Strong Oaks Woodshop -- Custom Reclaimed Wood Furniture

| Front Royal, Virginia

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Announcement    Formed from native woods of what are now extinct virgin forests, each barn beam and board tells the unique story of its past. What may often seem a worthless plank, gray with age, can be transformed, if given the chance, into a majestic piece of furniture, rich with character and history.
Office Phone: 540-671-8528


Last updated on Sep 15, 2021

Formed from native woods of what are now extinct virgin forests, each barn beam and board tells the unique story of its past. What may often seem a worthless plank, gray with age, can be transformed, if given the chance, into a majestic piece of furniture, rich with character and history.
Office Phone: 540-671-8528



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About StrongOaksWoodshop

Sales 5,817
On Etsy since 2008

A Second Career, Thanks to Etsy

I can remember saying to my wife some years ago that I could not really see myself being a computer programmer in my 50’s. When she asked what I would like to do, I said “Woodworking.” She didn’t say so at the time, but she was rather skeptical of that dream ever coming to fruition, and no surprise why. Though I had always enjoyed working with my hands and had spent lots of time down in the garage making Christmas gifts or putting together little pieces of furniture for my kids, there was no real local market that I could figure out how to tap into. Friends and family would admire my work and tell me “You should sell those!” but my question to myself was always “Where?”

Then, in the fall of 2008, my sister-in-law asked if I would make a set of Waldorf playframes for her, based on a set I had made from reclaimed antique pine for my own children. Knowing she was a far better sales person than I was, I told her that if she found five other people to buy a set, I would make hers for free. It turned out to be an inspired thought.

She immediately went to work finding five sales for me and one of the things she did was post some pictures of my work on her blog. She sent me the link to the article and as I was browsing around the rest of the blog, I ran across another article in which she had posted a link to some knitting that a friend of hers was selling….on Etsy.

Having never heard of Etsy, I clicked through and was absolutely bowled over. Here it was, a site full of people like me, crafting and making things by hand, only they were actually selling them! Half fearing it would really amount to nothing, I went ahead and opened up a shop and posted just one item. Imagine my surprise when a few days later I actually received an inquiry…and a sale. The Strong Oaks Woodshop was born.

I couldn’t believe it. More items went up and some custom requests came through. I was doing two or three projects a month and spending nearly every weekend down in the garage. I wasn’t making a ton of money, but it was enough to buy some new tools and take the kids out for pizza once in awhile -- and it was great therapy for me 

Things continued to progress. More custom requests came in and as soon as a project was done I would post it as a new listing on Etsy and make it available to others as well. I was making real furniture! Then I received a convo request to design a rustic table and chair set from reclaimed wood…and outfit an entire restaurant.

I was scared to death, but I said yes. I hired on my wife’s younger brother who was between jobs and we spent that winter down in my garage, crammed into a tiny space with a table saw, a planer, a mitre saw, twenty-odd tables and over three dozen chairs. It was a pretty wild time, but we did it and delivered on time and on budget. We have since done other restaurants and that chair style is still one of our biggest sellers.

Fast forward to today. I am now working full time as a woodworker, fulfilling a dream that I could scarcely believe possible. There are now several of us in the shop and even a local teenager with us part time as an apprentice. We have since managed to get up our own website ( and have even gotten some of our products listed on retail sites. The biggest change though came earlier this year when we finally got some real shop space. Our new home is down by the Shenandoah river, a great big old stone building built back in 1870…as a furniture manufactory. Though abandoned and left empty since the 1970’s, we have reclaimed it too. While it is only five minutes down the road, it is a long, long way from my little garage. It has been deeply satisfying to see it get a new lease on life, and a second career. Just like me. Thanks Etsy.

Mike Schmiedicke

Shop members

  • Mike Schmiedicke


    Whether it's homemade beer, wild mushroom hunting or woodworking, Mike tries to bring curiosity and enthusiasm to all his projects. He has been working with reclaimed wood since 1998. His family shares his love for creativity and high adventure.

  • Wyatt Bratt


    Wyatt has travelled lands far and wide in search of a cause and a bride. Luckily for the shop, he seems to have found both :) When not woodworking, Wyatt can be found smoking his hand-carved pipe, reading poetry, or fixing his truck.

  • James Schlosser


    Despite detours for school and travel, James can't seem to resist the lure of long hours, good-natured ribbing and crazy projects that are the hallmark of life with the Strong Oaks Woodshop!

  • Nick Marmalejo


    A South Chicago transplant, Nick has made his homestead in Appalachia with his lovely wife and three children, and would rather be living by the edge of his chisel than the seat of his pants.

  • Phil McShurley


    What's a shop without an apprentice! Phil is a great worker with a lot of big ideas of his own - we look for him to go far :)

  • Tom Furtado


    Our latest addition, Tom's sense of humor is a big help when the mayhem of everyday threatens to overwhelm. Although he has years of carpentry experience, we most appreciate his willingness to step outside the box (like gourd banjos!)

  • Artery Team

    Etsy Marketing Agency

    We take care of shop visibility and Etsy SEO. Our goal is to bring more visitors and grow the store.

Shop policies

Last updated on April 1, 2020
We have a passion for the natural beauty of aged wood and hate seeing things go to waste! Our work strives to honor the inherent value of lumber reclaimed from old barns and other structures scheduled for demolition and brings out the beauty that might not be so obvious on first sight.

Accepted payment methods

Paypal Mastercard Visa American Express Discover Apple Pay Klarna Giftcard
Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns, exchanges, and cancellations
Contact me within: 7 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 14 days of delivery
Request a cancellation within: 2 days of purchase
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Items on sale
Questions about your order?
Please if you have any problems with your order.
Returns and exchange details
Goods damaged in shipping with either be repaired or replaced at our cost and we will cover shipping. If for some reason you just dont like or dont want what you ordered, we will accept returns on standard items but you will be responsible for shipping back to us and the refund will be issued once we receive it, minus our actual cost of having first shipped it to you. For custom items we cannot accept returns. Thank you.
Payment upon purchase, unless otherwise arranged.
Our smaller items ship UPS Ground, with a tracking number provided by email. Shipping time is listed under the Shipping tab on each item's detail page.

Our larger items like beds and tables generally ship curbside freight, though white glove delivery and install may also be available for an additional fee -- just ask!



Curbside means that the truck will get the crate as close as possible to your door and set it down there. Make sure to let us know if you can receive a 48' semi trailer at or near your residence. This means narrow streets (with cars parked on the sides), mountain roads, low power lines, minimum height gates, no cell phone reception etc...

We ship curbside to save you money. Inside service with install costs more, but is often available if you need.

Finally, we can often offer our own inside delivery and set-up/ install services in quite a wide range. Just ask upon ordering and we'll get you a quote!

Additional policies and FAQs
All items take 4-6 weeks to craft, unless stated otherwise. Everything we sell is built by hand, one item at a time. Due to the nature of wood, each piece is unique -- it will look like the pictures, but not be a carbon-copy!