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Hello from Diamond Lake, Washington located about 40 miles north of Spokane, WA. We are about 6 miles from the ID/WA state line and about 65 miles from the Canadian border.

We are a husband/wife shop designing and building cabinetry, furniture and fireplace mantles. Our specialty is to add high levels of personalization to a customer projects through provided affordable CNC carving and hand scrolled inlays. Customers love that they can get personalization and have it be affordable. We also offer CNC cutting and carving services to other companies. It helps them to be more competitive and be able to offer economic upgrades and personalization that their competitors aren’t able to do.

I have been working with wood since I was about 10 years old. I started in remodeling, new home construction and post and beam barn construction. When I graduated from high school I decided to go into the US Coast Guard to try it out. 23 years later I retired. During this time I did some woodworking for family and friends but I found it a little difficult to load my woodworking equipment onto the ship when I went to sea (the Captain didn’t like it).

In 2000 I retired and took up woodworking as a business full time and never looked back. In 2009 I moved kicking and screaming into the world of CNC and my only regret was I didn’t do it sooner. CNC has revolutionized my offerings to customers. When I used to do bent form lamination and free form furniture it was always VERY time consuming (big $$$) to build all the bending forms manually. Now the CNC cuts a whole sheet of parts to be put together into a form in a matter of minutes. I can also offer carving with the CNC where before when I offered hand carving 99% of the people couldn’t afford it. Now it adds a level of personalization and makes it VERY affordable.

-- Don, Diamond Lake Custom Woodworks - http://www.dlwoodworks.com - "If you make something idiot proof, all they do is make a better idiot"


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bigike

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#1 posted 02-19-2011 02:47 AM

very expensive setup but nice, I wish i had space like that.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://www.icombadaniels@yahoo.com

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Beginningwoodworker

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#2 posted 02-19-2011 02:52 AM

Nice looking shop!

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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Scott Bryan

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#3 posted 02-19-2011 03:51 AM

Don, you certainly have an enviable shop. I think any of us would enjoy working in a space like this. It has plenty of room, is well organized and you have some nice tools to play with.

Thanks for the tour. I enjoyed visiting your shop.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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Splinterman

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#4 posted 02-20-2011 01:44 AM

Hey Don,
One very exceptional complex with real sweet toys…great job.

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steliart

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#5 posted 02-20-2011 01:58 AM

Welcome to LJs, very nice shop set-up you have there

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions - http://www.steliart.com --

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DLCW

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#6 posted 02-20-2011 07:14 AM

Thank you all for the kind words. The shop building is 40’x80’ with 11’ ceilings on the eve walls and 16’ ceiling in the middle. Heating is through radiant floor which helps keep dust from getting recirculated everywhere. This is a professional woodworking shop, not a hobby shop. It has modern equipment for quality, efficiency and high productivity throughput.

When I had a hobby shop it was NOTHING like this shop. No CNC no edge banding equipment, no Blum hinge line boring system, no wide belt sander, etc. I used standard tools like a 6” jointer, 12” planer, 10” contractors tablesaw, home built router table and lots of hand tools. No large storage systems for sheet goods or hard wood lumber racks (didn’t need to store large amounts of material). It had a small roll-around dust collector, not the big 4 bagger central system needed in a production shop. I went from hobby work to professional woodworker in 2000 and realized that to be competitive I needed to be able to complete simple and complex projects (like entire houses full of cabinetry) in a lot less time.

So please don’t get caught up in all the equipment as it’s pretty normal in a production shop. In fact, I’m at the low end for equipment in a high throughput shop. But it’s what I can afford.

I got my start in a one car garage using a torpedo heating in the winter (got the temp up to about 50) and a big fan to cool in the summer (got it down to 85). But then it was a hobby and if I didn’t want to go out and freeze (or boil) my butt off I didn’t have to (I had a day job). Now I HAVE to go to work to complete projects on time and within budget for customers. Sometimes I feel that the FUN of woodworking has been somewhat diminished – but I still love it so and wouldn’t trade it for any job in the world!

-- Don, Diamond Lake Custom Woodworks - http://www.dlwoodworks.com - "If you make something idiot proof, all they do is make a better idiot"

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Schwieb

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#7 posted 03-06-2011 02:04 AM

Great shop! My dream home was to be a post and beam structure. Got as far as getting plans developed and then a change in my life caused me to scrap the idea and I sold the land. Heartbreaking it was. I’ve been fascinated with it since I was a boy exploring my Grandpa’s barn. That will never happen but I still get to do woodworking in my spare time.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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DLCW

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#8 posted 03-06-2011 02:29 AM

Dr. Ken,

I know the feeling of a life change and your dreams getting squashed. The same thing happened to us about 3.5 years ago and we’ve had to completely change our plans. We carved an apartment out of the shop and now live there instead of a home. Got conned by a complete dirt bag on real estate. At least the fed, state and IRS are taking him to court on criminal charges.

-- Don, Diamond Lake Custom Woodworks - http://www.dlwoodworks.com - "If you make something idiot proof, all they do is make a better idiot"

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Roger

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#9 posted 01-13-2012 11:36 PM

gr8 lookin shop Don. I’m not likin that white stuff outside the shop tho… lol you are puttin out some very nice projects, etc. work safe, keep makin dust

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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cabmaker

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#10 posted 01-13-2012 11:46 PM

Nice setup, congradulations on your successfull carrer and being able to work with your wife in that environment. My wife of 35 yrs and I would likely been divorced had we spent that much time together.Keep up the good work JB

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