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Nice Matt. The richness of the cherry is excellent. Do you find the different woods require different levels of care and technique because of hardness and susceptibility to marks and scratching during the process? Do the choices in wood also limit the range of staining options?

Who did the engraving for the Byron racks? Was it Kevin at putter plating?

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Nice Matt. The richness of the cherry is excellent. Do you find the different woods require different levels of care and technique because of hardness and susceptibility to marks and scratching during the process? Do the choices in wood also limit the range of staining options?

Who did the engraving for the Byron racks? Was it Kevin at putter plating?

 

Excellent questions, it seems as if you've seen a few New Yankee Workshops in your day. Before I answer, thank you for the compliment on the cherry. I am, humbly, very pleased with that combination that I cooked up. In person, it really is a very "deep" finish.

 

Caveat: all these answers are "In my experience." I am not Norm Abrams, and I don't pretend to be. I am just a humble man with a garage full of tools and a love for the craft.

 

Different woods do pose different problems. Oak tends to get "chippy," so I tend to be very careful about that. Also, if you use water-based finishes on oak, it raises the grain and creates another step in the finishing process. Cherry is much better in both regards, as is maple. Generally, I take enough precautions and use enough "best practice" techniques that I don't have too many problems regardless of species.

 

In terms of finishing, there is no limit on staining options by species, it just comes down to taste. Most people wouldn't pay for cherry and then stain it a heavy brown. If you want to color the wood heavily, oak is your best option because of cost. No sense (IMO) in paying for the beautiful pinks, oranges, browns and reds of a cherry, or the browns of a walnut, and then covering them up. Oak is more of a blank canvas.

 

The engraved plates are all done by a local place here in the suburbs. They're slower than Christmas at taking an order, but they always get it right and they do really great work.

 

 

Very nice looking craftsmanship. What do they sell for?

 

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Alright folks, here is the much-anticipated "Behind the garage door at Saternus Woodworking"

 

First is just an overview of the lay out. If you want to really feel like you're there, take your laptop and look at these pictures in your garage.

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This is a wall of storage. On the black shelving you see my jointer, oak and cherry scraps, lots of templates, spare parts, and hardware. The cabinet with colored doors (repurposed Ikea furniture) holds all of my finishing supplies: sandpaper, steel wool, brushes, cans of stain & polyurethane, gloves, etc. The wooden shelves that I built hold my drill press, spindle sander, belt sander, palm sander, jigsaw, biscuit joiner, and the case for my router. You can also see a whole bunch of clamps (you never have too many clamps) and some leftover plywood.

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My Delta tablesaw, which is an absolute workhorse. Wouldn't trade it for anything. Tuned up to 2/1000th of an inch. You can also see the adjustable worktable where I do the bulk of my cutting, assembly, finishing, and everything else. This table was given to my grandpa by the men he managed at his barrel factory when he retired.

 

My Bosch router table on top of a shop-made cabinet that houses all the router & table saw accessories. That cabinet got built in an afternoon and gets used as much as anything; an afternoon well spent.

 

The white and green workbench was built by my grandpa (same one), weighs literally 400 or 500 pounds, and will outlast me by a lot. It basically serves as the command center for the shop - holds the plans and tools that aren't in use. I'm also very proud of the peg board. As my dad says, "There are peg boards and there are peg boards." This, I believe, is the latter, and as such is a tribute to my other grandpa who had a peg board in his basement that I loved looking at - full of great tools, super organized.

 

That's all folks, hope you enjoyed it, now get out! :D

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Very clean workspace and the Byron surfboard template on the table saw is a nice touch.

Thanks for sharing.

 

I won't lie, these pictures were snapped between projects and I cleaned extra hard because I planned on taking pics. I do try to clean after every completed build. If I didn't, I'd be swimming in saw dust and misplaced tools.

 

That template was a huge printout that I made when I was building prototypes, trying to convince Dave that I was for real. That feels like it was a long time ago.

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No need for the humility man, you've got some very good stuff here. Be proud. :)

 

Thank you. I am very proud of everything that leaves my shop, and I stand behind what I do 100%. It's more that I've seen what true masters can do with wood, and I'm so far from their level that it's frightening. Same thing with the term "craftsman." I'm not really comfortable when people call me a craftsman, because that's a term that I use to describe someone like Byron Morgan who has been doing something at an extremely high level for a long time and has really perfected his craft. If people feel that way about my work, I'm very grateful, it's just never something I would say about myself.

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I love it when someone has the opportunity to really dive into a craft that they excel at. Your work is beautiful and I wish nothing but incredible success for you.

Also, your posting of that "How To-" article was as class as it comes. Keep up the awesome work and I hope to someday have a need for one of your racks......or maybe several, LOL.

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Just wanted to update this thread with my newest creation. I refer to this as a "vertical wall rack." This one holds 7 putters and 8 headcovers, I just didn't put all the dowels in for the pictures.

 

Any guesses which state it's headed to?

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Considering that I never would have thought I'd be in this business a year ago, I think the first few months of Saternus Woodworking have been great. I want to thank everyone who has supported me in the early days of this endeavor, especially Colt & MGS for allowing me to publicize my work.

 

As I look forward with hopes of expanding the business, I want to ask you: what can Saternus Woodworking do for you? What would you like to see from Saternus Woodworking?

-More brand-specific racks?

-Different models/styles of racks?

-Different/more customization options?

 

This question is open to everyone, and feel free to be constructively critical. So far the feedback I've received has been very positive, which is truly gratifying, but if there's something I can improve I want to know it.

 

Thanks!

 

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Metal, eh? Kinda goes against the "Woodworking" part, but my ears are open. What kind of thing are you envisioning here? Wall racks, floor racks? Any reasons to prefer metal over wood other than personal taste?

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