Slideshow: Check out this year's Young Wood Pro finalists
January 21, 2020 | 4:07 pm CST
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“The Recordteer” – from 32-year-old CJ Colace – is inspired by “The Rocketeer” and is made of walnut, maple, and oak. “I wanted to make something nice to enjoy whiskey and Sinatra with,” he says.

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30-year-old Steven Arnold’s Custom Fireplace Surround project is 11 feet wide and 8 feet tall. It’s made from hickory and maple, and hand sanded and painted with a super-white high-gloss paint.

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The Distressed Walnut Trestle Table, from 30-year-old Daniel Clines, features traditional-style joinery throughout but with a modern style, says Clines.

“Starting at the bottom, the heart of the base is a solid center stretcher with keyed through mortise and tenons. At the top of the X braces there are two horizontal stretchers for extra strength that are dovetailed to keep the base solid for generations.”

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“I was hired by a designer to build this vanity on a house she was remodeling for a client,” says 33-year-old Sean Fischer. The Classic Rustic Vanity is made from maple plywood and poplar.

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Brad Martin’s Bathroom Vanity and medicine cabinet are made from black walnut. A beaded face frame and inset flat panel doors are featured. Brad is 31.

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The Walnut Credenza, from 31-year-old Andrew Morris, features a grain-matched walnut door and drawer fronts, as well as waterfall grain matching down the sides of the case. It sits on a contrasting white ash base.

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31-year-old Benjamin Newman’s Walnut Captains Chair is from a set of 12 dining chairs. It was built for a client who wanted sturdy chairs that could be used for all visitors. “Something elegant and traditional,” he says.

 

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The Walnut box, from 32-year-old Jon Ortmann, is made of Missouri walnut and hard maple, he says. Ortmann owns Ortmann Woodcraft in Missouri.

 

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24-year-old Félix Duguay-Paquette’s “The Travelin Wilbury” is a side table featuring walnut legs with small mahogany inlay, and walnut mahogany veneer on top.

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The Mollis Buffet Table is made of figured walnut (primarily curly) purchased out of Kentucky. All the joinery is solid or slip-tenon and every edge has been either fully rounded or softened, says 30-year-old maker Zack Schaffer.

The finalists for this year's Young Wood Professionals competition have been named! Check them out above.

Young Wood Pro recognizes outstanding projects and the young wood pros that create them. The free competition is Woodworking Network's salute to woodworkers ages 18-35.
 
Each finalist earned its spot by being among the projects to garner the most likes on our Facebook page. We received more than 2,500 votes.
 
Finalists will now move onto the judging phase. Due to the wide range of the submitted projects and their applications, our team of judges will consider overall look/presentation of the project, as well as the complexity of its construction and design.
 
The contest winner will receive a $500 monetary award and will be featured on WoodworkingNetwork.com and in an upcoming issue of FDMC magazine. In addition, the winner will be recognized at a reception on March 13, during Wood Pro Expo in Arlington, Texas.
 
Check out all of this year's entries on our Facebook page.
 
This is the fifth year that Woodworking Network has hosted this event. Drake Stuedemann was last year's winner - earning the grand prize for his spectacular coffee table handcrafted from California Black Walnut and leathered Black Granite.
 
Other previous Young Wood Pro Award winners were Nathan Deal for his 17-foot Great Auk Kayak, Martin Goebel of Goebel & Co. Furniture for his classic table featuring World War II surplus, aircraft-grade sugar pine, and Dylan Horst for his undulating ash and benge Wave table.
 
Martin Goebel's table from World War II surplus, aircraft-grade sugar pine was a previous winner
 
More information

For more information, contact Brendan Linehan: brendan.linehan@woodworkingnetwork.com.

 

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Robert Dalheim is an editor at the Woodworking Network. Along with publishing online news articles, he writes feature stories for the FDMC print publication. He can be reached at robert.dalheim@woodworkingnetwork.com.