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Location: San Diego Ca.

I am married (31 years) and the father of 4 (3 girls ages 17/24/26 and 1 boy age 22). Originally from upstate NY (Rochester area). I was stationed in San Diego in 1985 and have lived here ever since. In 1996 I started a small woodworking hobby/business while still on active duty in the military (Navy). I didn't have a lot of woodworking skills at the time but a good friend of mine is a professional cabinet maker and I was able to partner with him. I worked closely with him for 3 years. During this time we were able to find a customer base through word of mouth advertising. I gained extensive training through the production of over 25 Entertainment Centers, 2 complete kitchens, several fire place mantles and assorted other projects. Our partnership dissolved in 1999 but our friendship continued. My old partner remains a mentor to me still to this day. Over the years we have teamed up on a couple big projects including a 3rd complete kitchen and an 8’ X 8’ cherry entertainment center with a built in fireplace.
In between cabinet builds I started building Shadowboxes for retiring military personnel. This soon became a very successful endeavor. I worked in very senior Commands that had a lot of retiree’s throughout the year. Again word of mouth was my only form of advertisement but it kept me as busy as I wanted to be. My wife joined me on the Shadowbox side of the business. I do all the woodwork and she installs all of the medals, ribbons, warfare devices and other accoutrements people want inside the display. I retired from the Navy a Senior Chief in 2002 but connections established over the years with a few businesses around town continue to provide customer orders. Over the last 21 years my wife and I have delivered over 1000 shadowboxes in all shapes and sizes.
I enjoy woodworking but in 2010 I decided I wanted to learn some new skills and branch out a little. I invested in some new tools, received some training and expanded my product line to custom made pens. The idea was originally intended to just be able to make some unique handmade gifts for family members. This quickly changed. I gave several pens away as gifts and when people saw them I started getting orders. Within the first year I sold enough to pay for all of the equipment and supplies purchased to support the new product line.
In 2013 I have purchased three major upgrades for my shop. The first was the Industrial version of the SawStop. This was a major upgrade over my old Delta Contractor saw. Not only is this new saw bigger and stronger but also much safer. The second upgrade purchased later in the year was a Computer Numeric Controlled (CNC) desktop machine from ShopBot. Although this machine has required a lot of time to learn how to use, it was time well spent. The tutorials included with the software are excellent and the customer support received from ShopBot and Vectric have been outstanding. I really enjoy the new capabilities this machine provides. The most recent addition is an 18 x 32 commercial laser machine made by Universal Laser. I purchased this for my wife so she can play a larger part in our business. This has been a huge upgrade to our capabilities as things we used to have to outsource we can now do in house.
I don't limit my woodworking endeavors all to the business aspect. I have partnered with a local High School drama department as a volunteer to help teach their tech theater class how to build props for their plays. This has been a lot of fun and very rewarding. I also build all of the props for the High School band Field Show competitions.
Command Performance Wood Designs is not my primary job but rather a self-sustaining hobby business that provides enough profit to support what I enjoy doing.

-- Tim Haenisch, San Diego Ca.

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commented on MOBILE STAND DISPLAY 01-10-2022 06:08 PM
commented on Overlapping squares end grain cutting board 01-09-2022 04:44 PM
commented on Coast Guard Emblem Shadow Boxes 01-09-2022 04:38 PM
added project Coast Guard Emblem Shadow Boxes 01-08-2022 08:24 AM
added project Navy Officers Sword Display 01-01-2022 02:40 AM
added project Fire Fighters Hat Box 12-27-2021 06:22 PM
added project Culinary Specialist Sea Chest 12-19-2021 05:53 AM
added project Chart Hat Box 11-15-2020 04:29 AM
commented on Coast Guard Chiefs Hat Box 09-11-2020 06:29 PM
commented on 4 String Bass Guitar 06-20-2020 04:28 PM
commented on SCROLLSAW BASKET 06-20-2020 04:23 PM
added project American Flag Challenge Coin Rack 06-19-2020 04:36 PM
commented on New Custom Shotgun Case 06-19-2020 04:18 PM
commented on Napoli Tea Box 06-19-2020 04:17 PM
added project Husband and Wife Shadowboxes 04-19-2020 07:40 PM

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#1 posted 01-01-2015 08:14 AM

Welcome to Lumberjocks! Thank you for your service, Tim. Congratulations on making the hobby pay for itself! Come over to the Stumpy Nubbs fan thread and say hello.

-- God bless, Candy

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#2 posted 01-02-2015 11:11 AM

I’m glad I can add you as buddy. I’m looking forward more of yours carving projects.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#3 posted 01-02-2015 10:05 PM

Welcome to LJs. There are alot of really good folks here. Love your shadow boxes. Look forward to seeing more of your projects on here.

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#4 posted 01-03-2015 02:15 PM

First of all, Thank you for your service. Secondly, welcome to LJ’s. You’ll have a good time round here. Look forward to your many more, upcoming projects. Work/Play safe. Keep makin dust.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#5 posted 01-03-2015 02:27 PM

Welcome to the family here at Lumberjocks. Watch Roger though, he will eat your ice cream.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#6 posted 01-03-2015 03:54 PM

Welcome to LJ’s I’m sure you will dig it here.

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#7 posted 01-03-2015 05:58 PM

Tim – nice write up. Sounds like you have been blessed in as much as you have found something you enjoy, are good at and it’s paying for itself. Welcome to the Forum.

-- Harold

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#8 posted 01-03-2015 09:46 PM

GREAT projects that you have shared. I love the shadow boxes. Very unique and well done. Welcome to LJ.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#9 posted 01-22-2015 08:09 PM

Hello Tim, Welcome to LJs. Checking my email account I’ve noticed that I have some more folks adding me to their buddy list. As you can tell I haven’t logged on in quite some time, I’ve been busy building places to shop for goods or services by my fellow Americans. And being a fellow American I would like to thank you for your military service and sacrifice to country.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#10 posted 11-04-2021 07:38 PM

My son-in-law is retiring from the Navy in January and asked if I would build him a shadow box. The one he picked was you Navy Captain Shadowbox and Sward case without the wood panel in the middle. I was wondering do you sell the plans of items you have made? If so, may I purchase the plans for this box.
Rest assured I am not looking to make and sell boxes. I would like to make it as a gift to him.

Charles Jones
Royse City Texas

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