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Reedsburg residents begins full time woodwork business

November 29, 2018 GMT

Tim Szydlowski can thank a co-worker at his former job for giving him the idea to start his own woodwork business Sawdust Designs.

Szydlowski, who now lives in Reedsburg, said his interest began in woodwork when that co-worker showed him some of his woodworking skills. That was 15 years ago when Szydlowski was working as an installer for an HVAC company. He also thought about some of the high end stores that charge lots of money for a simple piece of rustic looking furniture so he decided to start making his own.

“I wanted to try it myself and see what happened and it just kind of grew from there,” he said.


He started making some of his own items for himself and his friends including full bars, cabinets and tables. He continued to do the same woodwork on the side independently until he started Sawdust Designs, a remodeling, woodwork and home improvement business, in August 2017 while holding a full-time job. As he got more customers and projects, he realized he couldn’t handle both jobs so in April he jumped into Sawdust Designs full time.

He said he builds a lot of bar tops, table tops, barn doors and even clocks but is willing to build anything the customer requests. He will meet with a customer to get an idea of the design, sketch out the piece and adjust it to their needs. A lot of the pricing depends on the type of wood, size of the piece and time it takes to complete the project.

His favorite part about the job is using his imagination to help the customer create a quality piece they will use in their home. He talked about a project he recently did for a customer in Green Bay where he created a bar top filled with bottle caps in the shape of the Upper Peninsula to represent where the customer was originally from and his love for collecting bottle caps.

Amanda Blum of North Freedom had a barn door made from Sawdust Designs and was satisfied with the work Szydlowski did. She said he was super easy to work with and was surprised by how fast he was designing and building it and how knowledgeable he was about the process.

“Everything is flawless looking,” Blum said. “We are super happy.”

Syzlowski built cubby storage lockers over the summer for Allison Timlin, who lives in Reedsburg, for her family to keep backpacks and shoes in her house. She said Syzlowski is very friendly and very easy to talk too. She requested changes after the design was complete and even requested he install a couple more boards in the project for additional storage once it was completed.

“He made it like it was no problem,” Timlin said. “He took the changes and went with it.”

Szydlowski said he follows up with customers after the project is completed to see if they are satisfied and to get to know his customers. He is available by email, phone or text at anytime of the day. More information on Sawdust Designs can be found on his website www.sawdustdesignsllc.com/ or the Sawdust Designs Facebook page.