Custom Woodwork By Fred

Welcome to Custom Woodwork By Fred

I am a local woodworker located in the Bradenton Florida area. I have over 30 years experience in home remodeling, cabinetry and furniture making. My website showcases a fraction of my work and I invite you to take a look.

My furniture pieces are primarily fabricated from reclaimed lumber. I can see the potential for what this would can become and my pieces are designed around the pieces based on how much is available. I also use new lumber depending on the project. I also use the scraps to make custom cutting boards, picture frames and more. I try to use everything even the sawdust.

I manufacture custom cabinetry in wood and laminate and also fabricate laminate counter-tops.

I make furniture and cabinetry for residential and commercial customers.

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Recently I was commissioned to make a pair or railings for a Pirate Ship. It’s actually a converted school bus that is used for special events. The railings were required for DOT purposes. I was given a 2 week notice. Enjoying a challenge I agreed with no promises. I used 2×10 cutting them into 1/8″ strips and laminating them to create the curve at the bow.  The railings measured around 12′ long when completed.

I recently was given the pictures after the install which was completed by the customer. I didn’t get to see the railings installed until several weeks after they were delivered. My wife and I happened to be downtown for St Patrick’s day and I saw them for the first time. I was very happy to see that they fit perfectly and met the DOT requirement. I only made the upper forward railings. I matched the style to the existing lower railings.

New Host

Well I finally decided to get my domain name. I will be relocating everything to my new server. There will be a learning curve so please bear with me on broken links and who knows what else.

Visit my website or follow my projects on my blog. A gallery is in the works.

Display Cabinet

Rough stock

Well I have started a new project. I am making a large wall hung display case. The cabinet will be 83″ wide by 66″ tall by 8 3/4″ including the glass doors. I have been commissioned to make this case to display a gun collection.

I am making this out of poplar and mdf as it will be a painted cabinet to match the bar it will be hung behind.

I am using a new to me mitered glue joint router bit and I am very happy with the results so far. I list this bit in the scary department. When a router bit is large and spinning the noise can be un-nerving. This is not the largest bit in my collection. However when working in new territory it’s better to be a bit nervous.

I use a fence with anti-kickback guides on both the top and front side to keep the material straight and true through the bit and it produces a very clean ready for glue surface for quick assembly. When glued and clamped it pruduce a very tight joint with no visible line at the tip. The following pictures show how my assembly has turned out so far.

This is where I’m at so far. The panels are assembled for the sides. I pre-primed the raised MDF panels prior to assembly as they absorb  the primer on the edges. The color will be a satin black similar to a wine cabinet I made a few years back.

I will be posting more updates as I progress on this project

Kitchen remodel

I have been working on a custom kitchen for the past few months. I am finally getting around to posting some images. The doors pictured below are a custom stainless farm sink. The pantry consists of four separate cabinets. They are 15″ deep inside 24″ wide by eight feet tall. The customer wanted some display space so I inserted glass into the center cabinets which will be fitted with glass shelves and a random color dim able led light system. All base cabinets have been installed and I am currently waiting on the granite counter tops to be fabricated.

Farm Sink Doors



Mahogany Bar Sink Countertop

One of the projects I have been working on is a custom kitchen. In the pantry is a hidden bar sink the customer requested. It has an under-mount stainless sink. I made the counter top from reclaimed Mahogany.The top is 1 1/4″ thick with a 4″ skirt. I have started the process of finishing. This is the time consuming part. I have applied the first coat of clear poly. I will be adding several coats until the surface is completely smooth and glossy. Typically this is about 5 coats but I am probably going to use 8 or more to achieve a good durable water tight finish.

Final cut and sanding

Test fit of sink

Top assembly

Sink cutout

First coat of finish.

First coat

Segmented Bowl

My first segmented bowl. The bowl is made from an old 2×4 used as a stand for an old piece of shop equipment made back in the sixties. I accented it with mahogany from scraps left over from the Queen Bedroom set featured on my website.

There are 6 layers with 8 segments each. The bowl is 11 3/4″ in diameter at the top and 6″ deep.
I will be posting a gallery of all my projects soon. Stay tuned

Shop Update

I’ve added some pictures and information. Visit “The Shop” to see where I create my pieces.

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