About John W. Cox

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About John:

Raised in Palmerston, Ontario, John spent his learning years apprenticing as a carpenter and in 1980 received his certification as a "General Carpenter". He then moved into the construction field building, remodelling, renovation, and adding additions to homes, before setting out on his own. Once on his own, John began to design and build projects requested by home owners, businesses, and agricultural organizations. The majority of these projects have been customized pieces designed to fit the project. Today, although John is still heavily involved in the construction industry, he has branched out into the artistic end of carpentry though designing and building custom log cabins, pine log furnishings, and other "One-of-a-Kind" pieces, including carved garden art. His new venture lets his creative nature leap to the forefront providing him hours of artistic enjoyment. Visit his website today to see view some of his projects.


John's Background and Experience


35 years as a licensed carpenter

3 years of Construction Technology Engineering at Conestoga College studying project management, estimatimating, and surveying, as well as structural, mechanical, and electrical design, drafting, and engineering.


35 years experience in all aspects of commerical and residential construction and design.

Projects, as Site Superintendent, included:

School auditorium and gymnasiums, Art gallery, Medical Complex, and YMCA, Braum Salt Storage Facility, Credit Union, Chamney Farm Building Construction, and University Projects for Bell Canada.

Self-employed since 1991 - Total Home Systems CEO

Projects include:

Design and build residential and commercial buildings, custom furniture and reproductions, wood trim, outdoor structures and cabins, and ecclesiastical pieces for various churches in Kitchener area.

Volunteer Experience:

Director - Maitland Valley Conservation Area representing Minto, North Wellington and Mapleton.



New Yankee Workshop - Norm Abram's Homepage.  Here you will find all kinds of helpful information pertaining to woodworking, as well as project sheets.

Allan's Wood Miser's Workshop - Tips and techniques about a variety of woodworking topics, tools, basic woodworking clamps, fasteners, wood bending, and homemade jigs.

Helpful Hints and Tips:

Sawdust Making 101 - an beginner's illustrated guide to the world of woodworking, with introductions to all hand tools, simple beginning projects, explanations of terminology and much more.

Introduction to the Machine Shop - illustrated lessons in using the bandsaw, drill press, belt sander, grinder and buffer and deburring wheels

Table Saw Safety - a brief to safe table saw practices, with links about safety guides for the jointer planers, sanding machines, and thickness planers.

Contact Information:


Another Great Canadian Site:

The Woodchcuck Canuck Free Plans Page This is a great index of free plans from all over. Check out the home page as well.