I’m a part time woodworker who believes that quality and style are the most important factors of being a woodworker. My interest in woodworking started in one semester of high school wood shop and then laid dormant for over 20 years. My interest was rekindled when my wife and I were looking at furniture and I thought “I could make something like that a lot better and cheaper”. My first projects were small items like step stools and towel racks, and a wall mounted cabinet. Over the years my projects have gotten more substantial in both functionality and design.
I prefer furniture that is simple and functional. Frame and panel sides, arts and crafts, and Greene & Greene style pieces are what I like to build. Generally I end up building custom designed pieces. I use existing plans as a starting point and customize them to what I want. I also design pieces using a photograph and overall dimensions as a starting point.
I also enjoy making smaller knick-knack type of stuff and things for the kitchen and decoration such as bread and cutting boards, pizza peels, picture holders. I’ve also started making game boards and chess sets occasionally.
I mainly work with lumber that’s readily available in south central Kansas such as oak, walnut, and maple. However local suppliers have, or can get, most any type of wood desired. The vast majority of pieces I’ve made for the home and family are in red oak and walnut. I’ve also worked with maple, poplar, alder, and cedar.
Finishing can make or break the project. Watco stain is easy to apply and looks good. Shellac is currently my favorite top coat to use for pieces that aren’t subject to water. It’s easy to use and dries quickly. For areas that are subject to water polyurethane is a good choice. I’ve also used lacquer on my built in wall unit downstairs and varnish on some projects.
Milk paint is my favorite for small craft pieces or when a rustic country look is desired. It comes in a variety of colors. Putting coats of different colors on a piece and sanding them down on edges produces an instant aged or weathered effect that adds to a folky style.
Click on the tabs at the top of the page for examples of pieces I’ve made. I’d be glad to talk to you about creating a piece for you that will last for generations.