HOW TO BOOST YOUR WOODWORKING PROFITS 500% — Woodmaster Sales Rep tells all

   When you call Woodmaster Tools or our sister company, TimberKing Sawmills, you might just get Matt Muehlebach on the other end. Go ahead, ask your questions and you’ll soon realize you’ve reached someone who knows these machines inside and out. And not just because he read the manuals. Matt knows our machines through his own personal, hands-on woodworking experience. 

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Matt's a sales rep for Woodmaster's sister company, TimberKing Sawmills, here in Kansas City. But he sure knows his way around Woodmaster equipment. He made the fireplace surround shown here including all the molding. Always resourceful, Matt tells us, "I made it with locally-sawn lumber and a table I found on the side of the road."

Matt’s a sales rep for Woodmaster’s sister company, TimberKing Sawmills, here in Kansas City. But he sure knows his way around Woodmaster equipment. He made the fireplace surround shown here including all the molding. Always resourceful, Matt tells us, “I made it with locally-sawn lumber and a table I found on the side of the road.”

A POSTER CHILD for Woodmaster, we stole Matt away from his sales phone long enough to snap his picture with our biggest, Model 725 Woodmaster. You'll see this same photo on our website and in our catalogs.

A POSTER CHILD for Woodmaster, we stole Matt away from his sales phone long enough to snap his picture with our biggest, Model 725 Woodmaster. You’ll see this same photo on our website and in our catalogs.

“I’m a Sales Rep for TimberKing Sawmills. I’m also well versed in Woodmaster equipment — Woodmaster Tools is our sister company here in Kansas City. And I own and use a 12” Woodmaster Molder/Planer. I’m on the phone all the time with TimberKing customers and owners, and also with Woodmaster customers and owners. Besides using our machines myself, talking with other woodworkers all day long really helps me tell our customers how to get the most out of them.

How to boost woodworking profits 500%

For example, TimberKing Sawmill customers will often ask what’s the best way to make money with their mills. I suggest adding a Woodmaster Molder/Planer. With a molder/planer, they can really increase their profits. Together, the Woodmaster and the TimberKing really complement each other. Here’s how:

Just for example, let’s say a sawmill owner can sell a board foot of rough sawn lumber — 12” x 12” x 1” — for $4. So he’ll sell an 8’ board, 12” wide by 1” thick, for $32. If he could turn that board into molding, say 4” crown, and sell it for $8 per linear foot, he’d make substantially more.

Now, if that sawyer has a Woodmaster Molder/Planer, he can do exactly that. He can rip that 12” wide board into 3, 4” wide boards, and turn them into crown molding. He now has 24 lineal feet of molding that’s worth $8 a lineal foot, or $192. That’s a 500% increase, or six times the income!

And whether you’re sawing rough lumber or buying it, Woodmaster’s “value add” performance is the same. Putting rough sawn wood through a Woodmaster adds value.

Matt uses more of our equipment, and uses it more often, than just about anybody else here at Woodmaster. Matt made this simple but elegant wedding bench from what he calls "front yard wood" -- wood from a tree from the front yard. He sawed the wood on a TimberKing Sawmill and turned the boards into this beautiful bench with a Woodmaster.

Matt uses more of our equipment, and uses it more often, than just about anybody else here at Woodmaster. Matt made this simple but elegant wedding bench from what he calls “front yard wood” — wood from a tree from the front yard. He sawed the wood on a TimberKing Sawmill and turned the boards into this beautiful bench with a Woodmaster.

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Which came first — Matt’s woodworking or his Woodmaster?

I’ve been a woodworker for years, long before I went to work for TimberKing. I used friends’ Woodmaster Molder/Planers so I knew all about them before starting here.

I own a 12” Woodmaster Molder/Planer and I use it all the time. It’s awesome! I build all kinds of things. For example, I built 25 picnic tables — actually, 50 half-tables. Push two together and they form a full picnic table. I sold them to customers all over.

I’d call myself a mid-range woodworker. I build pretty good stuff but not high-end furniture — I’m too impatient! I use some quick methods like biscuits and pocket hole joinery.

Dresser Rescue Program

I’m using my Woodmaster right now to do work on my home. I used it to cut boards to replace my back stairs, soffits, and more. I build all kinds of furniture, cabinets, entertainment centers, coffee tables, end tables, dressers, and more. I’ve made tongue and groove flooring using Woodmaster’s 3-Side Molding System. And I do what I call a ‘dresser rescue program.’ If I see a dresser someone’s throwing away I’ll take it home, repair it, and put it back on the roadside for someone else to pick up for free.

What else do I do? I made the picnic tables we use here at our factory. I made the boards of molding samples hanging on the wall in our sales office. I make the pallets that Woodmaster and TimberKing equipment is shipped out on. I’ve built furniture for just about everybody who works for TimberKing and Woodmaster!

You've got to admit it — this is pretty clever. Matt makes benches (left) with backs that flip up to form half a picnic table (right). When you have two of them, leave the tops down and you've got two benches. Flip the tops over and put two together and you have a full size picnic table.

You’ve got to admit it — this is pretty clever. Matt makes benches (left) with backs that flip up to form half a picnic table (right). When you have two of them, leave the tops down and you’ve got two benches. Flip the tops over and put two together and you have a full size picnic table.

My neighbor has 70 rental homes. He takes out old carpeting and puts in tile, wood flooring, that sort of thing. I make all the transition pieces for him as well as a lot of cabinet doors and drawers. I hadn’t had my Woodmaster a week before he asked me to make molding for him. I ran 312 feet of molding and charged $1 a foot. He was pleased as can be. I was, too.

Every woodworker's dream: a never ending supply of FREE hardwood boards. Matt gets 'em when he demos TimberKing Sawmills, takes 'em home, air dries 'em, and turns 'em into tables, cabinets, benches, and much more with his Woodmaster. Oak, sycamore, basswood in Matt's stack.

Every woodworker’s dream: a never ending supply of FREE hardwood boards. Matt gets ’em when he demos TimberKing Sawmills, takes ’em home, air dries ’em, and turns ’em into tables, cabinets, benches, and much more with his Woodmaster. Oak, sycamore, basswood in Matt’s stack.

Working for TimberKing, I get a lot of wood for my projects for free. When a customer comes to pick up one of our sawmills, we demo the mill for him by sawing out some boards. I end up taking the boards home, air drying them, and using them to build furniture.

“Woodmaster’s built like a tank”

When I talk to friends, other woodworkers, or our customers, I tell them Woodmaster and TimberKing machines are built like tanks. They’re super easy to learn to use, and more importantly they’re easy to work on. Other mills, other molder/planers, are a nightmare to work on. Changing blades on others can be a nightmare!

As a woodworker, I’m extremely happy with my Woodmaster Molder/Planer. It’s one machine that will make flooring, siding, molding and more, and is a thickness planer, too. Many of my customers have told me they purchased their Woodmasters in large part because I’m so enthusiastic about them!”

— Matt Muehlebach, Woodmaster Owner, TimberKing Sales Rep

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HE SAVED $32,000 MAKING TRIM with his WOODMASTER — with no woodworking experience!

“I found out making your own trim is not rocket science. Anybody can do it. As long as you can read and follow Woodmaster’s directions you’ll have no problem.”

What would you do? Would you pay a contractor $40,000 to install trim, or do the work yourself with a Woodmaster and save $32,000? For retired homeowner, Michael Beaty, the answer was simple.

On the advice of someone who owned a Woodmaster Molder/Planer, he bought one of his own and plenty of rough sawn oak. He made and installed his own trim, saved 80%…and kept the Woodmaster!

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“My wife, Mary, and I bought an old farmhouse about 20 years ago. This old house dates back to 1837. Our intention was to live in it for a year or so then bulldoze it down and build a new home on the property. But the post and beam frame was in such good shape we decided to renovate and redo it instead.

You don't need a huge shop to take on big projects. The Woodmaster is four key woodworking tools in just nine square feet — pro-duty planer, molding machine, drum sander, and gang rip saw.

You don’t need a huge shop to take on big projects. The Woodmaster is four key woodworking tools in just nine square feet — pro-duty planer, molding machine, drum sander, and gang rip saw.

This home was built in three parts. There’s the original, 1837 house. Then, in 1915, an owner put on an addition. We bought it in 1995, hired an architect, and put on a second addition. We raised the house and added a foundation underneath. We added a living room with high vaulted ceilings and a masonry fireplace.

The three parts of our home were built at very different times and we wanted to tie them all together aesthetically with the wood trim work — baseboards, window trim, door trim, stairway banister, and so on. It’s been a long project but we’re almost done now.

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He saved 80% doing it himself with a Woodmaster

I got three estimates on having a contractor do that work and got quotes from $40,000 to $43,000. I happened to go to a nearby hardwood lumberyard and asked about wood trim. They said they knew someone who’d made his own trim with a Woodmaster Molder/Planer and had done the same kind of renovation we were doing. They put us in touch and he advised me to get an 18” Woodmaster Model 718 and make the trim myself. He suggested I do what he did: get rough cut, kiln dried lumber, have it straight-lined on one edge, and do the rest on my Woodmaster.

I did what he said. I ended up saving about 80% of what a contractor would have charged. And I got to keep the Woodmaster!

 

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“I had no woodworking experience but making molding is not rocket science”

I had never done anything like this before. I had no real woodworking experience, no lessons. I found out making your own trim is not rocket science. Anybody can do it. As long as you can read and follow Woodmaster’s directions you’ll have no problem. Here’s what we did:

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They researched old public buildings and measured the trim

We got the Woodmaster and started going into local courthouses and old public buildings in our area to see what kind of trim patterns were used at the time our home was first built. There are a lot of oaks in our area and a lot of the trim in older local buildings was made from oak. So that’s what we used. We took measurements then looked through Woodmaster’s Molding Pattern Catalog and picked the Woodmaster knife patterns we wanted.

4-in-1 Woodmaster planed, ripped, molded his trim

Door Trim

We had rough cut oak delivered and I planed it on the Woodmaster to a consistent 3/4″ thickness. Then I figured out how much trim I’d need for all the windows, doors, and the baseboards. I ripped it all to the right widths on the Woodmaster. Then fed the blanks through the machine with knives installed in the cutterhead and made molding.

I like to put the finish on the trim before installation. We used Minwax matte clear stain so we could accent the grain. Then I installed it myself using an air nail gun. To attach the small pieces — borders and decorations — I used a hot glue gun.

All told, I probably ran 900 board feet through my Woodmaster. The trim really looks great and ties this whole home together. The machine worked perfectly and the job went along fine.

Age is no barrier to big renovation projects

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This kind of work is NOT just a young person’s game. I’m 71, retired, and I’ve been working on this house for several years. I tore everything out and put in new wiring, new plumbing, and now new trim. It’s all insulated so it’s cool in the summer and warm in the winter.

For anybody else who’s thinking of doing this kind of old home renovation, I’d suggest doing your research first. Visit old public buildings to see how they were put together back then and what kind of trim they used. Find a local supplier of kiln dried wood native to your area because that’s old houses were made from local materials. Get a Woodmaster like I did, and do the planing and molding yourself. Read Woodmaster’s directions and go slow at first.

The Woodmaster is a great machine. I like it and I don’t want to sell it even though I have no big projects coming up. But it’s very handy to have and you can save a great deal of money doing it yourself. Really, doing what we did was a relatively easy and interesting project!”

— Michael Beaty, Woodmaster Molder/Planer Owner, Lainsburg MI

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THIS WOODMASTER WOODWORKER JUST CAN’T SIT STILL!

Every state has a quarter, and every quarter's in its state in Dale's handmade, all-wood, laser cut USA map. He starts every project by planing wood flat on his Woodmaster Molder/Planer.

Every state has a quarter, and every quarter’s in its state in Dale’s handmade, all-wood, laser cut USA map. He starts every project by planing wood flat on his Woodmaster Molder/Planer.

Meet Dale Hellewell, a toy-making, furniture-building, home-renovating, heirloom-building, happy & talented Woodmaster Molder Planer Owner!

For some folks, retirement means day after day with not much to do. But not for Woodmaster Owner, Dale Hellewell. Dale’s retirement days are full to bursting. He’s renovating 19 homes, building lots of furniture, toys, cabinetry, miles of trim, family heirlooms, and much more. Like so many Woodmaster owners, Dale’s been deeply bitten by the “Do-it-Yourself Bug.” Tell-tale symptom: “I like to stay busy.”

Toys and games galore! Dale made this impressive lineup for a recent family reunion. He shares his toy designing and building know-how regularly on the Vectric.com forum. Search for posts by dhellwell2.

Toys and games galore! Dale made this impressive lineup for a recent family reunion. He shares his toy-designing and building know-how regularly on the Vectric.com forum. Search for posts by dhellwell2.

 

Here's one of Dale's home renovation projects. Dale starts all his projects with one simple step to ensure precision: he planes the wood flat with his Woodmaster Molder/Planer.

Here’s one of Dale’s home renovation projects. Dale starts all his projects with one simple step to ensure precision: he planes the wood flat with his Woodmaster Molder/Planer.

Here's another family-oriented project by Mr. Hellewell. Dale's handsome "Franklin Chairs" are each laser-engraved with the name of the soon-to-be recipient. The front of each chair lifts and hinges back to form a handy step stool -- see the example at far right in the photo.

Here’s another family-oriented project by Mr. Hellewell. Dale’s handsome “Franklin Chairs” are each laser-engraved with the name of the soon-to-be recipient. The front of each chair lifts and hinges back to form a handy step stool — see the example at far right in the photo.

“I started working in wood at age six and I’ve been doing it my entire life. In high school I was a carpenter’s helper, helping renovate apartments. I became an electrician, then a civil engineer and architect. I helped design bridges and tunnels in Seattle, the Sears Tower in Chicago, and more.

A busy shop means a happy woodworker. Here's Dale with one of his 3 Woodmaster Molder/Planers. He got his first one in the early 1990's and has been adding on ever since!

A busy shop means a happy woodworker. Here’s Dale with one of his 3 Woodmaster Molder/Planers. He got his first one in the early 1990’s and has been adding on ever since!

I went into business for myself and was a general contractor for 35 years, all the while doing woodworking. Now, as a retirement business, I’ve bought 19 houses that need renovation — I fix, renovate, and upgrade them with cabinetry, trim, and more. That’s why I got my first Woodmaster Molder/Planer. Then I got another, then a third.

3 Woodmasters — 2 set up as molders, 1 as a planer

I have two 25” 725 Woodmasters, both set up as molding machines because I make a lot of door and window trim, baseboard, and more. My 18” 718 Woodmaster is set up as a planer. I also have a CNC laser engraver I use to make 3-D carvings I incorporate in my cabinets and more projects.

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Dale buys less-than-premium wood, glues up wide panels, and planes them flat with his Woodmaster — he's ready for any project he can dream up!

Dale buys less-than-premium wood, glues up wide panels, and planes them flat with his Woodmaster — he’s ready for any project he can dream up!

“Before I make anything, I prepare the wood with my Woodmaster planer”

I make furniture, toys, cabinetry, and more. Before I build anything, I always prepare my wood first — I make it flat by putting it through my Woodmaster planer.

I use a lot of reclaimed and ‘cull’ lumber; lower quality boards I can buy inexpensively. I use a lot of black walnut, oak, red alder, maple, exotic woods, and many more hardwoods.

Many of my projects start as glued-up panels I make from cull wood. I run the panels through the Woodmaster to plane them flat and to the right thickness. Cabinets, drawers, raised panel doors, balusters, stair tread, door and window trim, baseboards, cove trim, toys, furniture — I start them all by running the wood through my planer first.

When I’m making trim and molding, my second step is to run the wood I’ve prepared by planing through one of my Woodmaster set up as a molding machine.

Because Woodmaster’s big & heavy, fast & easy

Why did I choose the Woodmaster? It’s big, heavy duty, fast and easy to set up. I bought my first one, a Model 725, in the early ‘90s. I ended up with a lot of molding knives. I bought a second 725 and I set up several profiles in the cutterhead at the same time — I can cut several different molding patterns without changing cutters.

In a lifetime of building and renovating, Dale's obviously learned a thing or two about quality construction and tasteful design. Nice work!

In a lifetime of building and renovating, Dale’s obviously learned a thing or two about quality construction and tasteful design. Nice work!

Dale’s run literally miles of hardwood in 20 years

I do recommend Woodmaster’s Indexable Spiral Cutterhead. It’s well worth what you pay for it. And I definitely recommend using a bedboard like their Super Slick Poly Bedboard.

I don’t know any company that’s making a better machine. It’s very heavy duty and mine have lasted a long, long time. In 20 years of use, I’ve put literally miles and miles of hardwood through them.”

— Dale Hellewell, Woodmaster Molder/Planer Owner, Othello WA

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Canoes, Counters, Cabinets — THIS D-I-Y COUPLE IS UNSTOPPABLE

Here's Chuck in his shop, planing lumber with his 18" Woodmaster Molder/Planer. When you're a serious D-I-Y'er, it doesn't get any better than this.

Here’s Chuck Phelps in his shop, planing lumber with his 18″ Woodmaster Molder/Planer. When you’re a serious D-I-Y’er, it doesn’t get any better than this.

Here are two cedar canoes Chuck and Dale built. They built the one in the foreground with commercial cedar strips. They made their own strips for the one in the back. Why'd they start making their own? When they realized how much they were spending on cedar strips they got a Woodmaster Molder Planer and made their own.

Here are two cedar canoes Chuck and Dale Phelps built. They built the one in the foreground with commercial cedar strips. They made their own strips for the one in the back. Why? When they realized how much they were spending on cedar strips they got a Woodmaster Molder Planer and made their own.

Most people will NEVER understand why building things from scratch is so tremendously rewarding. “Build a canoe? Plane my own counter tops?” Most people would say, “Forget about it!”

But Chuck and Dale Phelps do understand. Not just WHY doing-it-yourself is so deeply satisfying; they also know just HOW to do it all, with big help from their Woodmaster Molder/Planer. They have a Woodmaster Drum Sander, too.

The Phelps made their kitchen cabinets of Monterey Cypress, and made the counter tops of Mesquite. Beautiful!

The Phelps made their kitchen cabinets of Monterey Cypress, and made the counter tops of Mesquite. Beautiful!

Chuck and Dale take one of the canoes they made with their Woodmaster out on its first "sea trial." A proud moment!

Chuck and Dale take one of the canoes they made with their Woodmaster out on its first “sea trial.” A proud moment!

“My wife, Dale, and I do a lot of woodworking together. We bought an 18″ Woodmaster Molder/Planer, then a 38” Woodmaster Drum Sander. These two Woodmaster machines work fabulously well. They’re exquisitely made and we use them all the time.

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A canoe kit started it all…

Here’s how it all started. Years ago, Dale and I received a model canoe kit as a Christmas present. We built it, cedar strips and all, and thought, ‘Why not make a real, full sized canoe?’ She and I ended up building five full sized cedar strip canoes. As we built the first two, we saw we were spending a lot of money buying cedar strips. I decided I wanted to mill canoe strips from my own lumber and that’s when we got our 18” Woodmaster Molder/Planer.

I mill the wood for our canoes from scratch using white cedar deck planking. I plane it to 3/4″ thick, then cut it into 1/4″ thick strips on a bandsaw.

As of today, we’ve built five cedar strip canoes, the last three with our Woodmaster Molder/Planer. We made some for relatives and still own two of them. I made one for a fundraising auction at the University of Rochester — it brought in $5,000, the largest bid in the auction!

They built their new kitchen – counters, cabinets, more

Dale and I retired to northern California and bought a 900 square foot home. We’ve since tripled its size. As we were building the new kitchen, we decided to build the kitchen cabinets ourselves. We built them out of Monterey Cypress, a wood native to this area. I milled a lot of raw wood on my Molder/Planer and sanded it with my Drum Sander. Dale applied the finishes.

Serious do-it-yourselfers Chuck and Dale bought a 900 sq. ft. home in northern California. They tripled its size, built a beautiful new kitchen themselves, and turned it into a charming and relaxing retirement homeplace.

Serious do-it-yourselfers Chuck and Dale bought a 900 sq. ft. home in northern California. They tripled its size, built a beautiful new kitchen themselves, and turned it into a charming and relaxing retirement homeplace.

Cypress cabinets, mesquite counter tops

Then Dale and I started talking about counter tops. We didn’t want granite counters — if you drop a glass it breaks. We decided to make counters out of mesquite. It’s a pest tree in the south where huge areas are overgrown with mesquite. They just bulldoze it out. But it’s a great wood to work with and I found a woodworker who salvages, saws, and sells it. I bought some and ran it through my planer to get it all to uniform thickness.

We made about 60 lineal feet of counters a full 30″ wide. I glued up 15” wide slabs, put them through my Woodmster Molder/Planer, then did final smoothing on our Woodmaster Drum Sander. Then I joined the halves with biscuits. Dale finshed the tops with tung oil – the bottoms, too, so they wouldn’t cup.

“Inferior equipment will drive you crazy”

The Phelps' also makes items for sale. "This is for relaxation in retirement," says Chuck. "But if we make some money at it, that's OK, too."

The Phelps’ also makes items for sale. “This is for relaxation in retirement,” says Chuck. “But if we make some money at it, that’s OK, too.”

I do lots of research before I buy tools and try to buy the best. Woodmaster equipment is obviously the best on

the market. You can’t get Woodmaster’s throat width on equipment from Home Depot.

charles cardI advise others to not skimp on inferior equipment. If you get a machine that doesn’t work well, it’ll drive you crazy. It’s simply a mistake to start with imprecise tools.

— Charles Phelps, Woodmaster Owner, Gualala CA

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HE BOUGHT A WOODMASTER BY ACCIDENT then used it to start a profitable molding business

Meet woodworker, Dave McPherson, (left) and his workshop assistant, Colby Rojas. Working together, they turn out a ton of molding. "We've done 25% more business in the first three months of this  year than we did all last year," says Dave.

Meet woodworker, Dave McPherson, (left) and his workshop assistant, Colby Rojas. Working together, they turn out a ton of molding. “We’ve done 25% more business in the first three months of this year than we did all last year,” says Dave.

  Funny how things work out sometimes. California woodworker, David McPherson, always wanted a Woodmaster Molder/Planer. He ended up getting one without even realizing it. The rest of the story? He’s turned that “accidental” purchase into the mainstay of his thriving new business — making molding.

Colby keeps an eagle eye on molding he's about to run through Dave's Woodmaster Molder/Planer.

Colby keeps an eagle eye on molding he’s about to run through Dave’s Woodmaster Molder/Planer.

“Woodworking started as a hobby for me when I was in high school and it’s turned into a molding business that’s going great. I’ve doubled the business since I started. And in just the first three months of this year, I’ve done 25% more work than I did all last year! Here’s how it all happened.

David used the guidelines in Woodmaster's business plan to get his molding business started. You can get a FREE copy -- click here.

David used the guidelines in Woodmaster’s business plan to get his molding business started. You can get a FREE copy — click here.

Estate sale bonanza

Several years ago, I went to an estate sale and bought the entire contents of a wood shop. When I got all the tools and equipment home, one machine looked very familiar. It turned out to be a 712 Woodmaster Molder/Planer — I’d always wanted one!

I read all the literature Woodmaster put out including their book, ‘How to Set Up and Run a Profitable Custom Molding Business’ on how to make money making molding. (Editor’s note: you can get your own copy FREE – click here and we’ll email you a copy. You’ll have it in seconds!)

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How to sell your molding? Show samples

I took samples of my molding to a molding outlet and they started sending customers directly to me. I took my samples to a lumberyard and the same thing happened: they sent customers directly to me. I took samples to a big molding manufacturer. They don’t like to take molding orders for under 1,000 lineal feet so they, too, sent customers directly to me. It works out perfectly and I get several new customers a week.

(Editor’s note: While we chatted with Mr. McPherson, he got three calls that he just let ring. “Probably new customers calling,” he said.)

A customer told me, ‘Dave, please keep making molding. You’re the only one who makes what we need!’ He’s right: we make molding nobody else has or can make because nobody else has the molding knives. I’ve duplicated original molding in lots of Victorian homes in Sacramento, San Francisco, the San Joaquin Valley, Rio Vista, and many more towns and cities.

Dave, Colby, and the company truck. Note how Dave turned his truck into a mobile advertisement for his business. It gives his company name, his phone number, web address, and tells precisely what he does! Pretty clever, Dave.

Dave, Colby, and the company truck. Note how Dave turned his truck into a mobile advertisement for his business. It gives his company name, his phone number, web address, and tells precisely what he does! Pretty clever, Dave.

I go to a hardwood lumber yard, pick up lumber, bring it back to my shop, and turn it into molding. I have a young helper — he and I can put out a lot of product.

1 pass thru Woodmaster adds 50% value

Rough-cut boards are about $2 a board foot. I turn them into molding with my Woodmaster and charge $3 a board foot. Of course, molding’s sold by the lineal foot so I convert lineal feet back into board feet and add a dollar per board foot. (Editor’s note: here’s one way to convert linear feet to board feet.)

I supply molding to a lot of contractors and my prices are not a problem. When I sell to homeowners, they’ll sometimes say the prices seem high. I explain this is custom work and they always understand.

Expanding, needs bigger Woodmaster — drum sander, too

Business is very busy and I want to expand my shop. I got the Woodmaster first, then I bought the Pro Pack to go with it. Then I started making molding. I’m looking at a 2,400 sq. ft. shop space now. I want to get into curved molding because it’s exciting and interesting to make. And there’s good money in it. I expect it’ll double or triple my business. I want to get a bigger, 25” Woodmaster 725, and I have my eye on a 38” Woodmaster Drum Sander. But I’ll probably get their biggest 50” drum sander because that’s what I always do — get the biggest and best.

I really like the Woodmaster. First, it’s American made. Second, there are no plastic parts — it’s all metal. Third, the Woodmaster holds up. They’re built to last and you just don’t find that any more.

“Woodmaster’s dust collector’ll suck the T-shirt off your back!”

I’ve got Woodmater’s ‘Big Max’ Double Bag Dust Collector, too. I’d recommend that to anybody. I had a single-bagger and it didn’t work well. I looked at Woodmaster’s 1-bag collector and decided I should get the double. It sucks up everything — it’ll suck the T-shirt off your back!

Dave (right) and Colby are ready to grow Dave's Custom Molding business — and it's happening right before their eyes.

Dave (right) and Colby are ready to grow Dave’s Custom Molding business — and it’s happening right before their eyes.

What Woodmaster’s doing is fantastic. Their free business plan book is the best motivational book I’ve ever seen, just fantastic. I made my helper read it, and I’ve gone back and re-read it several times myself. And the people at Woodmaster are great, too. They even laugh at my jokes!”

— David McPherson, Dave’s Moldings, Sacramento CA — Woodmaster Molder/Planer Owner

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“WOODMASTER’S VALUE? BIG SHOP CAPABILITIES IN MY SMALL SHOP SPACE.”

Small-shop custom woodworker says, “My Woodmaster gives me key woodworking capabilities in just 9 sq. ft. Surface planer, drum sander, molding machine, gang rip saw.”  paul grab big

We recently videotaped an interview with woodworker, Paul Mayer, a skilled custom woodworker, woodworking writer, and Woodmaster Molder/Planer owner. We found Paul’s perspective very interesting — how the Woodmaster adds value to custom woodworking. Watch video

Paul told us, “Woodmaster has always advertised its ability to make molding. I make very little molding. Yet my Woodmaster is very important in my work.”

“I’m a custom woodworker.” Paul explained. “I got my Woodmaster as a surface planer. Then I realized it could convert to a high-performance drum sander in the same small footprint. That, plus being able to make molding of the same wood as my woodworking projects, and gang-rip boards, gives me big shop capabilities in my small shop space — 4 machines in just 9 square feet.”

“I get ‘big shop’ capabilities in my small shop space.

“Most serious woodworkers have invested in some type of surface planer, which provides a crucial role in preparing stock for a quality project. Not nearly as many have made the investment in drum sanders, however, because they simply occupy too much space. Disciplined woodworkers are careful about adding stationary tools without first challenging themselves to come up with a more creative solution.

Set the Woodmaster to full throttle and it will quickly power through and dimension the gnarliest stock, removing up to 1/8” per pass. But when you dial down the feed rate to effectively increase the cuts per inch, the Woodmaster quickly separates itself from other stationary planers by delivering a superior surface finish.

Set the Woodmaster to full throttle and it will quickly power through and dimension the gnarliest stock, removing up to 1/8” per pass. But when you dial down the feed rate to effectively increase the cuts per inch, the Woodmaster quickly separates itself from other stationary planers by delivering a superior surface finish.

When you consider the footprint of a dedicated drum sander, plus the space necessary for infeed and outfeed, the tool can consume as much as 90 square feet of valuable shop space. With the Woodmaster Molder/Planer, woodworkers not only get a great planer and drum sander in a single footprint, but they also gain the ability to produce custom molding.”

“Woodmaster’s a ‘man-sized’ planer with infinitely variable speed.”

“Many of us start out with a portable planer which serves our needs up to a point. But when you start to buy rough lumber, need wider capacity, or just plain want to step up to a more solid machine, the Woodmaster Molder/Planer is a great choice. The unique infinite-variable speed control affords the machine a level of finesse that is generally not associated with a surface planer. Set it to full throttle and it will quickly power through and dimension the gnarliest stock, removing up to 1/8” per pass. But when you dial down the feed rate to effectively increase the cuts per inch, the Woodmaster quickly separates itself from other stationary planers by delivering a superior surface finish.”

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“Flatten stock with a convenient drum sander.”

Swapping from planer to drum sander takes about ten minutes and is well worth the time when considering the quality, efficiency and space savings delivered by the integrated drum sander.

Swapping from planer to drum sander takes about ten minutes and is well worth the time when considering the quality, efficiency and space savings delivered by the integrated drum sander.

With a Woodmaster, you can enjoy the benefits of a drum sander, including dead flat panels, end grain sanding, and reduced hand sanding. It only takes about ten minutes to convert the Woodmaster from planer to drum sander, or back again, which is a modest time investment given the benefits received.”

“I get molding and ripping capabilities, too.”

“The Woodmaster Molder/Planer makes it easy and cost effective to produce quality custom moldings with grain and color that match the rest of the furniture or cabinet project.”

“Quality tools produce quality projects.”

“Well-built tools bring out the best in skilled craftsmen, and everything about the Woodmaster exudes quality. This level of precision and quality is the reason why Woodmaster Planer/Molders provide owners with years of reliable service.”

“Woodmaster’s made in the USA.”

“Woodmaster offers the only planer in its class that is built in the USA. The Woodmaster story is as American as it gets: a family owned business that produces a gem of Yankee ingenuity, built in American’s heartland by skilled US workers.”

“Unparalleled customer service, too.”

“When you call Woodmaster you talk to patient, knowledgeable professionals. With a high quality tool such as this it’s rare that you’d need support. But with five-year warranty and world-class service, I know that Woodmaster has my back.”

— Paul Mayer, Lakeville, MN — Custom Woodworker, Woodmaster Owner

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AMERICA NEEDS MORE CABINETMAKERS!

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“This country needs more cabinetmakers!” So says Kim Wagner, a Pennsylvania cabinetmaker and Woodmaster Molder/Planer owner. The first reason is America needs skilled men and women to carry on the tradition and the trade. The second reason is purely practical: there’s a lot of work out there! “We’re getting more calls than ever for cabinetry. We could use another employee right now if we had the right person,” says Wagner. “It was slow for a couple years but things are better now,” he says. 

“I’ve been doing custom cabinet work for about 20 years now, building custom cabinets of all kinds. I work with my son and one part time employee. We’re about 50 miles from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; 50 miles from Baltimore, Maryland; and 50 miles from Philadelphia. There are a lot of high end homes around here, but we do kitchens for farmers, doctors, we get all kinds of customers. My shop is about 3,200 sq. ft. I buy rough cut lumber — I saw it and plane it on my 18” Woodmaster 718 Molder/Planer.18 3

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25-year old Woodmaster, brand new Spiral Cutterhead – working great

I got my Woodmaster about 25 years ago; so long ago that Woodmaster doesn’t have a record of my purchasing it from them. I just put a Spiral Cutterhead on it and it’s really working great.

Kim has owned his Woodmaster Molder/Planer for 25 years. He added the Spiral Cutterhead, shown here, and reports it creates a finish that is "literally as smooth as glass, even on very hard woods like walnut.

Kim has owned his Woodmaster Molder/Planer for 25 years. He added the Spiral Cutterhead, shown here, and reports it creates a finish that is “literally as smooth as glass,” even on very hard woods like hickory.

Woodmaster's Spiral Cutterhead has dozens of carbide-tipped inserts that shave and shear wood surfaces perfectly smooth.

Woodmaster’s Spiral Cutterhead has dozens of carbide-tipped inserts that shave and shear wood surfaces perfectly smooth. Very quiet, too.

Right now, we’re making kitchen cabinets made of hickory. Hickory dulls planer blades pretty quickly. But the Spiral Cutterhead makes the surfaces as smooth as anything I’ve ever seen. It’s literally as smooth as glass with very little chip-out.

My 18” Spiral Cutterhead has 122 carbide-tipped inserts, each with four cutting faces. The spiral makes it work: each little cutting face is overlapped by the one next to it. The cutterhead is very quiet and I’d recommend it to anyone.

(Editor’s Note: Each insert has four cutting faces. When one face dulls, simply rotate a new cutting face into position. But because they’re carbide-tipped, each face stays sharp a long, long time.)

More calls than ever

I ran the business by myself for a year, then my son came in with me and he’s been here ever since. We hired help; at one time we had five employees. It was slow for a few years but things are better now. We could use another employee right now if we had the right person.

These days, we’re getting more calls than ever. We have a showroom with a computer that plays a video of our work. It shows the work we’ve done so people can see what we do.

1 belt change in 20 years

The Woodmaster Planer has handled all the wood we’ve used to build cabinets for over 20 years. I think I changed the belt only once in 20 years, and I changed one bearing. I changed the feed rollers about four times but I expected that. This machine has exceeded my expectations beyond what I thought it would do.

I’d looked at getting a Woodmaster for years before I bought one. I read the flyers Woodmaster sends out. I wanted the Spiral Cutterhead and we’re making enough now to justify it. It’s not inexpensive but we’ll make the money back on just a couple kitchens because we won’t have to spend time sanding the workpieces. The time savings will pay off the cost of the Spiral Cutterhead.traditional

Home Depot? No competition

We do mostly residential work and some work for retail establishments. All hardwood, all high quality work. We can’t compete with Home Depot and Lowes prices. We don’t even try; we don’t want our name connected with something that’ll fall apart.

We specialize in doing things other people don’t want to do. People come in with ideas and ask us to build them. For example, a customer came in with an idea for a desk in his head and asked if we could make it work. I’d never seen anything like it, but we built it. We’ve done lots of custom projects like that over the years. High end custom work.

We draw the plans using a computer software program; we’ve used it for years. My son draws it on the computer and it generates a cut list. We cut the pieces and they all fit perfectly. Some of the custom work we have to sort of ad lib.

I chose Woodmaster the same way I do everything else I buy. I looked, read all about it, I read the testimonials. Also, it was less expensive than other machines. I bought it before we went into business. I’d gone to school for cabinetmaking but had a job as a supervisor for 26 years at a manufactured housing factory and when I had enough of that I got back to making cabinets.

This country needs more cabinetmakers

My advice for others is do a good job. If you don’t do good work, how are you going to stay in business? People tell other people. That’s where most of our business comes from — people telling other people. Or people see our work someplace and contact us. We have a display in an appliance store near here. We built about 60 lineal feet of cabinets for them to display and we get a lot of business from it.

I highly recommend the Woodmaster Molder/Planer. I graduated from a trade school that’s now called Stevens College of Technology. They still teach cabinetmaking and other trades. This country needs more tradespeople, not just people who work on computers. About 98% of people who graduate from Stevens have a job when they graduate.

The Woodmaster company’s been very good when I call them and ask for information. They tell me what I need to know and I really appreciate that. If you’re thinking about getting a Woodmaster, I’d say go for it. I’d kind of like to own a 725 Woodmaster but that’ll come someday.

— Kim Wagner, Cabinets By Wagner, Woodmaster 718 Owner

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ED SAYS HE’S A HOBBY WOODWORKER but his Woodmaster projects have “pro” written all over them

Here's a 12' gazebo Ed built using his Woodmaster Molder/Planer. "It's made from rough sawn Redwood I planed with my Woodmaster," he tells us. "It's my own design and I put lots of work into all the details, dado joints, curved rails, and CNC-carved star medallions."

Here’s a 12′ gazebo Ed built using his Woodmaster Molder/Planer. “It’s made from rough sawn Redwood I planed with my Woodmaster,” he tells us. “It’s my own design and I put lots of work into all the details, dado joints, curved rails, and CNC-carved star medallions.”


Ed Vitanovec tells us he’s a “home hobby woodworker.” But we think he’s being modest. The work he does is of far higher quality than anything you can buy in stores. His curio cabinet, below, is but the latest in a long line of handsome, well-made woodworking projects he’s created, many with his Woodmaster Molder/Planer.

A man and his Woodmaster! Here's Ed with his 718 Woodmaster Molder/Planer. He's ready to make molding and trim with the machine set up as a molder and plenty of cherry blanks on hand.

A man and his Woodmaster! Here’s Ed with his 718 Woodmaster Molder/Planer. He’s ready to make molding and trim with the machine set up as a molder and plenty of cherry blanks on hand.

“My wife wanted a curio cabinet for our home but everything we saw was imported and not of great quality. I decided to build something special for her, something you can’t find in stores.

I designed and built her the curio cabinet in the photos out of 4/4 solid cherry. I have the 18” Woodmaster 718 and used it to plane the boards and rip them to width. All the stiles and rails had rabbet cuts in the back sides to hold the glass and mirrors. I assembled all parts into panels that I glued together with biscuits. It has a sliding door rather than one that swings.

I also used the Woodmaster set up as a molding machine to make the cabinet’s base and crown molding. I finished the cabinet with a cherry stain and several coats of oil. I have 60 hours into building this and the Woodmaster made it easy to rip the boards and make custom molding.

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I like to keep busy – saves money, gives personal satisfaction

Professionally, I’m a mechanical designer but I’ve been a home hobby woodworker for nearly 30 years. I’ve done lots of home fix-ups and made everything from coffee tables, to cabinets, beds, pergolas, gazebos, whole workshops; a little bit of everything including making molding for my home with the Woodmaster. I always like creating things. I like to keep busy. Doing projects myself saves money plus it gives me personal satisfaction.

Here's a sample of the cherry crown molding Ed made and installed in his home.

Here’s a sample of the cherry crown molding Ed made and used in his curio cabinet.

More of Ed's trim, made on his Woodmaster Molder/Planer -- cherry molding.

More of Ed’s trim, made on his Woodmaster Molder/Planer — cherry molding.

Ed's finished curio cabinet houses his wife's collection of "1,001 Dalmations" collectibles and memorabilia. Note the cabinet door SLIDES sideways to open. Nicely done, Ed!

Ed’s finished curio cabinet houses his wife’s collection of “101 Dalmations” collectibles and memorabilia. Note the cabinet door SLIDES sideways to open. Nicely done, Ed!

I’m serious about my tools. I like having the right tools because it makes any project easier and safer. I got my Woodmaster to do planing and to make molding for our home. I made cherry and oak baseboard, casing, and crown molding. I started with rough lumber, planed it, ripped it to width, and then set up the molding head. I ran blanks through to make the back cut, then ran them through to do the front detail.

He may make money running molding for others

Ed built this pergola as a home for his auto. Slatted roof provides good ventilation and protection from the hot Texas sun.

Ed built this pergola as a home for his auto. Slatted roof provides good ventilation and protection from the hot Texas sun.

In the future, I may do some side work and make some money running molding for others. It’s nice that Woodmaster’s custom knife service lets you duplicate old molding patterns or make your own new designs. I’ve ordered custom knives for baseboard and crown molding. Woodmaster did a good job making the knives and delivered them quickly.

4 beefy machines in 1: planer, molder, sander, saw

How about a new kitchen? Ed built and installed all the cabinetry.

How about a new kitchen? Ed built all the cabinetry using his Woodmaster Molder/Planer.

I chose Woodmaster because it’s beefy. I’ve used smaller machines but this is really beefy, beefier than the pictures show. I’ve been in manufacturing a long time so the fact that this is made in the USA is important to me. It’s rigid, heavy duty and I like that. It’s US-made, easy to work on, easy to change functions.

For me, the 12” 712 would probably have been fine but the 18” 718 has more capacity. I got the Pro Pack with it so I can set it up as a drum sander, molder, planer, and gang rip saw.

Best feature? The Variable Feed Rate

The best feature is the Variable Feed Rate on the drive system. The head turns at a constant speed but the drive belt has a separate motor. You can tweak the feed rate — speed it up or slow it down and get more cuts-per-inch. That gives you a very good quality finish. If someone’s looking for this kind of machine, I’d recommend Woodmaster. It’s easy to set for planing, ripping, and making molding.

I’m 100% satisfied with my Woodmaster machine as well as the service and parts I’ve bought from the Woodmaster Tools company. I’m really satisfied. It’s an all around excellent product. I’ve had no problem with the motors and everything works like it should. It’s beefy and doesn’t require adjustments to keep the head parallel with the bed. Maintenance is easy; the belts don’t slip; knives are all good quality. Everything’s really good.”

— Ed Vitanovec, Woodmaster Molder/Planer Owner, Richmond, Texas

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DAD CONQUERS TOUGH ECONOMY with USA Planer-Molder at His Side

It takes a family to start a business! Here's the whole Mayer crew of Vern's Wood Goods, from left to right: Joe, Dorothy, Vern, Mary, Peter, and Paul. Sister, Julie Drews was not available during this crew gathering! Upper left: Vern brands his logo into every piece he makes.

It takes a family to start a business! Here’s the whole Mayer crew of Vern’s Wood Goods, from left to right: Joe, Dorothy, Vern, Mary, Peter, and Paul. Sister, Julie Drews was not available during this crew gathering! Upper left: Vern brands his logo into every piece he makes.

81 years young, Vern Mayer has always been handy with tools but never a woodworker. Now he runs his own woodworking business. And business is booming!

81 years young, Vern Mayer has always been handy with tools but never a woodworker. With his son’s Woodmaster Molder/Planer, ow he runs his own woodworking business. And business is booming!

Paul Mayer’s a talented woodworker and Woodmaster owner. When his dad, Vern, got laid off at 75, Paul and his whole family pulled together and cooked up a plan to help Dad get going in his own woodworking business. Today, at 81, Vern turns out a steady stream of high quality handmade cutting boards, serving trays, kitchen utensils and more with Paul’s  718 Woodmaster Molder/Planer.

Here's one of Vern's popular pieces — a handsome cutting board.

Here’s one of Vern’s popular pieces — a handsome cutting board.

The result? “Vern’s Wood Goods is one of our dad’s proudest professional accomplishments,” says Paul. “It’s given him a lot of financial freedom and a real sense of pride. Using my Woodmaster, Dad can work as much or little as he wants, and we can sell everything he makes.”

But the story about Vern’s Woodmaster woodworking business gets even better. “Dad’s business is blossoming. This adventure,” says Paul, “has been a catalyst to drawing us all together as a family.”

“My dad, Vern Mayer, worked skilled trade jobs all his life. He retired at 65 but things got a bit lean financially and he got bored, too. He went back to work at the flooring store from which he’d retired. Then the economy tanked and he got laid off at 75 years old. My family and I thought his working days were over but he still wanted to work.

Vern makes sets like this handsome laminated serving tray with pie server, stir fry paddle, and spatula.

Vern makes sets like this handsome laminated serving tray with pie server, stir fry paddle, and spatula.

My siblings and I had many discussions and brainstorming sessions about how to help Dad keep working like he wanted to. But it had to be something that would give him flexibility and autonomy. After kicking around a lot of ideas, we’ve helped him start his own woodworking business, Vern’s Wood Goods.  He’s the boss for the first time in his life, and his business is absolutely blossoming.

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Always handy, but Vern was never a woodworker, never a boss

He’s always been a handy guy. He worked in the flooring business for 55 years, always made a living using tools, but never had fine woodworking experience. We suggested he try woodworking as a hobby but, no, he wanted to try it as a business.

After the glue dries, Vern will run this cuttingboard through his son's Woodmaster Molder/Planer to create a smooth, even surface.

After the glue dries, Vern will run this cuttingboard through his son’s Woodmaster Molder/Planer to create a smooth, even surface.

It so happens I’m a woodworker so I started showing him how to make a few things. He’d come to my shop once a week or so and we’d go over tool safety, basic use of tools, and so on. He started making things like wine bottle holders, serving trays, kitchen utensils, and more.

Free website

I set up a free website for him using Yahoo. My brothers and sister and I went around to stores, coffee shops, the local community center and got them to take some of his work. Then we put some on Etsy,  a website where craftspeople sell their wares. We sold Dad’s things to our friends, mostly around Christmas.

All this has been tremendously gratifying for our whole family. Everybody helps. We all put notices up at our workplaces. My brother Peter is a musician. He sets up a table of Dad’s wares at his performances. My sister Mary is a finance person and gave good guidance on pricing. I keep the website running and answer emails. Mom is the packing and shipping department!

I can’t believe the volume of wood Dad goes through!

Dad’s the boss of his business and sometimes we have to remind him of that. We help him but it’s his business. I order rough-cut lumber for him, mostly rock maple, walnut, and cherry. I can’t believe the volume of wood he goes through!

Another day on the job for Vern Mayer. "Dad spends a lot of time in front of my Woodmaster," says his son, Paul.

Another day on the job for Vern Mayer. “Dad spends a lot of time in front of my Woodmaster,” says his son, Paul.

Dad uses my Woodmaster to plane boards. And he runs his glue-ups through it to finish them. Everything comes out perfectly flush and level. All this has been a catalyst to bringing our family closer together. All us kids have gotten together to help our dad do something creative and his business is blossoming.

This is Dad’s proudest accomplishment

Professionally, Vern’s Wood Goods is probably our dad’s proudest accomplishment. He’s always been a blue-collar worker, never a boss. Today, he’s designing and making his own creations, developing his own artistic process. This has really jazzed him up a lot. To see him watch people buying his wares at shows is almost intoxicating for us. Customers have even asked him for his autograph!

Simply beautiful? Or beautifully simple? We think Vern's serving tray is both.

Simply beautiful? Or beautifully simple? We think Vern’s serving tray is both.

Dad says this business has given him a lot of financial breathing room and ‘fun money.’ He also appreciates the satisfaction he gets out of all this. We kids see it’s really increased his sense of self and self worth.

Sam Maloof, the famous furniture maker, worked into his 90’s. He said he couldn’t wait to get out in the shop every day. Dad says the same thing.

Vern loves using the Woodmaster

Dad spends a tremendous amount of time using the 718 Woodmaster and he loves it. He was using a small planer and you could hear it four doors away. This machine is quiet. Ordinary planers took him six passes on each side because they don’t have much power. He can do the same work in one pass through the Woodmaster, though he likes to take two lighter passes on each side to get the best surface quality.

Vern's son, Paul, is an accomplished Woodmaster woodworker, author, and frequent contributor to the Woodmaster Tools Blog.

Vern’s son, Paul, is an accomplished Woodmaster woodworker, author, and contributor to the Woodmaster Tools Blog. Read Paul’s post, “Best Kept Secret in Fine Woodworking.”

The Woodmaster’s variable feed rate is perfect for him. He does rough planing at a fast feed rate, then slows it way down for a finish pass at maybe one-third of full feed rate. The result is a mirror-smooth finish that requires only light sanding.

Our whole family thinks what he’s doing is great. He can work as much or as little as he wants, make as much or little money as he needs, and we can sell every single thing he makes. He’s gotten so good at it, and loves it so much, he has no plans to do anything different.

Readers, how about YOUR dad?

If anybody else out there is thinking of helping your dad start a business as our family has done, here’s my advice. Pick something you think he’ll enjoy doing. Make sure he knows it’s his business and it all depends on him. You’ll help him, of course, but he has to view it as his business.

There have been many, many fun twists and turns along the way. Working side by side, Dad and I have spent more time together than we did in 20 years prior. This adventure has reenergized our father-and-son bond!”

— Paul Mayer, woodworker, Woodmaster Molder/Planer owner, Minnesota

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“I’M BUSY & PRODUCTIVE IN RETIREMENT — THANKS, WOODMASTER!”

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Abe and his wife designed and made this handsome box for their youngest granddaughter.

Abe and his wife designed and made this handsome box for their youngest granddaughter.

Abe Taylor grew up in a family where Dad made the home’s furniture. Abe lent a hand and decided he liked woodworking, too. He’s been at it ever since, especially now that he’s retired and owns a Woodmaster Molder/Planer. Sure beats sitting around watching TV!

Abe laid out a few cutoffs from molding he's made with his Woodmaster. He's been a busy boy!

Here are a few cutoffs from molding Abe’s made with his Woodmaster. He’s not just keeping busy — he’s productive!


I can’t stand just sitting around watching TV!”

“I retired in 1995 and I can’t stand just sitting around watching TV! I need something to keep me busy. I started doing woodworking when I was just a kid. My dad made furniture for our home. I helped him and realized I liked working with wood a lot.

In retirement, I’ve been doing quite a bit of woodworking. Using my Woodmaster Molder/Planer, I make  a lot of picture frames, blanket boxes, jewelry boxes, chess sets, and more. We built our own house in 2000 and I made a lot of molding for it.

Abe redid his dining room with log cabin siding he made on his Woodmaster. His wife calls the room, "Abe Lincoln's log cabin." And, yes, Abe's middle name is Lincoln!

Abe redid his dining room with log cabin siding he made on his Woodmaster. His wife calls the room, “Abe Lincoln’s log cabin.” And, yes, Abe’s middle name is Lincoln!

“Woodworking’s very rewarding”

I find woodworking very rewarding. I like seeing the look on people’s faces when I give them something I’ve made. My brother took a great photo and I framed it with picture frame molding I’d made on my Woodmaster. He had goosebumps when I gave it to him.

I’d always wanted a Woodmaster and they had a special sale going on. I got the 25″ 725 Woodmaster Molder/Planer and the Pro Pack — the whole setup. I got a discount and a special offer: when I bought the offer was 90 days same as cash.

Here's the framed photo that gave Abe's brother goosebumps. Abe surprised him with this gift -- Abe made the frame molding and framed the photo.

Here’s the framed photo that gave Abe’s brother goosebumps. Abe surprised him with this gift — Abe made the picture frame molding and framed his brother’s photo.

25” is a big advantage

Having a 25” wide molder/planer is a big advantage. I’ve got a 14” planer and it doesn’t come anywhere near doing what the Woodmaster does. The 14” one is imported and it kicks back. It’s almost dangerous to use sometimes. My Woodmaster never kicks back.


I’ve got a kitchen countertop to do the edge on – about 100’ of edging. I’m looking to make some tongue and groove flooring, I may make some for my office.

My plans for the future? I’m taking it day by day. I do plan to make an old time, farm style plank dining room table to replace our dining room table. I’ll start with rough cut wood — look out, Woodmaster, here I come!

“If you use a little common sense…”

I have no negatives about the machine. If somebody’s thinking about getting a Woodmaster, I’d say go for it. Don’t have second thoughts. It’s made in America, it does the job it’s supposed to, just like Woodmaster says it will. It’s easy to set up and easy to operate. If you use a little common sense, it’s no problem at all. I can switch from planer to sander to molder easily.”

— Abe Taylor, Woodmaster Molder/Planer Owner, Tennessee

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