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I am what I call semi retired. I was retired, hurt my back, but had to do something. As building water treatment plants is quite strenuous even as an engineer, I decided to take up my hobby again and make furniture. Like a lot of others, I made pieces for myself (actually for the wife) and then for family and friends. No money there, so I started making pieces on commission in Perth, Western Australia. This grew into a small business with 3-4 employees. I shut the business down and moved to Manila in the Philippines when my wife was transferred by her company there.

After building us a home to live in, I started to make furniture again. I now have 4 people working for me again. These workers are my students whom I am training to make furniture in the traditional way. We are specializing in making commissioned pieces from recycled lumber. For people who do not know the woods of the Philippines, we have a huge variety of hardwoods to very soft woods. The color and grain is something to die for.

My workshop is the ground floor of my house so it is very easy to go to work each day. When I moved to the Philippines, I shipped several of my machines. The chain/chisel motorizer shown is a family heirloom, so I could not leave it behind.

-- George Coles,

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#1 posted 09-16-2011 10:25 AM

Hey George,
Great looking set-up and some cool heavy iron there too….nice job.

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#2 posted 09-16-2011 07:25 PM

George, you have put together a pretty nice looking shop. And you have some interesting tools to play with as well. I can’t imagine what it cost to ship the mortiser to your shop but it was well worth it.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 09-16-2011 08:30 PM

George, your shop is a nice one. Congratulations.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#4 posted 09-16-2011 08:33 PM

That’s a great old mortiser!

-- Jesse --

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#5 posted 09-17-2011 01:18 AM

I can’t imagine having that much empty wall space. Nice shop…......

-- mike...............

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#6 posted 09-21-2011 04:24 AM

ok I love the sander


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#7 posted 02-08-2012 10:23 PM

George, dont know how I missed this one but that is one fine looking chair youve built there !

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#8 posted 09-15-2012 04:27 PM

So wood is in your family before everything else. I’m jealous of the wood you have to work with. LOL!

That family heirloom appears to have been the monster in your closet? LOL. An inspiring piece of machinery.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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