Southern Joinery


custom hand-crafted furniture

Southern Joinery

hand-crafted furniture

four unique collections, each

tailored to fit your lifestyle






Enduring Craftsmanship

All pieces are thoughtfully designed and constructed using time-tested joinery techniques. Dovetail, mortise-and-tenon, and other interlocking joints are crafted with precision, using the inherent strength of the wood to provide a long life without screws or nails. Each design allows for the expansion and contraction of the wood due to climate changes.


The Wood Shed

Mar 15, 2017

Dining Table from the Turn-Around Tree

Mar 15, 2017

Photo by Paul O’Mara

The historic turn-around tree was a memorable white oak that was centered in the driveway of the Baron family’s home place. When age and disease caused it to topple, the family knew they wanted to save the lumber and create a custom piece of furniture to preserve their memories.

The wood was cut into 10″ x 12′ boards that were carefully air-dried outside my workshop. After a few years of thinking what would be appropriate, the Barons decided I would design and build them a ten foot table that could sit the extended family.

The limits of my shop equipment and space were challenged.  The rough-cut lumber took considerable preparation before the table could be constructed. Because of the length of the table, I was just barely able to run the boards through my table saw and jointer.

I designed the table with a trestle base so the table could seat as many as they wanted without leg interference, a rail that could be knocked down for easy transport, and breadboard ends on the tabletop for a classic look.

The resulting trestle table highlighted the character of the wood, and provided a sturdy dining table that will be used for many generations to come.

Feb 24, 2017

Cevian Design Lab Desk & Conference Table

Feb 24, 2017

I was approached by Mark Cochran, architect, interior designer and owner of Cevian Design Lab in Downtown Rome, GA, about collaborating on a few pieces for his newly renovated office space on Broad Street. With a passion for design, Mark knew he was looking for a Mid-Century Modern motif as he drew out the desired shapes and sizes of the tabletops for a conference table and desk.

Construction drawings in the Southern Joinery workshop.

The physical size of the pieces offered several new challenges to the techniques that I use in my shop.The conference table was 7′ x 12’4″ and the desk was 4’2″ x 14’3″; both pieces had to be constructed as two separate structures that would be abutted during the final assembly in the upstairs studio. During our consultation, black walnut was selected as the material of choice due to its beautiful natural color and grain.

Since I built the table as two halves, the separate bases of the table consists of a large and small right angle pedestal. The smaller pedestals join at the center of the piece. The conference table will easily seat ten people and is used daily by Mark and his team for a variety of uses.

The desk was constructed as eight different pieces all built separately and assembled in the office. The base for the desk consists of two bookcases and two file cabinets. The tabletop is two desktops and two intermediate tops. It is designed as two different workstations for Mark and his associate.

The resulting pieces add a distinctive and unique element to his Modern office. I had the opportunity to work with a highly renowned architect, and it was my privilege to bring his sketches to tangible, functional works of art. This was the most unusual, fun, and challenging project of my career!

Feb 11, 2016

Construction techniques – Custom furniture

Feb 11, 2016

This client approached me with a need for a place to hang coats in his newly remodeled home in downtown Atlanta.  With his ultra-modern home, this mid-century modern styled armoire was very fitting and added an eye-catching piece of art to the large open living room (as well as a coat closet). 

2015, Southern Joinery, LCC Photography by Paul O`Mara