Contemporary Woodworking & Design
By Mike Bartell / Woodcraftsman

Custom Cabinetry & Furniture     by Mike Bartell     Master Craftsman 

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Sustainable Alternatives

I am proud to announce that 80% of the electricity consumed by the shop now comes from newly installed solar panels. It's another step in my continuing efforts to reduce the impact of my activities on the environment.

I am pleased to offer reconstituted veneer as an environmentally friendly alternative to some of the more rare and expensive exotic wood species. It’s also a great option for those larger projects where veneer color and consistency is critical from start to finish. Made with fast growing trees from well managed forests, reconstituted veneer is produced by laminating different colors of dyed veneer in alternating layers and then reslicing it to produce grains and colors that resemble the species intended. Not only do reconstituted veneers cost less than conventional veneers, they have better yield and require less labor in the manufacturing process. There is a wide variety of patterns available from several manufacturers today as they have gained acceptance with furniture makers, architects and interior designers.

Below is a sampling of some of the more popular wood grains that are readily available.


Quartered Teak


Macassar Ebony

Quartered Walnut

Natural Bamboo

Rift White Oak.

Carmel Bamboo

Substrate Selection

An integral part of the veneering process is the use of a substrate. I have adopted a superior composite board called Medex from SierraPine. It is SCS & ECC third party certified (sustainably designed) fiberboard with high moisture resistance and a formaldehyde free adhesive system. I now use it exclusively as a substratum in the construction of my cabinetry & furniture.

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