The top 10: Check out this year's Young Wood Pro finalists
January 26, 2021 | 9:56 am CST
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The Johnson Dresser - from 32-year-old Zack Schaffer - features tiger maple and handcarved rosewood. The frame is beveled and mitered, and the joinery is mortise and tenon or slip tenon. 

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34-year-old Sean Fischer's Viking Long Table is built from rough-cut beetle killed pine and features a 10'x39" steel frame and faux rivets. The base features mortise and tenon joinery. The table was stained with Minwax Special Walnut.

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35-year-old Ian Defeo's City Trestle Table is crafted from solid sapele mahogany and features birch wedges. "It's a modernization of classic mid-centry modern and shaker furniture design," he says. The joinery is handcut with mortise and tenon joints, bridal joints, and wedges.

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The Walnut Butcher Block Island - from 35-year-old Mark Thomas - features a 4-inch-thick end-grain lamination walnut top. The piece's function is its main attraction, he says, as its work surface will withstand a lifetime of heavy knife usage. The top is attached to the soft maple base with shop-made wooden buttons. Three hand-dovetailed full extension drawers offer functional storage.

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32-year-old Daniel Threlkeld's Hawk Hardwood Floor Inlay is a 10' by 6' hawk inlay designed and constructed for the owners of a log home called Hawks Beak Lodge (which he also built). The inlay is constructed entirely from Brazilian koa and hickory hardwood flooring.

 

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From 31-year-old Dan Clines, the Farmhouse Day Bed features mortise and tenon joinery, dovetail slats, and a live-edge walnut top. The walnut's defects and holes are filled with epoxy, "enhancing the bed's individuality and letting the piece truly be itself."

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33-year-old Gerardo Zavala's Estratos Sofa & Loveseat combo was developed "to be front and center of any living space." Each frame is made entirely of American white oak.

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35-year-old Daniel Umulis' dresser is crafted from hard maple and features dovetail joinery, a custom stain blend, and soft close drawers.

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The Birdcage Rocking Chair - from 35-year-old Luke Barnett - contains 13 uniquely steam-bent parts that were carefully designed to cradle the human body, he says. "The joinery is classic Windsor chair technology featuring round double tapered through tenons. Each tenon is super-dried before assembly, allowing the wood to swell when it reaches equilibrium - with the environment locking the joint together permanently." The project was inspired by Sam Maloof, Peter Galbert, and Gustov Stickley's fumed oak finishes, he says. 

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Last but not least, we have 24-year-old Enrique Fierro's Mahogany Coffee Table. The table is of solid mahogany and features hidden drawers, which are stained true black and have Blum soft close undermount slides. "The drawers were meticulously made and fitted to work so smooth, and be so inconspicuous, that you would never know they were there," he says. 

The finalists for this year's Young Wood Professionals competition have been decided! 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 5,300 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 2021 Young Woodworking Professionals contest winner will be announced at the 2021 Co-located Closets Conference & Expo/ Wood Pro Expo June 9, 2021 in Palm Springs, Florida and receive a $500 monetary award and will be featured on WoodworkingNetwork.com and in an upcoming issue of FDMC magazine. 
 
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.
 
Andrew Morris won last year's competition with his walnut credenza.
This will be the sixth year Woodworking Network has recognized outstanding projects by #YoungWoodPros. Last year's contest was won by 31-year-old Andrew Morris for his beautiful walnut credenza.
 
Other previous Young Wood Pro Award winners were Drake Stuedemann and his Austin Coffee Table No. 2, 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.

 

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Robert Dalheim

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.