Sunday, March 5, 2023

Spiecies of Wood that we carry


African Mahogany





Aeromatic Cedar

Appalachian Cherry


Eastern White Pine

Yellow Pine


Maple Ambrosia

Maple Hard

Maple Soft

Oak Appalachian

Oak Turkey

Oak White

Oak White 1/4 Sawn



Purple Heart

Red Grandis


Spansih Cedar



Wenge 1/4 Sawn

Zebra Wood

Graded, Kiln Dried, Most is 4/4 stock, Random Width,       8/4 available in most.

Surfacing and Straight lining available.

Tuesday, February 2, 2021


 Well just a while back I had a returning customer stop by the shop, and we discussed the fabrication of a dinning table, using his wood which came from a Water Oak tree that was in his yard.

He came with a good sketch rendering of what he would like the top to look like, as well as what he thought how he would like the legs attached.

Upon instantly seeing his leg attachment sketch, I said that's not gonna happen.

Here's why. He wanted a 48" X 96" table, and the wood he brought to the shop was 2" thick.

I immediately said you wont be able to carry the table, or carry it thru a doorway.

He had designed it with the legs being mortised into tenons of the parameter apron,

which means the legs would be permanently attached.

Typical construction techniques was necessary for the design and weight,

where hanger bolts would secure the legs into the corners.

So all of that said, I estimate the table weight to be about 300-325 pounds when assembled.

He also asked for a couple of drawers to be added, so I built and installed one on each end and incorporated 24" full extension ball bearing guides to carry them.

You will see in the photos where I used my overhead hoist, to lift the table, which is on a track that runs from the back of the shop, where the assembly bench is to the shop doors, as I have built other projects that I wasn't able to lift once complete.

The table was sanded and ready for the customer to apply there finish.

Saturday, December 26, 2020

Because I Wanted to.

 I've been wanting to try my hand at this phase of woodworking for some time now.

Which is of course incorporating logs of various sizes on the front of the shop as well as hand railing and all the in between parts.

In order to remove the bark from the logs I needed a way to securely hold the pieces while using a draw knife to scrape away the bark, and shape the pieces somewhat.

Thus I built a Shaving horse.

I sit at one end, I can adjust the lower clamping jaw table by moving a block shim in or out to fit the size of the work piece.

My feet rest on the clamp arm pegs below, and as I push forward, the top jaw will clamp solidly on my work piece while I shape and clean it up.

I could cover a lot more in the use of the shaving horse but the main purpose was for cleaning up the necessary parts logs,  for the porch project.

                       Now just a few photos of the shop porch.

Now there were two other tools that had to be made once the bark was removed from the smaller log pieces.

Tenons had to be cut on the ends of the logs, { tenons are the profiling of wood for insertion into another } so one tool was built to do that in conjunction with the use of the table saw. Now because some log pieces were curved or crooked if the tenons were just cut on the ends, the tenons would be pointing off in different directions, and would not insert into the mortise { mortise is a hole or recess cut into wood to receive the corresponding piece= a tenon }

So in order to to take a log with curve and make the ends point at each other, I built a line boring tool, which in conjunction with a drill, I could drill a pilot hole at each end, and the pilot holes would be pointing at each other, which the above mentioned tool would work with for the tenons.

Enough said.

Thursday, December 24, 2020


 All right. An opportunity had come up where Robin and I could acquire some cedar logs, which in turn we would mill into lumber of various dimensions.

This customer had bought a peninsula lot in Crystal River which had to many Cedar trees on it and in the wrong places.

So it was agreed that we would drop the trees, delimb the trunk's cut up the canopy's and haul away the logs.

I have proven time and time again that a tree is a lot bigger on the ground then it is standing in the air.

So a LOT of work, and numerous trips to Crystal River we have acquired a small mountain of Cedar.

Country Style Set Of Tables

 O.K. I had a customer approach me on doing a set of tables.

She said she would like a coffee table about 54" X 54" square,

I said that's big, she said I got a  horse farm and the house has room for it.

Soafter a bit of discussion, and a photo that she texted to me, it was decided that 2" thick yellow pine was the wood of choice for this large country style coffee table.

She also needed 2 end tables to match.

Now what is different on these tables is the legs had to be a bit beefy, and that the end grain of the legs needed to be part of the show of the table top.

                                     The end tables of course smaller.

Wednesday, December 23, 2020


A while back I had a Customer who was a Nurse up in Gainesville

approach me about building a new door for her house.

It had been a while since I built an entry door, so this was a nice challenge I was willing to take on.

The door is built of cypress. 

The main frame is tongue and grooved with the T&G being 3/4" thick, which adds quite a bit of glue surface area, making for a strong joint and door.

With the cypress panel insert, I did a V joint tongue and groove on multiple pieces, then glued them up as one large piece, then cut it to fit the top section and the lower section, keeping the wood grain pattern running together from the top to the bottom.

The customer is beginning to apply there clear coat to there new door.

The door from the front porch.

Nicely installed too, with new hardware.

And of course from the inside too.

Be sure and click on the picture to enlarge.

Sunday, August 19, 2018


This one has been a long time coming.
A couple a years ago, I was recruited to head up the interior fabrication and design of this
 Tiny House.
Much of the fabrication I did but I also hired out some of the necessary 
work like the electrical wiring, Sheetrock and drywall, this was done because I can't be absent from my shop during the normal business week.
This Tiny House started out as a 12' x 30'  shed with an entry door only,
the interior was just studs. it has a 4' X 10' porch incorporated into it's lay-out.
There in the shed was a 12' loft on one end and a 10' loft on the other. I built and added an 8' wall and ceiling kind of inline with the porch layout on the left which connected the two lofts with a crawl way , but also created an area for the bathroom layout.
Be sure and click on the photos to enlarge.

I built all of the kitchen and note the base cabinets are 16" deep not 24' like your standered due to space constraints

Every thing was built and designed to scale, the sinks were little galvanized bucket's I found at Walmart. The 2 burner cook top worked out perfect and is recessed flush with the counter top. Of course I used reclaimed wood for the cabinetry fabrication.
All of the drawers have full extension guides except for the front under the sink.
All the doors have touch release mechanisms'

I built the stairs of old growth pine with a live natural edge on the bottom of the stringers.
Notice the 2 stairs come together with a common landing and a pull-out 1st tread or step.
In the one picture of the loft you can see the crawl-way that goes over the bathroom and connects the 2 lofts. Note the caged ceiling fan so little fingers can't get in, AC in both lofts.
You can eat at the bar which is a slab of oak with natural edge,looking out the picture window.
And of course the bathroom end wall is featured with reclaimed wood and a sliding barn door.

And here is a peek into the bathroom, a full 36" shower, cobble stone tiled floor,
a small but in proportion porcelain sink.

All the lighting in this little cottage is recessed L E D lights.
This project was a lot of work but rewarding with the final product.
There is much more to mention, but I'm done typing.