Welcome to Manning Woodworks. Discover my story and products below.
My chairs are hand-crafted as pieces of art with the hope that they will be used to rock a baby, enjoy company, or simply revel in solitude as they are passed down from one generation to the next
These all-wooden lamps, with custom-lathed bases and veneer wood shades, are beautiful in any setting. When lit, they create a warm glow and a 'wow' factor that can only come from God's creation.
These stools and tables are hand-crafted from black walnut and tiger maple and would fit beautifully in a kitchen or any living area. The stools are counter height and can be purchased separately.
Each hand-crafted concave board is a beautiful and functional workspace from which someone can prep, complete, and serve an entree, providing a true “kitchen to table” opportunity.
We still love our Manning rocker. It is in a place of honor in our home.
For everything from preparation to presentation, I absolutely love my cutting board!
New furniture designs are inspired by pieces of furniture that we either have, need, or find interesting. I sketch multiple versions until I settle on a final design. From the sketch, I draw a full scale template for each part and determine how the parts will be joined together, creatively and functionally.
Once the rough wood has acclimated in my shop, I lay out the boards and select boards for each part according to the wood grain pattern, or in the case of tiger maple, the chatoyant (flame) pattern. When determining wood stock dimensions, I try to nest parts, as much as possible, within a stock board to reduce wood waste.
Rough stock boards are planed to the proper width for each part, cut to shape according to a template or measured shape. Cutting is performed on a table saw, a band saw, power scroll saw, or lathe. Every piece is cut to rough shape except the rocking chair rockers, which are bent by laminating wood strips in a mold.
Joinery in a project requires the most precise cuts and attention to detail; examples are cutting parallel or square edges, drilling precise holes for dowels, or sizing mortise & tenon joints for a smooth fit. Parts are then glued and clamped together overnight, resulting in a bond stronger than the wood.
Most every part in my furniture flows from one piece to another with soft curves or hard edges. To shape each part, I use electric tools, grinders or table router to remove large amounts of wood to create a rough shape before fine hand shaping with rasps, files, planers, and wood scrapers. Shaping is done before and after pieces are glued together.
Final shaping is done with coarse to fine rasps and coarse sandpaper. The sanding process includes seven steps from 100 to 400 grit paper. Two buffing pads are used for final smoothing and polishing of the wood.
A combination of tung oil and a small amount of varnish is wiped on and rubbed off, dried, buffed with the finest pads, and reapplied four times. This finish brings out the natural beauty of the wood, highlighting the grains and any flame patterns in the wood. This finish is easily repaired, if necessary.