— and all things woodworking —
I began woodworking back in the late 70's after I met my future father-in-law. He built his own house, doing almost all of the construction and carpentry work himself while raising four children. He was a real inspiration to me.
Since I had just moved out on my own, I needed something to hold my new stereo system (like all young men in their late teens usually do).
After looking at several flake board cabinets, I asked Bud if I could use his table saw to build a nice combination stereo cabinet and bookcase. He allowed me access to his garage workshop, and I built one heck of a solid cabinet out of 5/4" clear pine. - I became hooked on woodworking for life!
Some of my woodworking projects include a complete remodel our first house, a handyman special built in the 1930's. I replace all all of the interior mill work with custom oak baseboard, window and door trim, a set of oak kitchen cabinets, an oak bathroom vanity and mirror, and an oak paneled linen closet.
Later I moved on to design and build two custom homes: the first having custom oak woodwork, an L-shaped oak staircase, a 16' long built-in entertainment center, and a basement work shop with a separate stairway from the garage.
Our second custom home featured glazed maple cabinets, and a custom maple office. Along the way I constructed numerous tables, desks, wall shelves, clocks, etc.
David N. Eich,
Coincidentally, my last name Eich means "oak" or "oak tree" in German. So choosing Oak Tree Woodworks for the name of this site seemed like a no brainer.
German: from Middle High German eich(e), hence a topographic name for someone who lived near an oak tree.
In some cases, it may be a habitational name for someone from any of several places named with this word, for example Eiche or Eichen, or for someone who lived at a house distinguished by the sign of an oak.