Category: What’s New

Welcome to our blog, where you can learn “What’s New” at Smith & Vallee, including recent projects and news about our woodworking business and the local Edison community.

Smith & Vallee Goes Solar

At Smith & Vallee, production for our cabinets, furniture, mill and kiln happens within a triad of industrial buildings and a lumber yard here in the north end of Edison. Owners Wes Smith and Andrew Vallee both live within walking distance of work, and several of our employees were born and raised here, settling back […]

Salvaged Sequoia Live Edge Counter Install: Samish Bay Cheese

Just down the road from our shop in Edison is Bow – and in the heart of Bow is the working dairy farm of Samish Bay Cheese. They recently expanded their deli counter and cheese tasting room, and sought out Smith and Vallee to build their live edge counter. The counter is wrapped in recycled […]

Sealaska Custom Conference Table

Smith & Vallee had the opportunity to participate in one tree’s journey from the ancestral homelands of the Haida, Tlingit, and Tsimshian natives of Southeast Alaska to our shop in Edison, WA.  We milled, kiln dried, and built a 21 foot long conference table out of this giant Sitka Spruce. Our first attempt to cut […]

Summer Furniture

Just three of our furniture projects this summer. Lots of live-edge, lots of spalted maple. A table and bench project for our friend Iris out of the same spalted maple we used on her bar top. The steel base gave it a sleek, modern look that fit the rest of her home. The table was […]

Inside the Shop: The WWU President’s Office

The team created furniture last month for the President’s office at WWU. “It’s a pretty cool feeling to know that something I made will be in there,” said Shop Manager Evan Grimes. The project consists of a desk, coffee table, hutch for the office and a display cabinet for the waiting room. “All of it […]

Sneak Peak – Monogram Modern Home Tour Kicks Off this Saturday at the South Lake Union Market

Here’s a sneak peak of the Monogram Modern Home. It’s on its way to the South Lake Union Market in Seattle to kick off the tour. Stop by this Saturday and check out the Smith & Vallee kitchen. We’ve partnered with Method Homes and Dwell Magazine to help create the Monogram Modern Home: a 600 […]

Sitka Spruce Emerges from Kiln: Soon to Become Sealaska’s Conference Table

After three months in the kiln, these massive spruce slabs are ready for action! This slow drying process allows moisture to escape gradually from the deepest cells of the wood in order to prevent warping and cracking. The humidity of the wood has been reduced to 10 percent, which is premium for woodworking. The slabs […]

Giant Sitka Spruce destined to be custom tables

One of the special projects we are working on at Smith and Vallee Woodworks is a custom boardroom table that will be comprised of 3 -7’ tables, 21’ total length. This project, for Sealaska Corporation, involves many steps, after milling, the next step is kiln drying to reduce the moisture content of the slabs. This […]