Meet Michael Romina | Custom Wood Furniture and Cabinet Maker
Michael started his woodworking skills at a very early age. When he was 8 years old, Michael would make his own skateboard ramps by collecting materials around the neighborhood. Continuing through high school, Michael had to teach himself after the wood shop closed down. In college at San Jose State, he had to change his major from electrical engineering because; quite simply, he hated it. But switching from electrical engineering to Industrial Design ignited his woodworking spark. In combination with the design training from Industrial Design and the time he had put into developing woodworking skills, Michael started making custom wood furniture and cabinets. Being hired by Boyd Bilt Cabinets set Michael on a path of his own: creating custom wood furniture and cabinets for customers in the Bay Area.
The Start of Cabinet and Furniture Making
Concentrating on his design instincts, Michael focuses his custom cabinets and furniture on clean lines and aesthetics. His training from the Industrial Design program and his career at Boyd Bilt Cabinets allowed him to combine the two experiences into his own business. With a new business, though, means new tools and equipment. After a long time spent researching several machines, Michael eventually settled on some Laguna machines for his shop. Among other necessary tools, he purchased a 3HP P|Flux: 3 Cyclone Dust Collector, a 16″ 4 Post Planer with ShearTec II, a 26″ Double Drum Sander, a 4hp Dovetail Tablesaw, and a 6x89T Edge Sander. Though not having a CNC machine, he is able to use one at work. For everything else he needs to make, he can rely on his Laguna machines.
Developing A Custom Wood Furniture and Cabinet Business
Because of the time spent not only researching the machines he has now but developing his woodworking skills, Michael has gained confidence in himself. With this determination, he has set his goals to running his woodworking business to be a full-time career. Part of that transition to a full-time business is building a bigger workshop, which he plans to make in his backyard. As he continues to develop his craftmanship further to be more personalized, he has shared stories behind the creation of his custom wood furniture and cabinets on his YouTube Channel.
Advice For New WoodWorkers
As Michael says, “start off small, build cutting boards etc, and try small church craft faires where it doesn’t cost too much to rent a booth.”