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Location: San Diego

I Zachary Loizeaux Swain have been traveling all over the country for the past 8 years. I was born in NJ and have lived in Anacortes, Washington, Tempe Arizona, Santa Cruz, CA, and currently San Diego, Ca. Most recently I found myself working for a cabinet company name Kitchen Studios inc out of Lebanon, NJ. (Great company check them out on the web.) At first I was the shop grunt I had to sweep, take out trash, empty dust collectors, whatever the foreman could come up with. It wasn't long before I was given more responsibility, the foreman took me under his wing and showed me many awesome tips and tricks about cabinetry and woodworking . As my skills developed I was taught the trade of finishing. This is the painting and staining stages of the woodworking process. I was taught how to mix and match many different chemicals and colors to create one of a kind finishes for high end kitchens. One of my favorite being a six step finish for a country kitchen made out of tiger maple. Absolutely beautiful. Although finishing is a great aspect of woodworking to have knowledge in, 2 years of it began to wear on me . I couldn't take handling and being in a room full of dangerous chemicals hazardous to your health. So, In my spare time at the shop I began collecting all the scrap hardwoods being thrown out. The guys would use it as firewood, They'd laugh at me each time I told them to keep it for cutting boards or whatever else I was going to make out of it. Any chance I could I was out in the shop making something out of the scraps. The first thing that I made was a Mahogany Cherry and Teak end grain butcher block for my friends sister's wedding. To say the least the butcher block was a hit, everyone that I had talked to said I should be selling them. Low and behold after a lot of hard work and time dedication, comes the birth of ZLSboardworks a green minded woodworking shop specializing in end grain butcher blocks. Have a look around, tell me what you think, I love the feedback.

-- Zach @

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commented on Custom for acoustics 04-01-2013 04:11 PM
added project Custom for acoustics 03-29-2013 07:51 PM
commented on Mahogany, Black Walnut and a little cherry, in one 01-30-2013 05:01 PM
commented on Wedding Grain 01-30-2013 05:29 AM
commented on Always better on end 01-30-2013 02:22 AM
added project Mahogany, Black Walnut and a little cherry, in one 01-26-2013 08:38 PM
added project In the End Grain Zone 11-28-2012 04:10 AM
commented on Board for the weekend 11-27-2012 02:28 AM
added project Board for the weekend 11-24-2012 08:34 PM
commented on Simple Cutting/Serving Board 11-11-2012 11:16 PM
commented on Grain Work END GRAINS 11-10-2012 01:10 AM
added project Grain Work END GRAINS 11-09-2012 08:03 PM
commented on Planing sled for my router 09-18-2012 08:42 PM
commented on Always better on end 08-29-2012 06:01 PM
commented on Always better on end 08-28-2012 11:01 PM

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#1 posted 03-23-2012 08:32 PM

Welcome aboard. Nice that you could join us on Lumberjocks.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#2 posted 03-23-2012 08:55 PM

Welcome to Ljs a world wide community were there are great people,super projects and great woodworkers.Enjoy!

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 03-23-2012 09:42 PM

Glad to see that you have made LumberJocks a part of your Woodworking experience… Welcome

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#4 posted 03-24-2012 02:20 AM

Welcome To LumberJocks.
Good Luck…

-- Rick

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