Congrats to Mark Bushinski, PWM 2017 Workshop Makeover Winner!
Congratulations to Mark Bushinski of Minneapolis, Minn.! Mark was chosen as the winner of the Popular Woodworking Magazine 2017 Workshop Makeover Giveaway. Mark won a new workshop stocked with more than $9,200 of tools from Jet, Bessey and Woodpeckers.
Mark, where do you live and what is your occupation?
I live in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with my wife and two children. I am 35 years old and work for the state as a groundwater hydrologist.
Share with us about your woodworking background.
I started to enjoy woodworking during high school woodshop class. I built two nicely done chessboards and one ugly clock. My father helped me with some projects around this time too, including a small bathroom cabinet and some speaker boxes. The majority of my projects in the last 20 years have been speaker boxes, generally made from Baltic birch plywood. With some help, I built the sound system for my wedding and also built four tower speakers for my cousin and myself that have an interior partition that forms a seven foot folded bass horn.
Which piece of machinery are you most excited about?
I am excited to use the band saw and planer. I have been researching how to resaw wood but I don’t own a planer, so I wasn’t sure that the end result would look OK.
What is the first big project you’ll start with your new shop?
We plan to turn a porch into a mudroom this summer, so my next project will be building benches and a coat rack for the mudroom. After this, I would like to help my 13-year-old son build some speaker boxes and plan to make to make some puzzles for my 2-year-old daughter.