|A wood-paneled redoubt with wainscot, fluted mouldings and half columns and carefully
concealed electronics âA Cut Above Woodworksâ specialty. Photos by Imagine That Studios.
|For this wet bar, Yawney built the over and under
cabinets from custom plans.
âThis project was hand drawn â all the wall elevations, floor plans, wood panels, all hand dimensions to fit,â says Yawney. âIt took me the better part of a half a day to nail everything down. Itâs wall-to-wall cherry.â Cabinets, wood wainscot, fluted mouldings, crown moulding, fluted half columns under the TV, the cabinet doors and drawer fronts, baseboard â all came from WalzCraft, as did the door casings and window casings.
âThe client sourced his own marble, and I built the cabinetry and crown backer,â says Yawney. His finisher hand-applied a cordovan stain matched to a WalzCraft cordovan by his finishing supplier. The entire project is top coated with pre-catalized lacquer.
Yawney works mostly by hand, with one other full-time employee. âWe use a lot of machine tools,â he says, including a Powermatic planer and jointer, a sliding table saw, two Delta shapers, and a 9-hp SCMi shaper. âThe key is to make everything match and maintain control of the quality.â
Wall to Wall Wood
The two-room office spaces measured about 12 by 14 feet and 11 by 17 feet, and plans included a wet bar and media center. âWe incorporated the wiring for the speakers and the video. . . I tend to get a lot of media business because I am willing to tackle the details involved with media components,â says Yawney. He was a sales director for electronics giant Lucent Technologies before changing careers, in a path that will be familiar to many:
âI was a hobbyist. . .Iâve always been handy. I like woodworking. I bought some rental properties and really enjoyed doing the trim work. I bought some consumer grade equipment, put together a woodshop in my basement â but then I heard an exec on CNBC advise, âDo what you want and you will never work another day in your life.ââ Yawney made the leap and hasnât looked back.
âThe majority of my business is in three categories: home offices or work areas; media cabinetry; and libraries. Media cabinetry is by far the largest,â he says. Two workers helped on the project, Aiming at upscale projects, Yawney says, âPeople who want real wood wonât settle for anything but the best. There are many clients who want it economy styleâ¦and I do a nice job on that tooâ¦but my target market is top quality libraries, home offices and media cabinetry.â (Visit acutabovewoodworks.com