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Thompson Custom Woodworking

Listing #249   Listed on: 01/30/2007


My father founded the company about 20 years ago. We mainly work for contractors who build large residential homes / estates. Most of our products consist of custom entryways,home offices libraries,entertainment centers,int/ext mouldings, radius top doors/windows,screened in porch systems etc. We are currently located in small industrial park which we have been in for about 2 years. Peviously we were located on the third floor of an older building and our shop was slightly larger. If you plan on opening a shop or currently own one do yourself a favor and steer clear of any space that does not have a loading dock or isn't on the ground floor. Even if another space costs a conciderable amount more you will make up the difference for the whole year in the first three months of saved labor. If you plan on only doing smaller jobs or nothing over 200-300lbs.you might be able to get away wih it. Some of our custom entryways alone are 10-12ft high by 6-13ft wide and can easily weigh between 400-1200lbs when finished. We had to rig up a special crane system for this reason. Unfortunately land and rental space is a premium in this area but the historical homes and estates make up for it. As you can see our shop is pretty cramped and we are usually far too busy to clean as much as I would like but it get's the job done and in business that's all that counts. I have been working with my father for 10 years now and hope that I will be able to do this for the rest of my life. He's actually been teaching me in the shop since about the age of 5.
Too any of the shop owners/fathers don't be afraid to start teaching your kids about proper safety and techniques when their young. Thereare plenty of things that the little guys can do safely and there's nothing better than watching all of that training and patience pay off in the years too come. I hope you like the shop and feel free to email me with any questions
 
Planer and jointer set side by side for easy milling
Over 30 pairs of knives and 5 solid heads(not pictured) for a 22,000 sq.ft home we are currently involved with.
Mattison 207 straight line rip,storage racks,plywood rack and small moulding rack.
One of our shop organizers.
Profiled moulder and shaper knives
12 bag blower style vaccume. We switched to this system 2 years ago and made 4 other vaccumes obsolete
Vaccum duct air lines and hoses
Custom made router table with twin 3.5 motors, masterlifts,steffi 3 roll feeder and slide out bit storage.
Timesaver 137 widebelt sander and mahogany ready to run on cart
Scmi shaper and custom 2 head moulding sander
Assembly area
Company Name:   Thompson Custom Woodworking
Contact Name:   Brian Thompson
Location:   Beverly, MA  01915
Year Founded:   1987
Sq. Footage:   4,200
Employees:   4
Gross Sales:   N/A
Website:   ThompsonCustWood@gmail.com

Product Specialties:
    Architectural Millwork - Custom Millwork
    Architectural Millwork - Doors & Windows
    Architectural Millwork - General
    Architectural Millwork - Lathe Turning
    Architectural Millwork - Millwork Installer
    Architectural Millwork - Millwork Restoration
    Architectural Millwork - Moldings
    Architectural Millwork - Stairs and Balustrades
    Cabinets - Cabinet Installers
    Cabinets - Custom Cabinets
    Cabinets - Kitchen & Bath Cabinets
    Cabinets - Residential Cabinets
    Furniture - Custom Furniture

Shop Equipment:
    Powermatic - 66 table saw
    Powermatic - planer
    Timesaver - 137 widebelt sander
    Scmi - T110 shaper upgrded motor
    Mattison - 207 straight line rip
    Mattison - 207 straight line rip
    Other - L. Powers co 16 jointer
    Yates - Y42 band saw
    Other - Rees 12 bag vac
    Dewalt - 16 inch radio arm
    Dewalt - 14 inch radio arm
    Craftsmen - 10 inch radio arm
    Other - Saw Trax 10 ft panel saw
    Other - Double router table twin 3.5 motors on regs.with maggi 3 roll fe
    Dewalt - 3 models of chop saws
    Other - Grizzly spindle sander
    Other - Jet 16/42 lathe
    Williams - Williams hussey moulder little worke horse



Viewer Comments:

Posted By: laurie koblun     [02/12/2007]
thats what a shop looks like when real woodworkers go to work eh? CPU routers are nice but I'm on your side, good to see a real woodworking shop. How do you like the little panel saw?


Posted By: Brian Thompson     [02/12/2007]
We've been really busy since last winter so are shop does not always look the tidiest. We have looked into CNC but most of our work is all one off and we are not really sure if it's for us. We may pursue it in the future when we expand into a larger facility but for right now we get it done the old fashioned way. The Saw Trax is a pretty good machine and has all kinds of different add ons. We are getting a router set up for it snd another saw which will do a deeper cut and miters. It's a good machine and it works great for the work we do. Also it doesn't take up much space at all which is key. I'm going to put a few more pictures on of the whole shop. Now that we are rapping up one of our big jobs we have finally had time to clean house. Thanks for wtiting.


Posted By: laurie koblun     [02/21/2007]
are all those knifes on the wall for your w&h molder? Is that the only molder you use


Posted By: Aaron     [03/04/2007]
About the little ones, my son is 3-1/2 and spends a lot of time in the shop with me already. Great to have a home shop! I'll post some pics soon, just finished it. Nice custom built equipment by the way.


Posted By: Lekan Agbaje     [06/09/2007]
In the late '40s to the early '50s, my grandfather and father ran the family woodworking outfit until my father left for the UK. to study law. The factory collapsed in 1953. I still have old spindle molder and some other machines. I practiced Law with my father for 12 years and left for woodworking, my father did not like it. now the table has turned 360, my 1st son is not interested and I am trying to interest my other son. He is 22 years and still in the university graduating next July.
I just boughta Blum minpress,a 137 HD Timesaver and a door making machine I saw through woodweb advert. The exact model you have. They couldn't get me the manual,I Would be glad if I can have a pdf copy from you. Timesaver says it will take 4-6 months to get to my order.How do you get your mahogany. It is fairly common here, about 4 species. I have some pics posted on the woodweb project gallery.


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