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Gary M. Katz

The Morning Wood Company

Listing #913   Listed on: 08/16/2009

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My name is Steve, and I'm the sole proprietor of The Morning Wood Company. I decided to follow in the footsteps of my grandfather and my father who were respected woodworkers and carpenters themselves. I never felt comfortable working in the corporate world, so when I was laid-off at The Aerospace Corporation in 1992 I focused on building a self-sufficient and rewarding way to create income. I began as a one-man shop, and continue to do so unless a large job presents itself, and then I bring in one or both longtime friends and helpers Jim or Mike to get the job done. Founded in early summer of '94, The Morning Wood Company has evolved from a niche skateboard manufacturer into a sought after kitchen,bath, and entertainment cabinet installer for L.A.'s South Bay area. A typical day begins about 10 am, and my time is split fairly equally between the shop and field installs. I have an extremely low call back rate for problems, but when one arises, I take care of it pronto. As a result, I have a lot of repeat customers, and referrals. Enough to where I don't advertise because my past customers do it for me. For the time being, I am content with the way things are progressing. I don't see any expansion anytime soon because I don't want to lose the personal contact and quality control my customers have grown to expect from me. I refuse to settle for inferior work. As a small company, we offer complete installation. From demo to the final knob or pull, we do it all! For more pictures of my work please check my Facebook page under Stephen Spieker.
Morning Wood Company
Another angle of the outside
Luckily the whole shop is on wheels and all I have to do is push the tools I need outside.
There really isn''t that much in here
Most of my tools in cases go in this rack
Think Inner Beauty
It''s tight and cramped, but the commute is awesome.
Radial Arm saw tucked away
Hatachi 10
Shop watchdog
Another Pic of the 10 drawer dresser
10 Drawer Maple Dresser Fine tuned in the shop
Wood magazine project for my nephew.
Redwood Gate
Redwood Gate
Basement doors
Entryway porch
Shoji screen before papering
Three garden gates Redwood
Lighted lattice table
Refinished china cabinet circa 1890
Enertainment center in Torrance
Enertainment center in Torrance
Finished sandbox bed
Sandbox bed
Finished Maple vanity
Maple vanity unfinished
Maple entertainment center and desk
Maple kitchen remodel,(I did the tile backsplash also)
Executive Desk Oak,Maple, Poplar
Wine Glass Rack with drawers and door out of reach of little hands
Asian Fusion Dresser
Company Name:   The Morning Wood Company
Contact Name:   Stephen Spieker
Location:   Westchester, CA  90045
Year Founded:   1994
Sq. Footage:   525
Employees:   3
Gross Sales:   50,000

Product Specialties:
    Cabinets - Cabinet Designers
    Cabinets - Cabinet Installers
    Cabinets - Kitchen & Bath Cabinets
    Cabinets - Residential Cabinetry
    Furniture - Custom Furniture
    Furniture - Furniture Repairs
    Woodworking - General

Shop Equipment:
    Other - Bosch 4000 Table Saw
    Other - Shopsmith 510 Cabinet Shop Package
    Dewalt - Planer
    Craftsman - Radial Arm Saw
    Craftsman - 22" Jig Saw
    Craftsman - Jointer
    Craftsman - 6' Multi-Speed Drill Press
    Porter Cable - 1/2" Plunge and Fixed Router
    Other - Hatachi CF10 Slide Miter Saw
    Kreg - K3 Pocket Hole Master System
    Other - Makita 18V Li-Ion Drill/Drive
    Other - Makita 18V Li-Ion Impact Drive
    Craftsman - Bandsaw
    Other - Shopsmith 3300 Dust Collector
    Other - Drill Doctor Sharpener
    Other - Skil 77 Worm Drive
    Other - Skil Mag 77 Worm Drive
    Porter Cable - Biscuit Joiner
    Other - Campbell Hausfield 90 Gallon Compressor
    Porter Cable - 135 PSI Pancake Compressor
    Other - Senco 15, 18, and 23ga. Nailers
    Other - Bosch 7/8" Hammerdrill

Viewer Comments:

Posted By: Ryan Bruzan     [08/22/2009]
What can you do with a radial arm saw that you can't do with a table or miter saw? Please give some examples. Thanks.

Posted By: Steve Spieker     [08/24/2009]
In response to your question about what you can do with a radial arm saw as opposed to a mitre or table saw, the radial does pretty much everything that the others do, it is a lot faster to cut dadoes for a bookcase, also it is great to have an extra saw dedicated to a single operation rather than having to reset the table saw back and forth between several different cuts. The radial is great when you need multiple cross-cut pieces of the same size, like for drawer boxes, or shelves. The mitre saw fence isn't long enough without building a dedicated station. The Radial has a reputation for being out of adjustment and dangerous because it doesn't travel well. As soon as sliding mitres were made available radials disappeared from jobsites. I haven't seen one on a job in over 15 years. Mine never goes far, but I use it constantly in the shop. One can never have too many saws. I hope this answers your question. Thanks.

Posted By: Bill     [09/14/2009]
My last shop was similar, mostly storage and roll out the work tables, saws etc.
Keep up the good work!

Posted By: paul feinstein     [02/25/2014]
How much do you sell your garden gates for, about 30 inch wide?

Posted By: Georgina     [05/22/2015]
How much is this 10 drawer chest and what are the measurements?

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