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We began our little business in the living room of an apartment in Florida, but after the sawdust built up all over our furniture, we decided to rent out a small shop space instead.  We now have moved to Abilene and now have a slightly larger space and have continued to expand our inventory.  Working with wood is our passion, it is truly the greatest medium of expression and every one of our projects is a reflection of this as we strive to ever perfect the mastery of woodcraft.  

Long Leaf Pine

What a beautiful grain pattern this wood has.  It grows quickly but is very strong which makes is a great choice for construction and is much less expensive than most other wood choices.  Commonly confused with a much softer white pine, yellow pine is fairly dense and rates at 870 on the Janka Scale.  Because of it's rapid growth, the tree rings are further apart, making this wood more susceptible to moisture and temperature changes than other true hardwoods.  If you plan on keeping your table indoors in a climate controlled environment, this wood is a great choice to meet your budget and still get the table of your dreams.  

Western Red Cedar 

Commonly used in higher-end outdoor projects, cedar is a beautifully aromatic wood that is a great choice for an outdoor table without breaking the bank.  The wood is much lighter and breaths well which makes it less susceptible to expansion or rot due to moisture.

Live Oak

Oak has been a classic choice for furniture making for years based on it's strength and durability.  Much more stable than pine, oak rates at 1300 on the Janka Scale.  Depending on preference, live oak has a more unique grain pattern than the more traditional red oak, but both are readily available and affordable hardwoods making it a great choice if you want a more durable table without spending too much more.  White oak is a good choice for outdoor tables as well.


Often confused for oak because of their many similarities, ash offers many of the same benefits of oak while also demonstrating a less uniform grain pattern.  This makes it a great choice for high-end farmhouse style tables where you want to display the raw character of the wood but want something more life-lasting than pine.

Knotty Alder

A favorite in Abilene for high-end cabinetry, alder is a great combination of the character of pine and the durability and longevity of a hardwood, while staying around the same price as oak.  This would be my first choice for a larger table if you want it to look beautiful for generations while staying in budget.

Black Walnut-

One of the most beautiful American hardwoods available, the grain and natural color of walnut has been a favorite for millennia.  Projects made with this wood do not need any staining at all to achieve a rich, beautiful, coffee colored grain.  Many of the other woods are finished to emulate the look of walnut.  Coming in priced around 2-3 times oak, you will need to have a healthy budget, but if you want a table that will be the capstone of your home that does not need any help speaking for itself, walnut is the best choice.


This green-tinted paint grade wood is a great base wood for a painted project.  It is more uniform than pine, providing a much cleaner finish, while still being about half the price of a premium paint wood like maple.


One of the hardest and most evenly grained hardwoods available, maple is a perfect choice for more modern pieces that require more delicate jointery while maintaining a very strong structure.  Maple is also the most even and non-porous paint base providing the best finish.​


Commonly used for ship-building, teak is the ultimate outdoor wood choice.  It is not easily available which brings the price point even above walnut, but if you are wanting a piece that can sit outside uncovered for years and maintain it's integrity, or make a boat out of it someday, teak is the only choice.

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