Davey McEathron Architecture doesn't just design buildings, we also design and fabricate unique artifacts for our custom projects. 


langston mailbox

After some period of time, the scrap piles start to make us look more like a junk yard than an architecture firm. One of our favorite things to do is to look at a bunch of scraps and design something with it. The Langston Mailbox was designed in just this manner - using left over materials from previous projects. The mailbox was then painted with chalkboard paint to allow it to be both a sign board and a receptacle for that (mostly) useless stuff the mailman drops off everyday. 


The Langston Table was fabricated using recycled Douglas Fir pulled from the jobsite dumpster after the demolition phase of the Langston Project. The Douglas Fir was glued up, nail holes were filled with clear resin and then sanded to a smooth finish. The frames for the tables and benches were fabricated from 1" solid round bar, 1/2" solid round bar and 3x3 angles, then blued using gun metal bluing. 

The photos show several iterations and testing of ideas for the table frame. 

(Yes! We dumpster dive quite frequently)


The Langston columns were fabricated using steel and cedar. The steel was then blued using gun metal bluing. 

The design of the remodel called for the removal of several load bearing walls on the interior of the residence. The interior column was thus designed to pick up the load of four beams that were concealed in the ceiling. 

Two of the exterior columns were designed to replace a couple of 1failing 960's columns at the porch overhang. The central column under the ridge was added to pick up the load of the previously unsupported 6' deep eave. The steel plate was added as a stiffener for the cantilevered steel beam - and to note the address of the house.

The photos show process with completed documentation  


custom barn doors

Making doors for our projects is one of our favorite things to do. These doors have been made from steel, translucent acrylic, ambrosia maple, beetle kill pine and even leftover flooring. For the Polo Project door, we created a hand-stitched leather grip which brings a softness to the substantial steel handle. Doors featured are in the DMA Workshop, Wake Forest Project, Polo Project, and East 13th House.


Here's where the magic happens. The steel window box and ambrosia maple window jamb and sill frames the morning light that flows onto the matching work top. The 10' long maple desk is supported by a custom steel frame and salvaged industrial wheels.  

leather laptop bag

We designed and created this custom leather laptop bag on a whim. Exploring new materials and techniques allows us to test our design strengths at different scales and for different uses. 

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Made from wood from a fallen Elm tree and steel.

The large knot hole was filled, layer by layer, with multiple colors and opacities of polyester resin.

Design and fabrication by Davey McEathron and Rebecca Holliday. Wood donated from the good folks at Hatch Workshop


Designed and fabricated by ¡el grupo!, the Sit.Stay.Doghouse was donated by to Barkitecture Austin, a charity auction benefiting homeless pets.  The friendly folks at Pollen Architecture donated the cypress wood. The doghouse won an award for Best Backyard Bungalow.

tennis court benches

Designed a built by Davey McEathron, Ben Butler, and Architecture for Humanity Austin. Donated masranduba wood from Bercy Chen Studio.


The Zig-Zag table was designed and created for the East Austin Studio Tour. The legs were fabricated from scrap rebar. They form a continuous jagged line around the table. The top is tongue and groove beetle-kill pine.



This trellis was fabricated from scrap rebar and round bar. 

Pine and steel gate

Designed and fabricated by Davey McEathron.


Designed and fabricated by Davey McEathron. Created from cold rolled steel and expanded metal mesh. Exterior painted with chalkboard paint to allow mailbox to be used as a sign board or just to let the mailman know there is outgoing mail. 


Designed by Jay Hargrave Architecture: Steel bases fabricated by Davey McEathron and Jay Hargrave Architecture; Mesquite table tops by Drophouse and Jay Hargrave Architecture.

Farmhouse Tables and benches

The table top is made with siding reclaimed from the Syracuse remodel. The lumber was left over from various construction projects.