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.
I'd like to get to a point where I can do wood working for a living. I really like 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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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...