Archive for August, 2011

Distressing Wood

Posted: August 11, 2011 in Woodworking

I often use a distressed or vintage style finish on my pieces. Most of what I build utilizes scrap or reclaimed wood and I just love giving a piece a vintage look. I basically start by gauging and burning the wood. Scraping and sanding it. Really just experiment. In my opinion there is no wrong way to do this just be creative. After that has been achieved i mix a custom tinted stain then topcoat with a glaze. Be sure to let each layer completely dry. The glaze really brings out the depth of the piece and gives it that aged appearance. From there i tweak the piece by adding more stain, burn marks, glaze, worm holes. Basically whatever you feal gets you to the look you are after. Now this is for a stain grade piece. This can also be done with paint but that is another post all together. Once everything fully drys use your topcoat of choice and your done.

Remember to let every layer fully dry! If you do not you will have adhesion problems and you will have to start over from scratch. You can mix oil and water based finishes but in that case be sure all coats not only dry be sure they cure. In my opinion its best to stick with either solvents or water and the process will be trouble free.

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Posted: August 8, 2011 in Uncategorized

So i decided to open an account over at which is an awesome website that lets anyone list their own handmade items for sale.  Be sure to go visit my store there and let all your friends know about it! Do not forget I still also take on custom commissions so don’t think that those are the only pieces that I offer.  I can always design something based on your own personal wants and needs.

Jonny Transcend


Custom Furniture

Posted: August 2, 2011 in Woodworking

I have been a cabinet maker and finisher for many years now and i love my job so its not like a job at all. However i always felt there was a higher level of woodworking that i was missing out on. Once i really began putting the power tools down and going to the chisels, hand planes, and hand tools in general. I discovered my true passion. And that is creating custom one of a kind furniture built with pride and built to last. I hope to one day leave the remodeling side of the business and focus solely on my furniture grade pieces. I recently added a gallery of some of my furniture and home decor to the website for everyone to view.!portfolio/vstc2=furniture-and-more


Floating Shelf

Posted: August 1, 2011 in Woodworking

Well i finally got the floating shelf built. Like most of my projects it is made from salvaged wood. This particular piece is made from mahogany and some pine. I know some people will read that and this its a crime to combine those woods but remember the point is to salvage otherwise useless woods for a fine piece of furniture. This particular piece will call for a aged looking finish like many of my pieces. I have gone ahead and used various tools to distress the wood. I like to use a hammer, chisels, nail sets, awls, wire brush, and a torch. After that i applied a coat of a very red stain. It may seem to be a bit much but once the piece is glazed and distressed further the tones will balance out. Check back daily for more updates on the project.