Meet Tina and Tommy of Serenity Woodworking | Making Handcrafted Furniture from Michigan
Tommy and Tina of Serenity Woodworking began their careers in feature film and television in 2008; meeting on set in 2009. After the Michigan incentives were eliminated, so were their local jobs. They took time to do a lot of self-reflecting and instead of following their careers out of state, they decided to stay rooted in Michigan. Tommy is self-taught and used woodworking as a way to relieve stress. They found, though, that he is actually quite talented. So, in June of 2015, Serenity Woodworking began making handcrafted furniture.
As a hobby, Tina and Tommy started with Michigan shaped Adirondack chairs. Shortly after starting, it didn’t take long before receiving custom handcrafted furniture requests. Orders went from chairs to coffee and dining tables, cabinets and barn doors. After building their workshop from the ground up in 2017, they added more efficient tools. Because of the new tools, they were able to start working with beautiful hardwoods and completing really fun handcrafted furniture projects like River Tables and Beam Consoles. 2018 brought even more changes to the business and one day they might share it with the world!
Perfecting Their Handcrafted Furniture Process
With growing and developing a business, there come challenges. As they started making custom furniture, the biggest challenge was figuring out how to make them. They don’t use plans since each piece is unique – that takes a lot of time. As they expand their materials and skills, they locked in their handcrafted furniture to be made mostly in Hickory, Maple, and Oak. Serenity Woodworking specializes in dining tables, consoles, live edge pieces, large barn doors, and entertainment centers. Though, growing a business means getting serious about their machines.
After searching online and dealing with an old shop vac, they first needed to get a solid dust collector. Their old dust collector had to have its filter changed constantly, didn’t collect the dust efficiently, and created an unhealthy environment. That’s why they settled on the P|Flux 2hp Cyclone – and it’s been the exact thing they needed. Not only do they use it to clean the shop floor after working on their handcrafted furniture, but they clean the tables as well. To have the LED lights indicating when the bag is full and when the filter needs to be cleaned, they say, has been an immense help.
Growing Serenity Woodworking
In the few short years Serenity Woodworking has been making handcrafted furniture, they’ve grown in ways they didn’t imagine. However, they want that growth controlled because they put a story into each piece they make. They make memories with all of their incredible clients and handcrafted furniture they make for them. This is one of the best aspects of running a business, they say, is being involved with people’s lives and sharing stories with them. “Having them put their trust in us to create a piece that will be in their family for years to come is very humbling.” When they’re ready, they plan on adding more Laguna machines to aid in the growth of their beautiful handcrafted furniture.
Advice for new/upcoming woodworkers
Tina says, “Never stop learning. Understand the wood you’re working with… there is so much more to it than putting lumber together. Where you purchase wood, the tools you use, how you sand, the materials used to assemble, how the piece is finished… every build is a process & each step is important. Know your value. Don’t be afraid to put a solid number on your labor & never work for free. Invest in efficient tools that will save you time. Stop sharing all your secrets on Instagram 😂 Unless you’re getting paid for them I guess.”