From A Hobby To Manufacturing In 1 Year – Part 1

The journey of going from a hobby, to business, to building a manufacturing type wood shop in 1 year here in Alaska. This is more than a shop tour, this is the building of a shop and a business from day 1. A documentary of sorts.

Sorry its been so long since I made a video! A lot more to come now that we are up and running.

Production of this shop consists of cutting boards, butcher blocks, tables, countertops and more.

Dec 27 2020- The video that set things in motion to go from a once a year hobby batch of boards in my tiny shop.

We started producing product in the new shop early Dec 2021

The two videos that solidified going from a hobby to business to now having the facility and customer base that we have now. Part 1 and 2

Website –

DeVo’s WoodCraft page:

Kris DeVo’s Photography:

Contact Kris DeVo:

At the request of a few amazing people I have set up donation links for those who want to take another step in supporting me and this channel.

Tip$, tools, a letter, a postcard or whatnot. My business box to receive mail;

DeVo’s WoodCraft
11471 Business BLVD, Unit 773503
Eagle River, AK 99577

0:00 Intro
2:15 The how and why of getting here and what the video is about
5:38 On the hunt for a new shop
6:59 1st of the new/used tools
9:25 Tools get caught in weather and fixed
11:16 New shop!
13:46 Back on the tool hunt
15:29 Laguna A-Flux air filters
17:05 Glue rack fix and assembly
19:31 Back on the hunt for tools/ pallet racks and lumber
21:57 Wall going up and shop build out start
23:14 Laguna Bandsaw W/Power feeder and Profile Sander unboxing and 1st thoughts
25:32 Drywall and paint
28:10 Family surprise
30:37 Truck history
31:27 Shop and tools coming together, scissor lift carts, bandsaw and mobile base builds
35:06 Planer pick up, unbox and 1st thoughts
38:55 Mounting power feeder on bandsaw
40:09 Shop coming together, pallet rack install, glue rack etc
43:42 Finally making product and 1st thoughts on new tools
50:29 WHERE I GET MY LUMBER (most asked question ever) 1,600 board feet!
51:50 Finishing product
53:39 Electrical install
54:24 Video editing computer – Digital Storm
54:56 Final thoughts / shipping out products and good bye from the family

My Laguna Tools:

Bandsaw 24×24


Air Filtration

TSO Products for Festool tools

Affiliate links. Doesn’t cost you anything and helps my channel if your going to buy anyway. Thank you!

An amazing book by Bob Taylor! A must read for makers!
Guitar Lessons: A Life’s Journey Turning Passion into Business

Maverick Abrasives sand paper. Good stuff at a great price.
Use: DEVO10 at check out for 10% off

Awesome CA glue! StarBond
Use: DEVO10 at check out for 10% off

Glowforge Laser engraver. $125- $500 off

Powermatic Micro Dust Filter

Table and blade spray:
Bostik GlideCote

Bostik Bladecote

Sandpaper abrasive cleaner stick

My favorite tape. Best thing ever-

3m hearing protection with tunes

DeWalt folding work table

Helical head, Shelix from Bird tool. OEM and NON OEM depending on when available

Festool RO 150 sander
Festool MFT clamp table

Sandpaper storage
Drum Sander

19-38 Drum Sander

My little DeWalt planer (I still use this as well)

8″ VS bench grinder

Bar clamps

Howards Butcher block oil

Mineral oil
Food safe glue


Camera R6
Wide angle lens
Great all around lens

Please do not attempt to do anything you see in these videos unless you are 100% comfortable in using these tools.



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