Book Giveaway, Sawing Live Oak, and Vacuum Drying

After a nice family vacation I’m back at it. I finished up the radial veneer video, spent some time on the sawmill slabbing up a live oak crotch, and got my first hands on experience with a vacuum kiln.

Hardwood Edging Book Giveaway

Radial Veneer with Scott Grove: Radial Veneer Demo with Scott Grove
Paul’s Sawmill Tour: Legacy Lumber Sawmill Walk Through
Slabbing the Spalted Silver Maple: Spalted Silver Maple Slabbing [Embedded Steel, Brass, & Copper]
Logs from Phil: Sawing Mississippi Pecan with Phil and Harry

Viewer Projects

Decorative Panels by David

I work full time at Bethany Church in Baton Rouge, LA as video director.   I built three decorative panels to hang in our smaller campus venue’ stage.

Made with beech hard wood, these were very tedious to build. Every other slat is flush with the face, others are recessed behind a rabbet. The recessed ones were easy but the flush ones were cut with a dado blade and sacrificial fence, with the goal of zero gaps to the face frame. This took a lot of time.  Finished with paste wax and several tons of elbow grease.
They came out great but I don’t want to build anymore!! Lol

Coffee Table by Kevin

This is a walnut coffee table that I made trying out a bunch of new things for myself. This was the first time I worked with rough sawn lumber and surfacing it myself, as well as the first time making bread board ends. The table top has a segmented center made from walnut, maple, and padauk with breadboard ends. The carcass was made using mortise and tenon joinery.

Federal Desk by Chris

Here’s a recent project of mine.  It’s a Federal period desk for my seven year old son.  I built it from rough cut cherry (primary) and poplar (secondary) using traditional hand tools and hot hide glue – no power tools.  I turned the legs and drawer pulls on a spring pole lathe.

Urn by Dan

I made this box as an urn for my friends’ baby who was lost as 24 week in-utero. It was a sad project to make but I was so honored to do it. Made from figured curly Maple and Walnut that I milled on my property. The top is friction-fit, and the CNC engraving was something they designed and I cut using my Shapeoko 3. I also got their baby’s footprints on there using a laser-printer and Polycryllic method. The finish is several coats of Arm-R-Seal semi-gloss

Home Addition & Renovation

Cabinetry and open seating

Welcome back to our home renovation and remodel.  Today, I am hoping to have the island cabinetry built out, as well as getting the leg

Home Addition & Renovation

White Oak Kitchen Island Leg

Welcome back to the shop! I’m continuing on with the white oak island build. Last time I made the end panels for the cabinetry unit,

48 Responses

  1. Always enjoy your videos and just the beauty of the logs you saw don’t know how much you charge for them but I probably can’t afford them, not to far from you but far Eastern Pa.

  2. Love to watch your slab videos, Informative and entertaining.
    I am somewhat new to woodworking and found the round veneer project very interesting. Keep on keeping on.

  3. Hey Matt always a pleasure watching your videos. Looking forward for future videos. Keep up the good work.

  4. wish i had more time to do woodwork i work with disabilities and teach woodwork but we only get to use pallets for wood but they love it but do enjoy watching you thanks wayne

  5. Matt the content that you squeeze in to your video’s shows your passion for the art.
    I really enjoy watching your video’s to see what you are achieving and the viewer projects, some people have such skills.
    You are an influencer of many, KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK ☺
    The book would be nice but not essential .

  6. I really enjoy watching your videos and learning from your projects. The breadth of your interests and skills is amazing and inspiring. Thank you for offering this book to your viewers.

  7. Enjoy your working content. It is good to see you taking the time to look out for yourself and the family

  8. You’ve made some references about finding wood, but would you please list all the venues you’ve attempted somewhere?

    Have you left your name with tree services, landscapers, etc.?


  9. Man you are like revenge of the nerds meets the wood master. Super talented bro! Never judge a book by its cover. Pun intended.

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