Eisenhardt Mills: Carpenters’ choice for custom millwork

March 12, 2018
Amanda Zimmerman
Eisenhardt Mills: Carpenters’ Choice for Custom Millwork

Quality craftsmanship, the foundation of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters (UBC). Essentially, quality craftsmanship is the ingredient that forms the bond among union members of diverse skill sets. When the UBC sought to enhance their Training Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, with custom pieces reflective of their trade and vision, they turned to the quality craftsmanship of Eisenhardt Mills, Inc.

Establishing Construction Plumb

Plumb bobs have been used in building and construction since the time of the ancient Egyptians to establish what’s plumb, or exactly vertical. Still a useful and accurate tool today, the UBC chose to incorporate this long-standing symbol of carpentry into their Las Vegas Training Center, commissioning Eisenhardt Mills to craft a large-scale plumb bob suspended above a round table fitted with curved benches.

Eisenhardt Mills: Carpenters’ Choice for Custom MillworkThe United Brotherhood of Carpenters commissioned Eisenhardt Mills to craft a large-scale plumb bob for their Training Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. The plumb bob is suspended above a round table with curved benches.

Balancing Form and Function

The project, completed on time in 1,350 hours, features a plumb bob measuring 4’-6” in diameter x 10’-0” tall. Directly below it, five curved benches hug the contours of a round base table. The plumb bob, tables and benches are a symphony of perfectly contrasting and color-balanced premium woods:

  • Rift white oak
  • Cherry
  • Walnut
  • Quartered sycamore
  • Bird’s eye maple

Eisenhardt Mills: Carpenters’ Choice for Custom MillworkFive distinct woods were carefully chosen and arranged for maximum contrast and appeal.

The woods were chosen not only for their contrasting, yet complementary appearance, but also for their qualities of resilience and durability. Hand selected and moisture tested for their ability to withstand the arid conditions of Las Vegas, the chosen pieces were strategically matched, finished and aligned for optimal aesthetic appeal.

Eisenhardt Mills: Carpenters’ Choice for Custom MillworkCraftsmen at Eisenhardt Mills carefully assemble the round wooden table that rests below the plumb bob.

Ebony and brushed stainless steel accents create a seamless connection between the wooden sections and the brushed stainless steel cap, base and hanging cable, (crafted by Raredon Resources).

Eisenhardt Mills: Carpenters’ Choice for Custom MillworkBrushed stainless steel and ebony serve as an accent for the round table’s alternating sections of curved wood.

Core Strength and Curved Shapes

Creating a framework capable of providing the needed structural integrity at a manageable weight was one of the project’s unique challenges. To meet the demands, Eisenhardt engineered a hollow core with open steel framing and lightweight, heat-treated materials. The long, tapered cone section of the plumb bob features a core manufactured with poplar, thermal treated for durability in the dry Nevada climate, then veneered.

Eisenhardt Mills: Carpenters’ Choice for Custom MillworkThermal treated poplar and open steel framing gives lightweight structural integrity to the core of the plumb bob.

The commissioned work also showcased the beauty of five distinct wood sections perfectly harmonized in a round table, surrounded by a graceful arc of benches. Leveraging Eisenhardt’s CNC manufacturing capabilities, artisans shaped the curved sections of wood, then carefully glued them together. Additional, they were aligned with ebony and brushed stainless steel accents, before finish-sanding, thus finishing the process.

Eisenhardt Mills: Carpenters’ Choice for Custom MillworkThe curved pieces of wood were shaped using Eisenhardt Mills’ CNC manufacturing capabilities.

The finished product is a masterpiece of steel-accented, custom-crafted wood and engineering ingenuity that pays homage to the UBC’s commitment to quality craftsmanship.

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Eisenhardt Mills: Carpenters’ Choice for Custom MillworkThe long, tapered cone section of the plumb bob, features a lightweight frame to preserve structural integrity.

Eisenhardt Mills: Carpenters’ Choice for Custom MillworkA hollow core with structural open steel framing and thermal treated poplar keeps the framework of the plumb bob from becoming too heavy.

Eisenhardt Mills: Carpenters’ Choice for Custom MillworkLegs, for the curved benches, are made from five distinct woods carefully chosen for contrast, complimentary colors and durability in the arid Las Vegas environment.

Eisenhardt Mills: Carpenters’ Choice for Custom MillworkCNC machining parts.