The search for perfection. ⠀

Not everything I make can be as perfect as I want, but that definitely doesn’t stop me from trying.⠀
So if in the course of leveling a table top I find a tear out at the joint, I’ll also find a way to make it disappear! ⠀


I caught a dove by the tail. ⠀

I’ve received a lot of messages and questions about my techniques for cutting half blind dovetails. So for all those that are curious, here it is. ⠀
With the exception of the dovetail marker and having better tools now, my process hasn’t changed much in 22 years. ⠀
I didn’t edit out anything, so the video goes fast, but if you watch a few times I think you’ll catch everything. 


Knot going to cut it.⠀

Unfortunately the wood I get from the mill isn’t always perfect, and sometimes those imperfections end up in a piece. ⠀⠀
Like a large knot on the underside of this round tabletop, that found its way to the edge. ⠀⠀
Here’s a quick look at the repair process. Once it’s stained and sealed, it’ll be like it was never even there! ⠀⠀

I took a turn for the better.

Who doesn’t love a nice pedestal? ⠀
The 2019 design forecast is suggesting a move towards more curved pieces and round tables, so I’m expecting this to be the first of many this year! ⠀
This big hunk of mahogany was a joy to turn! Wood turning has always been one of my favorite hobbies, and getting paid to do it absolutely rules! ⠀
I hope you enjoy watching me get filthy, cause I definitely enjoyed the process! ⠀

Like toast, fries, and kisses.

There’s something wonderful about the soft shine of a well executed French polish. ⠀
After sealing and waterproofing, the wax polish adds a look and feel that no other finish can give. Smooth to the touch and easy on the eyes, it’s the perfect finish for this live edge slab. ⠀⠀


Lean into the curves. 

You know I’m a sucker for the details, especially when they define a piece. Like turning a simple entry table into a eye catcher.
These little half venn circles were fun to make. I hope you enjoy the process as much as I did! ⠀⠀


It was just another mortise Monday.⠀

If you’ve ever wondered how square holes were made in wood, here’s a speedy lesson. ⠀
I’m working on an Amish inspired, shaker style dining table out of beautiful quarter sawn white oak. ⠀
Needless to say, there’s a lot of hand tool work going into this piece. Thankfully I’m not Amish and I get to use power tools for some of it! ⠀