2016 Wood Diamond Award
Rockwell Diversified Woodworks (Sheridan, IN)
Main Category: Furniture
Dollar Amount: Under $25,000
Sub Category: Best Overall
Briefly describe your business and the type of products manufactured.
We are a full service company that provides affordable cabinetry and custom woodwork for all areas of the home. Our goal is to create a lasting impression on our customers, their friends and family, and their home. We are located in Hamilton County and serve all of central Indiana.
What materials/species were used in this project/item?
This project was built with solid red and white oak reclaimed lumber. The finish was West Systems epoxy and M.L. Campbell ClearVar lacquer.
Describe, in detail, the project/item's construction
The table was built using reclaimed lumber from Indiana barns. The base was built from solid 6"x8" beams. The rest of the table was built using 2" red and white oak. The base beams were left rough, and the top was flattened on one side on the jointer. The customer wanted to see some of the circle-sawn pattern in the finished product, so the top was skip-planed in order to leave some character.
The joinery used on the base was mortise and tenon. This was used for both horizontal members. The joints were reinforced with adhesive. The only modification to each beam, besides joinery, was to cut a pattern in the bottom of the beam that would rest on the floor.
The finish was applied in two stages. The bottom side of the table top was finished with a seal coat of West Systems epoxy. For the top side, a light wash coat of stain was applied and allowed to dry. Next, a seal coat of West Systems epoxy was applied, then sanded. A second layer of epoxy was applied using a perimeter dam to build up the top. This was to allow a smooth writing surface and still be able to see the circle-sawn pattern of the wood. The second coat was sanded and a final coat of M.L. Campbell ClearVar lacquer was applied to all surfaces. The base of the table was also stained, then finished with ClearVar.
What is the most unusual aspect or outstanding characteristic of this entry?
The use of the reclaimed lumber, giving the finished project a rugged look. Even though the table has a worn, used, and rugged look, the finishing process makes the table elegant enough for a conference room.
How has being a member of the CMA benefited you and/or your business?
The benefits of being a member of the CMA include continued learning opportunities through collaboration with other shops, and being seen as the go-to professional by both current and prospective clients.
List any items that were outsourced.
No items were outsourced for this project.