Little Water Woodworks

Little Water Woodworks Little Water Woodworks, located in Cloudcroft NM, builds custom wooden furniture, home decor, small gift boxes, and more.
(5)

We built a custom screen door for Off the Beaten Path in Cloudcroft to finish up their newly remodeled back porch. Its a...
06/05/2020

We built a custom screen door for Off the Beaten Path in Cloudcroft to finish up their newly remodeled back porch. Its a pleasure to work with other business in our community. The door frame is made in aromatic cedar. We left it un-finished so that maybe it'll keep the moths away! Thank ya'll for your business!

I try to take time in between jobs to organize and make the shop more efficient. I built a simple box to hold some short...
04/10/2020

I try to take time in between jobs to organize and make the shop more efficient. I built a simple box to hold some short cut offs. Little better than a bucket. Also got the lumber cart loaded up with 180 board feet of hickory and about 22 sheets of plywood. I'm guessing it's just under 2000 lbs of material.

I'm so over pocket screws. They are ok in softer woods but I keep getting splits in hickory and ash. Done with them! I t...
03/24/2020

I'm so over pocket screws. They are ok in softer woods but I keep getting splits in hickory and ash. Done with them! I think I'm gonna pull the trigger on a Festool Domino and do face frames it. I have another hickory kitchen lined up so it'll be worth it. And I have lots of entry doors and a million other projects that I will use it on. What do y'all think? #fedup #pocketscrewssuck #festooldomino

108 door hickory cabinet door parts cut. Really have to keep track of things with this many parts! This hickory end grai...
03/17/2020

108 door hickory cabinet door parts cut. Really have to keep track of things with this many parts! This hickory end grain is pretty nice too.

Getting hickory face frame and door parts milled up. Have to take time with this hickory because it it bows bad when you...
03/12/2020

Getting hickory face frame and door parts milled up. Have to take time with this hickory because it it bows bad when you rip it. So I'm ripping about an 1/8th over width on the handsaw, then jointing, then ripping to finished width on the table saw. It's a lot of work, but it's worth it for this beautiful wood. #cabinetbuilder #hickory #hickorykitchen #worththework #customkitchen

Look what came in the mail from @budgetbrandingiron ! I've been wanting an iron for a couple of years and I finally pull...
03/07/2020

Look what came in the mail from @budgetbrandingiron ! I've been wanting an iron for a couple of years and I finally pulled the trigger! The detail is amazing! I was concerned that the small text would be a burnt blob but the lines are crisp and clean. Many thanks to Budget Branding Irons! Y'all check them out! #woodworking #smallbusinessbranding

Do y'all remember this alder sliding barn door from last year? Well we finally got around to trimming out the other door...
02/29/2020

Do y'all remember this alder sliding barn door from last year? Well we finally got around to trimming out the other doors and windows to match This Craftsman/Farmhouse stylr of trim looks great and it's easier than doing miters. I'll probably do this style in my home some day. Thanks Allyn and Erin for trusting me with your project. And thanks Annica for being awesome help!

Do y'all remember this alder sliding barn door from last year? Well we finally got around to trimming out the other door...
02/29/2020

Do y'all remember this alder sliding barn door from last year? Well we finally got around to trimming out the other doors and windows to match This Craftsman/Farmhouse stylr of trim looks great and it's easier than doing miters. I'll probably do this style in my home some day. Thanks Allyn and Erin for trusting me with your project. And thanks Annica for being awesome help!

Do y'all remember this alder sliding barn door from last year? Well we finally got around to trimming out the other door...
02/29/2020

Do y'all remember this alder sliding barn door from last year? Well we finally got around to trimming out the other doors and windows to match This Craftsman/Farmhouse stylr of trim looks great and it's easier than doing miters. I'll probably do this style in my home some day. Thanks Allyn and Erin for trusting me with your project. And thanks Annica for being awesome help!

Do y'all remember this alder sliding barn door from last year? Well we finally got around to trimming out the other door...
02/29/2020

Do y'all remember this alder sliding barn door from last year? Well we finally got around to trimming out the other doors and windows to match This Craftsman/Farmhouse stylr of trim looks great and it's easier than doing miters. I'll probably do this style in my home some day. Thanks Allyn and Erin for trusting me with your project. And thanks Annica for being awesome help!

I finished up this tiny bathroom project yesterday. It was in desperate need of being updated from the 70's! The floor w...
01/18/2020

I finished up this tiny bathroom project yesterday. It was in desperate need of being updated from the 70's! The floor was some nasty gold glittery linoleum that we covered with some new waterproof laminate flooring. I custom built the little vanity and medicine/towel cabinet to improve storage. I have really been enjoying building with ash lately. Its such a beautiful and durable wood that's quite affordable. I love the mirror in the medicine cabinet. I need to work more glass and mirrors into some projects.

If New Mexico jewelry isn't really your thing then check out our other unique and fun pieces! We still have some things ...
12/10/2019

If New Mexico jewelry isn't really your thing then check out our other unique and fun pieces! We still have some things in stock on our website, and you still have time to place a custom order before Christmas.

We still have a few of our signature New Mexico Earrings and Necklaces in stock...and you have a few more days to place ...
12/10/2019

We still have a few of our signature New Mexico Earrings and Necklaces in stock...and you have a few more days to place any custom orders for Christmas.

We finished up the kitchen with the hickory  island for Billy and Lou on Saturday! It turned out great! So much storage ...
11/25/2019

We finished up the kitchen with the hickory island for Billy and Lou on Saturday! It turned out great! So much storage and a built in trash bin (tall drawer on the left). The countertop is a 1 3/4" solid ash top with a white wash stain and @odiesoil finish. The Odies Oil offers a safe durable finish while leaving the natural texture and feel of the wood. Thanks to Lou and Billy for trusting us with your kitchen cabinets! This is one of my favorite builds so far.

They're installed! Actually we got the cabinets in Friday evening. The client is super pleased and so are we. We still n...
11/20/2019

They're installed! Actually we got the cabinets in Friday evening. The client is super pleased and so are we. We still need to install the island and top and a few small details. When we build our own kitchen we will probably go with hickory too. I just love the mix of colors!

All fixed and finished. Can you tell which door I had to fix? (Without looking at my previous post! No cheating!)
11/14/2019

All fixed and finished. Can you tell which door I had to fix? (Without looking at my previous post! No cheating!)

Saved it! I was worried I was going to have to rebuild the whole door. I trimmed the stile off even with the rails and b...
11/13/2019

Saved it! I was worried I was going to have to rebuild the whole door. I trimmed the stile off even with the rails and broke the pieces off. I had to clean up a the broken bits with a chisel. Now I can cut a new stile and we will be fine! Who else does dumb crap like this right at the final stretch of a project!?!?!

Well poop. I drilled a hinge mount hole on the front of the door.
11/13/2019

Well poop. I drilled a hinge mount hole on the front of the door.

Hickory cabinets coming along! Inset doors definitely take more time to align and get just right, but the results are wo...
11/13/2019

Hickory cabinets coming along! Inset doors definitely take more time to align and get just right, but the results are worth it. #hickory #hickorykitchen #customkitchencabinets #craftsmanstyle #craftsmanstylehome #craftsmankitchen #cloudcroftnm #madeinnewmexico

Ashley just finished a custom order for two pairs of NM earrings made from walnut. One pair is turquoise and the second ...
11/12/2019

Ashley just finished a custom order for two pairs of NM earrings made from walnut. One pair is turquoise and the second pair had red and green beads that represent NM's state question...Red or green!
You can also see that we now have two sizes!
Each pair of earrings comes on an earring display card with clear backs to secure the earrings.
We hope to have more pairs made, some in walnut, but also padauk, cedar, ash, and maybe even algerita!

Got the upper boxes assembled and lack one lower cabinet and the island to put together. I pre-finshed the faceframes an...
11/10/2019

Got the upper boxes assembled and lack one lower cabinet and the island to put together. I pre-finshed the faceframes and used pre-finshed ply for these cabinets to speed up the process.

11/09/2019

I don't think there's room for another cabinet part in this shop.

Before and after finish. I love using this Acrylic Conversion Coating from Sherwin Williams. Drys fast, looks good, and ...
11/09/2019

Before and after finish. I love using this Acrylic Conversion Coating from Sherwin Williams. Drys fast, looks good, and it doesn't totally cover up the wood grain. #finishfriday #cabinetbuilder #customcabinets #craftsmanstyle #craftsmankitchen #hickorykitchen #hickory

Getting some finished laid down today! What do y'all think of my little pop up spay booth? It's a 4'x6' canopy tent from...
11/08/2019

Getting some finished laid down today! What do y'all think of my little pop up spay booth? It's a 4'x6' canopy tent from Wal Mart with some painters plastic for walls. The fan is a cheap 20" fan with a 20"x20" filter. This has really helped with the overspray and pushes more of the harsh fumes out the door. #cabinetbuilder #customcabinets #cloudcroftnm #craftsmanstyle #smallbusiness #smallcabinetshop #finishfriday @ Cloudcroft, New Mexico

I'm really liking this hardware for these Craftsman style cabinet doors. And this hickory is some beautiful stuff! Defin...
10/28/2019

I'm really liking this hardware for these Craftsman style cabinet doors. And this hickory is some beautiful stuff! Definitely not a boring wood. Lot of different colors and grain patterns going on. #customkitchencabinets #kitchencabinets #craftsmankitchen #craftsmanstylehome #craftsmanhome #cabinetbuilder #hickorykitchen #hickory #woodgrain #cloudcroftnm #cloudcroft

10/22/2019

Tight and accurate cope and stick door joint. I use this Shaker profile bit all the time. Just the small angle on the shoulder is a nice detail.

10/22/2019

Putting this new coping sled to work. Much safer and more accurate than holding the piece by hand.

Here's the first of the hickory doors. I love using hickory! So many colors. Just make sure you have good sharp blades a...
10/22/2019

Here's the first of the hickory doors. I love using hickory! So many colors. Just make sure you have good sharp blades and bits! #hickorykitchen #craftsmanstyle #craftsmanhome #cabinetbuilder ##cloudcroftnm #madeinnewmexico

Do you love New Mexico as much as my wife, Ashley, does? If so then you definatly need a pair of NM earrings handmade by...
10/22/2019

Do you love New Mexico as much as my wife, Ashley, does? If so then you definatly need a pair of NM earrings handmade by her, made from beautiful wood.

There is still time for custom pieces to be made, so if you don't see exactly what you want let me know and I can do my best to create an amazing piece that fits your needs!

https://www.littlewaterwoodworks.com/shop

What do you think of these inset Craftsman style doors? I made a trial run in alder for my shop cabinets. The set I'm wo...
10/22/2019

What do you think of these inset Craftsman style doors? I made a trial run in alder for my shop cabinets. The set I'm working on will have a hickory frame with a flat hickory panel. I really like this style. I hope to do more like this. #cabinetbuilder #craftsmanstyle #craftsmanhome #craftsmankitchen

Take a closer look at a few of the recently listed items on our website! Remember Christmas is only 10 Sundays from toda...
10/14/2019

Take a closer look at a few of the recently listed items on our website!
Remember Christmas is only 10 Sundays from today!!! Shop early to get just what you want for yourself or your loved ones!
Custom orders are available!

https://www.littlewaterwoodworks.com/jewelry

We are getting ready for Christmas over on our website! Ashley has been uploading new jewelry today and there is still m...
10/13/2019
Jewelry | littlewaterwoodwork

We are getting ready for Christmas over on our website! Ashley has been uploading new jewelry today and there is still more to come!
There are some really fun and unique items, as well as simple classic items! Make sure to go take a look at them, and remember there is still plenty of time for custom orders!

https://www.littlewaterwoodworks.com/jewelry

Can you do this with your cabinets??? About 220 lbs of pure muscle hanging from this cabinet! I built this shop cabinet ...
10/09/2019

Can you do this with your cabinets??? About 220 lbs of pure muscle hanging from this cabinet! I built this shop cabinet from an ugly red oak entertainment center. I use use tongue and groove joinery on the cabinet boxes for extra strength. I use the same method for kitchen cabinets too. That's why you pay more for custom quality made cabinets! #cabinetbuilder #customcabinets #kitchencabinets

Address

Cox Canyon Hwy
Cloudcroft, NM
88317

Alerts

Be the first to know and let us send you an email when Little Water Woodworks posts news and promotions. Your email address will not be used for any other purpose, and you can unsubscribe at any time.

Contact The Business

Send a message to Little Water Woodworks:

Videos

Our Story

Little Water Woodworks is a one man shop owned and operated by me, Ford Prather. The name is derived from the Agua Chiquita River that flows through the Sacramento Mountains of New Mexico where I live.

Ford’s Story:

I come from a family full of creative artists, musicians, and skilled craftsman. I grew up on a cattle and sheep ranch. Living on a ranch meant that you had to be handy and fix or build things. It's a long ways to town to just buy a new one. Building things was also a source of entertainment. I was interested in carving as a kid, and as I a teen I got interested in metal work. I couldn't help but make stuff and learn new skills.

I attended New Mexico State University, graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Survey Engineering, and then started work as a land surveyor. During that period I did not spend much time making things. After about four years of not using my creative skills, I realized that something was missing in my life. That something was using my hands, my skills and my creative nature to build things.

I enjoy making a large variety of things from cutting boards, hand crafted heirloom boxes, children's toys, furniture, bookcases, and other home decor items.

If you have any questions about my work, would like to commission a custom piece, or just want to say hello, please send me a message through the contact page.

-Ford

Nearby autos & automotive services


Other Cloudcroft autos & automotive services

Show All

Comments

Jelke Brandehof
I am excited to get my Little Water Woodworks Cutting Board. I have known Ford and his family for close to 15 years. Ford is talented and dedicate all he does. Proud of you!