WOODMASTER HALL OF FAME — Top OWNER SUCCESS STORIES from the Woodmaster Molder/Planer Blog

Mike W. had never run a molder/planer before. How'd he get the crazy idea he could manufacture his new home's flooring and trim himself and save thousands in the process? By reading Woodmaster Owner Stories. He read...he learned...he ran his own flooring. And, yes, he saved thousands of dollars doing it.

Mike W. had never run a molder/planer before. How’d he get the crazy idea he could manufacture his new home’s flooring and trim himself and save thousands in the process? By reading Woodmaster Owner Stories. He read…he learned…he ran his own flooring. And, yes, he saved thousands of dollars doing it. Read full story

You may be visiting our Woodmaster Molder/Planer blog for the very first time, or you may have read every one of the 40+ stories we’ve ever posted on our molder/planer blog. Either way, we want to share our TOP STORIES with you. These are not just our our most popular, most read stories. They also represent the breadth and diversity of our Owners.

Some woodworkers in our Woodmaster Hall of Fame bought their Woodmasters to speed production and increase quality. Many bought them so they could increase their woodworking incomes. Some are in it to save money by making flooring and trim for themselves. Some have a lifetime of woodworking experience under their belts. Others are relatively new to woodworking. Some bought a Woodmaster because it’s made in America; others found it was a practical and affordable alternative to industrial molders and planers.

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But all these good folks have at least three things  in common. First, each one is a dedicated, hands-on woodworker who is deeply involved in this age-old craft. Second, each of these woodworkers is ingenious and highly talented in his or her own way. And third, every one of them shopped around, considered all kinds of equipment options, and ended up choosing Woodmaster. Below, you’ll find excerpts from their stories. Simply click on the “READ FULL STORY”  link at the end of each story and you’ll go immediately to the full stories on our blog. Enjoy reading!

Bill & Andy McQuatters — EVEN IN THE FACE OF ADVERSITY

Bill McQuatters, right, started a woodworking business with his son, for the benefit of his autistic son's long range future. Andy handles the work well and "he works all day long," says Bill.

Bill McQuatters, right, started a woodworking business with his son, for the benefit of his autistic son’s long range future. Andy handles the work well and “he works all day long,” says Bill.

Bill McQuatters and his son, Andy, have started a busy and profitable business with help from their Woodmaster Molder/Planer. Bill tells his story. “Andy is autistic, but I describe him as special. While I was employed, Andy went to sheltered workshops but when I retired, I kept him home with me. Keeping him busy, with a purpose, presented quite a challenge. I worried about what would happen to Andy after my wife and I die. Today, we’re building a business and a future for my son with God’s help. Andy and I are making a living with two Woodmaster Molder/Planers set up as gang ripsaws. We make stakes for construction, surveying, and nurseries. Even in today’s economy, business  has just exploded.” READ FULL STORY…

 

Larry & Chris Perkins — SELF-EMPLOYED FATHER & SON MAKING GOOD MONEY — UP TO $100 AN  HOUR

The Perkins family took a couple hard hits recently. But they've bounced back: father and son run a woodworking shop together now and knock down some good money.

The Perkins family took a couple hard hits recently. But they’ve bounced back: father and son run a woodworking shop together now and knock down some good money.

Adversity hit the Perkins family of New Philadelphia, Ohio pretty hard over the past few years. First, Mrs. Perkins passed away. Then, the local steel mill closed down. There went Larry Perkins job — the one he’d held for over 30 years. The Perkins are a close family and son, Chris, had a bright idea. “I had a Woodmaster 718 Molder/Planer I’d bought a few years earlier,” Chris told us. “Dad was looking for other work and I started thinking we could put the Woodmaster to work.” Now they work together and are making good money. “Being a small operation – just me and my dad – we can afford to have low prices. We have a nice niche.” 3 Star Molding is two men and two Woodmasters — Chris’s original 718 and a 712. “When we started, we saw we were going to need another Woodmaster. Dad will run wood through one Woodmaster and I’ll flip it and run the other side through our other Woodmaster. Then we put it on the forklift, wrap it up, and load it on the trailer.” READ FULL STORY…

 

Elizabeth Floyd — SHE’S PLANNING HER RETIREMENT INCOME WITH A WOODMASTER 

Elizabeth Floyd has plans to develop her burgeoning woodworking business into an income-generator for her retirement. She does beautiful work!

Elizabeth Floyd has plans to develop her burgeoning woodworking business into an income-generator for her retirement. She does beautiful work!

Elizabeth Floyd is planning ahead for her retirement income. “I work full time but do woodworking on weekends. When I retire, I want some income and if things go well with woodworking, I might retire earlier than planned. I’m the kind of person who sticks their toe in the water before jumping in. I want to see if there’s a market for my style of woodworking, and see if it would support me.If someone’s thinking of getting a Woodmaster, I’d tell them I have no complaints. It’s a quality piece of equipment that’s well built. The company is good. READ FULL STORY…

 

IT’S TIME TO BUY AMERICAN

Earl Bryam asked Mrs. B to step in for the photo he took. "It's hard to find equipment that's not made in China," he says.

Earl Bryam asked Mrs. B to step in for the photo he took. “It’s hard to find equipment that’s not made in China,” he says.

We trust you know it already, but just in case you’ve missed this fact: a great deal of the woodworking equipment you’ll find in discount catalogs and on the shelves at big box stores is made in the Far East. Overwhelmingly, manufacturers in this part of the world build equipment to lower quality standards and with lesser materials than you’ll find in premium USA-made equipment. Read several short stories by Woodmaster Owners who say, “I want to keep my money in America.” READ FULL STORY…

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