Frank Cullen Work Benches

Cullen Construction

While working as a carpenter in New Mexico in the late 90s, I encountered green and alternative building methods, such as straw-bale and rammed-earth construction. These techniques fired my imagination and enabled me to literally break out of the traditional box and build structures that are sustainable, energy efficient and appropriate for their environment. Moving to the central coast of California and starting my own business has allowed me to pursue green building with even greater enthusiasm. As my business has grown, I find myself constantly juggling a multitude of tasks from working with clients, collaborating on designs with architects, supervising subcontractors and ensuring that quality is never compromised.

I'm convinced that quality starts with having the right attitude. I've noticed the way in which tradesmen present themselves can often be a good predictor of their work quality — and the same can be said of the tools they use. The guy who shows up for a job with cheap tools bouncing around the bed of his truck may possess a similar level of pride in his work. It's not just about image, it's about self-respect and the knowing that cutting corners is never acceptable. Maintaining high quality is the primary reason I use Festool. My first Festool was a Domino Joiner, which opened my eyes to the concept of tools that are exceptionally precise, bulletproof, and uniquely functional.

Before getting the Domino, I used a biscuit joiner, which never delivered the accuracy and versatility I had hoped for. But the Domino has proved to be the ideal way for me to make strong mortise-and-tenon joints for a variety of applications. I've used it to join cabinet and closet doors, and even to make intricate fence details. Once convinced of the quality, efficiency, versatility, and accuracy of Festool, I began to acquire more tools including TS 55 and TS 75 Track Saws, a CT 26 HEPA Dust Extractor and a Kapex KS 120 Miter Saw. Finish carpentry is one of the favorite parts of my job, so I recently used the Kapex to precisely cut wood railings for a glass and metal staircase. The saw's ability to accurately make complex cuts is exceptional.

Being a person who's committed to promoting a healthy environment, I'm particularly conscientious about keeping the work space clean. When working on restorations, I depend on the CT 26 to reduce airborne dust to the absolute minimum. It's an important workhorse because it's compatible with all the Festool power tools I own. In many respects, it seems that Festool holds true to the same ideas I have about quality, the environment and superior design — and that's why it's a good fit for my business.

Frank Cullen

Frank Cullen

Cullen Construction

As a kid growing up in Boston I had a natural inclination to make and fix things, so it's fair to say that I found my passion early in life. As the owner of Cullen Construction in San Luis Obispo, California, I've refined that passion as a contractor who's committed to building healthy, sustainable, and beautiful structures.

Festool Work Benches & Tables

MFT/3

  • Includes guide rail
  • Cross-cut station
  • Many clamp options
  • Easy to transport
  • Folding legs
  • MFT Accessories

MFT/3 Basic

  • Flat work surface
  • Assembly station
  • Many clamp options
  • Easy to transport
  • Folding legs
  • MFT Accessories

MFT/3 MINI

  • For use with Kapex
  • Great assembly table
  • Many clamp options
  • System integrated
  • Lightweight, compact
  • MFT Accessories