...as though they have always been part of the unit."

Cherry Kitchen Table and Bench Seat - Mr. and Mrs. Roustom of Vienna, VA have taken delivery of their cherry kitchen table and matching 71/2 foot bench seat with storage.  Quoting Mrs. Roustom, "Dave everything turned out as I envisioned... thank you so much." 

   

 Built-In Entertainment Cabinet - Mr. and Mrs. Rovin of Frederick, MD have had installed a walnut entertainment cabinet that houses their TV, VCR, CD, turntable and etc.  All component cabling is hidden in the design of this cabinet and the lower cabinet contains two pullout shelves for easy access.  Besides the new entertainment cabinet, they had their existing walnut-stained pine chair railing replaced with solid walnut chair railing manufactured by Swiger WoodWorks.  Huffer & Huffer, Inc. again performed the room prep work and installation.

   

From Mrs. Rovin, "...we are really enjoying the beautiful cabinet and new chair rail.  What a difference in the room..."

Built-in Integrated Library Wall Unit - Mr. and Mrs. Pry, owners of the Needwood Farms of Burkittsville, MD, had installed an integrated library wall unit made of black walnut  from their property.  This built-in wall unit, floor-to-ceiling, spans approximately a twelve foot long wall in their new home.  The center showpiece of this project includes a fireplace with two large raised panels set above it (the beautiful fox mount in the photos belongs to Mr. Pry and was killed on the road in front of their home).  Six bookcases and two lower cabinets are installed at each end of the unit to provide for a library of books.  The beautiful graining of the walnut with its hand rubbed finish provides for a very rich looking unit that the happy homeowners will enjoy for many years to come.  I would like to say thank you to Huffer & Huffer, Inc. (home construction builders and finish carpenters) who performed yet another trouble free/superb installation. 

From Mrs. Pry,  "Dave...Richard and I wish to thank you for the beautiful job you did for us.  Everyone (who visits) just stands there and their months fly open... it really is indescribable...We're so lucky..."

 

        

Built-in Bay Window Bench Seat w End Bookcases - Mr. and Mrs. Porter of Middletown, MD have had their pine bay window bench seat with end bookcases installed in their kitchen dining area.  I enjoyed this project with its various distinctive characteristics.  

From the Porters, "Mr. Swiger...exhibited true professionalism...in the way he worked with us through at least 3 revisions to assure we would get exactly what we wanted. The results were exquisite; a true testament to Dave's artistic talents and woodworking skills. We would gladly recommend David for any custom woodworking project."

Lyptus Butcher Block Countertop for Kitchen Island  - Mr. and Mrs. Michienzi of White Plains, MD have taken delivery of their "end" grain butcher block countertop for their kitchen island.  This top is made of Lyptus and includes subtle Purpleheart accent pieces placed in the corners.  The 1 3/4 in. wide by 2 1/4 in. thick block pieces are 4, 6 and 8 inches in length and are randomly spaced to from this unique butcher block top.  The top is finished in an FDA food grade approved mineral oil finish and, as you can see, it will be used to prepare many delicious meals.

              

"Dave, we love our new countertop - it's already gotten plenty of use... it is truly a one-of-a-kind piece of art.  The first thing visitors do is walk over and place their hands on it, and say wow!" 

 

Some photos after a year's worth of cutting and chopping on it.  Check out the tile work added to the cabinet by the homeowners - beautiful!

 

"Dave, people who haven't seen it still walk up, touch it, and say wow!"

Cherry Built-in Cabinets and Bookcases - Mr. and Mrs. Burtzlaff of Clarksville, MD have had installed a set of cherry cabinets and bookcases with all associated moldings constructed of solid cherry - crown, fluted columns, etc.  These cabinets and bookcases are fitted into a living room with nine foot ceilings and their size and rich finish provide a serene library-like atmosphere to the room.  They would also be fitting for any home library or den.  This project was a joint effort with Huffer & Huffer, Inc. (home construction builders and finish carpenters) who performed the room prep work and installation.  They did an excellent job and I hope to have the opportunity to team with them again and again... 

From Mrs. Burtzlaff,  "Dave...wanted to let you know how wonderful the bookcases/cabinets are.  I sit in the living room every morning for a little quiet time and love the new view... Everyone who sees them raves, and I show them off to everyone that comes near our front door...Our best wishes to you... we will pass your name and card around whenever we can - and may... call you again sometime."

       

 

Cherry Japanese "Shoji Like" Sliding Doors - Mr. and Mrs. Yacob of Washington, D.C. have had installed four Japanese "Shoji Like" sliding doors made of cherry with their associated door jam moldings.  These doors are being used as a room divider to create an office den and guest room.  They are extremely delighted with this delivery that they claim is a work of art and a central show piece in their home - see their thank you below.  This project was special and I enjoyed doing it very much.

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 Dave with completed installed doors.

 

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 Doors backlit at night - a beautiful effect!

 

 

Thank you:

Dear Dave,

We can't thank you enough for the beautiful art work that you have done in our place.  You managed to produce a stunning effect on everyone who have seen it.  Looking forward to the next project.  Thank you..., we really appreciate it.

                                                Sincerely,

                                                        Amal & Louis

Walnut Cabinet - I would like to thank Mr. Karn of Burkittsville, MD for his request to build a walnut cabinet to serve as a TV stand and file cabinet combination.  He provided the beautiful walnut for this project from trees fallen more than twenty years ago on his South Mountain property next to the George Alfred Townsend (Gath), Gathland Estate (now a state park).  As a thank you, Mr. Karn immediately ordered a walnut desk be built for him, see below.

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Walnut Desk - Mr. Karn of Burkittsville, MD was so pleased with his walnut cabinet (see above) that he ordered a custom walnut desk be built for him.  Again, he provided the walnut for this project from trees fallen on his mountain property.  The agreed design of the desk consisted of fifteen raised panels and nine raised drawer fronts. The desk is solid walnut (no plywood or veneers) with maple used for the drawers and hard maple for the writing boards.  The file drawers of each pedestal can be arranged for either letter or legal size hanging folders.

Quoting Mr. Karn,  "... it is beautiful, you do very professional work as the details of this desk shows.  I now have two wonderful walnut pieces of furniture of highest quality... from trees fallen on my property... thank you so much."  

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To inquire about one of the above the projects or to start the ordering process for one of your own, send me an email with a short description and/or sketch of what you have in mind to dave@swigerwoodworks.com 

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