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Coffee table with coopered pedestal

Aktuality Designs
Custom Furniture

Design. Build. Enjoy.

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A Brief History

Hi, I'm Andrew.

My grandfather supported his large family building custom furniture. As a young child I was surrounded by his craftsmanship in our home and his, and explored the craft all through high school. But after graduating, the skills I learned lay dormant for many years in the age of "work smarter not harder".

At the beginning of 2013 my wife and I converted our garage into a shop and outfitted it with equipment, fulfilling the decades-long dream to pursue woodworking further as a hobby.

My first cut on the table saw brought my life into singular focus: this is what I am made for, everything else was only preparation. With my wife's blessing and the Lord's challenge to bust out of self-imposed boundaries, I left a successful 18-year professional engineering career to pursue this passion and continue in my grandfather's footsteps.

We founded the company in 2013, incorporated in 2015, and have since expanded.  Aktuality Designs Custom Furniture is a fully family-owned and operated business. We are conveniently located in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, and are pleased to support other locally owned and operated suppliers with our business activities.

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A Sampling of Custom Work

Every piece I build reflects my commitment to excellence. Below you’ll find some examples that I've produced in my shop. I gravitate to domestic hardwoods like Maple, Oak, Walnut, and Cherry for most projects.  Painted pieces use Poplar or engineered materials.


Keep in mind that what you see below is a small sample.  Each piece can be customized to your request or we can start from a completely blank page.  No matter what, you’ll receive a quality item made to last.

Free-Standing Furniture

Signature pieces that can stay with you for a lifetime.

Built-In Furniture

Units that enhance the beauty and functionality of their particular space, while managing to blend in to their surroundings.

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"The secret of joy in work is contained in one word - excellence. To know how to do something well is to enjoy it."

Pearl S. Buck

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Built-in cabinet for under a client's window


We are located in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

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