MAKE MONEY BUILDING TABLES with a Woodmaster Planer & Drum Sander
Caleb Wilkinson is a woodworker in a company that’s building a business in live-edge tables. Not just any tables, but big, handsome tables, 2” thick slabs or glue-ups of Texas red cedar, eastern juniper, or walnut.
Most are custom, built to order, though there are production models, too, and some are put out on consignment. Kitchen tables, conference tables, end and coffee tables, too. Business is good!
The company’s goals are to grow by creating a larger inventory and getting their tables on consignment in more retail outlets. They’ve supplied a regional restaurant chain and are seeking contracts with others as well as hotel chains and bars.
They needed a heavy-duty Planer
Caleb had a TimberKing sawmill and created slabs for their tables. But these days, they buy slabs from others. They got a Woodmaster 725 Molder Planer to run slabs. They found ordinary planers are just not big or heavy duty enough to take their slabs that run 2” thick and up to 24” wide. “We’re very happy with the Woodmaster planer. It does a great job.”
Spiral Cutterhead? Unbelievable
They give the spiral cutterhead very high marks. “It’s unbelievable. Very quiet and leaves a very smooth surface.” They like the indexable cutterheads. “There are hundreds of little cutterheads, each with four faces. When one face wears, you turn it to a fresh face.” The company estimates they can plane 10,000 board feet per face, or 40,000 board feet per set of indexable cutters.
Drum Sander — full 50″ wide
Caleb runs the planer and also the company’s Woodmaster Drum Sander, the 50” wide 5075 model. They bring in rough wood and straight line it, then plane it level and flat. Then they assemble the pieces with a biscuit joiner, glue ‘em up, and run them through their Woodmaster Drum Sander. “It does a great job.”
They particularly like the drum sander’s method of attaching sandpaper to the drum. “It’s easy to put on new paper with the sander’s hook-and-loop material like Velcro®. It’s very difficult on Delta sanders but Woodmaster’s system makes it simple.
The company’s working on a clever drying solution, too. They’re turning an 8 x 40’ shipping container into a dry kiln, with dollies for the rough wood and a heat pump to pull the moisture out.
Well, Caleb and company, more power to you and good luck building your woodworking business with Woodmaster Tools!
— Caleb Wilkinson, Woodmaster woodworker, Valley View, Texas
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