Honeysuckle & Sawdust all began because of some family heirloom china that awoke a dream. My name is Mandi and I am an Accountant -- or, that's what I would have said two years ago. When my husband's grandparents gifted us an antique wedding china set, I just knew it needed to be displayed beautifully in our brand new dining room. I searched high and low for the perfect china cabinet, but all I found was over-priced (albeit gorgeous) furniture or something not quite good enough. So I resorted to Google images - and there it was. Following the links, though, I discovered that I could not buy the china cabinet in the photo. No, if I wanted that one, I would have to build it.
The link lead to Ana-White.com, a website dedicated to DIY furniture with free build plans. After careful consideration, and many dubious comments from family and friends, I decided I could build it. Keep in mind that I had zero woodworking experience and had only held a power drill a few times in my life at that point. We certainly had no power tools.
But deep down I knew I could do it. My whole life I've dreamed of building furniture. It wasn't something I said aloud, or something I ever acted on - but it was definitely there. Once as a kid I asked my father to help me build a pallet-wood picnic table for my grandmother and an industrial-style, counter-height work table for my mother. He obliged, but of course did most of the work. I was eager to do it myself, but never pushed hard enough to learn what he was doing.
Reading the china cabinet plans over and over, I kept saying to myself, "It doesn't look that hard. I can definitely do that." So I got up, put on some shoes, and went to Home Depot to buy a miter saw, circular saw, nail gun, power drill, and sander. I picked up all the materials Ana White said I needed, rented a truck, and was home before dark. The build took several months of an-hour-here, an-hour-there work, punctuated by a few hours of watching YouTube to learn the ins and outs. And when I was done, it was the proudest moment of my recent memory. I built it all by myself.
From there I picked up new skills on various smaller projects. Eventually I decided to build a few tables to sell at a rented booth in the Lakewood 400 Antiques Market in Cumming, Georgia.
I don't claim to be a master woodworker. I don't know everything there is to know about wood, stains, paint, and finishes. I haven't apprenticed under a cabinet maker who was born about the same time as God invented dirt.
I am a simple Southern girl with a dream and some power tools. I take pride in my work, and I look forward to learning as much as possible, all while building that dream table for you.