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.