By Jennifer Gallus
HOWARD LAKE, MN - What began as a routine trip to Menards for Reed Arvidson of Howard Lake has turned into a side career in woodworking that he’s immensely enjoying.
Three years ago, Arvidson was planning to peruse the paint aisle at Menards when he stumbled across a tablesaw that was on sale.
“I had always wanted a tablesaw, and it was such a good deal, so I got a gallon of paint and the saw,” Arvidson laughed.
From there, he started some woodworking projects both inside and outside his home, and as word traveled about his talents, he started his own woodworking business out of his home called Old Home Woodworks.
Arvidson works full-time for Embarq and does the woodworking in his spare time.
“Now that our kids are grown, my wife, Erica, and I have more time for things like gardening and woodworking,” Arvidson explained.
He began building his skills by making garden projects from barn wood.
“I would see things in magazines or at someone’s house and think to myself, ‘Well, I could make that,’” Arvidson said.
Soon, he was making garden benches, bird houses, wooden garden wheelbarrows, and garden trellises. He’s even made clothes hampers and bathroom closets from barn wood.
Then he added hard woods to his agenda and has made entertainment centers, toy boxes, fireplace mantles, wooden bathroom countertops, shelves, planters, coffee tables, end tables, headboards, shadow boxes, trash bins, gardening tables, and more.
“I really enjoy starting out with a pile of lumber, and get satisfaction from seeing the finished product,” Arvidson said.
His touch can be seen everywhere in his house from the handmade butcher block countertop in the kitchen, to his beautiful solid oak wood floors.
Arvidson admits the wood floor was a big project since he installed the rough-sawn oak and finished it himself.
“My favorite projects are working with oak and making finished furniture like the entertainment centers,” Arvidson said.
Arvidson doesn’t have a storefront; rather he builds the projects by request.
For more information or to contact Old Home Woodworks call (612) 220-5117 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.