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McKernin Woodworks

McKernin Woodworks See https://www.mckerninwoodworks.com/ or https://www.etsy.com/shop/McKerninWoodworks for all items Woodworking is 70% sanding. The other 30% is sanding.

Operating as usual

It's going to rain this weekend, good time to get back to the shop.
09/30/2022

It's going to rain this weekend, good time to get back to the shop.

Hiding the well pump.
07/10/2022

Hiding the well pump.

We power washed and restained the Adirondack chairs.
05/31/2022

We power washed and restained the Adirondack chairs.

Turning the Little Woodshop of Horrors into Santa's Workshop for a while.
12/04/2021

Turning the Little Woodshop of Horrors into Santa's Workshop for a while.

Finally finished the egg holders.  Used a food safe mineral oil for the finish.
11/01/2021

Finally finished the egg holders. Used a food safe mineral oil for the finish.

Glue drying on egg holders.
10/30/2021

Glue drying on egg holders.

Building the wall between the new woodshop and the garage.
10/13/2021

Building the wall between the new woodshop and the garage.

New sign for the boat, G.G.'s Delight,And G.G.
07/11/2021

New sign for the boat, G.G.'s Delight,
And G.G.

What gets bigger the more you take away from it?A hole.  Get it?  :-)
06/26/2021

What gets bigger the more you take away from it?

A hole. Get it? :-)


Ok, not woodworking, but plenty of labor.  Digging out the septic tank to get it cleaned out.**p
06/24/2021

Ok, not woodworking, but plenty of labor. Digging out the septic tank to get it cleaned out.

**p

Coming up with a design for the bar.
05/30/2021

Coming up with a design for the bar.

This is the progress on the bartop.  Bowties for the crack, red oak stain to bring out the grain, and I kept the worm tr...
05/27/2021

This is the progress on the bartop. Bowties for the crack, red oak stain to bring out the grain, and I kept the worm trails. Plan on giving it a coat of polyurethane tomorrow.
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I'm a little bit torn here.  I want to clean up the live edges so the color will be uniform, but then I will lose the co...
05/25/2021

I'm a little bit torn here. I want to clean up the live edges so the color will be uniform, but then I will lose the cool worm trails.

We are building a new woodshop in the big garage, therefore we need to move the grills and smokers out somewhere.  We wa...
05/23/2021

We are building a new woodshop in the big garage, therefore we need to move the grills and smokers out somewhere. We wanted to build a grill shack, but the POA said "No". So we built a patio for the grills.

Kind of like giving a mouse a cookie.

We had the opportunity to demolish a house and take all of the kitchen and bathroom cabinets. These are going to the new...
03/20/2021

We had the opportunity to demolish a house and take all of the kitchen and bathroom cabinets. These are going to the new shop as workbench bases.

9 feet long
03/14/2021

9 feet long

8 feet long
03/14/2021

8 feet long

7 feet long
03/14/2021

7 feet long

6 foot long
03/14/2021

6 foot long

We are all done working for today.
02/07/2021

We are all done working for today.

02/06/2021

Out in the shop this morning, Donna and I spent over an hour redesigning a project.

Final design - same as the original, but cut 3/4 of an inch off one part.

Since I sold the last one, I had to make another "shop moto" sign.He who works with his hands is a laborer.He who works ...
12/18/2020

Since I sold the last one, I had to make another "shop moto" sign.

He who works with his hands is a laborer.

He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman.

He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist.



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My Christmas Tree ornaments for the grandbabies.
12/11/2020

My Christmas Tree ornaments for the grandbabies.

3 more charcuterie boards.  Building up an inventory again for next year's Mineral Farmer's Market.www.mckerninwoodworks...
12/10/2020

3 more charcuterie boards. Building up an inventory again for next year's Mineral Farmer's Market.

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We now have personalized "McKernin Woodworks" shop aprons thanks to my talented sister-in-law Lou Ann McKernin.
12/10/2020

We now have personalized "McKernin Woodworks" shop aprons thanks to my talented sister-in-law Lou Ann McKernin.

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“Pa Build It!”

I have been creating things from wood almost all my life, I really enjoy taking a piece of wood and finding out what it should become.

I spent many years building theatrical sets and props where defects could be hidden with paint and were not subject to up-close scrutiny. I had lots of help over the years from family and friends and learned something new from each of them. I have also taught many young people how to use power tools safely and fearlessly. We now have a grandson who believes I can build anything and his answer to many problems is, "Pa build it!"

I take great pride in my work which means I take the time to do it right. I source out the perfect wood from a local supplier, each project is designed and cut by hand to protect the quality of the wood. Each piece is then hand sanded multiple times to obtain the smooth working surface. The final step is to apply a finish appropriate to the function of the piece, for cutting boards this means a custom blend of food grade mineral oil and bees wax. Furniture pieces are hand-rubbed with oil finishes depending on whether this will be an inside or outside piece.

Expect natural wood defects in each piece. I love knots, swirls, mixed wood grains, natural cracks which will not effect performance, all add to the beauty of the finished product. I actively seek these features when I am sourcing the raw wood.

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We've ordered up some perfect weather for Father's Day weekend - find Dad the ultimate gift - maybe something for the grill? A pie? Tomato sammich? Besides all the locally produced FOOD, we have several local artisans proudly showing their handmade wares - check out this fantastic bread board from McKernin Woodworks and neat-o concrete planter from Kovoconcrete!
Very cool - follow McKernin Woodworks to learn a whole bunch of "How's he DO that?!"
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