The Custom Furniture Process 

Masterful craftsmanship from Start to finish

We see our clients as friends and collaborators, whose input and satisfaction is essential to our success. We appreciate the investment they are making and love hearing their dreams and ideas. We can’t help but pour our hearts into everything we make. The end result embodies all the personal touches, dreams and passion with which the piece was made. Often during the unveiling, we hear a gasp followed by the words “that’s not just a table it’s a piece of art.” 

It is in collaboration that the nature of art is revealed.
— Steve Lacy


Every STUDIO 126 original is thoughtfully designed after consultation with our customer. These discussions are informative, collaborative, instructive as well as reassuring and fun. Typically, the customer provides a general indication of size, leg choice, wood species as well as other details.

If you are contacting us for a quote or preparing for a consultation, we ask you to consider the following questions and ideas.


Depending on the complexity of the project, this step might be as simple as finalizing the slab of wood and choosing a base. Dining tables and benches rarely require sketches. We will often draw diagrams for custom kitchen islands and pieces that are purpose built. In the case of custom built-in pieces that have many components, we may require a retaining fee to complete detailed designs. 


Once the design is finalized, we can provide you with a detailed estimate. When approved, we ask for a 50% deposit. At this point, your project is in cue, and your chosen wood is officially spoken for. We can also provide you with an expected completion date and progress updates if desired.


Please take a look at this video of us working on a piece from beginning to end, "Hand Made with Studio 126," by Mark Yuen of the Vancouver Sun.


Our finishing process is focused on bringing out the timeless beauty of the wood grain and colour inherent in each individual piece of wood. When running your hand over a tabletop, you can still feel the grains of the wood yet it is protected. The subtle and striking details in the wood are brought out by repeating the process of applying numerous coats of finish and sanding in between coats. It is a deep finish that looks astoundingly clear and minimal.


When all fabrication and finishing has been completed, each STUDIO 126 original is assembled, inspected and photographed. Once approved, they are disassembled, wrapped and either scheduled for local delivery or packed for shipping.

Please contact us if you have any questions regarding the creation of a custom made one of a kind piece.