What is Wood Shop Mike:
This blog is an effort to give back to the woodworking community. He enjoys sharing his woodworking adventures with the hope that readers may gain from his experiences and be inspired by his energetic approach that is safety driven, light hearted, and succinct.
What To Expect:
With his projects, you won’t find a bland list of bullet points. He explains the how and why behind each step so that you can get through projects safely and with confidence.
Likewise with product reviews, he provides a viewpoint unaltered by endorsements or commissions, and gives honest, unfiltered opinions so that readers can make a well informed decision.
Who is Mike:
Mike is a 9 to 5er working as a mechanical designer to support his family. His recreation and passion is to create.
Mike has been woodworking since the early 2000’s and his fields of specialty lie in guitar building, furniture making, and woodturning.
From 2003-2005 he apprenticed with luthier, Ari Lehtela, learning the craft of building guitars by hand. Here, he gained a deep appreciation for reading grain patterns, attention to detail, and the use of hand tools. This work environment was void of the luxuries of many shops such as table saws, jointers, planers, or thickness sanders.
During his collegiate career he continued his study of luthiery and branched off into different avenues of woodworking. Once he was “allowed” to use the shops, he had almost unlimited access to machining and woodworking equipment. During these years, he began his exploration of woodturning along with building a few pieces of furniture.
Mike continues to spend as much time in the shop as possible regardless of the weather conditions or if the yard needs more work than his current project does. Maybe someday he will move out of the garage and into a dedicated workspace with air conditioning and an antique wood burning stove from his great grandmother’s house!
The ideas I share are my personal opinion and are meant to be used by persons with good common sense. I do not recommend using tools of any kind without prior training. I am also not responsible for your personal injuries sustained while using tools, only mine.
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