My favorite projects are the ones where the client has a difficult room or build,
with an end goal in mind, but they don't know how to get there. It gives me the
opportunity to solve a big challenge for them. Figuring out how to utilize a space
or how to, for example, insert a sliding door in a unique area, those are the types
of tasks I specialize in. My team comes in there to engineer and fabricate solutions
that my competitors can't, constantly pushing the boundaries of how efficiently
we do work. Just because a carpenter makes something look good, doesn't make him
good. For me, the speed is the difference. If you're fast and meticulous, that's
what sets you apart and that's why I use Festool.
My first introduction to Festool was on a job building a ten million dollar house,
and one of the trim carpenters had the Track Saw. We were working on the flooring
and he insisted that I try it out. I borrowed the track saw a few times to make different
taper cuts, but then found myself consistently using it more and more. Then, after
I bought my own Track Saw and HEPA Dust Extractor, I bought the sander and so on.
The Festool tools really made the difference for me.
A new favorite tool of mine is the HL 850 planer, and I recently used it on a barnwood
table that was going to be used as a display table for my friend's small shop. After
ripping the wood, the edges just seemed flat and the table was missing some flare.
So I put the heads in the planer, and tapered it over the wood to give the table
a unique, rustic texture. My friend liked it so much, she asked me to use it again
on beams I had to install for her. The planer made those beams look like they were
150 years old in 5 minutes–talk about a cool tool.
My Festool power tools began making me more money and paid for themselves very quickly.
They allowed my company to take on more work because of the speed at which we could
complete projects. Now, I don't have any real competition because none of my competitors
can keep up with our speed and efficiency. You can tell a true professional by his
passion and the tools he uses, that's why I use Festool.
I've always been fortunate to be working in the high end of carpentry. Since I was
15, I've been building houses and decks, doing framing–you name it. My first big
break came when my boss asked me to go out of town on an 8-month home building project.
Naturally, I took the opportunity that 8-month, house project turned into a 2-year
house, guesthouse, indoor tennis court, multiple car garage, and apartment project.
The money was better than what I would have been making working a part-time job
in college, so construction turned into a profession for me.
By 19 I had bought my first fixer-upper home, with the sole purpose being to live
and work in a house that I could learn how to do plumbing, electrical, dry wall,
light carpet fixing, and anything else I could add to my arsenal. It paid off in
more ways than one as I'm now running my own construction business and doing what
I love. My name is Mike Cantrell and I'm the owner of Cantrell Construction.