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Location: Reasnor, Iowa

Joel Steenhoek is living his dream and is building something "solid" in the Reasnor area. If you think it is another set of cabinets or any other custom wood project Joel is working in his newly opened business, Custom Woodworks, you'd only be partly right. Steenhoek is also building another relationship in the little community he calls "home". It's not only about creating, it's bout being a good neighbor and building bonds. "If I'm building something for someone's home I want them to know they can trust me to do a great job, I want them to be comfortable talking to me about what they want." Steenhoek state that's part of the reason at only 22 years old, Joel is striking out on his own.

Custom Woodworks is located at 5269 Hwy F-62 E, just two miles east of Reasnor. Joel along with help from his dad, Don and brother, Kurt did the majority of the work refurbishing an old barn owned by Leta Lanphier. Joel stated, " I needed a place to get started and Leta wanted her barn fixed up so it just all came together. Leta has been a very good to me and has helped me a lot."

Steenhoek has been building custom cabinets and furniture since his high school days at Prairie City Monroe. With the help from shop teacher Joe St.Peter and FFA teacher Ed Ricks, he seemed destined to be a builder. So he made sure to learn well every twist and turn of the trade and that included working for a couple of local cabinetmakers and going to Des Moines Area Community College for there Entrepreneurship program. That helped learn the business part. He also worked with SCORE, retired business people who helped him with the business plan, especially in the financial portion of the plan. When it was time to go it alone he wouldn't be cutting corners, he wanted to be better, and most importantly be there for the customer.

Steenhoek has been a volunteer for the Reasnor Fire Department since he was 18. Steenhoek has training in firefighter I and hazmat. As he was working on getting his business started he was also taking EMT (emergency medical technician) classes through Mercy hospital to help him better serve his community. Steenhoek has since completed his EMT classes and is now a nationally certified EMT. As his business continues to grow he hopes to help other young people who are interested in woodworking. After all it's the unity in the community that gets the job done.

-- Custom Woodworks

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#1 posted 07-27-2008 08:19 PM

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#2 posted 07-27-2008 09:21 PM

Glad to see that you have made Lumberjocks a part of your Woodworking experience… Welcome

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#3 posted 07-27-2008 09:38 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks . This is a great community of people with like interests.There is much to learn here & you will have the opportunity to share your skills & ideas with others. I hope you enjoy LJ’s as much as I do.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#4 posted 07-27-2008 11:12 PM

Welcome to LJs. If you need anything just ask anyone.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#5 posted 07-28-2008 03:46 AM

Welcome to LJ’s.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#6 posted 07-28-2008 05:54 AM

Welcome to LumberJocks – enjoy the Community!

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#7 posted 07-28-2008 12:29 PM

Hello Steenhoek,

Welcome to LJs. I hope that you will find this to be an rewarding and informational aspect of your woodworking adventure.

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

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#8 posted 07-28-2008 04:57 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks! It’s a great place with great people, and, oh yeah, there’s the woodworking! Have fun and keep safe! :)

-- I'm a wood magician... I can turn fine lumber into firewood before your very eyes! - Please visit and sign up for my project updates!

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#9 posted 07-28-2008 09:49 PM

Welcome to LJs!! Glad you have joined us!!

-- Paul D - Lawrenceville, Georgia

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#10 posted 07-29-2008 02:10 PM

Welcome to LJ. You will like it here.

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#11 posted 08-01-2008 03:47 AM

Welcome to LumberJocks. Glad to have you aboard.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#12 posted 08-01-2008 04:03 AM

Welcome to Lumberjocks. The projects are an inspiration, the information is priceless and the people are supportive. The only problem is, the site can get addictive.
God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#13 posted 08-01-2008 04:17 AM

If you like working with wood, you’re in the right place. Welcome.

-- Bruce from Central New, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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