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  • Pile of Slabs ready for the kiln

    THE IMPORTANCE OF KILN DRYING: ENSURING WOOD STABILITY AND READINESS

    By Toby Bachara • June 10, 2024
    Introduction Kiln drying is a critical step in the woodworking process, ensuring that the timber is properly prepared for crafting into high-quality furniture or other wooden items. This process involves carefully controlled drying of the wood in a kiln, a type of oven, to achieve a specific moisture content. Here’s why kiln drying is essential…
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  • Custom Pine Kitchen Counter Installed

    Advantages of Live Edge Pine or Oak Kitchen Counters

    By Toby Bachara • May 24, 2024
    1. Aesthetic Appeal Natural Beauty: Live edge kitchen counters retain the natural contours and unique characteristics of the tree, showcasing knots, grain patterns, and the live edge itself. Unique Design: Each piece is one-of-a-kind due to the natural variations in the wood, making your kitchen counter a distinctive feature. 2. Durability Strength: Both pine and…
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  • PREPPING SLABS TO BE JOUNED WITH THE DOMINO JOINING TOOL

    USING THE DOMINO JOINING TOOL WITH LIVE EDGE SLABS

    By Toby Bachara • April 28, 2024
    When working with live edge slabs, creating a seamless and natural-looking joint is crucial, especially for maintaining the organic aesthetic that live edge wood provides. The Festool Domino joiner is an excellent tool for this purpose because it creates strong, accurate, and hidden joints. Below, I’ll guide you step-by-step on how to use the Domino…
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  • Oak Desktop in Home Office

    FACTORS TO CONSIDER WHEN SELECTING (DESIGNING) A NEW LIVE EDGE OFFICE DESK

    By Toby Bachara • April 16, 2024
    Selecting a live edge office desk can be an exciting process as it involves choosing a unique piece that combines natural beauty with functionality. Here are important factors to consider when choosing a live edge desk for your office: By considering these factors, you can select a live edge desk that not only looks stunning…
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  • Toby and sons in the shop doing family projects

    THE TRADITION OF PARENTS TEACHING CHILDREN CARPENTRY SKILLS

    By Toby Bachara • April 9, 2024
    The tradition of parents teaching their children carpentry skills is a practice steeped in both necessity and bonding, transcending cultures and generations. This tradition is not merely about the transfer of skills but also about imparting values, work ethics, and the importance of creativity and problem-solving. Let’s delve into this tradition in detail, including its…
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  • Redwood trees sitting ready for the mill

    HOW LARGE SHOULD THAT ROUND LIVE EDGE DINING TABLE BE ?

    By Toby Bachara • February 29, 2024
    When deciding on the size of a round live edge dining table for your family, there are several key factors to consider. This guide will walk you through the steps to determine the most suitable size for your needs, ensuring both comfort and functionality in your dining space. Step 1: Assess Your Space Before considering…
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  • Redwood Dining table in a rustic looking dining room

    WHAT IS THE IDEAL DINING TABLE SIZE

    By Toby Bachara • February 12, 2024
    The ideal size for a rectangular dining table depends on several factors including the number of people you want to seat, the dimensions of your dining room, and the desired level of comfort and space for each diner. Here’s a detailed guide to help you find the perfect size for your needs. Number of People…
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  • Mountain Side Trees Snow Covered

    THE SIGNIFICANCE OF REDWOOD, FIR, OAK, AND PINE IN AMERICAN HERITAGE

    By Toby Bachara • February 10, 2024
    The use of redwood, oak, fir, and pine has deep roots in American heritage, reflecting the country’s natural wealth and the ingenuity of its people in utilizing these resources. Each of these woods has unique characteristics that have made them staples in construction, furniture making, and artisan crafts throughout American history. Their continued popularity among…
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  • COLOR OPTIONS FOR EPOXY RESIN TABLES

    By Toby Bachara • January 23, 2024
    Mountain Dog Millworks offers a variety of color options for your epoxy resin coffee table. Here is a selection of colors available for customization: When choosing a color for your epoxy resin coffee table, consider the overall aesthetic of your space and personal preferences. Additionally, Mountain Dog Millworks can provide color samples or work with…
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  • REPAIRING A DAMAGED EPOXY RESIN TABLE

    By Toby Bachara • January 23, 2024
    If your epoxy resin table has incurred damage, you can follow these step-by-step instructions to repair it. Please note that the extent of the damage will determine the appropriate method, and it’s essential to approach the repair process carefully. Repairing a Damaged Epoxy Resin Table If your epoxy resin table has incurred damage, you can…
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  • Black Pearl Resin Eucalyptus coffee table

    Epoxy Resin Table Care Instructions

    By Toby Bachara • January 23, 2024
    Taking proper care of your epoxy resin table is crucial to maintain its beauty and durability. Follow these detailed care instructions to ensure your table stays in excellent condition for years to come. Cleaning Protection from Heat and Sunlight Preventing Scratches Dealing with Spills Long-Term Maintenance Long-Term Maintenance By following these detailed care instructions, you’ll…
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  • Forest scene Snow Wide

    WINTERIZING OUTDOOR LIVE EDGE PINE, OAK, FIR AND REDWOOD FURNITURE

    By Toby Bachara • January 5, 2024
    Winterizing outdoor furniture made from live edge pine, oak, fir, and redwood is crucial to protect it from the elements. Here’s a step-by-step guide: Materials Needed: Steps: Recommended Sealants or Finishes: Wood TypeSealant/FinishPineSpar urethane or marine varnishOakTeak oil or polyurethaneFirTung oil or outdoor wood sealerRedwoodLinseed oil or clear penetrating sealer Remember, proper maintenance and periodic…
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  • Looking Out Window at a Snowy forest scene

    WINTERIZING INDOOR LIVE EDGE PINE, OAK, FIR AND REDWOOD FURNITURE

    By Toby Bachara • January 4, 2024
    Winterizing live edge pine, oak, fir, and redwood furniture involves specific care methods tailored to each wood type’s characteristics. Here’s a detailed guide on how to winterize each type of wood: 1. Live Edge Pine Furniture: Cleaning and Inspection: Protection and Sealing: Storage or Covering: 2. Live Edge Oak Furniture: Cleaning and Inspection: Protection and…
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  • Understanding Grain Structure in Wood Slabs

    By Toby Bachara • December 16, 2023
    Wood grain structure is a crucial aspect to consider in woodworking, as it affects the appearance, strength, and workability of the material. Let’s delve into the differences in grain structure among pine, oak, redwood, and fir slabs. Pine Pine is a softwood with a distinct grain pattern. It typically has a straight grain, meaning the…
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  • Kids doing woodworking just outside a barn

    Mosaic Wall Art for Kids

    By Toby Bachara • November 22, 2023
    Involving children in woodworking projects can be a fantastic way to foster their creativity and teach them valuable skills. Let’s adapt a live edge mosaic wall art project to be kid-friendly: Live Edge Mosaic Wall Art for Kids Materials Needed: Steps: Remember, supervising and guiding kids throughout each step ensures a safe and enjoyable experience….
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  • Exploring Wood Finishes: Pros and Cons

    By Toby Bachara • November 21, 2023
    When delving into the world of wood finishes for your bespoke creations at Mountain Dog Millworks, a thoughtful consideration of the pros and cons of each type is crucial. Here’s an in-depth exploration to empower you with the knowledge needed to make informed decisions: 1. Lacquer Finishes Pros: Cons: 2. Polyurethane Finishes Pros: Cons: 3….
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  • Forest Tehachapi mountains daytime

    The Advantages of In-House Slab Milling and Kiln Drying

    By Toby Bachara • October 26, 2023
    Advantages of In-House Slab Milling and Kiln Drying At Mountain Dog Millworks, we are dedicated to creating custom-made products that not only showcase the natural beauty of wood but also uphold our commitment to sustainability. Our approach involves both in-house slab milling and kiln drying, and these practices offer a multitude of advantages that define…
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  • Sun Shining Through the Trees

    9 Things That Have To Happen Before Your Purchase Is Ready For Delivery

    By Toby Bachara • September 13, 2023
    Preparing Logs for Milling at Mountain Dog Millworks. At Mountain Dog Millworks, the process of preparing logs for milling is a crucial step in creating high-quality, handmade wood products. Below, I’ll provide a detailed explanation of how logs are prepared for milling and what the next steps entail. Step 1: Log Selection Step 2: Debarking…
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  • Aging Timber: 5 Reasons Why We Do It

    By Toby Bachara • September 13, 2023
    Aging Timber: 5 Reasons Why We Do It. At Mountain Dog Millworks, we take immense pride in crafting exquisite wood creations that not only reflect the natural beauty of our mountain estate but also embody sustainability and responsible woodworking practices. One of the key elements that sets us apart is our unique approach to aging…
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  • Understanding Tree Slices And How To Choose The Right One

    By Toby Bachara • September 11, 2023
    A tree slice, also referred to as a tree round or wood slice, is a cross-section cut from the trunk of a tree. These slices capture the natural beauty and characteristics of the tree, making them popular choices for various woodworking projects, including coffee tables. Let’s delve into what a tree slice is and what…
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  • Loading Slabs Into The Kiln

    All Our Slabs Are Kiln Dried

    By Toby Bachara • September 11, 2023
    Kiln dried slabs offer several advantages for the DIY furniture builder looking to create live edge furniture. Here are the key benefits along with an explanation of each: . Reduced Moisture Content 2. Enhanced Stability 3. Pest and Fungi Prevention 4. Improved Workability 5. Accurate Dimensional Stability 6. Aesthetic Considerations 7. Reduced Drying Time In…
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  • Building a Live Edge Pine Dining Table 

    By Toby Bachara • September 6, 2023
    Creating a Live Edge Pine Dining Table with the Domino Tool is an exciting project that combines the rustic charm of live-edge wood with the precision of modern joinery techniques. Here, we’ll guide you through the process step by step: Materials and Tools Needed Before you begin, gather the necessary materials and tools: Materials: Tools:…
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  • Saw Mill_Huge Pine Log being milled

    Crafting Beautiful Live Edge Oak Slabs

    By Toby Bachara • September 5, 2023
    We extend a warm welcome to you as we delve into the world of Mountain Dog Millworks, where artistry and nature converge. In this post, we cordially invite you to explore our meticulous process of crafting exceptional live edge oak slabs. Beginning with the selection of oak logs from our pristine mountain estate in Tehachapi,…
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  • Charcuterie Board made from Red Oak recently completed and readied for sale

    Proper Cleaning And Maintaining Your Red Oak Charcuterie Board

    By Toby Bachara • September 4, 2023
    Proper cleaning and maintaining your red oak charcuterie board is essential to ensure it remains both visually appealing and safe to use. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you clean and maintain your charcuterie board while preventing food contamination: Cleaning Your Red Oak Charcuterie Board: Maintenance for a Germ-Free Charcuterie Board: By following these cleaning…
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  • Before and after photo of a mantle being finished

    Selecting And Applying Finishes To Wood 

    By Toby Bachara • September 2, 2023
    Selecting and applying finishes to wood is an essential skill that can truly enhance the natural beauty of your handmade creations from Mountain Dog Millworks. Here’s a tutorial on how to choose and apply finishes that will bring out the best in your locally harvested timber: Selecting the Right Finish: Applying the Finish: Remember, each…
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  • Finished Pine River table with blue streak at the workshop

    How We Do It: Creating A River Table

    By Toby Bachara • September 2, 2023
    Creating a river table can be a rewarding woodworking project, but it requires some skill and careful planning. A river table typically features a “river” of epoxy resin flowing between two pieces of wood, often cut along natural edges to resemble the banks of a river. Here’s a general outline of the steps involved: Materials…
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  • Winter forest scene with a snowy landscape in the middle of the day, trees heavy with snow

    Eco-Friendly Decor That Has Captured The Imagination Of Homeowners And Interior Designers Alike.

    By Toby Bachara • August 31, 2023
    Sustainable home decor has gained significant popularity in recent years as people become more conscious of the environmental impact of their purchasing decisions. Live edge furniture is a prime example of eco-friendly decor that has captured the imagination of homeowners and interior designers alike. What is Live Edge Furniture? Live edge furniture refers to pieces…
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  • Custom live edge mirror placed at the bottom of a tree reflecting the forest around it

    DIY Projects With Pine, Oak, Fir, And Redwood

    By Toby Bachara • August 31, 2023
    There are numerous DIY projects you can undertake using fir, oak, pine, and redwood. Here are some ideas to get you started: Remember to always work safely when using tools and equipment, and consider the specific characteristics of each wood type when planning your projects. Some woods might require more attention to sealing and finishing…
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  • Combining resin and wood slabs opens up a world of creative possibilities

    By Toby Bachara • August 27, 2023
    Combining resin and wood slabs opens up a world of creative possibilities, allowing you to create truly unique and mesmerizing pieces of art and furniture. Resin inlays can enhance the natural beauty of pine, oak, fir, and redwood slabs by adding depth, color, and a touch of modern flair. Here are some techniques and ideas…
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  • Live Edge Redwood Table Cabin Setting

    Where Functionality, Aesthetics, And Sustainability Harmoniously Converge

    By Toby Bachara • August 20, 2023
    In the realm of interior design, the modern home is a canvas where functionality, aesthetics, and sustainability harmoniously converge. As the world witnesses a growing consciousness towards the environment, the trend of incorporating natural elements into living spaces has gained significant traction. One such trend that has captured the essence of this fusion is the…
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  • Winter forest scene with a snowy landscape in the middle of the day, trees heavy with snow

    The Tehachapi Mountains In California Are Known For Their Diverse Flora And Fauna

    By Toby Bachara • August 19, 2023
    The Tehachapi Mountains in California are home to a diverse range of native trees and fauna due to their varied elevations and habitats. Here are some examples of both native trees and fauna you might find in the mountains of Tehachapi: NATIVE FLORA NATIVE FAUNA
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  • Hi Angle photo of Redwood Table staged in a rustic cabin

    Incorporating The Natural Element Of Wood Into Your Home

    By Toby Bachara • August 16, 2023
    Incorporating the natural element of wood into your home decor can bring warmth, texture, and a touch of nature indoors. Here are several ways you can do this: Remember that when incorporating wood into your decor, it’s important to consider the existing color palette and style of your home. You can choose from a variety…
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  • Redwood Tree Being Milled

    Many People Own And Enjoy Redwood Furniture

    By Toby Bachara • August 16, 2023
    People appreciate redwood furniture for a wide variety of reasons, which include: Overall, the appreciation for redwood furniture is often a combination of its aesthetic appeal, durability, sustainability, and the unique characteristics that the wood brings to each piece.
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  • Pine, Oak, Fir, And Redwood For The DIY Homeowner

    By Toby Bachara • August 14, 2023
    Pine, oak, fir, and redwood are all popular types of wood with distinct qualities that make them suitable for various applications. Each type of wood has its own advantages and disadvantages based on its characteristics, and they are commonly used in construction, furniture making, woodworking, and other industries. Let’s take a closer look at each…
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  • Giant Oak Tree Being Milled

    All Tree Species Have Their Own Unique Characteristics And Grain Patterns

    By Toby Bachara • August 14, 2023
    All Tree Species Have Their Own Unique Characteristics And Grain Patterns. Each species has its own unique characteristics and grain patterns that contribute to the beauty of furniture. Let’s delve into the specific grain patterns and qualities of each wood type: When considering these wood species for furniture, keep in mind that the choice of…
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  • photo of a pine mantle finished in a customers home

    Incorporating Live Edge Elements: Tips for a Harmonious Home Design

    By Toby Bachara • August 14, 2023
    Live edge elements in home design have gained immense popularity for their unique and organic appeal. These elements, often found in furniture and decor, showcase the natural edges of wood slabs, highlighting their raw beauty and preserving their inherent character. To successfully incorporate live edge elements into your home design and achieve a harmonious aesthetic,…
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  • photo of a river-board and a redwood board showing the blue streak and the wood texture

    River Boards

    By Toby Bachara • August 13, 2023
    Live edge river boards, also known as live edge river tables or epoxy river tables, are a type of furniture that combines natural wood slabs with epoxy resin to create stunning and unique pieces. The “live edge” refers to the natural, uneven edge of the wood that has been preserved rather than cut straight, giving…
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  • Saw Mill_Huge Pine Log being milled

    Milling Our Native Oak, Pine, Fir, And Redwood For Furniture Is A Specialized Woodworking Technique 

    By Toby Bachara • August 13, 2023
    Milling live edge slabs for furniture is a specialized woodworking technique that involves transforming natural, irregularly shaped pieces of wood into usable and aesthetically pleasing components for furniture projects. Live edge slabs, also known as natural edge slabs, retain the outer edge of the tree, bark, and other unique features, resulting in a distinctive and…
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  • The Pine Live Edge Counter tops have been installed

    Caring For Live Edge Kitchen Counters

    By Toby Bachara • August 12, 2023
    Caring for hand crafted kitchen counters requires a combination of regular maintenance and proper handling to ensure their longevity and appearance. Here are some practical ideas to help you care for your live edge kitchen counters: Remember that each type of wood may have slightly different care requirements, so it’s a good idea to consult…
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  • Protecting Your Live Edge Outdoor Dining Table

    By Toby Bachara • August 12, 2023
    Protecting your live edge outdoor dining table is essential to ensure its longevity and maintain its natural beauty. Here are some practical ideas to help you protect your table Remember that while these ideas can help protect your live edge outdoor dining table, some natural weathering and aging may still occur over time. Regular maintenance…
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