Jim Morgans Wood Profits

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My parent's one cardinal rule for allowing me to use their garage for my shop is that 1 always leave room for my mom's car.

new miter saw, router, router table, nail gun, planer and a bandsaw. I still keep in touch with the cabinetmaker—he gives me off-cuts that are a bother to him, but perfect for me.

Lately I've turned my garage-based hobby into a small business, doing woodworking projects mostly for neighbors and friends: bookcases, small cabinets, picture frames and such. After I graduate from college, my goal is to have my own shop, outfitted with more tools than I can count. My dream is to save enough money to buy the cabinetmaker's shop where I learned so much. But until then, I'll keep working in my "Mom-and-Pop" shop.

Jordan Riddle

Stillwater, OK

My First Shop

I'M A 20-YEAR-OLD college student at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater. My shop had its beginning a couple of years ago, when I was still living at home in Enid. My Mom said that I could park my pickup in the garage, or have a little woodworking shop in the same space. A young tool nut, I had already acquired a pretty good collection of woodworking tools, so it was an easy choice. My truck would stay outside. Now, when the

--weekends come, I head straight to my parent's house and my garage shop.

Ever since I was a child, I've been obsessed with building and fixing things. I've taught myself for the most part and I've learned from others. Last summer I got a job working for a cabinetmaker in Waukomis, OK. It was a great experience that added many new techniques to my woodworking skills. And with the extra money I made, I was able to buy a

My new tablesaw was Christmas gift from my parents. I bought most of my other tools with money earned from woodworking projects.

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