Slab Cube Shelves

Creating custom furniture naturally generates waste material. We work to minimize that waste by repurposing the off-cuts and extra wood resulting from each custom project. The simple idea behind the Slab Cube shelves stemmed from looking for a use for the plywood leftovers that come out of our woodworking co-op. It has grown beyond just that supply but each of the elements are often reclaimed and always responsibly sourced. The slab cube shelf uses that material to create a modular shelving system based on interchangeable components and simple assembly, adaptable to any wall.

Our shelving is a modular system that can be mixed and interchanged. The basic system started as the slab/cube that consists of horizontal slab surfaces divided by square boxes with various spacing including cantilevers and floating. This adaptable system lends itself to self supporting hanging wall shelves to low cabinetry. Doors or drawers can be added to provide more storage possibilities. The boxes come in standard sizes but are customizable as well. We have always been exploring additions to the mix that divides the shelves examples including lasts, heirloom furniture pieces, sash weights, books or other objects.

Shelves are available in a number of materials. We have wood with live edge or without. Some reclaimed fir or pine may have original painted edges.


Designed 2007

This system consists of variously sized square plywood boxes, which sit upon solid wood slabs of different species and varied dimensions.


The walnut slab shelves shown are made from trees taken down in forests in southern Ontario claimed for development. We have other slabs from reclaimed sources including white oak from a barn and submerged logs, hemlock once part of the Queen's wharf pier 100 years ago and Douglas fir reclaimed from a building less than a km from our shop.

The walnut cubes shown are plywood faced with the solid S.Ont walnut and also with poured glass reclaimed from old windows. We also make solid boxes in reclaimed submerged maple, ash from a barn North of Toronto and even with clear Douglas fir from a pipe organ.

The system is made-to-order and can include doors or drawers with fine European hardware and sliding panels to conceal what is stored.