Portfolio Page

Wood River Veneers Project/Portfolio page is meant to display some of the many residental and commercial projects we have been involoved in over the years. We provide doors, cabinetry, fixtures, beam facades, sequenced wall, ceiling and cut to size panels, furniture and components, tables, tops and many other home and office decor applications. Between all of us we have so many years of experience it scares me when I add it all up because I just end up feeling really old. There are too many projects to put on this website at one time so we rotate them in and out of the site just to keep things interesting. If you are looking for something in particular and you are not finding it on our site, we invite you to call us on our toll free number for more information.
Link to Etimoe Kitchen, Living Room Cabinets and Furnishings project Page I really like Etimoe, especially when it is quarter figured and leans more to the brown side with black grain running through it. This home is perfect for Etimoe. The house is contemporary in style and has lots of light. The wood is dark and really stands out with natural light and white tones of paint. We have used Etimoe in darker settings as well and it looks just as nice. It's really hard to find Etimoe lumber so we usually use Peruvian Walnut when we need dimensional lumber to accompany the veneer. A lot of the Etimoe that we see isn't all that great so we have a tendency to look far and wide before we find a flitch we like. That doesn't mean that our customer is looking for the same thing so we work with what they like.
Link to Maple Plain Quarter Wall Panels project Page This is a commercial project we provided a considerable number of balanced and sequenced plain sliced Maple wall and facade panels. In some instances the panels were attached to a track system which created a void that allowed lighting to be installed behind the panels at both the top and bottom. This feature created up and down lighting that is very attractive. Horizontal panel installations have been popular in commercial projects for quite some time. It seems to have caught up to residental because we are being asked for horizontal matching more and more all the time. What we do not see is the same type of light schemes. This is just one of many commercial panel projects we have supplied panels for. Most of the time when we furnish residential panels they will be cut to size but in need of finish optimization and edge banding, unless they have a thicker edge. Commercial panels more often than not will be cut to finish size and edge-banded. We typically send panels out sanded to 150 gritt figuring that most shops are gooing to do some finish sanding once they get to work with them.
Link to Walnut Claro Wall Paneling and Millwork project Page Wouldn't it be nice to have a home theater? I think everyone should have one of these in their home. We fabricated sequenced Claro Walnut panels for wainscoat, pilasters and several other applications in this theater. The millwork is also Claro and the acoustic panels are covered with fabric. The finish is clear with no stain, so you are actually looking at the natural tone of the wood. WOW! A wood that actually doesn't need to be stained!
Link to Macassar Ebony Wall Paneling project Page We built this Macasser Ebony wall panel system for a home in Colorado. The panel system actually covers both walls of the stairwell and spills out into an alluvial hallway with art niches on either side. The first challenge was to find a sequence that was big enough to provide as many panels as it took to do this. The second challenge was to center balance, stack and end match all those panels. This was a fairly difficult task to accomplish for both Wood River Veneer and the installing shop. There was some hair pulling on both of our behalves. Ultimately, it ended up working out well and, as you can see, the Ebony makes a very dramatic statement.
Link to Rift Walnut, Wenge and Glossy Laminate project Page This is a ranch in Idaho that we not only used rift Walnut and quarter cut Wenge in, we also built a glossy plastic laminate vanity. This isn't the first time we've built glossy laminate cabinetry. A couple years ago we built a kitchen for a very nice 50's restoration in Billings, Montana. That kitchen is glossy white plastic laminate, Wenge and brushed stainless steal. This home also has a Wenge and stainless steal kitchen. We also built box beams to give the living and family rooms more depth. We build sets of box beams fairly often and have shipped them to several states around the country. To date the longest box beams we have built are 27 feet. They were three sided and shipped unassembled, ready to be joined together with lock miters. The family room in this ranch house has a 30 foot long media cabinet that is built primarily with rift Walnut as is the master vanity and several other cabinets through out the home. We are planning on having a video of this home on the website as soon as the editing is done and we figure out how to load it on to the site.
Link to Rift White Oak Ceiling Panels project Page These Rift white Oak ceiling panels are book matched, center balanced, sequenced and end matched with a light weight core that we costructed in our shop. Our challange was to make the installation of these panels as easy as possible and add as little additional dead load weight to the roof struture as possible. We accomplished this by using one hundred percent Okoume marine ply as a core that we sandwiched between layers of 1/8" MDF. We then edged the panels with 1/2" of white oak, cross banded with .09mm of rotary Okoume and finished with a Rift White Oak face and #4 back for balance. The panels ended up being extremely light and installed very easily. We also built the Makore Pommele coffee table top. This is a four piece book match with a plain quartered Makore edge. The base is constructed with solid one inch braded steel that has been anodized, antiqued and finished.
Link to Amarillo and European Beech Wet Bar Cabinets and Furniture project Page This wet bar is located just to the rear of a large ground floor entertainment room. It also just happens to be the access to the homes mechanical room and a pretty large storage area, hence the pair of doors in the back wall. The potential for this particular spot to be dark was what lead the owner to decide to use the lighter toned Beech, and the Amarillo, which is a medium tone, in order to perk the area up a little. The flooring is Beech and the cabinets we fabricated that are placed around it, also have Beech incorporated into their construction. The emphasis for this entire area, since the only natural light it has is coming from one daylight wall, was to keep most of the furnishings and cabinetry light to medium tones. We did a lot of work in this house and it really is attractive. The owner designed everything and did a tremendous job. We were very fortunate to have the opportunity to work on this project.
Link to Cherry Kitchen Cabinets and Panels project Page This is a mountain home we worked on for more than a year. During that time we cut to size, center balanced and sequence matched many quarter figured Cherry panels for wall applications and cabinetry. This moderately sized home consumed approximately 40,000 square feet of figured Cherry, not to mention the 30,000 square feet of figured Maple, Sycamore and Pecan that went into it as well. It is a home with no exposed sheet rock, just cabinet quality architectural veneer everywhere. This home is stunning. From the moment you set foot on the property it is one large cabinet inside and out. I just do not know how else to describe it. I was very pleased that Wood River Veneer was asked to participate in the construction of this home.
Link to Pearwood Vanity and Make-up Station project Page We built these Master Vanity Cabinets with European Pearwood and the entire master suite is Pearwood. If you look closely at the pictures, you will see that the style and rails actually taper to the outside of the doors and drawers. We then incorporated a bead that stands proud of the style and rail as well as the panel. This was a very hard detail to apply because it couldn't be cut with a cope and pattern set. We had to apply this detail during the assembly process. We were able to find some very plain Pearwood for this project, which can be a difficult thing to do at times. The lid of the make-up station does lift up and has its own mirror as well as a drawer. These cabinets were a lot of fun to build.
Link to Afrormosia/Peruvian Walnut/Anigre and Glass Dining Tables project Page These are two variations out of several dining tables that we have built over the years with a similar type of base construction. In each case we used an open strut base construction with either a solid or glass top. The designer of these tables prefers these three woods as well as domestic Walnut, Sapele, Mahogany, Makore, Pearwood, Rift white Oak and Beech. We do not like exposed fasteners so we hide as much as possible. In the case of these tables nothing is exposed. The tops do separate from the base for moving, storage and possible repair purposes.
Link to Anigre Kitchen project Page These European style cabinets required cut to size book matched, center balanced and sequenced Figured Anigre panels. We used a medium figured Anigre on the face and a plain quartered Anigre on the back side of anything that was good two side. This kitchen received a natural satin lacquer finish.
Link to White Oak Qtr Flake Kitchen Cabinets project Page For this project we were asked to produce book, balance and sequence matched quarter flake white Oak cabinet doors, drawer fronts, interior doors and various end and other panels. We used a very large sequence that had both wish bone and tiger flake. We split the sequence into two parts using the wishbone portion to build the interior door pack while the tiger stripe portion was dedicated to the cabinet component parts. The flitch color was a nice honey tone and very consistant. The final finish color was a medium honey brown with a satin lacquer.
Link to Afrormosia Wet Bar Buffet project Page This cabinet appears as if it is a free standing piece of furniture when in reality it is built in. It doubles as a wet bar and buffet. We were asked to provide the component parts for this piece for another shop so we did. Both the veneer and the solid Afrormosia is quarter cut. The cabinet was finished with a medium brown glaze and several coats of satin lacquer.
Link to Cherry Rift Cut Panels project Page This is a home that we recently furnished cut to size, balance and sequenced, slip matched rift Cherry panels. We incorporated solid edges on these panels and cut them to 1/64" over finish size. The designer and owner decided they wanted a slip match because the finish tone was very important to them. We did provide samples of both book and slip matched rift Cherry for them to pick from. All the veneer came from one sequence that we clipped the rift quarters from. The back side of the panels are quarter cut, just not as nice a rift grain.
Link to Walnut Burl Night Stand project Page We built this piece of furniture to match a dresser that was not available in a night stand size. Our customer wanted a night stand that would match the dresser they already had, so we were commissioned to build exactly that. The back of the cabinet has a media chase. We incorporated this feature in to accomodate the top drawer, which houses a pull out DVD player. Electrical and media cords enter and exit the cabinet from the bottom side rather than the back. The drawer faces are balance matched Walnut Burl and so is the top. The sides and back are plain Walnut. This was alot of fun to build.
Link to Madrone Kitchen Cabinets project Page This home is in the mountians of Idaho and it has a modern open design. The owners were very willing to incorporate some untraditional woods in to their interior finish. The kitchen cabinets and master bedroom are plain and quarter cut Madrone veneer. The staircase and wood flooring is pommele and plain Makore. I like the contrast between these woods and the more traditional cedar and fir that were used. I would like to see more of this happen rather than the standard fair of reclaimed Fir, Alder and Pine to the point of over kill. Keep in mind, just because our fore fathers lived in log cabins and some pretty rustic conditions, doesn't mean they wanted to. Big knot holes filled with putty doesn't do anything for me.
Link to Quarter Figured Maple Cabinets,Ceiling and Wall Panels project Page This is the same home that we fabricated quarter figured Cherry, quarter figured Sycamore and figured Pecan for. In these rooms we fabricated quarter figured Maple for cabinetry, wall panels and flexible panels for the curved ceiling. We made everything from 3 plys to 3/4" good two side door and drawer fronts. You pretty much have to see this home to believe it and appreciate it. One of the things that I like about this home is that it's not a huge place. Rather than spending tons of money on a huge structure the owners decided they wanted to spend their money on craftmanship, which they did, and it worked.
Link to Quilted Maple Kitchen Cabinets project Page This is a nice size kitchen, not to big or to small. It has clean lines and fits the space its in well and that, I think, is what makes it work so well with Quilted Maple. One thing I have noticed over the years is that you need to be careful with quilted Maple. It has such a spectacular appearance that the tendency is to go a little over board and before you know it,"over kill"! Incorporating other woods, especially quarter cut and plain sliced Maple in with it helps the quilted stand out but not take over. I put the pictures of this desk in for an example. We built this desk with a quarter cut Maple base and used plain sliced Maple for the border with a field of quilted Maple. Even though building the desk was anything but simple, it looks clean and the quilted really stands out.
Link to Makore/Mahogany Dining Table project Page This dining table was a tough table to build. We were asked to build this dining table so it could stand alone as three seperate tables or join together and create one. The key was that when the tables were not joined together, they had to look like they were not suppose to be joined together. When they were joined together, they had to look like one big table. Each section has a pedestal and each pedestal mimics the others. The important part is that we managed to come up with a design that worked and fourteen years later, the owners still have and use the table.
Link to Maple Nightstands project Page We have produced several pairs of these radius nightstands in maple and Pearwood. They are very attractive but labor intensive to construct. When we build these, we pay great attention to detail and matching. These cabinets are not mass produced and do not look like it. We try not to get to carried away with really wild wood patterns primarily because the design makes a statement and the wood is there to back up the design, not dominate it. I think burled woods can work well with this design as long as we are careful not to over due a good thing.
Link to Obeche Beds project Page We had an architect come to us a few years ago with an idea and this is what the idea ended up looking like. I have to admit we were skeptical at first and were not quite sure how the heck we would construct the beds, we figured it out and ended up building four of them. It took a lot of laminating to build these posts. The hard part was keeping them straight!
Link to European Sycamore Master Suite project Page This entire master suite, which includes the bedroom, closet and bath, built in cabinetry and furnishings, for the most part, are finished with quarter figured European Sycamore, figured North American Maple, Birds Eye Maple and Maple Burl. If you will notice, the quarter cut Sycamore is slip matched to avoid barber poleing. Barber pole is when veneer leaves are dark then light then dark again and so on and so on. One reason this happens is that, when veneer gets sliced, one side of the blade opens the grain more and the other side of the blade closes the grain more. When you combine that with the grain appearance you are after, such as quarter cut versus flat cut, and the species you are cutting, you can easily have shade problems. Slip matching quarter figured veneer can work really well if the figure is running very parallel to the grain of the wood. It can be a lot easier to slip match flat cut.
Link to Mahogany Furnishings and Fixtures project Page A few years ago, we provided a condominium complex in Florida with panels, columns, pilasters, fixtures, wainscot and trim. Accept for the media area, which is pommele Bubinga, most of the project is plain sliced South American Mahogany. We built everything here in Idaho, packed up a semi trailer, and shipped it all to West Palm Beach, Florida. Due to the heads-up thinking of the two designer partners involved in the project, everything survived hurricane Charley by sitting it out in a warehouse well inland of the beach property the complex sits on. Eventually, the mess was cleaned up and the project was finished. This is what it looks like today.
Link to Quarter Figured Walnut Dining Table project Page We built these two dining tables as a pair. The smaller table is a 48" round that opens to a 48"x72" table with a split pedestal. The larger table is a 72" round that opens to a 72"x96" table with a split pedestal. It took just over 1000 hours to build these two tables. The tops are made with quarter figured black Walnut and have an Ebony inlay that separates the field from the border. We constructed both borders with 12/4 all heart Walnut. The round pedestal bases are built with plain quartered walnut and more 12/4 Walnut. They split and create half pedestals when the center leaf is installed. I really like these tables and would like to build a similar one for myself some day.
Link to Beech and Sapele Sofa End Table / Night Stand project Page This cabinet is one of a pair that we built for a customer to be used as end tables for a sofa. They actually were part of several piece set that were different combinations of European Beech and African plain and fiddleback Sapele. The top of this table has a field of fiddleback Sapele veneer with a European steamed Beech veneer inlay separating it from the solid plain Sapele border. The body of the cabinet is constructed with solid Sapele.
Link to Ice Birch and European Beech Entertainment Center project Page This media center is one of several we have manufactured over the years. We have also supplied many cabinet shops with the necessary component parts for their own Media/Entertainment Center projects. Our customer wanted this cabinet to be a free standing piece of furniture and be able to be moved easily if necessary. To accomplish this task we took the design she furnished us with and constucted the cabinet as three separate components that would integrate and function as a single piece. It was fitted with a component rack system, a cooling system and a hidden chase system. The chase system allowed necessary cables that link the media equipment together to travel freely from one section to the next and remain inconspicuous. This cabinet has since been relocated to a new home in another state.
Link to Pommele Makore and Mahogany Game Room Cabinets and Wall Panels project Page In this case we supplied our customer with center balanced and sequenced pommele Makore panels for their game room project. The style and rail work was fabricated with South American Mahogany for contrast.