Reclaiming the Old; Creating the New

I started my woodworking business in my freshman year of high school with nothing except an empty garage and a few hand drills. Having little to no income, I realized that I would have to be very smart to get the necessary tools on such a low budget.

The very first addition to the woodshop was an ancient table saw that my dad found in the dump. It required many repairs to get in working order but still saved me the $500–1000 that a new table saw would’ve been. I then upgraded it with a larger plywood top, a new fence that I designed, and a carbide blade. Once I had this, I was able to start making cutting boards out of barn wood reclaimed from our family property. This overcame the barrier of have to purchase expensive wood. 

With an inventory of cutting boards, coasters, bowls, and furniture, I did my first ever vendor stand at the Moscow Food Co-op. I vividly remember it being a surreal feeling when people were actually interested in the things I made, and some were even willing to buy them for their own home! I also sold at the Moscow Farmer's Market, a much larger venue that draws thousands of people every weekend.

Once I got my first sale, I was even more motivated to put everything into building a woodshop. I moved on to gradually purchasing more and more tools that allowed me to make higher quality products quicker. I focused on buying tools that were relatively inexpensive, but would get the job done. At this point I also launched my Etsy shop, which allowed me to reach a much wider audience. 

All in all. this led me to pursue a degree in mechanical engineering, and although the business isn't my main focus, I still run it on the side and plan to incorporate it in whatever engineering career I end up in.

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