OROWoodworks

Handcrafted Heirloom-Quality Woodwork ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Stillwater, Oklahoma | 47 Sales

OROWoodworks

Handcrafted Heirloom-Quality Woodwork ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Stillwater, Oklahoma 47 Sales On Etsy since 2017

5 out of 5 stars (10)

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Announcement   Processing time depends on a few factors. These include, but may not be limited to: choice of wood (do I have it in stock, or do I have to acquire it during my next trip to the hardwood supplier?), type of finishing required/desired (fast-drying finishes, slow drying finishes, epoxy?), and what projects are scheduled ahead of your order. If you need a rush-job on something, I may be able to make arrangements to work on it during my down-time, but will have to add a small percentage on top of my usual hourly rate.

Warranty info below the note.

Note: Photographs of wood may not convey exactly how the colors will look in your home, office, or other location. Due to the differences in light sources, colors may appear more or less vibrant under a different source of light. Pictures of made-to-order or custom items will not be an exact representation of the piece you will receive, as colors, grain structure, and character is different with all pieces of wood, even if they are from one single tree.

Item Warranty:
All claims will be reviewed by me personally, and approval or disapproval will be communicated in full with the buyer.

Kitchenwares and outdoor pieces are not covered by this warranty.

Other items will be covered, for a term of two years after purchase, against failures of material stability and joinery given adequate climate control conditions, and failure of film finish not caused by mishandling or accident. Oil and/or wax finishes cannot be covered. Cause of failure will be determined through communication with the buyer, photographic evidence, and finally during in-person inspection after the item is shipped to me.

Examples of material failure: Table top, shelf, leg warps - if a table top or shelf bows/cups/twists noticeably.

Examples of joinery failure: Mortise and tenon, box joint, etc. comes loose with normal everyday use.

Examples of finish failure: Finish layers start to delaminate from surface of wood or other layers of finish. Finish bubbles or forms "fisheye." Finish breaks/chips off without cause.

All warranty coverage will be subject to my review and assessment. I will be as fair as possible and will never mislead a buyer about why I make my determination whether to cover the issue or not.

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Last updated on Feb 12, 2019

Processing time depends on a few factors. These include, but may not be limited to: choice of wood (do I have it in stock, or do I have to acquire it during my next trip to the hardwood supplier?), type of finishing required/desired (fast-drying finishes, slow drying finishes, epoxy?), and what projects are scheduled ahead of your order. If you need a rush-job on something, I may be able to make arrangements to work on it during my down-time, but will have to add a small percentage on top of my usual hourly rate.

Warranty info below the note.

Note: Photographs of wood may not convey exactly how the colors will look in your home, office, or other location. Due to the differences in light sources, colors may appear more or less vibrant under a different source of light. Pictures of made-to-order or custom items will not be an exact representation of the piece you will receive, as colors, grain structure, and character is different with all pieces of wood, even if they are from one single tree.

Item Warranty:
All claims will be reviewed by me personally, and approval or disapproval will be communicated in full with the buyer.

Kitchenwares and outdoor pieces are not covered by this warranty.

Other items will be covered, for a term of two years after purchase, against failures of material stability and joinery given adequate climate control conditions, and failure of film finish not caused by mishandling or accident. Oil and/or wax finishes cannot be covered. Cause of failure will be determined through communication with the buyer, photographic evidence, and finally during in-person inspection after the item is shipped to me.

Examples of material failure: Table top, shelf, leg warps - if a table top or shelf bows/cups/twists noticeably.

Examples of joinery failure: Mortise and tenon, box joint, etc. comes loose with normal everyday use.

Examples of finish failure: Finish layers start to delaminate from surface of wood or other layers of finish. Finish bubbles or forms "fisheye." Finish breaks/chips off without cause.

All warranty coverage will be subject to my review and assessment. I will be as fair as possible and will never mislead a buyer about why I make my determination whether to cover the issue or not.

Owen

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Reviews

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  • Steven on Dec 27, 2018

    5 out of 5 stars

    I decided i wanted a really nice box. I stumbled thru what everyone does, and googled images hoping to find something that caught my eye. I did. That was where i discovered etsy and Owen. Now when i say i looked around. I didn't spend five minutes. I spent several hours looking. But kept gravitating back to Owen. I finally contacted him. And it was a pleasure. He had an easy to talk to upbeat attitude that is there to please and get you what you want. Tossing in ideas for you to think about. I custom ordered a box. Described it to him. He asked detailed questions and gave me drawings to look at. Adding in some details that i could look at from his previous work for reference. He's easy to work with. Pleasant and professional. I highly recommend using him. You won't be disappointed.

  • Moises Perez on Dec 6, 2018

    5 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic communication and fantastic craftsmanship. 10/10 would recommend to a friend.

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About

ORO and My Work Process - Start to...Finish

ORO is not only my initials, but it is also Spanish for gold/golden, so my company, translated to English, is Golden Woodworks. This name reflects the pride I take in my craft and artistry. Using a combination of hand tools and small machines I craft projects that look great and stand the test of time.

Process:
Hand-Selected Materials
My custom furniture process starts with selecting materials, which may seem uninteresting, but is the first step in creating a quality product. I hand-select individual hardwood boards from a regional hardwood dealer or saw mill. For outdoor furniture, I will use mostly softwoods, and only hardwoods that perform well in the outdoors. I pay close attention to grain orientation, color matching, and potential weak points in each board, and select only those with the best qualities and/or character. I can also acquire specific materials for your project after the custom design and planning step, but will need to wait for that wood to acclimate to my shop before starting the build.

Acclimating The Materials
Once I get the wood to my shop, I let it acclimate to the conditions for anywhere from 3 days to a month, depending on the thickness of the boards and the climate of the location where I acquired the materials relative to the climate of my shop. I also take into consideration the climate where the customer is located, and whether the piece will be indoor or outdoor. Thicker boards, more time, similar environmental conditions, less time. I make a judgement call for each new load of wood, and won't start a custom furniture or woodwork project until the internal moisture content of the wood reaches a suitable level - I check the moisture content using a moisture meter.

Custom Design and Planning
This is in some ways the most important step. Once I receive a request for a custom piece, I spend the time necessary to flush out all the details by providing options for materials, joinery, and finish. I'll collaborate with you to determine exactly what will create the piece you want to see. This step will include initial communications about what kind of custom woodwork you need, where it will be located, what function it will serve, and what sort of design elements you find appealing. These choices will determine various aspects of my recommendations for the materials, joinery, and finish.

Custom Production
Once you have approved the final design of your custom furniture or woodwork, I will begin building your piece as soon as my schedule allows. This starts by going through the rough boards I acquired to select the ones I will be using to build your piece. During this step, I am even more careful about color and grain matching than I am while initially selecting materials at the hardwood dealer or mill. Once the boards are chosen, I decide what part or parts each one will become, and then mill them to their final dimensions. I then create the joinery. Finally, I dry assemble the piece to check its fit, finesse the joinery where necessary, then glue or otherwise join it together.

Custom Finishing
The final step before delivering the piece starts with surface preparation. This can include flush-trimming various parts of the joinery, easing edges by adding chamfers/roundovers, planing, scraping and possibly sanding the wood surfaces to 220 grit. The piece is thoroughly cleaned off to remove dust and debris. The final finishing can be as simple as clear coating, or may involve other steps like dying or pigment staining the wood, and/or sealing then glazing. The final finish coats are applied, sanding between coats when necessary. Depending on the gloss level desired, the piece will be left with its full-gloss finish, or it will be buffed out with 0000 steel wool then waxed. Almost all pieces will be waxed, whether buffed or not, in order to help prevent surface scratches.

*** PAINT ***
Yes, I am willing to paint pieces under certain circumstances. Expensive hardwoods, and even softwoods with lots of character, in my professional opinion, should not be painted. But there are some hardwoods I will paint (soft maple, alder, other low-cost hardwoods), and plenty of softwoods. If you want a painted piece, bear in mind the fact that it wouldn't be worth the expense of paying for a wood like walnut, or white oak, or sapele, or any of the dozens of hardwoods that have tons of character and often have prices that reflect not only that character, but the scarcity and aesthetic value of these woods.

Once these steps are complete and the finish cured enough for transport, the piece is ready to sell or ship. These steps are the reason my products will last a lifetime and then some. It is what I mean when I describe my pieces as heirloom-quality. These are pieces of craftsmanship that you will be able to pass on to your children and grandchildren.

Shop members

  • Owen

    Owner/operator/maker

    I spent three years woodworking as a hobbyist before I decided to expand into selling my work. I started my business in the fall of 2017. My goals include building a customer base, and expanding my shop and tool collection. Better pic to come...

  • Nibbler Underdog O'Neill

    Shop Mascot, Bark Expert

    Nibbler maintains the shop's positive attitude and provides expertise on natural-edge and bark inclusion wood projects. She also gnaws on scraps to help recycle.

  • Bagheera

    Disciplinarian

    Bagheera keeps the shop in line. She makes sure Nibbler keeps up the work pace. She also climbs trees to find the best limbs and search for nice burls.

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Last updated on Mar 27, 2018
Frequently asked questions
Custom and personalized orders

Yes, I offer custom and personalized orders. I can make nearly anything you need or want, and can make pieces to fit various budgets and requirements.

Care instructions

Caring for your piece is usually pretty straightforward. I recommend not using dusting spray cleaners, as many of these will actually dissolve the wax that is used for polishing. A slightly damp cloth or paper towel will usually be sufficient. I recommend polishing your piece with paste finishing wax, bought at any big box store, once or twice each year. Wear gloves. To do this, you need two clean, thin rags. Put a ball of wax inside one of them, and wrap that rag around the wax. Massage it so the wax starts to saturate the cloth. Now, wipe wax evenly across the surface of the piece, then wait 15-20 seconds and use the still-clean rag to remove the excess wax. I suggest doing this in sections. Contact me for more detailed instructions.