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February 3, 2013

Woodworker follows his passion



Bleau also will offer kitchen-cabinet refacing. A customer will be able to replace cabinet faces, doors, drawers and frames. That service is starting to become more and more popular around the country, he said.

The funds will also help him buy a computer numerically controlled router.

”That will allow me to do things more efficiently,” Bleau said. “It will help me take things to the next level.”

Bleau said he expects to hire one full-time or two part-time employees once the grant money is received.

”With the workload I have now, I could use a person. It would allow me to take on more projects than I have been able to do so far,” he said.

The grant program includes entrepreneurship training conducted by Jim Murphy of the Adirondack Economic Development Corporation. Bleau recently attended the first class and will receive the grant funds after he completes 30 hours of study. 

”I think it’s going to be really helpful,” he said.

Bleau works from a shop attached to his home, located at 27 Ryan St. in Rouses Point. He said his favorite piece of equipment is a J.A. Fay and Egan 16-inch jointer made in Cincinnati in 1932. 

it is one of several pieces of equipment he acquired from Glenn Miller, the owner of Aloof Doors in Keeseville.

His dual-drum sander is another key piece of equipment. The first drum has coarse sandpaper, the second has finer sandpaper.

Bleau said he still has to do a final pass with a hand-held orbit sander, but the machine saves him work that used to take several days by hand.

“Time is money,” he said. “I still keep the quality high, but do it a little quicker.” 

The dust-collection system captures about 95 percent of the sawdust created in manufacturing. Additional ceiling mounted filters capture pieces down to about two microns.

For more information or to see examples of Bleau’s work, visit, the Northeastern Woodworking Facebook page, email or call 570-8873.

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