I started my woodworking career in a small cabinet shop building kitchens and furniture. And, common to small woodworkers, my projects started from raw logs that were taken to a kiln, dried and then shaped into anything from knotty oak kitchens to spiral staircases. Later in my career O moved to making high-end furniture in my workshop using advanced tools and machinery.
As the theme of his blog, I write about the tools and hardware a “home woodworker” needs to either pursue a passion or business from home. Why? Well, in small spaces every tool, bench and storage solution matters.
Key tools you’ll find in my workshop include:
- A SawStop table saw
- Festool Kapex miter saw
- Festool DOMINO for woodworking joints
- Festool dust extractor
- JET-based dust collection system
- Makita cordless track saw
- Milwaukee-based cordless ecosystem of tools
- Rockler router table
While I have upgraded many tools to Festool, my decisions on tool buying have all moved to “buy once, cry once” mentality. There is nothing worse than re-buying tools with the same capability – at a higher cost.
While difficult to list everything, in my time working with wood I’ve built:
- Over 100 kitchens from raw lumber and plywood
- Dozens of tables and benches
- Multiple hutches
- Complete bedroom sets and dressers
- Mirror frames
- Mud room cabinetry
In these projects I’ve worked with cherry, red oak, white oak, maple, maple, birch, mahogany and dozens of other wood species.
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Eric has been a professional woodworker for over thirty years and has worked in small cabinet shops making everything from kitchen cabinets to hand-made furniture. Now working from a home woodworking shop Eric is sharing his passion for woodworking, tool advice and how-to knowledge from his Minnesota-based woodshop.