Daniel Taylor, Carpenter & Owner
Mooresville, NC

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Product Spotlight: "Fancy Trestle" Farmhouse Table Set

Posted on March 3, 2018 at 6:15 PM Comments comments (0)

The sunset was beautiful today in NC. Thought I'd share some pictures of our "Fancy Trestle" table. 

This was the second table set that I built, and I built it for our own dining area at the Taylor homestead. My wife, Leanna, requested this style and finish. We call this our "Fancy Trestle" table. She chose an "Early American" stain, from the Minwax finish line. Sealant used was Minwax oil-based Helmsman Spar Urethane. 

Occasionally, people ask me how well our tables hold up. We have wild children (sweet, but WILD), and the table has held up very well to their abuse. It's been almost a year since we started using the table. Several milk spills. Weekly art and craft projects, etc... and it's held up great. 

Lots of family prayers. That's what I like best about our table. Of course, that can, and should, be done around any table. Have a great day! 

The New JWAC Workshop: Final Pics

Posted on February 14, 2018 at 2:30 PM Comments comments (0)

The new JWAC workshop is (finally) complete, and I couldn't be happier with how everything came together. 

I created a 4-part blog post series within the JWAC Blog to show the entire build process with pictures, if anyone is interested. Part 1 of the four-part installment can be found by clicking here

Here's some pics of everything finalized and ready to go. Thanks for looking! 

Lumber laid out for one of our current commisions...

Thanks for looking, and thank you for supporting local business.

To God be the Glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

New JWAC Workshop Build: Part 4- Shop furniture, Storage, and Final touches

Posted on February 14, 2018 at 11:45 AM Comments comments (0)

With the walls cladded, it was time to move into the final stage of setup on the woodshop: shop furninture. 

First up was the Assembly Table. Much of what we curently build is farm tables and benches. The previous assembly table stood about 20" off of the ground. While it was better than working on the floor (that's how we started!), it still did create a lot of back fatique. Thus, I decided to add a second level/tier to the existing table. The new top level surface height is around 35". This will make assembly of table-tops much easier. For our uses, I prefer an MDF top over plywood. The MDF makes for a super-straight, strong, and smooth top. Sliding tables and other projects to and fro across it is a breeze. Counter-sunc screws are all that hold it on. Thus, the top can easily be swapped out later for a fresh sheet of MDF if the need arises. The storage in-between the two levels is used to store and index scrap/smaller pieces of lumber that will not fit on the lumber rack. 

Below is a few pictures of the evolution of the table, including the addition of several handles around the perimeter. This makes movement of the table around the shop much easier. The large pneumatic wheels will allow for projects to be wheeled outside on occasion, if the project demands and the weather permits. The assembly table is one of the greatest assets to my workflow. At a full 4'x8', I can build very large tables with ease. 

Next up was creating a "Miter Saw Station". Below is what I came up with. Lower-left cabinet houses an air compressor. Lower-right cabinet houses a space for the shop trash can. Cubby boxes built on either side of the saw serve dual-purpose: lumber support during cuts + additional storage. A Rigid 6 HP shop vac provides plenty enough suction for dust collection. The Ryobi 10" slider is a great saw with an excellent cross-cut capacity, but the sliding poles designed to facilitate such are very long. Thus, I designed the station to roll on castors. When stored, the station sits an inch from the wall. When the sliding function of the saw is used, I can roll the station out from the wall to accomadate the extra travel. Overall, this keeps the footprint of the station minimal for both operations and for storage. In the future, I hope to add Kreg's stop-block track system atop of the existing 3/4" plywood fence. 

I found another unusual pallet at the dump a month or so ago. The entire pallet was constructed out of 1/2" plywood. I dissected it with a circular saw to harvest the lumber used to make the lower-cabinet doors. 

For addtional storage, I sourced deals locally on a tool box and a used bathroom cabinet. 

I, then, added a station for storing the bulk of our finishing supplies. 

The final leg of the project was completing the work bench area. This is my favorite area of the shop. I have a an LED light strip mounted over-head for detailed work requiring additional lighting. A storage cabinet was built in below, and then the entire piece was finished using Minwax "Weathered Oak". The window ledges were created from reclaimed exterior barn lumber from a local barn. The original red barn paint remains in-tact. 

And that's it! The new JWAC workshop is done! Final pics can be viewed here.

Thank you for following along! ~ DT

New JWAC Workshop Build: Part 3- Wall Cladding

Posted on February 13, 2018 at 11:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Aside from wanting an industrial aesthetic to the top rafter-area of the shop, another reason for the flat black paint application was to serve as a neutral color for any gapping that may later show through in-between the reclaimed boards that would serve as wall-cladding. With the paint work finally complete, it was time to move forward with the cladding. The material sourced for the cladding was an unexpected blessing. A friend recently had to correct some foundational issues on his home, and thus, needed to gut out his flooring to expose the foundation. The flooring so happened to be very old, beautiful, hardwood. I couldn't have found or purchased a better clad if I had to, I don't think. The irregularities in the sizings of this rough-hewn lumber, plus the overal patina/character, are one-of-a-kind. He gave the material to us, free of charge. It was an un-believable blessing. Pieces were brought inside one-by-one and de-nailed using primitive methods. Ends were then straight-cut using a miter saw. Finally, the boards were indexed and stored by width. From that point, I then began the work of adding the boards to the walls. 

With the first wall done, it was time to insall a lumber rack and store the rest of the harvested lumber.

At this point in the project, I realized we were going to be a bit short on material to clad the full shop. I calculated that we had JUST enough to finish the walls, but not enought to clad the frames of the three shop doors. Thus, I broke down some pallets I've had for about a year, which I found at a dump a while back. I'd never seen any like these before, and was saving them for a special project. They had an unusually thick board width, and their patina was gorgeous, lots of blues and other unsual hues. I had about 12 of those pallets. I broke them down with a special tool a friend leant to me. He's a metal-smith by trade, and the tool worked very, very well. The boards broke down nicely, and I then had enough material from those pallets to clad the interior frame off all three doors. I also had about 30 small 1.5'x2.5" boards that were structural to the pallets, but also exceptionally beautiful. Those were de-nailed as well, cut, and indexed. Later, you will see this lumber stock used to create a bevy of shop shelving, brackets, and other small odds and ends. Again, all free, minus a bit of elbow grease. The Lord really provided! While I know this is a bit obsessive, I like the fact that the material of the doors and the walls is slighly different. This breaks up the shops interior a good bit, and helps it be possible to actually see the doors :) 

Once all was said and done, my rough calculations turned out to be true. There was not a single scrap of lumber left. All that the Lord had provided us had given us, literally down to the inch, just enough to clad the shop. It was almost comical. Pictured below is all of the left over remnants, as well as a collection of rusty nails that were extracted throughout. 

The build continues with the Part 4 post! Click here to view..

New JWAC Workshop Build: Part 2- Landscape, Electrical, Paint work, and Bye-bye old shop!

Posted on February 13, 2018 at 11:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Next up for the JWAC shop setup was some exterior work: landscape + exterior lighting. Much of the hardscape + retaining wall was already present, as we previously had a pool in this space. The paving stones, red brick chips, and mulch from the former setup were moved around and/or re-purposed and the new shop, for the most part, fit like a glove where the pool once resided. I then stained the porch using an Australian timber oil. The porch floor, as well as the front ramp, were painted with a matching hue of Behr porch paint. An anti-skid texture additive was mixed in to the porch paint prior to application. 

Coren Construction, my in-laws, helped with final electrical upgrades. 2-12 wiring + several additional outlets were added, as well as a panel box. These upgrades facilitiate proper voltage requirements for our current needs, as well as possible expanded equipment + HVAC upgrades down the road.

At this juction, I cleaned out the old shop. It was moved off-site, and it now resides with a new owner. It was a great space for the first season of our business, and I am very thankful for having it. Many memories. Bye-bye little shop...

The next order of business was paint. The entire shop was painted a flat black, and the floors were coated with epoxy. This was a hard fight, as a cold-streak has just ensued in NC: sub-zero temps went on for about 7 days staight, which is a very unusual streak for our area. Paint didn't want to stick. Paint dripped. I re-painted when the sun was at just the right angle, thus having only a small window of time to work daily. It was a mess, but it did eventually get completed.  

Prior to the floor being coated with a 2-part epoxy, I used a product called "Water Putty" to fill the seams in between the plywood sheets. The idea was to create as close to a seemless floor as possible. I wanted dust clean-up and sweeping to be as efficient and effortless as possible. Rust-O-Leum "EpoxySheild" was selected, in a "tan" color variant. You can see that, due to the cold-snap and thusly thicker viscosity to the paint, coverage was lower than normal, and I ran out during the last corner of the shop. Rustoleum was kind enough to send over a small can to patch this area in. I'll wait until later this Spring to apply it. 

The build continues with the Part 3 post! Click here to view..

New JWAC Woodshop Build: Part 1- Planning, Delivery, and Insulation

Posted on February 13, 2018 at 9:50 AM Comments comments (0)

After several months of planning and labor, our new JWAC workshop is now complete! This is the first of several different blog posts I'll upload to document the process, in case any are interested on seeing how it all came together. 

Old Forge Metals in Troutman NC was our source for ordering the shop. Mast Woodworks in Hamptonville NC built the shop, as well as handled the preliminary electrical wiring. Everything started with conceptual drawings and rough layouts. These helped us determine proper dimensions for the shop, as well as where electrical outlets would need to be placed. 

The shop was delivered early-December. It only took about 4 weeks for Mast to construct. The shop is a 12'x20' "Woodsman" model, which includes a 12'x4' porch. With an interior space of 12'x16', the new shop is more than double the space of our previous work shop. 

The accuracy of Mast Woodwork's delivery and setting was very good. The shop is perfectly level. It was a pleasure to watch these skilled professionals install everything into place. They are truly masters of their craft.  

As delivered, the shop was bare stud walls with a 3/4" ply floor. As you can see in the picture below, the exterior siding of the shed includes a special reflective inner-lining that acts as a preliminary insulative barrier. I wanted to futher instulate the shop, so the first order of business was installing R13 insulation within the walls. 

A total of (6) R12 light fixtures came pre-installed. Each has (2) 48" bulbs. For now, I'm running a cooler-kelvin flurescent bulb. I do hope to upgrade these to LED bulbs later on down the road.  

At this point, I was using an Elipse P100 resperirator mask. I have since switched to using an RZ Mask G1, based off comfort and a few other reasons.

The build continues with the Part 2 post! Click here to view..

A British telephone booth...wine rack?!

Posted on February 12, 2018 at 9:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Yep, that's right! JWAC was recently commissioned to build a wine rack resembling a scaled-down version of the famous British telephone booths. Stayed tuned to our JWAC Facebook page, as we will certainly share pictures there when complete!

Wire-spools make beautiful tables!

Posted on February 12, 2018 at 9:30 PM Comments comments (0)

I have built a good amount of tables so far, but this one may be my favorite, in terms of "character". After receiving a "Hey, can you use this?" text, I sourced the spool a few days later from a friend. I was surprised at delivery to see that the spool had such a beautiful blue/deep-sage green patina, as his picture did it no justice. I went to work right away building a X-type trestle base, and we decided to finish the base in a color-scheme to match. We left the "Southwire" stamping, and attached the base to the top with carriage bolts for a super-beefy/rusting character that I felt matched the look and purpose of the original spool. This table will steal the conversation in any room, of that I am sure. JWAC recommends a glass top cover, however, for a family with young ones. Want us to build you a "wire-spool farmhouse table"? Give us a ring! We can source the spool, and finish the legs in any color of your choosing! 

Our new JWAC shop has been delivered!

Posted on February 12, 2018 at 9:25 PM Comments comments (0)

We partnered with Old Forge Metals in Troutman, NC to build the workshop of our dreams! The new shop is more than double the size of our previous workspace. The entire process of working with them was a breeze, from designing the space with Tom at the office, to Robbie and team at Mast Woodworks in Hamptonville, NC delivering and setting the building across the tough terrains of our homestead. We are also thankful for the help of Coren Construction in Mooresville, NC for their fine work in up-fitting the shops electrical wiring to suite our needs. This new space will elevate our business to the next level, allowing us to serve our clients with greater options, efficiencies, and quality.

A Chantlos Christmas

Posted on February 12, 2018 at 9:20 PM Comments comments (0)

We recently wrapped up some intense projects for a wonderful local client, the Chantlos family. For their fireplace mantle construction, we sourced 100 year-dry reclaimed lumber from Wood Tender in Cornelius, NC. We then manually-distressed southern yellow pine boards to create a rustic sliding barn door. These were the first projects that we used Rubio Monocoat oil to finish. We also partnered with White Shanty to construct custom hardware and railing for the door. The resulting products, finish, and fitment were sublime. Our client was well-pleased, and they were an absolute pleasure to work with!

JWAC take's our new "Vector-X" table uptown!

Posted on February 12, 2018 at 9:05 PM Comments comments (0)

We delivered our first uptown-Charlotte commission this past November, delivering a custom 6.5' trestle table to one of our great friends, Yagnesh Patel. He moved into his beautiful new town home just a few days beforehand. Nestled in historic downtown Charlotte, this table now overlooks the "Queen City" skyline. Though the rustic-themed table we crafted and designed together has down-home country influences (and origination!), it looked right at home in his fancy new uptown dining room :) We call this intricate trestle table the "Vector X". Ask us about how we can build one for you as well!

A table that looks like...a peacock!

Posted on February 12, 2018 at 9:00 PM Comments comments (0)

One day, while walking Lowe's on a date night (hey, don't judge, you know you have to!), my wife came across a pine board with plenty of knots along it's length. To her, it looked like a peacock. A few weeks later, inspired by her observation, this table set was completed and off to the JWAC booth. We subsequently created a new "Signature Series" line, and labeled this "The Peacock Set"; the first of that new line. What about you? Do you see the peacock? :) Also: WHO BOUGHT THIS SET?! We would love to meet and thank you for entrusting us! Contact Us please!!