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Check Out David Beatty’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to David Beatty.

David, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
I was a police officer for 22 years before retiring in 2019. I was a detective from 2001 on, working major narcotics and then moved to Robbery/Homicide in 2009.

While working Homicide, I went out on medical leave in 2013, was battling PTSD. Sometimes the filing cabinet in the brain just sees too much carnage.

While I was home, I was miserable, my wife and kids were miserable being around me. I needed something to fill my time and to feel like I was in some way, shape or form being a productive member of society.

I had always wanted to volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, so I did. I was fortunate enough to work on a site where we built duplex’s for wounded veterans in Lakeside. Working three days a week there was an amazing gift. It allowed my brain to quiet down and let me create something tangible.

The tough part of police work is at the end of the day, you have nothing in your hands. Nothing to look at and evaluate, nothing tangible. I could look at what I had built at the end of the day and see progress. I liked that a lot.

I went back to work in early 2014 but realized I needed to continue to have that outlet, that time to build and create.

I went to Palomar Community Colleges woodworking program and took their Woodworking 101 class. Another amazing step and place to learn. The course is one project, you build a clock. Learning tool safety, ways to join wood and finishing.

My mom was battling cancer at the time, so I built her a clock. She always loved nautical antiques, so I incorporated a 100 years old porthole cover in the design. I was thankful; to finish it and give it to her before she passed.

The biggest takeaway for me from these first steps was I loved building, I loved creating. I could build something that was a piece of crap, but it was my piece of crap.

I wanted to build more. I was back to working robbery/homicide but kept building when I could. That Zen time of just sanding something, letting my brain focus on something outside of the ugliness first responders see everyday was a gift.

My wife and I were at a coffee shop which had an American Flag coffee table, she commented on how she liked it and would love to have something similar one day. My next project was born. That was her Christmas present in 2015, my kids got desks, I began making “blue line” flags as gifts.

People began asking me to build them different things, so my business was born. In 2015, 832 Woodworking began.

“Craft with Purpose” is our slogan. My wife and I decided that as part of our business model, we would donate 10% of our profits to charity. We partner with five local charities who we give our clients the choice of which they would like to donate to.

After I retired, I went to work for as an investigator for the California Innocence Project, I worked with them for two years before realizing I needed to step away from the criminal justice world and wanted to fulfill my dream of owning my own business full time.

So here I am today, building and creating for people, enjoying being at home with my family (my shop is in my garage). We partner with other small businesses (engravers, welders, potters) to add different dimensions to our work.

Life is good!

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
I don’t know any small business owner who would say they have never had obstacles and challenges along the way.

The most challenging aspect is the vulnerability when you build something for someone else. That moment when you deliver it, making sure they are happy with the project. Being in a spot where you are being judged, your work is on display for critique is tough. Confidence takes a hit pretty easily.

Owning a small business reveals your flaws and shortcomings pretty easily. I have realized I am horrible at accounting and thank God for my wife who does all of our social media, those are not my forte’s.

The day to day challenges of managing cost, staying on schedule, balancing life, work, family.

But those are the same for most I think.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I build custom furniture, home items, like mantles, some cabinetry. I also build or create art pieces, oftentimes American flags for law enforcement, military members, first responders, etc.

I specialize in hardwood tables and furniture, live edge, and blending several mediums like wood, metal and epoxy.

I’m not sure I am known for one specific item or thing. Customers will send me pictures or inspiration photos of items they see and ask me to build them. Maybe I am known for being able to create items from a singular photo. Being able to conceptualize a project in my head from a photo.

I am proud of several of my pieces, a mantle I built for a coworker at the California Innocence Project, a hostess stand I built for Lobster West, a table I built for my wife. I’m not sure I can pick out just one.

Do you have any advice for those looking to network or find a mentor?
I really have not had a mentor through this process. I let my work stand for itself. Create things of quality, word of mouth will happen.

Contact Info:

  • Email: 832woodworking@gmail.com
  • Website: 832woodworking.com
  • Instagram: @832woodworking
  • Facebook: @832woodworking


Image Credits:

All photos by 832 Woodworking

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