“Woodmaster’s the BEST KEPT SECRET IN FINE WOODWORKING — combo molder, planer, drum sander, saw in one small footprint.”

"This is the Woodmaster Advantage," says Paul. "This is a curly maple tabletop running through my Woodmaster. Making a finishing pass on a glued up tabletop is normally a bad idea. The only reason it worked here is because of Woodmaster's Spiral Cutterhead."

“This is the Woodmaster Advantage,” says Paul. “This is a curly maple tabletop running through my Woodmaster. Making a finishing pass on a glued up tabletop is normally a bad idea. The only reason it worked here is because of Woodmaster’s Spiral Cutterhead.”

Here's Paul in his shop with his 18" Woodmaster Molder/Planer. He's a man on a mission to make great furniture!

Here’s Paul in his shop with his 18″ Woodmaster Molder/Planer. He’s a man on a mission to make great furniture!

  Paul Mayer’s one hard-workin’ guy. He works a full time job, writes articles and makes videos for the Woodworkers Guild of America, started his own side business, AND builds excellent furniture evenings and weekends with his Woodmaster Molder/Planer! We caught up with Paul recently — here’s his story…

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Here's Paul's completed table. Curly maple tabletop, the rest is walnut. "I planed all the components on my Woodmaster," he says.

Here’s Paul’s completed table. Curly maple tabletop, the rest is walnut. “I planed all the components on my Woodmaster,” he says.

“I feel like the luckiest man in the world. My wife gave me a table saw for my thirtieth birthday; I built my dream woodshop for my fortieth; I have a passion for woodworking; and I always have a project going. My day job is Product Management in a software company with over 20,000 employees. There’s a lot of stress but woodworking is my stress reliever.

I’ve been woodworking for 18 years and I’m probably an upper intermediate, serious hobbyist. I work in a variety of styles, building furniture, cabinetry, and more for my family and friends. I also hope to take on more commissions once I get caught up on my family’s furniture requests!

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"I built these matching dressers for my two children. I used solid maple and cherry as well as cherry plywood. All solid wood was planed on my Woodmaster," says Paul. "Now I'm jealous because these are much bigger and nicer than my rickety old dresser!"

“I built these matching dressers for my two children. I used solid maple and cherry as well as cherry plywood. All solid wood was planed on my Woodmaster,” says Paul. “Now I’m jealous because these are much bigger and nicer than my rickety old dresser!”

“Woodmaster gives you 4 machines in 1 small footprint.”

I have an 18”, 718 Woodmaster Molder/Planer. It has power and pizzazz others don’t. There are three main things I like about it. First, It’s USA made. Second, it’s one-tenth the price of industrial planers.

But the third thing is the biggest performance advantage: it’s four machines in one. You get four woodworking machines in one footprint. With simple changeovers, you can set it up as a molder, planer, drum sander, or rip saw. Most of the time, I use my Woodmaster set up as a planer, occasionally as a drum sander. I’ve used it as a ripsaw, too — it’s slick.

Fewer machines means more open workspace

"I built this bench of walnut, planed on my Woodmaster. I based it on a design by woodworking legend, Sam Maloof," says Paul. "This piece demonstrates that you can make 'non-boxy' furniture with a Woodmaster."

“I built this bench of walnut, planed on my Woodmaster. I based it on a design by woodworking legend, Sam Maloof,” says Paul. “This piece demonstrates that you can make ‘non-boxy’ furniture with a Woodmaster.”

BenchOpen shop space is important. I have a big shop but there’s no way I’ll take up space with a lot of equipment. My shop could fit twice as many tools as I have but I won’t do it. For example, I’m testing a lathe right now but I won’t keep it — it just takes up too much room for the use I’d get out of it. That’s why Woodmaster is such a big win. It gives me three or four times the functionality in one machine, one small footprint.

I got the Spiral Cutterhead, too, and I love it. I used it on the curly maple table in the photos. Most of the wood I buy is $2 to $5 a board foot. This curly maple was $25 a board foot, a very special piece of wood with an intense pattern. Woodmaster’s Spiral Cutterhead worked perfectly and a trip through the Woodmaster turned it into a $400 tabletop.

“Best kept secret in the fine woodworking community.”

I think Woodmaster is the best kept secret in the fine woodworking community. Sure, lots of guys are earning money by making molding with their Woodmasters — it’s easy to see the return on investment. But any woodworker who makes furniture or cabinetry will be amazed by the increase in capabilities this machine gives them. As one small example, I can make molding of the same wood as the furniture I’m building. 99% of woodworkers have to match molding as best they can. In my experience, the color and grain patterns never quite match unless you make the molding yourself from the same wood.

Paul, a 14" maple plank, and his Woodmaster. "This is one of the first test runs I did on my Woodmaster."

Paul, a 14″ maple plank, and his Woodmaster. “This is one of the first test runs I did on my Woodmaster.”

I think of the Woodmaster as a combination planer and drum sander for the small to medium shop. And it’s priced for small shops. Industrial machines are up to $25,000. Woodmaster’s a great planer and, with incremental cost, you get a drum sander, too. Plus, it’s the only American-made planer on the market.

A true Woodmaster fan

I love woodworking and I love writing about it — I write regular articles for the Woodworkers Guild of America’s website. Readers contact me about the Woodmaster Molder/Planer quite a bit because of the articles and videos about Woodmaster I’ve put together. I’m getting well known as a zealous advocate for Woodmaster!”

— Paul Mayer, Woodmaster Molder/Planer owner, Minnesota

See Paul’s videos on our Woodmaster Tools blog, and his posts on the Woodworkers Guild of America website. And visit Tool Metrix, his tool testing and evaluation consulting business.

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