My Story

My name is Bill McBeth and my journey into woodworking started when I was a young kid, I used to spend a lot of time at my grandparents house and my grandfather always had some scrap wood for me to sit around and play with.  He would show me how to correctly drive a nail, how to use a hand saw and never told me no when I grabbed one of his tools from his workshop.  He always inspired me with what he built and could build anything he set is mind to building.  Even today he is my sounding board for new ideas and will always be my hero.

Fast forward to when I was 12 years old, I built my first workbench out of scraps I gathered from houses being built in my neighborhood and fastened with screws and nails I found in the dirt at those job sites at this point in my life I wanted to be a carpenter and that my go to answer when asked “What do I want to be when I grow up”. That all changed when I turned 17 years old and found out that I really enjoyed computer technology…I am now in my 20th year of working in enterprise computer environments and the fascination of woodworking has never left me; it just got put on hold for a while so I could start a career, build a life with someone special and start a family.

I am the father of 3 wonderful daughters, I have been with my wife since August of 2000.  My family and I enjoy hiking, camping and taking outdoor photos. I am an avid BBQ guy and you’ll see me typically smoking some Kansas City style BBQ on the weekends.

Purpose of Wood Artisan

Wood Artisan is my attempt at taking my hobby and passion into an eventual full-time job that can support my family.  You can join me and see my mistakes, watch the content I am going to produce and heck even contact me if you want to commission a piece of furniture.  I am committed to this journey and I hope I inspire not only my Kids to follow their dreams but you as well…no matter how long it takes to realize that dream.

“Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.”  — Henry Ford

My Shop

I have a three car garage and I am very lucky to have a very understanding wife.  Sometimes she gets one stall for her vehicle…but not very often.  She is a saint and my muse.

What’s tools do I have?
I get asked what kind of tools I have in my shop.  Here is a list of them:

Powermatic Table saw (older version 64 Artisan model)
Performax 16-32 Drum Sander
Craftsmen 12″ Bandsaw
Delta Midi Lathe
Porter Cable Floor Drill Press
Excalibur Scroll 18″ (older tool but still works great, I have made some modification to modernize the blade system)
Ryobi 10″ Planer
Rigid Oscillating Belt and Spindle Sander

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