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Patrick Meriwether

Patrick “Leh” Meriwether

I have always enjoyed woodworking, but I did not start getting into it seriously until I started my own law practice.  I have become enthusiastic about woodworking through the years through making custom furniture for my home and my business.

The passion started in 1996, when I wanted to start my own law practice, but I had little funds.  To save money, I looked into refinishing old, used furniture for my law office.  Then I was hooked.  I started to build all kinds of items for the office, including bookshelves, book holders for our desks, custom pens and items to organize paper around our copier.

Flash forward 17 years, our firm has 12 lawyers.  Even though I could afford to buy nice desks, I was not happy with my selections and wanted to build something that made a statement, something that was solid.   I wanted something that was simple in design because I was going paperless, but stunning in appearance.  That led me to start working with wood slabs.

At home, I was very disappointed by furniture in the store for children.  I will never forget my first trip to Babies R’ Us.   “You want how much for that particle board?!?” was my initial reaction.  My next statement was, I can build that for less money with solid wood and it will look better.  Eleven years later and we have never bought a piece of furniture for our children.  The first two rooms were built around themes.  One was a farm theme and the other a train theme.  Most recently, I built our kitchen table and I am preparing to build our dining room table out of two enormous book matched slabs of Walnut.  The original pieces were over two inches thick, twelve feet long and thirty inches wide.  I can’t wait to finish this project.  It is going to look awesome!

As I learned more about woodworking, it became my own personal form of therapy to release the stresses that a fast paced divorce practice produces.   I used to find a fair amount of release through Judo (I am a black belt in Judo), but the dojo that was allowing me to teach Judo decided to merge with another one and focus solely on mixed martial art competitions.   The closest dojo now is almost an hour away from my house.  The bad news was that I would miss Judo.  The good news was that now I could spend more time woodworking.

Of course, the more you woodwork, the more you want to buy better and better tools.  So I started to sell my turning to help fund my woodworking.  Being a lawyer, it is easy to sell cool looking pens to other lawyers.  Many lawyers love pens.  Now I am learning how the wine community loves custom bottle stoppers.  So, I plan on expanding into that area as well.  I do not make much money from my turnings.  It is more driven my seasons than anything else (Christmas especially).  I just do it to provide a little extra cash to pay for certain woodworking projects.  We are a Dave Ramsey family, so we do not borrow money for purchases.  We save up, and selling some of my turnings helps me to save faster.

As a woodworker who wishes to grow and improve, I am only limited by my time.  I have children, so when most woodworking shops are having woodworking classes, I am spending time with the kids.  That leaves little time to learn, except through reading and trial and error.  Of course, one might ask, if you don’t have time to attend woodworking classes, why would you start a woodworking podcast?   The answer is simple.  I love woodworking, and I love to share what I have learned. I can control, to some extent, when I record my podcast.  This gives me flexibility.  In preparing my podcasts, I find myself performing more research and thinking through certain subject matters in greater detail because I am going to be accountable to the listeners of the podcast.  This helps me learn.  In addition, I hope that my podcast can grow a community of people from whom I can learn as well.

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  1. Just found your podcast. Love it, I can relate about barely finding enough time to get some time in the woodshop. I really need to organize my shop. Keep up the podcast.

  2. Found your podcast with a random search for woodworking. I listened to the first one this morning on the way to work and was surprised to hear you say you were in Canton, GA since that’s where I live, too. I always wonder if there are other woodworkers around.

    Anyway, I’ll be looking forward to future podcasts.

  3. Hi Patrick,

    I’d like to do workworking. Just like you, I’ve done many projects: from simple workbench to making our U-shaped kitchen. It’s really fun indeed! I just want to share with you the resources I’ve got: 16,000 Plans for ANY Woodworking Project. This might help you and your blog readers do their projects.

    Continue the good work!

    • Mike,

      I am thankful I found Leh’s bio page on his website, I was able to read your comment and found out about 16,000 Plans for Any Woodworking Project. I purchased it, I was overall happy!. As a newbie, it really helps me start my first project.

      The product is loaded with information you need to start any projects. There are 16000 plans, DWG CAD file viewer, 3D modeling software, selections of tips and tricks, a how-to guide for starting a woodworking business. It’s a complete package, there’s nothing you can ask for!

      With this product, I will certainly improve my woodworking skills. Thank you!

      Robert

  4. Hi Leh – I’ve been enjoying your podcast. Keep it up. My family has a long history in Canton. My great grandfather’s land was at Carmichael Crossroads near Hickory Flat. The old house was at the corner where Avery Elementary is and it was burned for fire dept training. The big shade trees are still there. Six generations back of my ancestors are buried in that area. Check out my website and youtube channel. I’ll be at the upcoming Woodworking Show in March helping with our Gwinnett Woodworkers booth all weekend, so stop by and say hi if you attend the show. Steve…

  5. Leh,

    I am a newbie in woodworking that’s why I am looking for helpful resources on the internet, I found yours. I really enjoyed the articles you are writing, it is very informative indeed!

    Thank you!

    Robert

  6. Hi Mr. Leh

    I just finished your podcast about starting a business in wood working. I been told told all my life of the talent and gift I have as a carpenter, locksmith, and learning about machinist work. Machinist work to make sure are tools are still cutting straight and true. Then started getting into more wood working side of thing. Website above is just some of the things I’ve done. My friend told me I don’t know a single carpenter that can go build a beautiful house then turn around And make a humidor. Not only learning how to do things but the history of tools and why they build the way they did. Species of wood for certain projects also. Marketing myself is where I fall short. You can tell the difference between someone that does it for a job and some on that does it out of passion. Any tips I can offer knowledge because I love to teach it as well. Just ask.

    James

  7. Hi Patrick – I’m getting married in May, and one of my groomsmen is graduating law school around the same time. I have been getting into woodworking very seriously over the last year, and I want to make small, high-quality gifts for the guys that are relevant to their lifestyles. Are there any small pieces of furniture/etc that a lawyer would typically have in his office? I’d like it to be something that makes a subtle statement of quality and can be built in a reasonable amount of time (i.e. a few days for milling/joinery/assembly and a few days for finishing). You were the first google hit for “woodworking lawyer”, and from your bio above, I thought you’d be a perfect candidate for fielding this question. I hope to hear back from you, and I look forward to checking out your podcast. Thanks!

    • David,
      First, Congrats on your impending wedding! Second, four things come to mind. First, if you are into pen turning, you can make him a really cool, one of a kind pen. Second, a business card holder is something that can make a statement and be something you can make in a weekend. Third, something with his name carved into it he can put on his desk. Fourth, a book holder – something that he can prop his book up on (or a file, case or something else that he is reading while he types on the computer. Hope this helps! In case you are interested, I also do a marriage podcast with my wife called Healthy Married Life. I am not only a woodworker, but a divorce lawyer who hates divorce.

  8. Hello Leh. Found your podcast about a month ago and listen to all the episodes. Great podcast very interesting and informative. I have been a scroll sawer for about 2 years and have recently got into bigger projects. In March I am going to build a kitchen table and I am going to use mortise and tenon joints. I have never attempted them before. If maybe you could talk about them in a podcast would be great. Thanks for all the tips and advice in the podcast keep up the good job.

  9. Leh,

    Hope life is well with you. Noticed that there has not been any new podcasts since February, shortly after you started musing about doing woodworking full-time. I loved your podcasts on getting things organized and about getting more time in the shop. Hope you have been able to do that!

  10. Leh,
    Thank you for your podcast. I have thoroughly enjoyed every episode, but find that I must listen to each one several times because they are so packed with really important information, unlike so many other woodworking podcasts that are 90 percent fluff and 10 percent useful information. Please keep up the great ultra high quality content. Some suggestions for future casts: Did you ever finish the sharpening station? Something on designing furniture — you certainly have a great eye for design. Something on finishing techniques — the desk is beautifully finished. I appreciate that you have many irons in the fire, but isn’t that the point of it — how do YOU with your impossible schedule manage to do the projects you do in more specific terms. Yes, you did explain in general terms the project management basics in the earliest of your podcasts, but a case by case revelation would be even more helpful. By the way, as a retired surgeon I can fully appreciate your methodology in the woodshop — you run it like an operating room! Thanks again, and please keep up the great work. God bless you and your family. Dave

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  13. Hmm is anyone else experiencing problems with the
    pictures on this blog loading? I’m trying to figure out if its a problem
    on my end or if it’s the blog. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.

  14. Hello and good day Leh. I saw your cub mobile videos on youtube and I would like to know where did you purchase the wheels for the cub mobile as I have been unsuccessful in locating them. Thanks for any assistance.

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