Watch Video — LEARN HOW TO MAKE CURVED MOLDING

Click here to watch Gary's video on  how to use the Woodmaster Molder/Planer to make pro-quality curved molding.

Click the video to watch Gary demonstrate how to use the Woodmaster Molder/Planer to make pro-quality curved molding.

Gary Striegler is a heavy-hitter. He's an expert woodworker who gladly shares his techniques with others. He's a contributor to Fine Homebuilding and Fine Woodworking magazines, and has a series of videos on our Woodmaster Tools website. Watch and learn!

Gary Striegler is a heavy-hitter. He’s an expert woodworker who gladly shares his techniques with others. He’s a contributor to Fine Homebuilding and Fine Woodworking magazines, and has a series of videos at WoodmasterTools.com.  Watch and learn!

Gary Striegler, of Fayetteville, Arkansas, is a highly-regarded woodworker, teacher, and author; a frequent contributor to Fine Woodworking and Fine Homebuilding magazines. Gary’s also a proud owner of a Woodmaster Molder/Planer.

Gary demonstrates using a simple jig to run his laminated, curved blank through the Woodmaster.

Gary demonstrates using a simple jig to run his laminated, curved blank through the Woodmaster.

 

“Woodmaster really changed the way I do woodworking,” he told us. “It set my career in the right direction. Making curved molding with the Woodmaster really separates me from my competition – it’s like a PhD in woodworking.”

Gary went on to say, “Thanks to my Woodmaster. What started as a hobby skyrocketed into a millwork business worth six figures a year!”

Gary’s gaining national fame as the “Guru of Curved Molding” that he makes with his Woodmaster. Read his article in the Jan. 04 issue of Fine Homebuilding Magazine where he reveals his secrets – “Laminating curved stain-grade casing.”

Gary's curved molding emerges from the Woodmaster ready for finishing.

Gary’s curved molding emerges from the Woodmaster ready for finishing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“My carpenter’s heart did  backflips” over curved stain-grade casing.

“When I saw my first piece of curved stain-grade casing, my carpenter’s heart did backflips. Many years of trial and error (OK, lots of error) have led me to the method I still use today. I use a Woodmaster Molder/Planer that retails for $1,500.” (Reprinted by permission of Fine Homebuilding.)

Watch Gary’s videos – learn how to make curved molding

Gary’s mastered the art of making high-quality, high-dollar curved molding using the Woodmaster Molder/Planer. And he’s been kind enough to let us shoot several videos of how he does it. Watch and learn: you could become a curved molding guru, too!

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“MAN SYNDROME” PAYS OFF FOR GEORGIA WOODWORKER — With 2 Woodmaster Molder/Planers, and a TimberKing Sawmill, he’s building a family business.

Woodworker, Scott Saylors, turns out miles of molding in his home workshop thanks to his Woodmaster 725 and 712 Molder/Planers.

Woodworker, Scott Saylors, turns out miles of molding in his home workshop thanks to his Woodmaster 725 and 712 Molder/Planers.

 

Georgian, Scott Saylors, told us recently how his “Man Syndrome” kicks in when he wants more and better woodworking equipment. But it’s paying off for Scott and his family: their family business is growing.

“I had a shaper and a friend who had a hardwood flooring business. I started making thresholds for him. I work on the road for the local utility company, four days on and four days off and I decided to take my woodworking business to the next level. I figured woodworking would pay really well my four days off and would make a nice second income.

I didn’t have 3-phase power in my shop so I couldn’t get a big planer without phase converters and so on. I got looking at the Woodmaster Molder/Planer. One thing that impressed me about the Woodmaster was the versatility. You have four machines in one in a very small footprint.

“Man Syndrome” kicks in

I looked at the 12” Woodmaster 712 but the “Man Syndrome” kicked in: I had to have the biggest and best. I figured I didn’t want the 712 because it’s too small. And I didn’t want the 18” 718 because it’s the middle of the road model. So I ended up ordering the biggest, 25” Woodmaster 725. And I got the ProPack, too.

Turns out I got this first Woodmaster right before the housing market crashed. But due to circumstances and the Grace of God, things started turning around and I started getting big orders. When the economy went down, I had been ready to sell the 725. But as orders came in, instead of selling it, I decided to expand and I got a second Woodmaster, the 12” 712 model.

A FAMILY AFFAIR! Scott and Angel Saylors work together in their home business. They're aided by 12-year old son, Garret. "We do this as a family," says Scott. "Me, my wife, and our 12-year old son. What part time job can you do that in?"

A FAMILY AFFAIR! Scott and Angel Saylors work together in their home business. They’re aided by their son, Garret. “We do this as a family,” says Scott. “Me, my wife, and our 12-year old son. What part time job can you do that in?”

Family business

I’ve set up a production line. I have the 712 set up as a standalone molder, and the 725 is set up as a gang ripsaw. Lumber comes in the door and I rip it into blanks on the 725. Then I stack it and feed the blanks into the 712 to make them into molding. Then I move the molding into what I call the warehouse area and bundle it and stack it up. When it’s time to deliver larger orders, I take them out through a rollup door and load it onto my one-ton flatbed. We do this as a family: me, my wife, and our 12-year old son. What part time job can you do that in?

Small machine handles deep cuts

My hat’s off to Woodmaster. Even though these are smaller machines, they’re still able to handle the larger, deeper profiles. I’ve had special orders for 3” quarter round and 3” half round. I put the wood on the Woodmaster and it handles cutting 1-1/2” deep. It’s impressive. I’ve started making shoe molding using setups to cut four blanks at a time. I modified the Super-Slick Bedboard that came in the ProPack with some spacers and longer bolts and tweaked it into a setup I use for shoe molding.

I run a lot of really deep casings and profiles. You can slow the machine down, run it at a slow pace, and cut deep profiles in one pass. The molding comes out really smooth. I wasn’t sure it would be smooth because, with the shaper I was used to, you’d get chatter marks. It’s impressive that small machines will do such a big job. I can give my customers the same quality work as someone with a big machine.

“Wood & More” business – flooring, molding, service, and more

I’m making flooring and molding out of heart pine, red oak, poplar, hickory, walnut, and maple. I made some Brazilian cherry molding, plus MDF molding. I’ve made flooring 5” and 8” wide, some of it with a 1-3/4” face. Older houses have narrow flooring like that.

Garrett gets into woodworking with one of the family's two Woodmasters...under Dad's close supervision, of course.

Garrett gets into woodworking with one of the family’s two Woodmasters…under Dad’s close supervision, of course.

I call my business “Wood & More” because I work with other materials like MDF. I was skeptical about molding MDF because the machine’s RPMs have to be slower than when you’re molding wood. The guys at Woodmaster told me it would do a good job and gave me the parameters I’d need to work within to turn out a good product, like using carbide blades for MDF. I didn’t have to go in blind and make a costly mistake. I’ve cut probably 65,000 linear feet of MDF molding.

Commercial & residential customers — very little advertising

My customers are a mix of commercial and residential. I sell to one flooring company and a hardwood supply that sells to the public. They send me a lot of odd and end jobs – 50 sq. ft. of flooring up to 10,000 – 15,000 linear foot jobs. I advertise every now and then on craigslist.com and sell to someone who’s looking to do something in their home as cheap as they can. A lot of it is word of mouth.

Custom pattern knives

If a job calls for a custom knife, I often have a customer pay for the knife and material, and I keep the knife. That gives me sets of knives I can use in the future and builds up my variety and help others at the same time. A lot of molding companies charge you a custom knife fee, charge you per cut, charge you running and materials, and before long it’s beyond the reach of where your normal, hardworking American.

Whenever I need something for my Woodmaster, or I’m at a loss on how to do something, I pick up the phone and call Woodmaster. The guys there have a plethora of knowledge about the machines and they always have an answer for me.

Scott and his son, Garrett, mill their own lumber on their TimberKing 1220 Sawmill. Many woodworkers find sawing is a great way to slash their lumber costs. And when they process their own wood further in their Woodmasters, they add value at every step.

Scott and his son, Garrett, mill their own lumber on their TimberKing 1220 Sawmill. Many woodworkers find sawing is a great way to slash their lumber costs. And when they process their own wood further in their Woodmasters, they add value at every step.

I always wanted to get a sawmill. That “Man Syndrome” set in again and I got a TimberKing Sawmill. I knew Woodmaster and TimberKing are sister companies. I got great customer service from Woodmaster and I knew I’d get it from TimberKing, too. New sawmills were out of my price range but I put it in the Good Lord’s hands. I came across a man who wanted to sell his TimberKing 1220 and I bought it. It was 14 years old and had sat out in the weather but with a little TLC it cuts straight and purrs like a kitten now.

My future plans? As in any business, I want to see it grow. I hope to build a small dry kiln and take trees from people’s trees from their yard and turn it into lumber. I hope one day this business is big enough to have a standalone shop and retail to the public. Nothing fancy of big, maybe give people a way to get away from big box stores without feeling like they have to be a contractor to get a good price. My father was in business for many years and I want to follow in his footsteps: serving the public and helping others.

Talk to Scott

I’d be willing to talk to people about my Woodmaster and TimberKing story. I’d explain to them the pros and the cons.

The biggest thing I support to the day I die is Woodmaster and TimberKing are made in America by American workers. That’s something that as a country we’re losing sight of. The craftsmanship Woodmaster puts in its machine is 100%. They put their heart and soul into it. I wouldn’t have any problem recommending anybody to purchase the machine. If you were to tell me you’re looking at buying a Woodmaster, and you’ve got the need for it, it’s money well spent.”

Editor’s Note: Many of our owners have volunteered to speak with folks who’d like to know their candid, hands-on experience with their Woodmasters. If you’d like to speak with Scott or another of our owners, please call us at 1-800-821-6651.

— Scott Saylors, Georgia, Woodmaster Molder/Planer & TimberKing Owner

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Woodmaster Owner Wins Honorable Mention in National Cabinetmaking Competition

Kurt Zolman, Woodmaster Owner, recently won Honorable Mention in a prestigious national cabinetmaking design competition. Here's the centerpiece of his entry, "Celebrity Closet."

Kurt Zolman, Woodmaster Owner, recently won Honorable Mention in a prestigious national cabinetmaking design competition. Here’s the centerpiece of his entry, “Celebrity Closet.”

“Woodworking Network,” a national woodworking industry organization recently held its annual “Top Shelf Design Awards” Competition. Winners were announced during a gala awards reception at the Cabinets and Closets Expo in New Jersey. Woodmaster Molder/Planer owner, Kurt Zolman, owner of Zolman Fine Cabinetry of Cordova, Alabama won Honorable Mention for his project, “Celebrity Closet.” Kurt told us about this achievement, his business, and his Woodmaster.

“I subscribe to one of Woodworking Network’s industry newsletters about wood products, kitchens, baths and so on. It’s available to woodworkers free of charge. I opened one issue and saw there was an Expo coming up and also a design contest. This was good timing because we’d just finished an extensive closet installation. We took pictures and sent them in.

Kurt and his wife, Andrea, run Zolman Fine Cabinetry. This outstanding kitchen is from their Medallion Platinum Series.

Kurt and his wife, Andrea, run Zolman Fine Cabinetry. This outstanding kitchen is from their Medallion Platinum Series.

Shortly after, we were notified that we were finalists in our category. We were up against some amazing projects. I did notice that all but one or two other entries we were prefab installations: laminates and prefab cabinets. Our cabinetry is all hand built. My wife, Andrea, and I build everything in our shop, Zolman Fine Cabinetry. We built this closet cabinetry and installed it in a client’s new home addition. Installation was very challenging because of narrow passageways we had to fit cabinets through.”

In an online article, Michaelle Bradford, Managing Editor of several Woodworking Network publications, shared Kurt’s notes on his winning installation. “All hand made in our shop using cherry and birds eye maple, this 500 sq. ft. closet features two 4×9 islands with large dovetail drawers and soft close slides, a ‘shoe department’ accommodating 400 pairs, purse boxes with beveled glass, flat screen TV mounted to a hydraulic lift for concealment, two laundry bins, pull-out valet and belt rods and a small sink. The biggest challenge was the arch and make-up area which was the focal point of the design. We had to make sure the arch was proportionally sized for the room and leave enough leg room and for the sink and TV. I made the decision to use framed cabinets because of the size of the units, and to add that extra detail. All the moulding was made in our shop with our Woodmaster 25″ moulding machine and applied piece by piece using miter cuts on site. My wife did all the painting and glazing by hand for the carvings, appliques and moulding.” Read full article here.

“I wanted a challenge.”

Here's another Zolman kitchen installation from Kurt and Andrea's Medallion Platinum Series.

Here’s another Zolman kitchen installation from Kurt and Andrea’s Medallion Platinum Series.

Our shop is a 7,500 sq. ft. facility I’ve had for 20 years. We’re in a small town close to Birmingnam, Alabama where our clients are; that area has many high end homes. I used to do custom paintwork for boats and motorcycles, and restored old boats, so I acquired saws and woodworking equipment along the way. I eventually wanted new challenges and ran into someone who wanted their kitchen redone. I built the cabinetry and really enjoyed doing it. I ended up quitting my job and started my business in cabinetmaking. I visited other cabinet shops to see how others did their work. I got a lot of good ideas but I told myself I’d do it differently and better.

“I told myself I’d do it differently and better.”

I think it’s really a shame that the cabinets that are being installed in half-million dollar homes need replacing in just a few years because they’re just cheap prefab units that only look good on the outside. And the average homeowner just doesn’t know the difference. I set out to do it better. I decided I’d use a minimum of staples and fasteners. I use dado cuts, rabbet cuts, and various joinery techniques throughout. We use ¼” birch for cabinet backs, and we use UV birch — birch plywood that has a durable clear coat on it. I want my work to be a step above others. For finish work, we use conversion varnish instead of lacquer. We spray it on an it makes a finish like fine furniture.

Kurt Zolman fits a carved applique to a section of curved molding he made with his Woodmaster Molder/Planer.

Kurt Zolman fits a carved applique to a section of curved molding he made with his Woodmaster Molder/Planer.

The kitchen is the most important room in the home, the most used room. I get involved with clients when we’re doing designing a kitchen or other cabinetwork for them. Every new job is a fresh canvas for us. I envision their kitchen in my mind and pass my excitement along to them. That’s an edge we have in our business: we’re a small shop, we’re the owners, not a 10-man shop. We’re not afraid to take on unique, special jobs like the closet installation we entered in this contest.

“Better to get the Woodmaster and build it ourselves than try to find exactly what we wanted in stores.”

I got this Woodmaster Molder/Planer specifically to do this closet job. I told my client it would be better to buy the Molder/Planer and do the work ourselves rather than searching and trying to find exactly what we liked. I told him it would definitely pay for itself and it did. Woodmaster looked better than other machines I’d seen. It has more production capability and is better-built in general.

At first it was intimidating to run the Woodmaster, but once you understand how it all works, it’s very pleasant to work with and satisfying to use. I drew up the patterns for custom knives I wanted  using a computer drawing program. I sent the drawings to Woodmaster, they imported them into their system, sent me an approval file, then manufactured the knives. This Woodmaster was the best investment we made and the smartest production decision in this whole project.

A no-brainer

Once I did the research, I saw getting a Woodmaster is a no brainer. I took some time going through the Woodmaster website. I saw I could make curved molding; I read about the availability of custom knives; the production capacity of the machine; I saw I could get a Starter Kit of knives as a money saving bundle. I like that Woodmaster’s made in the USA; it’s got good customer support and no worries. It’s even easy to find replacement wearing parts like belts — you can get them at a good automotive store.

By getting a Woodmaster Molder/Planer, Kurt was able to build what his client wanted AND save him money.

By getting a Woodmaster Molder/Planer, Kurt was able to build what his client wanted AND save him money.

Coming up: Man Cave

I chose the 25″ Woodmaster 725  because I didn’t want to be limited by size, or wish later I’d bought a bigger one. My client has more work in mind — I’m making him a $10,000 mantlepiece with very intricate trim and carvings out of burled walnut. After that I’m building him a ‘man cave.’

Besides custom work like that, you can make a lot of money making quality molding; it’s hard to find quality molding to use in high end homes. Lowe’s or Home Depot are the only places to get molding. Everybody has the same problem – where to get good quality molding. If we never get another cabinet jobs, we could make a good living making molding. This machine prints money!

I’d tell others don’t hesitate to pull the trigger and buy a Woodmaster. It is everything you say it is. It’s a wonderful machine, easy to operate. Regardless of the model you choose, you’ll get the same support and satisfaction from owning a Woodmaster.” See Kurt and Andrea’s work on Facebook: Zolman Fine Cabinetry LLC.

— Kurt Zolman, Zolman Fine Cabinetry, Woodmaster Molder/Planer Owner

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“WOODMASTER’S VARIABLE FEED RATE is its key feature — it’s a real big deal.”

Here's woodworker and all-around do-it-yourselfer, Eddy Johnson, in his workshop with his Woodmaster Molder/Planer. Thanks, Eddy, for sharing your story with our readers!

Here’s woodworker and all-around do-it-yourselfer, Eddy Johnson, in his workshop with his Woodmaster Molder/Planer. Thanks, Eddy, for sharing your story with our readers!

The Woodmaster Molder/Planer is a heavy duty, pro-grade 4-in-1 woodworking machine — molder, planer, sander, saw. Many Woodmaster owners are professional woodworkers, cabinetmakers, molding manufacturers and so on. But plenty of do-it-yourself guys choose Woodmasters, too. They tell us that, after all, if they’re going to put the time and effort into home projects, they’d rather to them right with tools they can depend on. Eddy Johnson is one such D-I-Y guy. He tells his story…

“I’m a hobby woodworker. My house is full of stuff I made! I got my Woodmaster Molder/Planer because of the versatility of the different functions and its heavy-duty construction. Price entered into my decision but was not the deciding factor. I was looking for a machine that would do everything I wanted to do as long and hard as I wanted to do it. The Woodmaster does that for me.

“I use my Woodmaster for planing, rip sawing, and sanding.”

I use my Woodmaster to plane rough sawn lumber; I gang saw lumber with the ripsaw head; and I sand occasionally with the drum sander head. I don’t do drum sanding as much as the other functions, but it is nice to have it available. I feel it has paid for itself just by helping me make the stuff in my home.

I know I could make money with it. Right now I am so tied up with work that I don’t have enough time in the day to do it all.  I have the opportunity to have my Woodmaster make money for me now, just not the time to do it in.  If time allowed, I could make money with it on any given day. You can really earn a great living with it making molding. That would be the biggest moneymaker. We have a hardwood company here in town and they have three Woodmasters in. They do make a living with theirs.

Eddy ran quite a bit of trim for his home. Here's some of his work in process.

Eddy ran quite a bit of trim for his home. Here’s some of his work in process.

I looked at all the big planers that were on the market at the time I bought. Woodmaster was the most heavy-duty, the best value, and the best producer that I could see. The variable speed on the infeed and outfeed is a huge selling feature.  I’m not mass-producing projects; what I’m after is the highest quality available.  I slow it down and just let it creep through and the wood comes out planed beautifully.  I am not trying to plane a certain number of feet a minute to earn big money. I want to get the best finish available for whatever project I am working on.

“Woodmaster told me what I didn’t need.”

Woodmaster Tools is a wonderful company; I have never had a negative experience with them. When I purchased the machine, I spoke with a few people at Woodmaster. I didn’t really know at the time what I would need for the machine, what molding knives or what supplies. The guy I spoke with was real helpful. He gave me some tips about what I may need or didn’t need, what I shouldn’t invest in and what would be money well spent. He told me that if I figured out that I needed anything else, he would sell me what I needed at 15% off for the next year. That was really helpful. I thought everything worked out great.  I don’t know if I would say that I had a friend on the inside, but I at least had someone I could call up and ask questions.  He remembered me every time I called.

The Key Feature: Variable Feed Rate

Woodmaster's Infinitely Variable Feed Rate gives you 10X more cuts-per-inch than ANY other molder or planer - that means super-fine finishes no other planer or molder can match. Simply turn the dial and choose from 70 to over 1,000 CPI or anywhere inbetween. More CPI means a super smooth finish!

Woodmaster’s Infinitely Variable Feed Rate gives you 10X more cuts-per-inch than ANY other molder or planer – that means super-fine finishes no other planer or molder can match. Simply turn the dial and choose from 70 to over 1,000 CPI or anywhere inbetween. More CPI means a super smooth finish!

If someone asked me about getting a Woodmaster Molder/Planer, I would definitely recommend it.  There is no doubt about that.  The key feature is the variable speed infeed outfeed rollers.  That is a big deal.  Plus Woodmaster is not stingy on the horsepower in the motors. You get a minimum of a 5HP motor. Taiwanese machines just cant stand up to Woodmaster.  The benefits of this machine can be easily shown to anyone.

“I put high value on quality.”

Eddy shows off some of his handiwork - some elaborate window trim he made with his Woodmaster Molder/Planer.

Eddy shows off some of his handiwork – some elaborate window trim he made with his Woodmaster Molder/Planer.

When I bought my Woodmaster, I did a lot of research. It was the best machine at the best price.  I do put a pretty high value on quality.  As long as you have a good value for the money, I have no problem doing business with you. Woodmaster is a great value for the money.”

— Eddy Johnson, Woodmaster Owner, Florida

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“MY WIFE AND I BUILT OUR OWN HOME FROM SCRATCH” …with a Woodmaster Molder/Planer, a TimberKing Sawmill, and His help.

We Americans are an independent people — it’s in our blood. Family’s important, as is faith, and so is a strong desire to do things for ourselves using our own resources. These traditional American values are part of our national character and they run strong and deep in Vermonters like Eli and Kaylina Phoenix. 

Kaylina Phoenix ran flooring through their Woodmaster Molder/Planer. "She likes to get right in there," says her husband, Eli.

Kaylina Phoenix runs flooring through their Woodmaster Molder/Planer. “She likes to get right in there,” says her husband, Eli. “She runs our TimberKing sawmill, too.”

“My wife and I built our own home ourselves. We hired certain aspects, but Kaylina and I did everything else. I’m a Christian and I’m thankful to the Lord that he helped us through the project. I took a lot of work and about a year and three months but we’re moved in now. Doing work ourselves, I credit God with helping us make decisions and giving me the strength to work late nights and weekends; giving me the strength to build our home.

3 generations built their own homes

The Phoenix Family

Building their home was a family affair. On the job site, Kaylina holds son, Jace, while Eli holds daughter, Colette.

I’ve been in construction my whole life. I work for my dad’s roofing company; he started the company when I was 3 or 4. He built his own home and my grandpa built his home, too. He actually built four houses. So building my own home was something I’ve always thought about. I’ve seen how it’s done, and I accumulated many ideas over the years. I had a good idea of what I wanted to do. I had experience and access to tools and equipment.

We own 70 acres in Southern Vermont, a gift from my dear grandfather, Edwin Phoenix, who passed away in 2012. He bought an old farmhouse and 400 acres in Townshend, Vermont in 1958 so he could raise his family in the country. I was born and raised here. There’s no way we could have built our home like we did without the land and the resources it provided. The wood on our property is about 50% pine, 10% hemlock, and the balance is birch, maple, cherry, with a little bit of oak. For this project we used maple and cherry for the flooring, trim, and counters.

TimberKing sawmill & Woodmaster Molder/Planer work together

Eli bought a TimberKing 1220 sawmill to mill lumber from his own trees. "It did everything I needed it to do," he says. TimberKing and Woodmaster are sister companies out of Kansas City, Missouri.

Eli bought a TimberKing 1220 sawmill to mill lumber from his own trees. “It did everything I needed it to do,” he says. TimberKing and Woodmaster are sister companies out of Kansas City, Missouri.

I cut and felled the trees we used. We have a John Deere tractor with logging winch on the back. We went in the woods, skidded them out, and milled them ourselves on our 1220 TimberKing sawmill. I had someone else kiln dry the boards, then Kaylina and I planed them with our 718 Woodmaster Molder/Planer.

My TimberKing sawmill works great. I’ve had no issues at all. It set up nice, always works really well, cuts nice lumber as long as you keep a sharp blade on it. How precise? I cut boards 7/8”, roughcut, I plane them down and get 11/16” lumber, finished both sides. I lost only 3/16” planing down both sides of lumber. In sawing 3,500 feet of lumber, I had only one or two boards that didn’t come out right. They were right on the money and I was very happy about that.

The Phoenix place is shaping up as Eli glues up wide cherry boards he cut and planed into his kitchen counters.

The Phoenix place is shaping up as Eli glues up wide cherry boards he cut and planed into his kitchen counters.

I’m using the Woodmaster Molder/Planer to turn my own lumber into my own flooring, trim, counters and more. I wanted to do my own planing because I’m able to do what I need to do. It’s also a cost saving thing. I enjoy woodworking, and having a machine like this is a benefit. I’ll use it for life. I milled all my own lumber on my TimberKing and I finished it myself on my Woodmaster. If I sent the roughcut boards to someone, it would cost 20 or 30 cents a foot to plane them. This way I could plane as much as I need and if I needed a little more I could just make more. That gave me flexibility and eliminated one more step to getting it done the way I want it.  I like to do myself.

"Get ready for late nights and long weekends," says Eli. Here he's laying down hardwood flooring he made.

“Get ready for late nights and long weekends,” says Eli. Here he’s laying down hardwood flooring he made.

I got the Pro Pack with my Woodmaster and I made my own crown molding from pine and painted it. I made some out of cherry, too. It worked slick. I was impressed. I wasn’t sure what to think of it when I got it but it worked really well and made really nice molding. There’s no pulling, no chatter.  variable feed rate and feed rollers make it smooth molding. I have an old 15” planer that has just one speed. It tends to pull the grain. Woodmaster’s variable feed rate is really key because you can slow it right down. You have to go slow because, when you make molding, you’re taking off a lot of wood.

One molder does it all: 4-in-1 molder, planer, sander, saw

I chose Woodmaster because of its versatility. I researched Logosol and some other 4-head machines but they cost quite a bit more and WoodMaster has four functions in one: planing, molding, sanding, and sawing in the same machine. That made sense to me as homeowner and weekend woodworker: I don’ t need four or five $20,000 molding machines. One Woodmaster lets me set it up for whatever I need and change functions easily.

I bought the 718 model — 18” wide —  you can plane a lot of wide boards on that. I liked it for the width. And I got the ProPack because I wanted the capability to do both planing and molding.  I liked that idea of the rip saw and drum sanding features that are in the ProPack, too.

The 718 performs very well. I haven’t had any problems. I planed 12” oak, maple, and cherry on it and it did it beautifully. It’s a very powerful machine so it doesn’t bog down. The 5HP motor is big, you need that power for making molding.

“I’d like to start a molding business later on”

My Woodmaster has worked well for me and has done everything I needed it to do. If you’re looking for a machine that’ll do a lot of different things, it’s definitely the way to go. I would like to do a molding business later on, owing the Woodmaster opens that door for me. I could process and sell molding at lower prices than a lumberyard. Opens doors. If you enjoy woodworking and being able to plane and make molding, it’s a good machine.

“I saved money I didn’t have, both machines paid for themselves”

Both my TimberKing sawmill and my Woodmaster Molder/Planer hav paid for themselves. If you buy wide plank maple or cherry,  you’re paying maybe $10 to $15 a square foot. When you multiply that over 3,000 sq. ft., they’ve definitely paid for themselves.

Home Sweet Home — the Phoenix's hand-built home on 70 beautiful wooded acres in Southern Vermont. Inspired by his dad and granddad, Eli built it himself.

Home Sweet Home — the Phoenix’s hand-built home on 70 beautiful wooded acres in Southern Vermont. Inspired by his dad and granddad, Eli built it himself.

The way I look at it, I saved money I don’t have. We couldn’t have afforded to buy the materials I made myself. The flooring I made is worth probably $14 a sq. ft. I put down about 1000 sq. ft. of flooring and saved maybe $17,000 to $20,000 worth of flooring, trim, countertops, and lumber. The Woodmaster was around $3,000, and the TimberKing sawmill was about $4,000. I probably saved 60% to 70% by doing it myself with these machines. Plus there’s the pleasure of doing it  yourself. On top of that there’s leveraging my time and effort — sweat equity.

Late nights and long weekends

Is a man's home his castle? From the smile on Eli's face, we believe it is...especially when you've built it yourself.

Is a man’s home his castle? From the smile on Eli’s face, we believe it is…especially when he’s built it himself.

If anyone else is thinking of building a home while you’re working full time, as I did, you need to be prepared for late nights and long weekends. It’s a lot of work but it’s very satisfying to go from cutting the trees to putting down the flooring. That’s very satisfying to me. I like to see things thru the whole process from start to finish. There were times when I was putting down flooring and could recognize the wood from when I was cutting the trees. It’s also a learning experience. It’s very satisfying, but you have to be prepared to put in long hours to get the project finished. If you’re willing to put in time, sweat, and hard labor, it’s definitely worth it becuause in the end you have a home and you know what went into it.

Jace turns three in a few weeks and he's already a Woodmaster fan. We're betting he'll build a home of his own one day.

Jace turns three in a few weeks and he’s already a Woodmaster fan. We’re betting he’ll build a home of his own one day.

My wife encouraged me to buy the sawmill and molder/planer becaue she knows I like woodworking and because it would be a benefit to I’d have the machines after we finished the house. That helped justify the purchases. She was right out there running the mill, planing wood, she was in the woods helping me do logging, cutting flooring. She had a lot of good ideas and really influenced design. She likes to get right into it and her help really speeded things up.”

— Eli Phoenix, Woodmaster Molder/Planer & TimberKing Sawmill owner, Townshend, Vermont

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Boat builder, boat restorer says, “I DO BETTER, FASTER WORK THAN MY COMPETITION THANKS TO MY WOODMASTER DRUM SANDER!”

Glen Taniguchi had been in the boat building and boat restoration business for 35 years when we spoke with him. He’s got a unique, high-end niche    woodworking business in Washington state, and said he couldn’t do it without his Woodmaster Drum Sander. Here’s Glen’s story…

Here's Glen Taniguchi with his Woodmaster Drum Sander and an example of some of the work he does as he's building and restoring high-end boats in his Washington state shop. "I couldn't do the work I do without the Woodmaster," he says. "It gives me an edge over my competition."

Here’s Glen Taniguchi with his Woodmaster Drum Sander and an example of some of the work he does as he’s building and restoring high-end boats in his Washington state shop. “I couldn’t do the work I do without the Woodmaster,” he says. “It gives me an edge over my competition.”

“I’m a self-employed professional woodworker. I create and restore high-end boats and boat interiors. I’m a subcontractor; I work for several different companies. I don’t think I could do a lot of this work without my Woodmaster Drum Sander. It gives me the edge over my competition to do things that would be impossible without it. I’m faster and do things my competition can’t. For example, I’m working on a 50-foot catamaran (twin-hulled boat) and the owner wanted a teak and maple floor. I glued it all together on a piece of plastic. When the glue dried, I was able to run the floor panels through the sander and bring it all down 1/4”. If I hadn’t had the Woodmaster, I’d have had to do it a more traditional way: laying the floor piece-by-piece and sanding it with a buff pad. That would have taken a long time and would have been very labor intensive. This way, I made panels and laid them in — just like fitting sheets of plywood.

The Woodmaster saves him time and does a better job than a hand-held sander

My Woodmaster has paid for itself. I use it on a daily basis, it helps me every day. I can sand molding, flooring, doors, and more. All I have to do is run my work through and it’s a finished piece. I save an immense amount of time and it’s a much better job than if I’d used a belt sander and a dual-action sander.

Onboard a boat, space is at a premium. Glen uses fine cabinetry skills to make the most of every square inch.

Onboard a boat, space is at a premium. Glen uses fine cabinetry skills to make the most of every square inch.

Making doors, for example: I glue them up, run them through the Woodmaster, and I’m done. I get a perfectly flat and even surface that would have taken far longer by hand. Another example is a set of cabinet doors I made for the boat I’m working on. It’s a three or four million dollar boat and the panels are all veneer. I glued burl onto a substrate of the same cherry I’m using for the frames. Then I ran the panels through the Woodmaster and brought the veneer down to the same level as the cherry frames. They look wonderful. If I’d sanded then by hand, it would have been very difficult to keep everything even.

Half an hour’s hand sanding done in just 10 minutes

What would take me hours to sand by hand I can sand in minutes. I work with less fatigue because the machine does the work. It was always kind of depressing to see a big stack of doors that would take me a day or two to get through — now I can do them in a few hours. Jobs take less time; they’re less labor intensive, less demanding, and the Woodmaster does a better job that you do.

I can multi-task now: I run a panel through the sander do something else while the Woodmaster is doing its thing. I’m working more than twice as fast. Polishing a 6” x 8’ board by hand would take at least half an hour. With the Woodmaster it takes maybe 10 minutes. I typically don’t buy Grizzly® or tools imported from China. Most of my tools are professional grade. I think it’s a good thing that Woodmaster is made in the USA. I’ve used it a lot and I’ve never had any problems with anything. Bearings and tracking are all good. It was a terrific purchase for my business.

I’d recommend Woodmaster to a friend. If you look around, you won’t find anything better on the market in the price range. For the kind of woodworking I do, this machine is perfect.”

— Glenn Taniguchi, Glen Taniguchi Woodworking, Port Ludlow WA

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WOODWORKER OVERCOMES DISABILITY — Starts successful business & helps others

Johnny Starnes, of Tennessee, is an accomplished woodworker. He hasn't let disability slow him down -- here he is with his Woodmaster Molder/Planer and a hardwood pizza peel he's made. 

Johnny Starnes, of Tennessee, is an accomplished woodworker. He hasn’t let disability slow him down — here he is with his Woodmaster Molder/Planer and a hardwood pizza peel he’s made.

Being in a wheelchair hasn’t stopped Tennessee woodworker, Johnny Starnes, from pursuing his lifetime love of woodworking. He’s modified his Woodmaster Molder/Planer to make it easy to operate from a sitting position, and makes everything from cabinetry to furniture to molding.

And beyond his career as a professional woodworker, Johnny uses his personal situation to help others with disabilities. His sharing about both his personal challenges and woodworking successes has inspired several others to start working in wood, too.

 “I’ve been a woodworker since I got out of high school.”

Johnny says he makes just about anything people ask him to. That includes furniture, cabinetry, wood molding, and much more. Here's one of Johnny's bird feeders -- handsome and functional.

Johnny says he makes just about anything people ask him to. That includes furniture, cabinetry, wood molding, and much more. Here’s one of Johnny’s bird feeders — handsome and functional.

I live in the Greeneville, Tennessee area. I own the 718 Woodmaster Molder/Planer and I have the Pro Pack with all the add-ons: sander, saw, planer, molder. I’d looked at Woodmaster for years and always wanted one because of the quality and the fact that’s it’s made in the United States.

I’m a professional woodworker. I went to a vocational school for woodworking and I’ve been doing it since I was 18 years old. I make just about anything: cabinetry, all kinds of furniture, bedroom furniture, kitchen cabinets and more. Now that I have this Woodmaster, I’ve made a lot of molding. For the past few years I’ve been making molding for those who’re building homes.  I’m doing this with my brother and we’re making a living.

“When somebody gets put in a wheelchair, I get called.”

You can see in my picture I’m in a wheelchair. I used to work for Easter Seals. When somebody got hurt and put in a wheelchair, I’d get a call to go talk to them in the hospital. I tell them about the woodworking I do. I have worked with two people with disabilities and who are thinking of getting Woodmasters. I’ve worked with three more who’ve already bought them. These are people in wheelchairs just like me. Some want to do woodworking as a hobby, some are thinking seriously about going into woodworking businesses.

Johnny found a way to retrofit his Woodmaster to lower the working height several inches so he could work seated in his wheelchair. He's recessed the wheels inside the cabinet so the chassis rides just a half-inch off the floor.

Johnny found a way to retrofit his Woodmaster to lower the working height several inches so he could work seated in his wheelchair. He’s recessed the wheels inside the cabinet so the chassis rides just a half-inch off the floor.

I show them how they can do woodworking with a Woodmaster even if they are in a wheelchair. For example, I show them how they can change the heads in the Woodmaster. I rigged up a block and tackle like the hoist you use to when you dress a deer. I just put two bolts in the hood of the Woodmaster and put a bolt in the ceiling. Now I can raise the hood and change Woodmaster heads myself — from molder to planer, or saw, or drum sander. I don’t have to have anybody else help me.

Johnny can change heads in his Woodmaster without anyone's assistance. He hooked a deer hoist from the ceiling to hooks he installed in the Woodmaster's hood. Using the hoist's pulley system, he can easily raise and lower the hood for simple maintenance and tool changes. Where there's a will there's a way!

Johnny can change heads in his Woodmaster without anyone’s assistance. He hung a deer hoist from the ceiling and attached it to hooks he installed in the Woodmaster’s hood. Using the hoist’s pulley system, he can easily raise and lower the hood for simple maintenance and tool changes. Where there’s a will there’s a way!

“I’m always willing to help another person in a wheelchair.”

I’m a volunteer. I talk to others who’re in wheelchairs. I use my own situation as a way to help others. If anybody wants to call or email me about woodworking as a person with disabilities, I’m always willing to help. Always.

(Editor’s note: If you or someone you know is in a wheelchair and would like to talk to Johnny Starnes about woodworking, please call us at Woodmaster 1-800-821-6651 and we’ll give you his phone number.)

Yes, there are challenges for a person with disabilities doing woodworking. There are always things you could do better standing up but I’ve found work-arounds. I always find a way to solve problems.

For example, I found a way to put a tension pulley on the cutterhead to make belt changes easier for those in a wheelchair. As another example, many machines are too tall for people in wheelchairs. All I had to do with the Woodmaster is recess the wheels up inside the cabinet so the cabinet is just a half-inch off the ground. That lowered the whole unit down so I can reach the table.

“I never liked just sitting around.”

My advice for others with disabilities: if woodworking is something you want to do, you just have to work on it. You need to pursue it the best you can. I never liked just sitting in the house.

Johnny shows off a matched pair of lamp holders he's built.

Johnny shows off a matched pair of lamp holders he’s built.

Yugo vs. Maserati

If someone wants a woodworking machine that will last, I tell them don’t get any of that China-made stuff. It’s like buying something from Wal-Mart – fine if you’re just going to use it once but it won’t last. I hate going to buy something and it says China-made on it. There’s no comparison between things made in China and the Woodmaster. It’s like the difference between a Yugo and a Maserati.

I’m very happy with my Woodmaster. I think the price is reasonable and I haven’t had any problems with it. Replacement parts are no problem. I’ve had Sears machines and it’s like pulling teeth to get them repaired. I learned Grizzly’s made in Taiwan. Woodmaster’s made in the USA. Just buy a Woodmaster and you’ll see the difference between the USA quality and Japanese the version. Woodmaster, you do have good tools!”

— Johnny Starnes, Woodmaster Owner, Greenville, TN

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THE FINE ART OF HISTORIC RESTORATION

“I worked for several years as Restoration Coordinator with Historic Hudson Valley http://www.hudsonvalley.org/ out of Tarrytown, New York. They own a collection of historic homes including Sunnyside (above), Washington Irving’s home; Phillipsburg Manor; Van Cortlandt Manor; Montgomery Place (below) in Red Hook, New York. Everything was to Department of the Interior standards.”

“I worked for several years as Restoration Coordinator with Historic Hudson Valley  out of Tarrytown, New York. They own a collection of historic homes including Sunnyside (above), Washington Irving’s home; Phillipsburg Manor; Van Cortlandt Manor; Montgomery Place (below) in Red Hook, New York. Everything was to Department of the Interior standards.”

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As early as 1610, Dutch settlers established a trading post just south of Albany, today’s capitol of New York State. In the 1700’s, what is now the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area was the site of battles during the French and Indian War and the American Revolution.

“History is thick in the Hudson River Valley,” says contemporary NYC playwright, Quincy Long. From fabled Saratoga Springs south nearly to New York City, the valley is home to many scenic drives, landmarks, battlefields, and historic buildings and estates including West Point; Franklin Roosevelt’s home; the Vanderbilt Mansion; Sunnyside — Washington Irving’s home; and many more.

It’s also home to Michael Pelletier and his company, The Housewright , a specialty building company focusing on museum quality historic home restoration. We spoke with Michael recently about his restoration business and his Woodmaster Molder/Planer and Drum Sander.

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Mr. Pelletier owns an 18″ Woodmaster Molder/Planer (left) and a Woodmaster   Drum Sander like these pictured on our website.

 

 

“Our niche is restoring buildings that are 100 years old or more. Many of the homes we work on are on the National Historic Register. There are usually unique building elements missing and irreplaceable architectural details that need to be reproduced.

Pelletier MillworkMy father-in-law was a veteran builder — I started working with him 33 years ago. Those were not good economic times. There were double digit  interest rates, gas lines, and people were very careful with their money. The construction market  wasn’t great, to say the least.

We found ourselves doing more renovation work than new construction. I was always passionate about older homes, so it suited me fine.  Our renovation work became more refined and evolved into restoration work. Lumberyards could not provide the lumber dimensions or profiles we needed. So we started making everything ourselves. We found ourselves reproducing all the building elements on a restoration job. The more we did, the better we got at it. Now restoration and reproduction are pretty much all we do.

We’re in a high-end niche in New York State’s historic Hudson River Valley. Typically we are on a project for an extended period and can sometimes work on the property for a number of years. The scope of our work often includes several buildings on the same property. Our customers have a tremendous investment in their properties and they value their privacy.  They want to work with people they can trust. We’ve been able to establish relationships with clients based on trust.  Being able to do good work allows you to enter this market. Establishing a comfortable and symbiotic relationship with the client is what keeps you there.

We are builders, not just building contractors

We are builders, not just building contractors. We have a thorough understanding of buildings and how everything goes together. We’re involved in every facet of a project from the footings to the building finish and landscaping. We do all the carpentry and we do most of the millwork and casework ourselves.

Trelliage Work 2We haven’t really been affected by the economy. We don’t advertise; it’s all word of mouth. Clients hire us because they want us to do their projects. We have been very fortunate. We are a small company, currently six employees, never bigger than eight or nine.   Our size allows us to control quality and be very consistent.

Woodmaster’s faster, easier, safer

I bought a Woodmaster 718 Molder/Planer and one of your Drum Sanders.  I got the Molder/Planer because I wanted a powerful molder, rather than relying on our spindle shaper for making running and standing trim. The Woodmaster 718 gave us a new capability because we could set it up as a dedicated molder. We have a lot of profile knives we’ve accumulated over the years for our shaper.  It was important to buy a molder that was capable of using the tooling we had already accumulated. Woodmaster offers a corrugated head for their molder/planer, so it seemed like a perfect answer.

Gates 1Two great things about the Woodmaster Molder/Planer are the ease of setup and the variable feed rate. I’d never do most trim on the shaper now – there’s no reason to. With the Woodmaster, the setup is faster and easier, the quality of the work is better, and it’s safer. That’s very important.

We set up shops close to our job sites. When we set up a shop, we need machines that are easy to transport. Sometimes we rent space, sometimes there is an area on the job site we can use as a shop.  The Woodmaster Molder/Planer is heavy enough to be solid but light enough to move around if need be.  Most of our machines are on heavy duty casters, allowing us flexibility in how we use available space.

Drum sander cuts sanding time in half

Our Woodmaster Drum Sander — we got that to save sanding time. We use it for face frames and cabinet doors. We used to spend way too much time hand sanding with handheld random orbital sanders. You have to be very careful with hand sanders. They’re very unforgiving if you don’t have good technique.  The Woodmaster is more accurate and faster.  It seems any time we have missed a deadline on a casework project, it has been because we underestimated the time requirement for sanding.  The Woodmaster definitely cuts the sanding time in half.

photo1I went with Woodmaster because I try to buy things that are made in America. But not just because they’re made in America. They have to do the job we need done and be good quality.  We have other equipment that is made in Germany, Italy, and Switzerland. Each was purchased because it was good quality and would do the job we needed done.

Really simple

What I love about the Woodmaster is it’s a really simple machine. Simple construction with readily available parts and components.   If it goes down, it’s going to be easy to fix. It’s very simple. It couldn’t get any easier. I had another planer with pressure bars, chip breakers, and lots of adjustments. When set up properly, it worked wonderfully. But I was the only guy who knew how to set it up.   It was tedious and time consuming.  The Woodmaster is far easier and has a short learning curve for my guys. No fuss, no muss. Woodmaster’s a good value.   I am happy with my Woodmasters. You get a lot of machine for the money. I’d buy another one.

More knowledge means more value

When I started in the building business over thirty years ago, things were pretty simple.  I learned the trade from a veteran who was steeped in traditional building knowledge and practice. Having sharp tools and knowing how to use a square were the usual yardsticks a craftsman was measured against.

Today building has become a real science. There are sustainable practices, building performance standards, energy performance standards, engineered lumber, sophisticated heating and cooling systems, sound systems, and computers in everything!  It has become very complicated.

My advice for others? To be competitive in this market, builders needs to be willing to continually educate themselves. You must have more than a skin-deep knowledge of the involved trades.  As a builder, you will be responsible to make sure it all works. You have to coordinate all the talent and create a good work environment for everyone. You need to be sure things are sequenced properly, and proper allowances are made for all the equipment and systems. The more you know, the easier it is for you, and the better it is for the job and your client.

You need to position yourself so you’re valuable to your clients. Upscale clients are looking for value. They can be more demanding than the usual client. Typically, they are spending a considerable amount of money, and they want what they want.  You have to be on top of your game, and listen well.  These projects  do pay well, but you have to be prepared to earn it.”

— Michael Pelletier, The Housewright , Woodmaster Owner

 

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MAKING MONEY THREE TIMES OVER — Restoring our 1860′s Victorian mansion with a Woodmaster Molder/Planer

"Whisper Rock Victorian Dreams Vacation Home" didn't always look like the showplace it does today. Owners, Jim Magrone and Lynn Owen did extensive restoration with help from their Woodmaster Molder/Planer.

“Whisper Rock Victorian Dreams Vacation Home” didn’t always look like the showplace it is today. Owners, Jim Magrone and Lynn Owen did extensive restoration with help from their Woodmaster Molder/Planer.

 

Jim and his buddy, Daren Pautzke (right) put miles of oak through Jim's Woodmaster Molder/Paner, creating flooring and molding during the restoration of Jim and Lynn's Victorian home.

Jim and his buddy, Daren Pautzke (right), put miles of oak through Jim’s Woodmaster Molder/Paner, creating flooring and molding during the restoration of Jim and Lynn’s Victorian home.


 

Sometimes, the first task in a home remodeling job is undoing the “remuddling” someone else did years earlier. That’s where Jim and Lynn started when they tackled the historically-accurate restoration of their 1860′s Victorian home. With a little help from their Woodmaster, their “Lady in Need” is now revived as a “Lady Indeed.”

In mid-1990, we purchased our pre-retirement project, a “Lady in Need” 1860’s Victorian.  The upper floor is a rental with original 1860’s floors, walls, and moldings.  The first floor had been ‘renovated’ in the 1970’s.  After we removed the shag rugs, dark paneling, and some walls that had been added in the ’70′s, we did a detailed financial statement including a return on investment  (ROI) analysis.  We found that taking out and repaying loans and hiring carpenters would not fit our budget.

Saving Money means Making Money (three times over)

In one of the magazines we subscribe to, we found advertisements about Woodmaster Molder/Planers.  After an analysis on several molder/planers, we decided on Woodmaster.  We are proud that we purchased a tool that’s made in America.  Additionally, we found that the knife patterns we needed to renovate the 1970 ‘ambiance’ back to the 1860′s are available through Woodmaster.  Well, what to do next was a no brainer.

We also decided that ‘making money and saving money,’ for us, are the same!  If we do the work ourselves, make all the molding ourselves, it will save us a lot of money.  We estimated that the money we saved with the Woodmaster would pay for it at least three times over the original price. Several weeks later, Lynn, my wife/designer/expeditor ordered the Woodmaster 725 and the appropriate knives to initiate the renovation.

Got Wood? Jim and wife, Lynn, bought kiln-dried oak by the truckload. Turns out oak cost less than pine in their area.

Got Wood? Jim and wife, Lynn, bought kiln-dried oak by the truckload. Turns out oak cost less than pine in their area.

We found that here, in Wisconsin, oak is easier to find and in some cases cheaper to buy than pine.  Well, oak it was!  After numerous calls to lumberyards, wood wholesalers, and folks who just cut down trees, we found a wholesaler of kiln dried oak.  The price was right so we ordered our first load of the best kiln dried oak we could find. It nearly filled a semi truck! It came from trees that were downed in storms or that homeowners had professionals remove.

The 725 arrives!

Well, the 725 Woodmaster Molder/Planer arrived at the trucking distribution center in Milwaukee so off we went to bring it home. The forklift placed it in the middle of the bed of our truck and to my surprise, the truck did not even flinch.

Off we cruised to Belleville to offload it and get our restoration started.  With the help of our neighbors, we offloaded the boxes and put them in the garage.  I had all the wiring installed weeks earlier, so everything was ready.  I now had a made-in-America Woodmaster 725 Molder/Planer, and a lot of boxes to open.  Christmas came in July for sure!  After a few days of reading and re-reading the instructions, I literally and figuratively tore into the boxes and started putting it together.  It was easy.

Day one on becoming a pro on my 725 

Here's some of Jim's handiwork -- a historically-accurate bathroom in their charming Victorian vacation home.

Here’s some of Jim’s handiwork — a historically-accurate bathroom in their charming Victorian vacation home.

I carefully selected a scrap piece of oak.  It had a few tight knots so I figured that if I make a mistake, I would not be wasting any of the good stuff.  I turned the molder/planer on, but avoided turning on the vacuum system.  I figured I would be scared enough with the sound of the molder/planer without having the vacuum going.  After flipping the switch, the 725 was humming away with no vibration and no parts flying off.  I turned on the roller drive and again nothing flew off at me.  I grabbed that piece of oak, ran it through a couple of times, adjusting the bed’s height until the rollers firmly grabbed it. By that time, I felt like a true dyed-in-the-wool operator.  I tightened up the rollers one full crank, put the oak in, grabbed my coffee, crossed my fingers and waited.  The oak rolled through, but the planer knives never touched the wood.  I cranked the roller one more full crank, turned the speed to 30, crossed my fingers, grabbed my coffee then heard the knives making contact with the wood and not with me.  The oak looked pretty as it exited the out-feed of the planner.  IT WORKED!

Now that I was a certified pro with two minutes of experience, I again raised the bed one-half turn, inserted the oak and the machine just hummed.  Now that I had three minutes of experience, I cranked the roller another half- turn and inserted the oak.  Yep, the machine hummed until one of the knots in the wood let go and then BANG, it sounded like someone had shot me.  I turned off the machine, caught my breath, and as I had no pain and no traces of blood, I investigated what happened.  Yep, one of the knots had broken loose. I now had four whole minutes of experience.  I was on a roll.   In the years to come, I would look back at that experience as my initiation into the craft of woodworking.

“Lady in Need” superseded by Hurricane Katrina

Anyone for a quiet afternoon in a porch swing? Jim built it with his Woodmaster.  "In March of 2006, Lynn and I took a hiatus from restoration and spent three weeks in Past Christian and Waveland, Mississippi at the request of the <a href="http://www.foursquare.org/" target="_blank">Four Square Church</a>. They needed me to work on donated RV’s, the church, and parishioners' homes.  Occasionally, they loaned me out to <a href="http://www.habitat.org/" target="_blank">Habitat for Humanity</a> and other groups to resolve special problems.  I went through all my RV parts, hardware, and materials (molding, 2x4's,  etc.) in two days then salvaged whatever materials I could find.  I brought all the tools I felt I would need, but without supplies, some of the work did not even get started.  My God, what an absolute disaster.  I am glad we were able to help."

Anyone for a quiet afternoon in a porch swing? Jim built it with his Woodmaster.
“In March of 2006, Lynn and I took a hiatus from restoration and spent three weeks in Past Christian and Waveland, Mississippi at the request of the Four Square Church. They needed me to work on donated RV’s, the church, and parishioners’ homes.  Occasionally, they loaned me out to Habitat for Humanity and other groups to resolve special problems.  I went through all my RV parts, hardware, and materials (molding, 2×4′s,  etc.) in two days then salvaged whatever materials I could find.  I brought all the tools I felt I would need, but without supplies, some of the work did not even get started.  My God, what an absolute disaster.  I am glad we were able to help.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Post Katrina, our restoration project continued.

Over the past 10 years, I replaced a roller and a drive chain on my 725 and that is it. My machine has NEVER been inoperative.  I have some of my molding knives sharpened yearly, and I have my planer knives sharpened about three or four times a year.  I have replaced my planer knives three times, because I run the planer between six to eight hours a day on weekends and three to four hours nightly.

Why do I run it so much? I have created many hundreds of board feet of Crown Molding, Picture Molding, Chair Rail, Wainscoting, Casement, Baseboard, Plinth Blocks and Quarter Round.  I also built my porch swing, two arbors, two yard benches, and six Adirondack chairs.  When you have the right tool (Woodmaster 725) and several how-to books, you can build anything.

Jim created this handsome built-in bookshelf in their home's library.

Jim created this handsome built-in bookshelf in their home’s library.

In 2012, I built a 12’ x 8’ x 13” bookcase using my Woodmaster 725 Molder/Planer.  In addition, because all the existing oak flooring was severely damage, I created over 2,000 square feet of flooring.  I installed all the molding and the flooring!  Try to find a square corner in a 140-year-old house with a log foundation.  This is also the timeframe when I started using different knives to make unique molding to use around my windows and the bookcase.  You need to try this!

Daren and the 725

For a little over a year, I was too ill to do any work on the house or use the 725 so a friend of mine, Daren Pautzke (right in picture), asked to learn how to run the machine.  I taught him everything about the machine including how to tune it up and replace parts.  He ran the planer six days a week for one complete summer.  Then I had him start creating additional molding that I mentioned above.  Fortunate for me, he is an extremely detail oriented person.  He is considering starting a business using the 725.  OUR WOODMASTER 725 MADE US MONEY BY SAVING US MONEY.

Why are we doing this?

If you are wondering why we put so much effort into restoring this ‘Lady in Need,’ about a year after purchasing the 725 we decided to use our home as a vacation rental, which it is now.  We call it ‘our guaranteed 401K retirement plan’.  We are the owner operators of ‘Whisper Rock Victorian Dreams Vacation Home,’ a lakefront property in Belleville, WI. Look at the moldings on our website. If you have any questions about how we did it, e-mail or call us.

Are you wondering why someone would want to rent our beautifully restored vacation rental? Well, among other things, we have a haunted home with a long ghost log on our website.  In addition to that, we have, per the Wisconsin Historical Society, a property where they found artifacts of a Native American encampment where numerous burial mounds exist.  If that is not enough, we have found artifacts in our attic that suggests that our home, at one time, was a station for the Underground Railroad.   Add that to the 725 custom molding, flooring, antiques and a large wrap-around porch, and it is an exceptional Vacation Rental thanks to my Woodmaster 725 Molder/Planer.  Thanks Woodmaster!

— Jim Magrone & Lynn Owen, Woodmaster 725 Planer/Molder Owners

Whisper Rock Victorian Dreams Vacation Home, 140 River St., Belleville Wisconsin, 53508      608-424-3442       E-mail: dream@wrvd.net

 

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He’s passing on a lifetime of woodworking skill and HELPING OTHERS BECOME PROFESSIONAL WOODWORKERS

Ralph Jones is an accomplished woodworker, author, and teacher. His mission is to help others improve themselves by  becoming skilled woodworkers.

Ralph Jones is an accomplished woodworker, author, and teacher. His mission is to help others improve themselves by becoming skilled woodworkers.

Here’s a Woodmaster woodworker who’s passing along a proud tradition. Ralph Jones is teaching others to become woodworkers, just as his grandfather taught him. He says, ” My grandfather taught me the family trade — woodworking. He was tough on me and I asked him why. He said it was because I’d be the one in our family to carry on the woodworking trade and become a teacher.”

“I recently celebrated 65 years of woodworking and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it. What started out as a hobby is now a full time operation, building and restoring furniture. Now I am ‘RJW America, Inc.’, a non-profit corporation. It’s a workshop where I bring people in and train them in woodworking so they learn skills they can use to go out and get a job other than building houses.

I’m a lifelong teacher. I’ve taught woodworking in many institutions and now I run the equivalent of a school in my own shop.  I received my bachelors degree in teaching adults at the age of 57. I graduated from night school at Ohio State University with a B+ average.

Ricky Hatfield, left, learns the art of woodworking from Ralph Jones. Hatfield, 42, lost his job as a truck driver, the only career he has had. He said he is enjoying learning the new trade.

Ricky Hatfield, left, is one of Ralph’s apprentices. He learns the art of woodworking from Ralph. Hatfield, 42, lost his job as a truck driver, the only career he has had. He said he is enjoying learning the new trade.

I have been writing Quizzes and Mind Benders for Wood Magazine for over 20 years. Today, they’re online on Wood Magazine’s online forums. Anything you see written by “Sawdustr” is by me. I write these articles 363 days a year. I take off for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

I got tired of seeing people dedicating the better part of their lives working on assembly lines in factories that either went broke or left the country for more profit. While these people were working on the assembly line, they didn’t have a chance to learn a trade. So far, I have placed nine people in the field they chose, at no cost to them. They had the opportunity to earn as well as learn hands-on.

“You can make some good money making molding”

I have a Woodmaster 718. Since I’ve started using it, I’ve made quite a bit of trim. The 718 is a wonderful tool, I enjoy using it. I set it up as a dedicated

Here's the 18" Woodmaster Molder/Planer like the one Ralph uses in his shop.

Here’s the 18″ Woodmaster Molder/Planer like the one Ralph uses in his shop.

molding machine for making trim and I make a lot of it. I just did 1,500 board feet of trim a month ago for a house and 3,000 board feet for another job.

You can make some good money in molding. A lot of people do old home renovations and we make molding to match the trim you can’t buy anywhere. I charge $2.30 a lineal foot for surfacing three sides and cutting a profile. I also charge for the customer for the wood. For example, poplar is $1.60 a board foot. I charge for the wood and for my work: $3.90 a board foot. That’s less than the customer would pay at a lumberyard and I’m making money.

I often need to have custom knives made to match older trim. I send Woodmaster a piece of trim for which I need the profile knife made. They send me the knife. It works out very well. The customer and I each pay half the cost of the knife and I keep the knife for making trim in the future.

“I bought a Woodmaster Drum Sander on their monthly payment plan

Ralph owns a Woodmaster Drum Sander, too. "Very useful because I make a lot of furniture."

Ralph owns a Woodmaster Drum Sander, too. “Very useful because I make a lot of furniture.”

I also have a Woodmaster 38” drum sander. I use the drum sander for face frames, for example. I can run them through and they’ll be a uniform and level throughout. Or when I glue up a panel for the end of a cabinet, I simply run it through the drum sander and it comes out nice and you can get a beautiful finish. I got the 38” because a lot of people make face frames and bring them to me to sand instead of trying to level them out with a hand-held sander.

I bought it on the monthly payment plan and set up payments. I was pleased with the Woodmaster Molder/Planer so I decided to go with the Woodmaster Drum Sander. It’s very helpful because I make a lot of furniture.

“Weekend warrior tools just don’t hold up.”

Here’s a handsome bookcase made in Ralph Jones’ workshop.

Woodmaster is one of the top woodworking tools as far as I’m concerned. Other tool brands I’ve seen are not as stable. Many are overpriced and overrated. Whenever I need a tool, it must be a commercial grade tool. If I’m going to be in business, and be able to train people, I have to have quality tools. The weekend warrior tools just don’t hold up. Woodmaster is most definitely commercial grade. I recommend Woodmaster highly.

Woodmaster is 4 tools in 1

If you want the best quality woodworking tool that will give you what you need and want, then you need to contact Woodmaster tools. Say you buy a Grizzly® tool and you want to do more than one function, you can’t. The tool does only one thing. Woodmaster – you can take the cutterhead out

Ralph makes handsome Adirondack-style chairs. His unique innovation: they fold up.

Ralph makes handsome Adirondack-style chairs. His unique innovation: they fold up.

and set it up as a gang ripsaw, or a drum sander, or as a molder.

Woodmaster is a multi-function machine of a far better grade tool than any on the market. Most of your other tools do just one thing. Woodmaster is four tools in one. Any time I have the opportunity to use my Woodmaster tools it’s sheer pleasure for the ease of setting them up and not having to worry about kickback.”

— Ralph Jones, Woodmaster Owner, Ralph Jones Workshop

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