For this newsletter's Galley Spotlight, we're happy to showcase some spectacular work from both Leland Wood and Frank Garcia.
Leland Wood Custom Furniture
Leland recently bought our Micro Fence System and we were excited to find out what he'll be doing with it. He has a woodshop where he creates beautiful pieces of art. Here is a description about his shop and some techniques he uses.
Leighton Hall Furniture is a small, family owned furniture manufacturing company in Suwanee, GA which specializes in making high-end, traditional, mahogany furniture. We wholesale and retail our products to a variety of customers in the United States, Canada, South America, Australia and the middle east. Our client list includes numerous celebrities and high-end clients. We sell finish and unfinished items(specializing in table tops) to retail customers, decorators, contractors, designers, furniture stores and other small specialty furniture manufacturers. We have been in business for three decades and during that time we have made hundreds of traditional mahogany dining and conference tables and case goods. Multi-banded crotch mahogany dining tables and conference tables are our specialty. Our typical tables have crotch mahogany fields with multiple boarders and inlays. The boarders are some combination of Rosewood, Satinwood, Tulipwood, Burled Walnut, straight grain or crotch Mahogany, Prima Vera, among other species. The boarders are usually complimented with black and white inlays made of Holly, Maple, Ebony of other similar woods. We have over 50 different designs of rectangular, round, oval, and leg tables. Some tables are up to 30 feet long.
There are two basic ways we make the veneer faces for the table tops, cabinet doors, drawers and other fancy-face surfaces. The first is by making the entire veneer face (field, boarders and inlays) as components and then assembling them as you wood a puzzle. This is followed by pressing the assembled face on a core of plywood, lumber, or MDF. The second method is by making the faces with the field and boarders only. Assembling the face and pressing it on the desired core. Then following up by routing out inlay channels for the black/white inlays. This is our preferred method for many of our items. It is superior way of production because it always insures that the inlays line up from table ends to table leaves. You also have more flexibility in that you can choose a variety of inlay styles and sizes to insert into the faces. The routing tools from Micro Fence are the perfect tools that we have been looking for this operation. The small router plunge base and accompanying equipment allow us more flexibility and higher quality in our insertion of inlays and boarders. It also increases our ability to route table edges and shaping of tables and other items.”
To see more of his products, visit his their website by clicking on the link below.
Frank Garcia's Kaleidoscopes
I met Frank at the Woodworking Show in Somerset, New Jersey where he showed me these amazing kaleidoscopes he had made and I was charmed by their complexity and beauty...the colored glasss is submersed in oil so that they move gracefully inside the lens housing to produce the most exquisite patterns! You can see how he used the Micro Fence Edge Guide in the manufacture of some of his parts by clicking on the link below.
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