I have the utmost respect for those woodworking purists who shun power tools for hand work. But for reasons of expediency and cost to the client, I try to find a balance between machines and hand tools. I use stationary power tools for cutting, drilling, planing, and jointing the lumber, and a combination of power and hand tools for joinery and finishing.Randy Stribling
I am partial to mortise and tenon rather than dowel joinery, frame and panel rather than plywood, and dovetails rather than rabbets. Some applications may be interchangeable in some cases, but where the choice affects the structural integrity of the piece, I cannot sacrifice quality for cost. When designing a piece, I apprise the client of the options where there are options, and where there are not.
As you can see, my shop is small, but it is usually tidier than is shown in these photos. I am able to work on a couple of projects at a time, depending on the piece, but I prefer to put all my energies into one at a time. I have to get pretty creative at times trying to find room to assemble a 14 foot long wall unit, for instance. Large pieces are designed and built in sections for ease of transport, and a complete set of assembly instructions are included in each shipment.
The type of finish used on a piece depends on the look desired, how the piece will be used and where it will be displayed. I use combinations of oil and paste wax in situations of light wear, lacquer for medium, and varnish for heavy use areas. All of these and other choices are decided upon during the design process and are determined on an individual basis.
All in all, my methods and techniques are custom designed to suit the project, available technology, and the client's tastes and budget. Although I have my preferences, I will not sacrifice structural or design integrity for price. I want to put out a quality product at an affordable price. This has been the cornerstone of my business since 1977.
I hope you can appreciate the kind of work I do and give me the opportunity to help your dreams become reality. Take some time to look around and let me know what you think.