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David McDonnel Contact CU Woodshop
About David McDonnel: I am the sole proprietor of McDonnel Fine Woodworking (www.mcdfww.com). I am an engineer turned woodworker who started building things out of wood when I was in 7th grade woodshop. I started to get serious about woodworking some 15 years ago when I could not find good enough quality furniture for the house. I have been building custom furniture for customers and friends for about 10 years. I have also taught woodworking for those same 10 years both formally at a woodworking school and informally to friends and acquaintances. I've found that I really enjoy passing on what I have learned to fellow woodworkers, passing of the craft as it were.

I am a very detail oriented woodworker so all my pieces are rich with details such as raised panel bottoms in drawers, perfect mitered mouldings, and hand turned knobs. I love the time spent laying out a project on paper and then on the lumber it's to be built out of considering color and grain matching before cutting the first board. Hand tools are an integral part of my woodworking but not to the exclusion of power tools. I call myself a Hybrid woodworker. I use power tools to do the rough work and break out the hand tools to refine the joinery and finish surfaces. I have been doing this long enough that I even enjoy the finishing of a project, making it look and feel just right. Woodworking is no longer a means to get furniture for my house it has become a journey that will last the rest of my life and I truly look forward to all the things I am going to learn and share along the way.

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