Bare Knuckle Fabrication

Bare Knuckle Fabrication Bare Knuckle Fabrication was founded by Jacob Roethlein. After graduating from the Corcoran College of Art + Design, Jacob wanted to start a custom fabrication shop, where ideas fuel creativity and progress.
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Dreaming of getting to hang out with our friends again... like a while back when we had the one and only @pjcurran1 in t...
04/01/2020

Dreaming of getting to hang out with our friends again... like a while back when we had the one and only @pjcurran1 in the shop making his own personal walnut live edge dining table! We helped him source the walnut slabs from our good friends @alderfer_lumber helped with the glue up and Pat did the rest! The finial sanding, finishing, and made the legs on his own! As @pottymouthchris said “not too bad for a chef”. Came out looking awesome! Hopefully it’s being put to good use with all this extra time! Happy we were able to be a part of it!

03/30/2020

The planing hustle! Normally we hand select all our boards in rough cut then this is the first step in any table or glue up. I’ve also always been obsessed with the planer and love watching those boards go thru rough and come out revealing some amazing grain! Never gets old to me! Anyone else experience the same thing? Some thing that is so labor intensive, but that you enjoy so much!

We had the opportunity to make some repairs and refinish (8) conference tables from the Council of Insurance Agents and ...
03/28/2020

We had the opportunity to make some repairs and refinish (8) conference tables from the Council of Insurance Agents and Brokers in DC and I’d say they came out not too shabby. These conference tables were on casters and were moved a lot and the veneer on MDF core really took a beating. We added solid cherry onto the bottom of the legs to help take the impact when rolling over transitions in the floor. As well as upgraded the casters and hardware to moving easier. Repaired the veneer and solid cherry boarder on the tops. We spent hours dialing in the custom match stain and can’t tell our work from the original... which I guess is the point, right? 🤷🏼

03/26/2020

Following yesterday’s post about the massive 7’x7’ rift sawn white oak dining table, here’s a time lapse of us applying the @rubiomonocoatusa finish to the top. Since we had to glue it up in space the monocoat was a no brainer because of its ease to apply, able to blend, and amazing durability! I absolutely love it!

Trying to stay positive thru Covid-19 so we’re going to be posting some of our favorite table we’ve done, most we have n...
03/25/2020

Trying to stay positive thru Covid-19 so we’re going to be posting some of our favorite table we’ve done, most we have never posted before! We’re going to start of with one of our all time favorites, this massive 7’x7’ rift sawn white oak table! So big and so heavy we had to bring it in 5 pieces and glue up on site. This is the definition of the adult table at Thanksgiving! 🦃🤣 Also wanted time thank Andrew the @thoughtfulcarpenter for introducing us to one pretty cool homeowner @alwaysthinkbig looking fo a pretty cool table!🍻Andrew was also supposed to make a post of him getting his grind on in a BKF shirt I gave him awhile back but has still yet to do ....so go over to @thoughtfulcarpenter and bug him until we get the pic he promised!

03/01/2020

A little throw back today because I’m dreaming of warm weather right now! Teaching my oldest how to operate the horizontal bandsaw. Helping me bang out some parts to be welded. I always dreamed of being able to get to work with my kids and hopefully get to teach them some skills and most important, some life lessons along the way... not to mention fully taking advantage of the free labor! Teach them young, soon he’ll be a better fabricator than me! 👍🏼💪🏼

Mannnnn... 2020 has already been made, and it’s only the 2nd month in! Not only got to go see @theovon at MGM tonight, b...
02/29/2020

Mannnnn... 2020 has already been made, and it’s only the 2nd month in! Not only got to go see @theovon at MGM tonight, but got to meet him at the end. The show was absolutely hilarious, I tried not to fan girl out too bad when meeting him. @pottymouthchris and I listen to Theo every week while working in the shop. On days when burning that midnight oil, we’ve specifically used his podcast to keep us going. I’m sure Theo gets stories like this all the time, but honestly I love listening to him. Such an amazing experience to get to see him live and especially meeting him! Anyone who hasn’t listened to @thispastweekend_ I highly recommend it! Thanks Theo!!

We’ve become very proficient at tapping on the wall to find out where the studs are on an install... because anytime we ...
02/14/2020

We’ve become very proficient at tapping on the wall to find out where the studs are on an install... because anytime we touch a stud finder it goes berserk! 🤣 Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone from these three BKF studs!
📸 by the one and only @vonkahle

Huge shout out to my main man, slinging it up in the kitchen like nobody’s business! A gat damn culinary genius who I am...
02/03/2020

Huge shout out to my main man, slinging it up in the kitchen like nobody’s business! A gat damn culinary genius who I am lucky enough to get to eat some of his creations let alone call him a good friend of mine ever since we meet back at momofuku! The super talented @pjcurran1 opened up @caferiggs today, and I can tell you from first hand experience, this place will blow your mind. The original deco architecture, the interior design, and of course the food can’t be matched. Do yourself a favor and get in there on the corner of 9th and F and tell Pat what’s up for me! Huge congrats to Pat on once again killing with with this amazing new adventure, well deserved my friend!

02/02/2020

And here’s a little time lapse of our last post on installing the reclaimed wall above out wet bar. I love time lapses because they really look like you have it all figured out, with no problems along the way, and everything went super smooth. You also can’t hear all the mumbling and cussing and head scratching that actually happens! 😝

Haven’t posted in a while, but trust me that doesn’t mean we haven’t been busy! So I’m going back thru some of our favor...
01/29/2020

Haven’t posted in a while, but trust me that doesn’t mean we haven’t been busy! So I’m going back thru some of our favorite projects from last year and we’re starting off with this awesome basement wet bar for some extremely awesome people! Live edge walnut top on some subtle grey lower cabinets and reclaim paneling with floating walnut live edge shelves above. Scroll thru to see us carrying the reclaimed wall paneling to use for a dart board wall. Keep scrolling for us getting to use another live edge walnut top for a floating drink ledge. All pieces are on the same wall, and with that color scheme, really ties everything together and sets this basement rec room off! What do you think a 10/10 or an 11/10?

01/01/2020

Last sunset of ‘19, last sunset of a decade... and man what a crazy 10 years it has been. 2019 hasn’t been the best to me and I’ve been so focused on leaving it, it didn’t even register to me that we’re leaving the decade and put me down a rabbit hole of memories from the past 10 years, and all I can say is what a weird and crazy ride it’s been. 10 years of learning nothing but the incredibly hard way, but also 10 years of accomplishments. 10 years of lows, and 10 years of highs. 10 years ago I couldn’t imagine my life I live now, the good and the bad. Everything is a learning lesson and every hardship can be a positive, you just have to stay optimistic and stay committed. All hopes for everyone, myself included, to hit the roaring 20s strong, and full of lessons from to 10s on how to make things better. How to grinder smarter not harder, and how to progress in success, whatever that definition may be! Here’s to 2020!!!

Big shout out to one of my main homies (and sister-in-law) @joburkel! Joelle worked with me for over 2 years between 201...
11/25/2019

Big shout out to one of my main homies (and sister-in-law) @joburkel! Joelle worked with me for over 2 years between 2016-2018, and I’m extremely pleased to announce that she is back full time with BKF! And I’m even more pleased to announce that in her first full week back there was no yelling, screaming, hurt feelings, crying, or quitting threats... which means it was a pretty good week! In all seriousness, I put Joelle thru some situations not a lot of people would have been able to make it thru. Insane back to back all nighters, sleeping in cars to try to get a few moments of rest, working 100+ hour weeks, and worst of all having to deal with me thru all of that... and Joelle always kept up and is always a blast to be around (except when she’s hungry) and I’m beyond excited that she’s back with the team! So here’s to Joelle slinging that paint like the bad ass she is, and making all of our pieces that much better! Happy to have you back!🍻💪🏼

Big shout out on Veteran’s Day to this tru OG... the man, the myth, the legend... my pops! Serving in the Air Force as a...
11/11/2019

Big shout out on Veteran’s Day to this tru OG... the man, the myth, the legend... my pops! Serving in the Air Force as a C-130 mechanic during the tail end of the Vietnam War. Lucky to call this man my father, and even luckier to get to work with him everyday! And to all the other Veterans out there, it’s badasses like you that allow me to get to do the things I do. So a big thank you out there to all our military, past and present, here’s to you! 🍻

PSA: With it starting to get a lot colder now and winter is right around the corner, I wanted to share this “ONE SIMPLE ...
11/09/2019

PSA: With it starting to get a lot colder now and winter is right around the corner, I wanted to share this “ONE SIMPLE TRICK” to stay warm, while saving money, that they don’t want you to know about! ...When welding, you simply catch yourself on fire, it will help you to stay warm, while keeping utility cost down! For more great life hacks they don’t want you to know about make sure to check back daily! Enjoy your day and stay warm out there!

I can’t believe this! Congrats to the Nats, I never thought I would see this. I grew up playing baseball since I was 5, ...
10/31/2019

I can’t believe this! Congrats to the Nats, I never thought I would see this. I grew up playing baseball since I was 5, but grew up an Orioles fan because DC didn’t have a team. Baseball was a huge part of my life and to see the Nats win the World Series, leaves me with a feeling I just can’t describe. Just like the Caps I thought their prime was 4-5 years ago and to see what they overcame this season is just incredible. Congrats to all of the DC area for bringing baseball back to the capital so we can celebrate this together! Another parade I get to go to, and celebrate my city! Thank you Nats! #letsgonats #dcpride

Things are starting to get spooky over here! 👻 Hands down my favorite time of the year! Starting to get colder, hallowee...
10/07/2019

Things are starting to get spooky over here! 👻 Hands down my favorite time of the year! Starting to get colder, halloween, thanksgiving, then the holidays... can’t beat it!

Delivered this refinished live edge walnut table with solid stainless steel legs for Phoenix Park Hotel lobby we did a c...
10/04/2019

Delivered this refinished live edge walnut table with solid stainless steel legs for Phoenix Park Hotel lobby we did a couple of years back. Someone staying at the hotel must have not liked the table as much as we do and but some serious gouges into the walnut, so we completely stripped off the old finish, gave it a beautiful new sanding and spray. Looks like it’s supposed to once again! 👍🏼

10/03/2019

See I told you y’all I’m a pretty good match maker, even waited till dark to really set the mood for when Husqvarna and the railroad ties got to spend some time together... if you listen close you can hear some smooth jams playing in the background behind the screams of that “two stroke” having at it... ahhhh the smell of love is in the air!

Any day I get to use the chainsaw is a good day to me! Husqvarna meet railroad ties... railroad ties meet Husqvarna! You...
10/02/2019

Any day I get to use the chainsaw is a good day to me! Husqvarna meet railroad ties... railroad ties meet Husqvarna! You all are going to get to spend a lot of time together and get to know each other real well. I feel like a matchmaker, with a match made in heaven! 💕

Got to build this drink rail for @chefadamgreenberg over at @hellococonutclub to match their existing bar. Can’t say eno...
09/30/2019

Got to build this drink rail for @chefadamgreenberg over at @hellococonutclub to match their existing bar. Can’t say enough about what an awesome guy Adam is, and how much I can not wait to take @abroeth on a date to eat some of his amazing creations! Love the colors and decor... anyone in DC, do yourself a favor, this is an absolute must go to, located in Union Market! You’ll thank me!

Perfect night for some soccer! Love the fall, if only I had a pumpkin spice latte right now... sike!
09/27/2019

Perfect night for some soccer! Love the fall, if only I had a pumpkin spice latte right now... sike!

Ran our first 10k today at Dulles airport! @joburkel straight crushed it coming in 36th place in all the females! Was su...
09/14/2019

Ran our first 10k today at Dulles airport! @joburkel straight crushed it coming in 36th place in all the females! Was super awesome getting to run on the run way, not to mention the flattest terrain! Moab 240 here we come!!!

8 years and 3 more kids than in this pic later... she’s still stuck with me! She’s always been way outta my league, and ...
09/02/2019

8 years and 3 more kids than in this pic later... she’s still stuck with me! She’s always been way outta my league, and I still have no idea how but I somehow tricked her into saying yes!

All joking aside, things were never easy, but they would have never turned out as great as they have without her being by my side, and the enormous amount of support for one another and from others along the way.

Abigail and I wanted to get married a lot sooner than we did, and had hopes of having an actual wedding. But never had a lot of money or a lot of things and every little bit we did, and every ounce of energy we had, went into starting this company. So our hopes of saving for a wedding started to disappear but we didn’t want to let our financial situation to hold us back from being married. So we met a celebrant we liked and paid $50 (including tip) to have a civil wedding. To really speak on our financial situation, we were actually supposed to get married the week before but our car broke down on the way there and we had to reschedule for the following week. The important thing to always remember, is that all we ever had and all we ever needed was love for each other, and hope for a better future, and that was what got us thru... plus a tremendous amount of hard work! We now have everything I’ve ever wanted in a home, and 4 beautiful children, and I’m so thankful everyday to call you my wife! Here’s to many more years and many more adventures of us somehow figuring it out! Happy Anniversary @abroeth

It’s that time of year again! I have such a love/ hate relationship with time... love these moments, but seems like they...
08/22/2019

It’s that time of year again! I have such a love/ hate relationship with time... love these moments, but seems like they’re just happening faster and faster than ever before! First day of 4th and 1st grade... can’t wait to hear about all the adventures, while I still can without a hearing aid 👴🏻

Yesterday my wife blessed our family with our newest addition! Since this was our 4th child we decided to not find out t...
08/11/2019

Yesterday my wife blessed our family with our newest addition! Since this was our 4th child we decided to not find out the gender... so I’m excited to introduce Oliver Daniel Roethlein! Our 3rd boy to 1 girl... our daughter Ada is going to have a full blown squad to protect her! And I can only imagine the kind of antics they’re all going to get into together! Welcome to the world Oliver! Can wait to start this adventure with you and excited to see all that you’re going to do in this world! Also big shout out to my beautiful wife, and professional life bringer @abroeth for doing such an amazing job and being a true labor goddess! And a shout out to @amelianp3 for being such a great aunt and helping out so much thru this whole process once again! Great to know how much of an awesome and supportive family Oliver was born into!

Installed this quarter sawn white oak island table a white back and just had the stone installed. Love the look of these...
07/09/2019

Installed this quarter sawn white oak island table a white back and just had the stone installed. Love the look of these two materials working with each other to help give this contemporary mid century inspired kitchen a nice finishing touch. What do you all think?

Shou Sugi Ban accent wall came out awesome and was exactly what we were looking to help take this space to the next leve...
07/05/2019

Shou Sugi Ban accent wall came out awesome and was exactly what we were looking to help take this space to the next level of design and comfort. The natural tones created by the charring is unmatched and nothing else could ever give the same amount of variation and depth. The tones change throughout the day and creates an ever evolving palette of character and mood with each one different from the other. Exactly what any home deserves!

Shou Sugi Ban - an ancient Japanese art of preserving and finishing wood using fire. These pine boards will be used to c...
07/02/2019

Shou Sugi Ban - an ancient Japanese art of preserving and finishing wood using fire. These pine boards will be used to create an accent wall of natural burnt tones to really make the room pop in a way synthetic colors never could.

Hot rolled steel hood installed ✔️ I love mixing materials and designs together to give it that perfect aesthetic blend!...
06/19/2019

Hot rolled steel hood installed ✔️ I love mixing materials and designs together to give it that perfect aesthetic blend! Design by @olamar_interiors

Those are some big nuts right there... 👀🔩🤣 1-3/4” steel hex nuts for customs table legs for a table headed to Florida! G...
06/17/2019

Those are some big nuts right there... 👀🔩🤣 1-3/4” steel hex nuts for customs table legs for a table headed to Florida! Going to be awesome!

Delivered this coffee table and book shelf to a beautiful home on the river yesterday, just waiting on the sofa to join ...
06/12/2019

Delivered this coffee table and book shelf to a beautiful home on the river yesterday, just waiting on the sofa to join the party 🎉

Had an absolute blast getting to get to go on a surprise trip with @r.bullen to see our very good friend @sand_covered_b...
06/10/2019

Had an absolute blast getting to get to go on a surprise trip with @r.bullen to see our very good friend @sand_covered_bed down in Hatteras! Was supposed to rain straight all weekend, but didn’t even get a drop. Beautiful weather, beautiful beach, spent with beautiful people! These are the most important times in life!

A little bit of sanding, a little bit of white lacquer and we have a finished oval privacy screen ready for install!
06/07/2019

A little bit of sanding, a little bit of white lacquer and we have a finished oval privacy screen ready for install!

06/05/2019

A little time lapse (because time lapses are awesome) of the oval privacy window screen I posted yesterday being ran thru the drum sander. Who wants to share a beer with me and just watch the CNC do its thing in person!? I could stand there all day and still be amazed

06/04/2019

Custom oval window privacy screen going they the drum sander. I CNCed out the pattern on a solid maple glue up, and since there were so many small parts involved I didn’t cut all the way thru, and decided to let the drum sander remove the final 1/16th that was keeping everything together. So soothing to watch those pieces drop out! Another pass or two and we’re good to go! 👍🏼

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05/22/2019

Bare Knuckle Fabrication

For those of you who don’t know my wife @abroeth she’s smart, funny, beautiful and a freakin badass... and if you don’t ...
05/21/2019

For those of you who don’t know my wife @abroeth she’s smart, funny, beautiful and a freakin badass... and if you don’t believe me just watch this video. I am in the process of exposing our home’s original 1900s beams and a friend decided to join us... and if you’re wondering about me, I was observing from a safe distance ready to run up outta there. But Abigail saves me and the kids... and oh yeah she’s 29 weeks pregnant!

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Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 19:00
Saturday 09:00 - 19:00

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(703) 282-7821

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