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Tom McFadden - Furniture

Listing #230   Listed on: 10/02/2006


I make high-end furniture and sell it in art galleries, on the web, and through national advertising. In the past I have done craft shows from the streets of San Francisco to the ACC Show in Baltimore.

In 42 years I have gone from a basement in San Francisco with a dirt floor to a garage, to an old cow barn, and then a house built over a creek. I built a dream shop, lost it in a divorce, and now have the building pictured here - it is on the back of our property, 200 feet from our house and overlooks a creek. There is an apartment in the back of the shop where my son lives.

I have taught evening classes at our local high school off and on for 25 years and acquired my taste for Oliver machinery there. I have written, not extensively, for Woodwork Magazine.

Want to know more? Just ask!





 
Oliver 217D, Rockwell Shaper, Lumber loft above.
Machine Bay from Lumber Loft. The Olivers - #12-16
This photo shows the side of the bench with the Emmert turtleback vise mounted. The bench is 44 inches wide and 11 feet long.
Company Name:   Tom McFadden - Furniture
Contact Name:   Tom McFadden
Location:   Philo, CA  95466
Year Founded:   1964
Sq. Footage:   1,500
Employees:   1
Gross Sales:   100,000
Website:   www.mcfaddenfurniture.com

Product Specialties:
    Accessories and Gifts - General
    Architectural Millwork - Doors & Windows
    Architectural Millwork - Lathe Turning
    Cabinets - Custom Cabinets
    Carving - General
    Furniture - Custom Furniture
    Furniture - Furniture Designers
    Furniture - General
    Woodworking - General

Shop Equipment:
    Oliver - 260 Table Saw
    Oliver - 12 Jointer - 16 inch
    Oliver - 20B Lathe w/other tooling
    Oliver - 71D 4 - Head Borer
    Oliver - 92D Mortiser
    Oliver - 217D 30inch bandsaw
    Oliver - 72D Borer
    Oliver - 384 Grinder
    Delta Rockwell - Radial Arm Saw
    Custom Made - 24 Inch Wide Belt
    Dust Collector - Shop-Built w/Grainger Blower
    Southworth - Lift Table
    Delta Rockwell - Drill Press
    Oliver - 399 planer - 18 inch



Viewer Comments:

Posted By: Brian     [10/03/2006]
Nice shop, have any more photos? Your work is impressive, love how you work with contrasting woods with your furniture. Thanks for contributing.


Posted By: Marc L     [10/09/2006]
Beautiful shop and woodworking! Thanks for sharing!


Posted By: Joe Lawton     [02/18/2009]
Wonderful shop, Tom. Could you tell more about getting your work into galleries and art shows. What is the sequence of events that leads to someone getting work into an art show? Thanks for contributing.


Posted By: Donald W . Townsend     [04/04/2009]
Tom I have a 399 also bought it from parks co. when they went out of business, oliver co. said that parks bought it from them in 1946, and they copied from it to make their parks planer, its the work horse of my sawmill wood shop. why do they call it a finish planer, ........... Thanks DON


Posted By: troy mackay     [08/05/2009]
thanks tom for getting me on to this site . woodweb. love the workshop......troy


Posted By: Bill Bolyard     [08/13/2012]
Have you found a source for grinding wheels for your Oliver 384?


Posted By: Phillip Andrews     [08/30/2012]
Do you have a dust collector hooked to the 399 planer? If so where did you get it or did you make it? Could you send me a picture of it? I have a 399 and trying to figure out how to fabricate a connector.


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