Bailey Wood Products recently made a custom bar top out of Cherry Wood for Jerry Galczynski. The Cherry was purchased from our store and glued up in the shop on our premises. Bailey can create any kind of bar top or custom counter using a single species of wood or a combination of exotic and domestic hardwoods. Wood counters and bar tops work well in commercial and residential applications including bars, kitchens, workspaces, common areas, and service counters.
Finish the bar top as Jerry did, or prep the surface with a food safe finish for butcher block style counters for a kitchen island. Want more info about counters, bar tops and other custom glued products, please click HERE.
If you have a completed woodworking project using lumber purchased from Bailey Wood Products, please email Jeff at jeff@baileywoodproducts with your photos and a paragraph or two about the project, the process, and finishes that your used to complete your work. Bailey makes every effort to feature our customer’s work in a timely manner.
Save the Date!
In case you have not marked your calendar yet…You will not want to miss the 5th Annual Fall Woodworker’s Fair. The Fair is growing each year; we are very pleased with the way things are shaping up. New to the Fall Fair is our woodworker’s competition. This event is open to all high school students from the school wood shop programs to which Bailey Wood Products supplies material. We will be judging the entries based on skill, originality, and presentation. Awards will be given for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in the competition. You will be amazed at the level of skill in the local schools. One of the schools we supply has a program where students have made guitars, as well as some beautiful furniture. It is a must see!
The Pennsylvania Woodmobile will be here again this year. If you have not had the opportunity to see the Woodmobile, it is a traveling display about forestry in Pennsylvania, showcasing the products that our state’s bountiful forests produce. I guarantee that you will leave the exhibit having learned something new about our woods and how they play an important part in all of our lives.
We will also have lots of demonstrations going on at the Woodworker’s Fair. The Penn Jersey Scrollers will be demonstrating their skills and techniques on the scroll saw as well as answering questions. Bill Grumbine, a local wood turner and good friend will be demonstrating turning wooden bowls on his lathe, while telling some interesting and humorous stories. The Woodcraft Store of Allentown will be here demonstrating one of their table top CNC Routers designed for the hobby and craft market. They also will have some Festool products and other woodworking tools available for sale. Bailey Wood Products will be demonstrating their Epilog Laser and have a variety of products available for sale to spice up your holiday gift giving as well. A complete list of vendors will be posted closer to the date of the Fall Fair.
In addition to the demonstrations, we have a varied mix of different vendors offering products that they have made from wood at Bailey Wood Products. Of interest to our non-woodworking visitors, we have vendors selling Scentsy Products, Jewelry, and there will be plenty of great food available provided by the Brick House Grill of Orwigsburg, PA. So mark your calendar for October 21 and 22 and take a ride out and visit us on a beautiful Fall day.
Bailey Wood Products is thrilled to feature finished woodworking and cabinetmaking projects that use wood purchased at our store in Kempton. After posting a blog post about our Live Edge Ambrosia Maple slabs, our customer Jim Rotenberger sent us the photos of his finished products using this beautifully figured Maple.
Jim Rotenberger is a second generation cabinetmaker. His father started the business back in 1962 as Rotenberger Kitchens and he is still running the business today though his Dad passed away in 1986. He built this table specifically for his daughter and son in law. Jim brought them to the mill and they picked out the slabs. The finish is a two part bar top finish. It was the first time he used that particular kind of finish and it came out very nice!
Rotenberger Kitchens is located in Quakertown, Pennsylvania.
Live Edge Ambrosia Maple
Fresh from our dry kiln, and recently added to our retail showroom, is an assortment of Ambrosia Maple Live Edge Slabs. This past winter, we came across some Maple Logs that had a higher than normal concentration of the Ambrosia figure. We milled and dried them this Spring and now have them available for your special projects. The pieces have been flattened, surfaced, and ready to take to the shop and so you can begin working on them. There are a variety of widths to choose from; the lengths are mostly 8-10’, with a few pieces that are longer.
We also have some 4/4 lumber that is Curly figure mixed in with the Ambrosia streaks. A few of the live edge slabs also have the mix of Curly figure with the Ambrosia.
We have been busy sawing a large variety of live edge material that will be available in the next few months. We will have some wide and long Cherry, lots of Walnut, Sycamore, more Ambrosia Maple, and Palownia. Photos will follow as the material becomes available. All of these are unique, with interesting figure and character in them. Our plans are to have these ready to go at, or before, our Fall Woodworker’s Fair. The Fair is held at the Bailey Wood Products in Kempton, on October 21 and 22, from 10AM to 4PM.
Bailey Wood Products will be open on Saturday, May 27th from 7 a.m. to Noon. On May 29th, we will be closed in honor of those who gave their lives for our country and our freedom. We will resume normal business hours on Tuesday, May 30th, 2017.
Versatile White Pine
White Pine is a very versatile species of wood, and is commonly thought of as a framing material for houses and general construction. White Pine’s abundance and ability to grow rather quickly, compared to hardwoods, makes it a very useful species for lumber.
This past week we produced some Log Cabin Siding from kiln dried 2″x 8″ White Pine. Kleintop Contracting from Lehighton, PA, contacted us several months ago to produce this siding for a special project. They provided us with a sample of the material that was needed to match an existing building. We made the molder knives to match it, and produced 3000 SF of the product for this project.
We can offer this profile of log cabin siding in different species of wood, such as Western Red Cedar, Douglas Fir, and also in a range of thermally modified species of wood as well.
Log Cabin Siding isn’t just for exterior applications. This product can be installed inside your home or “Man Cave” to provide that rustic cabin feel, without the cost of putting up a log cabin. It is ideal for paneling an individual room, or even just one wall to accent the look of your interior, and add a unique touch to your décor.
We also have in stock some very wide widths in White Pine. The boards range from 13-19″ in width, and the available lengths are 14′,15′ and 16′. This stock has been sorted for good solid tight red knots, and is kiln dried and ready for all sorts of special projects. The thickness of this material is all 4/4, which we can surface to a finished 3/4″.
These wide widths are great for use in wide plank flooring. Over the years we have had customers use this product to add a unique look to their living space. We have ship lapped the product for these applications, and when the product is installed, the customer nailed it in place on the face of the planks using rose head nails to give the finished project that old time feel.
In stock at Bailey Wood Products, we also have several live edge slabs of White Pine that are wide widths. Most of these range in length from 8-10′. The thicknesses that we have are 2 1/2″ and some 3″ thick planks. There is a wide range of widths available, as well as some book matched sets. These are all kiln dried and ready to be used for table and bar tops, furniture and other unique applications.
We have some of the slabs located in our retail showroom, priced by the piece, ready to go. The larger slabs and book matched sets are located in our warehouse. If you would be interested in some of those, please give us a call so that we can have them ready to take a look at when you arrive.
Being lovers of beautiful wood at Bailey Wood Products, we are always looking for exceptional trees that can be taken and turned into something as beautiful as they were when they were growing. Walnut is one of those species that we have a special affection for. In the Spring of 2016 we came across two exceptional Walnut logs. We purchased the logs and sawed them into live edge planks to be used for making tables and furniture.
The two logs yielded some beautiful, wide-figured slabs that we milled at 2 ½” and 3” thickness. Some of the material at the crotch was up to 54”. The longest log was 17’ with a nice wide crotch on the end. Finding Walnut that has that length is uncommon as most trees tend to branch lower leaving a shorter trunk section. These two logs were exceptional by all standards.
The process from log to kiln dried lumber for thick slabs like these is a long one. After sawing, these were stacked for air drying with our forklift. The mass of each slab was more than two men could reasonably handle. Several months of air drying are then followed by an additional 100 days in our dry kiln. The moisture content is reduced at a rate of roughly ½ a percent of moisture content per day. This is done to prevent checking and allow the pieces to dry at a steady rate to keep them flat.
The first of the slabs for the Walnut were used to create the 48” wide book matched conference table top. The finished length of the table is 14’. The two crotch sections of the table were used for the uprights for the table. The entire piece of furniture was created from the two center book matched slabs from the 17’ long Walnut log. The Lazarus Wood Project of Emmaus, PA, created the table, which was purchased from Jaindl Farms in Orefield , PA for their new corporate office conference room.
If you have interest in creating one of a kind furniture from live edge material, we have many more of these wide slabs available for purchase. We have a selection of Walnut, Sycamore, Maple, Hackberry, and White Pine available for sale. For information on available inventory of widths and lengths, please give us a call.
This beautiful walnut is drying in the kiln, but will be ready for purchase in a couple of months. We currently have some other pieces of live edge walnut in our store. Stop by or call our office to inquire about our stock.
Normally, at this time of year in Pennsylvania, we would be digging out from the latest snow storm and then heading inside to thaw our toes out and drink a cup of something hot, while we page through the latest seed catalog… Except, this year, the daffodils are already five inches tall and their buds are just about to open. There have been a few 60 degree days and we are only one week from March 15th, the day we can plant peas and onions.
Now is the time to make lawn and garden plans for Spring! Consider ThermoWood Products. Bailey Wood sells Raised Garden kits made from Thermally Modified Southern Yellow Pine using absolutely no chemicals, making it perfect for Organic Gardening.
After all that gardening, there is no better way to kick back and relax than by sitting in your Adirondack Chair made from Thermally Modified Ash Lumber, while admiring your hard work from your ThermoWood deck. ThermoWoods are insect and rot resistant for up to 25 years, resist warping and checking, and have a lovely, natural, warm brown coloring. Great for pool decks, porches, walkways, outdoor furniture, patios, planters, and more…
Bailey Wood Products carries Raised Bed Garden Kits in stock sizes, and Adirondack Chair Kits that are ready to assemble, so there is no carpentry involved. If you are looking for custom-sized raised bed gardens, you are invited to place an order with our staff. If you are looking to build a new deck or replace your decking, please give the office a call. We will gladly set up an appointment and help with planning your best lawn and garden season ever. If you are not familiar with the beauty of ThermoWoods, do not hesitate to stop in at the Bailey Wood Products office in Kempton.
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