So I finished finishing messing around with the finish. It drove me nuts.Wenge is black…. and like a black car it seems to show all the imperfections. I finally settled on Waterlox Satin finish. It took me as much time messing with the fini...
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Location: Buford, GA
Quality work is quality work.... it doesn't matter what industry you are in. As a hobbiest woodworker I strive for quality in everything that i create....afterall I am using my free time after normal working hours. So, I consider wood working my creative outlet and..... it seems to be an obsession. On the days that I don't have to work specifically for the man, this is what I like to do.... which seems like more work.
I tend to collect hobbies. I started out with auto mechanics and fast cars... then I picked up Golf and then building golf clubs. Next, was throwing darts and now it is wood working. With each new hobby I tried to give up the previous one. That philosophy apparently doesn't work for my addictive personality type. Now I just have a big collection of hobbies. I appreciate all of them so much, that I can't give any of them up.
I'm just getting started in wood working. I would call myself an amateur at best with an intense dedication and interest in learning, developing, and acquiring as many skills as I can. So far I've learned everything on my own from reading books, magazines or studying other peoples work. I have purchased pieces from professional woodworkers that I respect just to be able to study their work.
You can typically find me in the garage making a piece of furniture when I'm not cleaning carpet for CitruSolution of Decatur GA (citrusdecatur.com). I'd like to get to a point where I can do wood working for a living. I really enjoy building creatively designed furniture. I feel like each piece is a fun and entertaining puzzle that gives me the ability to creatively obsess over its design. I think it helps to keep my mind fresh.
I've always lived in relatively small homes, and as a result, I have a focus on functional pieces that allow space to be used as effectively as possible. I spend a lot of time considering different kinds of woods to take advantage of various colors, contrasts and grains. I like to use at least 2 different kinds of wood, at minimum, in each project. For a couple of years now I have been focused on the contrasting relationship of Wenge and Sapele. For some reason I love putting these 2 woods together.
My first real project was a bed that was designed by myself. My grandfather and I had been talking about building it for years. Finally, gramps and I got the opportunity to build it together during Christmas of 2010. At the end of the project I made a commitment to make all of the furniture in my house myself... OR TO PURCHASE AND COLLECT FROM OTHER WOODWORKERS THAT I APPRECIATE. So far, I have 4 pieces from a single friend, one piece from David W. Scott, and 2 that I have made myself.
-- Jamie McDonald, Buford GA
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|commented on||Got all my darts organized!||11-25-2015 02:49 PM|
|added project||Wenge and Sapele Dart Cabinet||11-25-2015 02:13 PM|
|commented on||Got all my darts organized!||11-25-2015 01:33 PM|
|added project||Got all my darts organized!||11-23-2015 05:23 AM|
|commented on||Aurora Office Credenza||10-02-2015 02:03 AM|
|commented on||Tasmanian Oak TV unit||09-28-2015 09:22 AM|
|commented on||Curly maple slab table||09-15-2015 04:08 AM|
|commented on||3 Legged Chair||09-09-2015 02:02 AM|
|commented on||Cedar Strip Canoe||09-09-2015 01:56 AM|
|commented on||Sitting Bench||09-07-2015 02:53 PM|
|commented on||Australian Rosewood and Mallee Burl||09-07-2015 02:52 PM|
|commented on||Rustic Hickory Dresser||09-07-2015 02:45 PM|
|commented on||Modern bench||09-07-2015 02:30 PM|
|commented on||Men's Watch & Pen Box | Solid Wenge and Birdseye Maple||09-06-2015 05:00 PM|
|commented on||freckly cupboard||09-06-2015 03:18 PM|
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So I haver had this natural board for quite a while now. When I purchased it I was told that it was Maple. Immediately underneath the board in question is a table made out of curly maple. Both boards have only a clear finish on them. Does the top ...
I’ve been meaning to get started on making a bed for the master bedroom. My goal is to build a long headboard out of Wenge with some sap wood that I will straighten and flip the natural edges to the center and mount it on the wall. I finally...