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New Material Available for the Adirondack Chairs

A little bit ago, I had a few customers asking me what other type of wood I have used to make my chairs besides my usual Sequoia (redwood). The more I thought about it, the more I realized I have not really ventured out and worked with any hardwoods and any exotic woods. Well I think its time for me to start and we are going to jump right into it with some of the worlds finest and most durable species of wood. I am going to talk about their characteristics along with some general information.

Cypress– I am going to kick things off with Cypress, which is a moderately hardwood and has good strength and stiffness. It has medium bending and crushing strength.  It works easily with hand and machine tools, holds screws well, glues satisfactorily, sands easily and accepts finishes readily.  The heartwood contains oils that make it very durable when its exposed to moist weather. It grows on the east coast of the USA.

Jatoba–  Also known as Courbaril, West Indian locust and Brazilian Cherry Wood. It is very hard, tough and strong. Can be moderately difficult to work with because of its hardness but with skill can be bought to a great finish. It can be stained well and its gluing properties are good along with its steam-bending properties.  Jatoba is durable and very resistant to dry-wood termites and is very popular for furniture. It grows in the West Indies, South and Central America.

African Mahogany-  The wood is usually light pinkish-brown when freshly cut, darkening on exposure to a deep reddish color, often with a purple cast. The grain is typically interlocked but can be straight. Swirly figures are often present and the texture is variable. Resistant to shock loads and its generally easy to work with. It turns, sands, bores, glues and nails satisfactorily. Also it stains and polishes very well. The heartwood is highly resistant to preservatives. Its grows in the tropical areas of West, Central and East Africa.

Sapele– This wood is in the mahogany family also called scented mahogany, aboudikro, penkra and sapele mahogany. It has a very high crushing strength and is fairly easy to work with. It bores, routes, carves, nails, screws, staines, varnishes and paints very well, and sands great.  The wood can exhibit an attractive range of figure, with ribbon, bee’s-wing and regular stripe on quarter sawn stock. Typically used for musical instuments, window frames, furniture and boats. It grows in West, Central and East Africa.

Purpleheart– This wood is definitely one of my favorites. It is hard, dense and heavy, with high crushing, stiffness and bending strength. It glues, waxes, stains and polishes well. When freshly cut it is bright purple then turning a deep purplish brown color on exposure. It is straight grained but can be wavy or irregular. Purpleheart is highly durable and very resistant to decay fungi and dry-wood termites. It is used in quality furniture, boat building, billiard or pool cue butts and heavy exterior construction. It grows in Central America and northern South America.

Teak– The mother of all woods, ha ha. Most Teak is a dark golden-yellow that turn to a rich brown with darker, deep brown markings. The distinct narrow to medium-width sapwood is white to pale yellow. The grain is typically straight but sometimes wavy and feels oily to the touch.  It is a hard, medium density wood that is strong,  incredibly durable and has a high crushing strength. Working with it is relatively easy but it does have a severe blunting effect on cutting tools.  Amazingly Teak is acid and fire resistant due to its silica content. Very resistant to termites and fungi and an excellent material for outdoor furniture. it grows in Burma ( Myanmar) India, Indonesia, Thailand, and Java; also Malaysia, Borneo, Philippines, Central America and tropical Africa.

I hope this information was beneficial and helped guide you in the right direction of what type of wood you would like you furniture to be made from. If you are interested in prices you will have to contact me because prices at lumber yards tend to change often and some lumber may have to be special ordered. 

Thank you for stopping by   T H E   H U N G A R I A N   W O R K S H O P    and have a great day!



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New Coffee Table Design

Table on the grass  New Coffee Table
Last week I was finishing up a full set order, and realized that so far I have made small changes and improvement on all my pieces except the coffee table. I did not want to steer away from my original top because I have received so many positive comments. That is why I mainly just focused on its legs. Wanting to get away from the thicker exterior furniture look and more like a slender interior piece, I first decided to use more narrower legs.  Then, I positioned the legs evenly apart to keep the tables stability high like to original piece. This time when it came time to connect the legs I put the braces on the bottom in a stylish cross pattern. The table top is attached to the legs with a pocket hole system and the octagon slats are secured from the bottom as well. From underneath this method fairly resembles the side table’s design. Finally l used a 1/2″ rounder over bit on all the edges, except for the center octagon. That’s because I want the slats to be thick as possible and top piece at a more plane surface.  Its funny how sometimes the simplest change can make such a big difference.

Table behind bush  





C O M I N G  S O O N : 

Have your favorite Adirondack Chair made out of :

Spanish Cedar, Cypress, Jatoba, Mahogany, Sapele, Purpleheart & Teak!!!

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Wine and Whiskey Barrel Chairs are a great hit in San Diego

Wine barrel chairs with the back fanning in.Wine Barrel Chair with the back fanning out.

The wine and whiskey barrel chairs are a great hit! I cant believe how well they are selling and I cant wait to make more. Making these chairs has been a lot fun but sometimes they can also be  a little tricky. I feel like every time I make one, I learn something new. There is so much to take in consideration, like not one barrel is same as the other, each stave can be different in shape, size and color. That is why before assembly I really have to go through and pick out the right pieces for the right spot. Buying the barrels for some can be difficult at times too, but luckily here in beautiful San Diego we have plenty of wineries near by to keep us craftsman busy. To my surprise most local lumber yards keep a few in their inventory at all time, saving me quit a bit of time and money on traveling. The barrels I picked out for these chairs were used for red wine which explains the woods amazing deep purple and burgundy patina.

I wish I could have taken some better pictures but as soon as they were done, they were sold and out the door!

I already have a few new orders and I am planing on doing an instructional video on how I build these very comfortable and durable chairs.

So be sure to come back and visit us soon!!!


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San Diego Union Tribune

UT San Diego Feature on Hungarian Workshop

UT San Diego Feature on Hungarian WorkshopTwo weeks ago I had a photographer ask me if it would be alright for him to shoot a couple photos while I was working, I of course agreed not knowing or thinking twice where this would lead me. I was so caught up in finishing my  project that I didn’t even pay much attention to him.

He followed me around the shop, taking pictures while I was using all sorts of different tools. After about 20 minutes of me feeling like a celebrity with all the pictures being taken, he walked up and asked me to spell my name for him and describe what I was working on. It was right around this point when it finally hit me, “wait a sec, this guy is from the San Diego Tribune and he is asking questions from me?!” After a brief  conversation he left and I got back to business with my new whiskey barrel chair.

Hungarian Workshop is In the papers!!!

That Sunday I received a call from my friend Pete, he was asking me if I have seen the paper because I have apparently got the cover with not only one but with two photos. I could’t believe what I was hearing, so I ran out to the nearest market to pick up a few copies. Seeing my name and those pictures has definitely boosted my morale and now I am even more eager to strive forward with my business and become successful.

To see the finished whiskey barrel chair please visit the new product section of the website or look at my previous blog posts.

Thank you and I hope you come back and visit us soon.

-Balazs Moldovan


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Whiskey Barrel Furniture?

Last week I had an opportunity to work with some used wine barrel staves which was a blast mainly because it was hard wood (white oak) that I never worked with and also because it was very different approach to furniture design. This was the first one I made. Will there be more?Usually I draw up a plan and start with brand new material that I can cut in anyway, but not this time. It was like having all the puzzle pieces but I had to create a whole new picture. Before I got started I figured it would be a piece of cake, I mean how hard is it to make a chair since all the pieces are already there, ha ha. Boy, I was wrong. I totally forgot to put in consideration that not all pieces are alike in any shape, size or color. It took a little time to sort through and find all the right pieces for the project, but once I did, I was ready to begin. Wine barrel staves chair in the front yard of a house that is over 150 years old.First I started with legs and because the design was pretty similar to my Adirondack chairs, I didn’t have a lot of trouble with the measurements.  Once I got the frame standing all the other pieces just started falling into place. The Kreg jig also gave me a helping hand, like always I don’t have any plugs or visible hardware. After a few hours and a little tinkering my first chair was done. I had multiple people all sizes test out my new creation and I received 100% positive feed back. Not one person disliked a single thing about the chair. This has definitely opened a new door for me and I am ready to create more pieces using this great material.

My First Wine Barrel Staves Chair by the blacksmith's shop

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10 More for Stone Brewery



This is the best spot in the beer garden where you can relax and drink a cold one.                                     Stone Brewery Escondido, CA     Photo: Austen MoltenWell, it looks likes Stone really liked my first 2 chairs because I just dropped off 10 more for their beer garden! Summer is definitely off to a great start for the Hungarian Workshop. It was prefect timing because the day of our delivery had happened to be their first movie night for the summer. The whole place was packed full of people having a good time enjoying their delicious food and great beer. My friends and I started bringing in the furniture before the movie even got started and to my surprise as soon as the chairs legs touched the grass, they were immediately taken over my Stone’s customers! This is definitely one of my favorite chair.             Photo: Austen MoltenThat made all my hard work feel totally worth it and it just felt great to see everyone relaxing in my chairs. We even had a chance to go around and have a little photo shoot and everyone was delighted to pose for a few pictures. Before we left, Frank Busic gave me a big barrel of used wine/whisky barrel staves to see what the Hungarian Workshop can create so be sure to visit us next week to see our new line of barrel furniture! As always, have a wonderful day and I hope to see you back here at the Hungarian Workshop.Here are some satisfied customers.  Photo: Austen Molten


Thank you,

Balazs Moldovan

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The New Chair 2012

Hi everyone,

So for the past few months I’ve been thinking of ways to upgrade my chairs and conceal all the screws like I talked about in my previous blog. Last week I finally finished all my orders and had a few days to try out a couple new ideas. The first thing I wanted to do is make the chair even for comfortable than before. Whiskey Barrel Chair - Closed TopFirst what I did was, I raised the front end up an inch. I know it dosen’t sound much but it made a world of difference. By lifting the front end, it put the back slats at more of a slant which let you to recline further back into the chair. I then wanted to make the chairs feel a little more like they are wrapping around the person, and allowing them to just sink deep into it. That is why I cut the back support’s curves an additional 1/2 inch back creating more of a radius for better support and comfort. Now that the chair is even more relaxing I wanted to make it a little more stylish. All the edges are now rounded off with a 3/8″ router bit instead of the 1/4″, making the chair’s appearance more elegant. The legs are cut at an angle which creates a little bit of a modern and sleek look. Finally I did what I wanted to do the most: I got rid of all Continue reading The New Chair 2012

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Shipping can be a make the deal or break the deal for some people. No one wants to spend over the half cost on shipping for anything. For example  if you were to buy something for $100 the last thing you want is shipping to cost over $50. If you were to see a charge like that the first thing you’ll do is try to find a local dealer and pick it up your self.  Therefore I came up with an easy solution Continue reading Shipping