Coffee Connections Gateway – 5

Our final post on the Gateway project is the biggest. The point of sale and prep area counters had to be functional and add pop when you walk in.

The prep counters are made of butcher block birch, stained Jacobean, and coated in epoxy resin.

With the sinks and equipment required for a coffee shop, the counters had to be strong and functional. It required many precise cuts and coordination with the electrician and plumber. We built a 2×4 frame for the front of the freestanding counters and covered the customer side in tea stained shiplap. The back side had to be open for employee access and equipment and we used 1″ black pipe legs. The whole thing is bolted to the concrete floor for stability.

The angle presented a challenge to match the overhead ceiling soffit as did an added drain pipe that had to run across the employee access opening. We built a flip-top access for the employees that provides extra prep space when needed.

The point of sale area is the showpiece. We built a custom pastry display under the counter and added LED strip lights to highlight the offered food items.

The counter is a solid slab of locally sourced Scarlet Oak. We planed, sanded, and removed the bark. We then coated it in epoxy resin with no other treatments to bring out the beauty in the grain.

Coffee Connections Gateway – 3

Continuing with our latest commercial job, is this center standing counter.

It creates a great separator between the sale area and seating area without making the space feel smaller.

The frame is covered in tea stained shiplap.

The bar is a solid plank stained Jacobean and supported by 1″ black pipe legs.

The cap is a live edge locally sourced Red Oak slab coated in epoxy resin. we removed the bark from the live edge and gave it a light sanding so it would be smooth and not snag customers’ clothing.

Coffee Connections Gateway – 2

The second thing we will highlight from our latest commercial job will be the tables and bench.

The client asked for “farmhouse” style tables. We milled some 2x6s to be square and straight.

Using biscuits and glue we joined the planks to form the look the client desired. We then stained the wood with Jacobean stain and coated them in epoxy resin.

The tops are mounted on standard restaurant bases.

We covered the wall behind the tables in 1×8 shiplap that was tea stained. The bench is attached to the wall and has 1″ black pipe legs across the front.

The tables were designed to be 3 separate or can be placed together to form one long table.

Tables and bench
“Farmhouse” style tables
Tables, bench, and shiplap

Coffee Connections Gateway – 1

We just finished the woodwork for the new location of Coffee Connections in the Gateway District off High Street in Columbus.

This was a big job and we will spread it out over several posts.

We’ll start with the condiment station.

This custom built cabinet is 16″ deep and 36″ wide by 36″ tall. It has 1″ black pipe legs with a Birch butcher block top coated in epoxy resin.

We attached a custom built holder for sweeteners to the top.

The base is 3/4 oak plywood. The doors are custom built from tongue in groove slats. It is attached to the wall for stability.

Condiment Station
Sweetener Holder
Built-in storage


This is actually a refurbish job. The client found this chest in an antique shop, but it did not have a lid and was a bit flimsy.

We built a new lid matching the style of the chest and then matched the color with our own stain mix. Finally we added some corner support to give it more structural integrity.

The client is using it for a coffee table and it fits perfectly in their family room.

Coffee Shop

This was a fun build. It is a local coffee shop in a converted house.

We built a custom point of sale and prep counter. Behind that is a custom built shelf unit for product display. We added shiplap in the café area along with bar height seating. The shelving and counters are stained using the color jacobean. The shiplap is stained using tea bags, steel wool, and vinegar.

We also built modular tables for the café seating area that can be combined for a lafrger table area or separated for individual end tables.

Laundry Room Organization

When you laundry room is also your main storage area, you need to be organized. For this project we built custom cabinets to provide a place for the client to use bins to keep all of their kids sports and activities equipment organized and accessible. Above the cabinet on the right is an additional hanging rod made of galvanized pipe for additional clothing storage.

By the washer and dryer, we enclosed the pipes and connections running along the wall. We added a hinged top for access to the pipes should it be needed. The counter tops are edge glued and stained ebony with a satin poly finish. We added an additional shelf below next to the dryer for additional storage. The client is using the large open space under the counter for their dog crate.

The legs are galvanized pipe as is the hanging rod above.