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Leonard Worth
Business Name: Underground Woodworks (Leonard Worth)
Location: Portland, OR 97202
Phone: 503-231-5777

Leonard has been working professionally or semi-professionally for the last 35 years and has built everything from guitars to houses. He started his woodworking career pretty much out of necessity to survive while living on the coast in Bandon, Oregon. He had just given up sailing in the Scandinavian merchant Marine and needed work. He was building a house, including a large shop at the time, and taught himself how to build the wood sash windows and doors he needed.

His first small business was named "Wood Sash Windows and Doors". Since then he has built many custom sash windows and doors of every shape and size. Some include his own stained glass panels (Tiffany style). He has built kitchen cabinets, book cases, beds, music stands, tables, hutches, roll away mechanics tool boxes, built-ins, houses and more. He has even outfitted a couple of the public libraries with fine White Oak furniture, including the Multnomah county library in downtown Portland.

Leonard currently has a small shop, "Underground Wood Works", which is conveniently located directly beneath his house in SE Portland. He is somewhat limited to the size of pieces he can do and prefers small jobs. In fact, no job is too small for him and he often gets calls from anxious people stranded at some builders supply wondering if he could possibly rip a board down to three inches for them, or repair a drawer side for example. He has a can do attitude and often these small jobs lead to other larger jobs.

Most of his work is done with machinery although he still likes to use hand tools. He especially likes designing special jigs for particular jobs. His favorite finish is hand rubbed oil, then wax, but some pieces call for sprayed on marine spar varnish or lacquer.

Leonard is self taught, and obtained most of his woodworking fundamentals from books by Tage Frid, James Krenov, Woodsmith and Fine Woodworking magazine.

He is currently designing a few pieces for submission to some northwest area wood craft galleries, and taking new commissions for custom woodworking and architectural millwork.

Library Desk

Quarter sawn White Oak 
Oil and wax finish 
60" x 36" x 22"

Musician's Stool

Oregon Tan Oak & Zebra wood with refreshment
Built high, it is designed mainly for musicians
Includes a small platform table that flips out for refreshments.  


Chair with Butcher Block Style Seat

Jatoba & Wenge
Butcher block style seat, or upholstered 42" high 18" wide 22" deep


Bird Feeders

Deluxe Version

Goncalo Alves and wenge 
Individual hand made shingles 
Glass feeder

Lectern / Book Holder

Fashioned in the style of Sam Maloof 
Honduras Mahogany 
Tung Oil finish

BIRD AVIARY (or reptile cage)

This one is made of 3/4 inch Cherry, with Cherry hardwood frames etc. all brass hardware, tempered glass front, powder coated screens. 32 inches square, 18 inches deep. Varnish finish. I still have seven of these left if interested. UNPAINTED !


Built along with some other furniture for the Bandon public library these stools were made of qt. sawn White Oak w/ sprayed lacquer satin finish. 14 inches x 11 high, angled box joints.


Built for myself fashioned after the Fender Precision bass, made of Alder wood core, w/ flame Maple back, and front, Ebony/Maple SM neck, sun burst body, high gloss lacquer finish. Photo by Mike Parr


Andiroba raised panels with Gallery/leonardworth growth vg Redwood stiles, and rails, all brass hardware, my own stained glass, copper grillwork on exterior side. 3.0 x 7.0 x 2 inches thick


Three of my music stands, left to right; Goncalo Alvis, and Wenge - White Oak, and Bocote - Quilted Maple, and Wenge. They are made with built-in Acry-lite flippers that flip up and automatically hold the book pages open, or not. The Oak one in the center is a non-flipper type. Goncalo Alvis book holder with right flipper up. Book holder tilts from 90 to about 45 degrees. Detail of the back of the stand, and yoke locking thingy whatever. All have custom turned locking handles of appropriate hardwood, and metal ferrules. It locks solid !

Back of White Oak stand with detail of locking mechanism

Detail of White Oak vertical shaft locking collet hub. All the stands have custom turned hubs ( three ) that are fitted with my own design of a tapered collet that positively locks the anodized one inch aluminum shaft up or down from 36 to 49 inches high to the bottom of the book holder. Can be made to go much lower. Will hold up to 15 Fine Woodworking magazines. That's a lot !

Table Model Music Stand / Lecturn

Roasted Maple & Wenge
Features acrylic flippers that flip up to hold the book open
Adjustable tilt - 21" wide


Built purely for my enjoyment

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