Woodworking bench lit up by warm evening sun

Bum Rush Industries

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a wood- and video-working project by master mistakesman Hank Thompson

~ Quality Craftsmanship For Quality Poopsmanship ~


New videos are being released as they are edited.

Custom Balcony Workbench

Fed up with using an old rickety dresser as a workbench, our first build video series starts with a trip to the local big box store for lumber and glue.

The series highlights the challenges of building a workbench without a workbench with limited tools, knowledge and space.

No Talking Version

A more meditative experience without all that pesky personality:

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Safety Coner, a woodworking safety expertThe Elements, a racoon who can't help themselfHog, a hog and a verb


Bum Rush Industries is by Hank Thompson.

It combines Hank's creativity and resourcefulness with his video production and editing skills to make fun, informative videos about woodworking.

The videos document Hank's journey from overconfident beginner to overconfident beginner with scars on his hands as he converts his apartment balcony into a functioning woodworking shop and business. They highlight the challenges that arise during any woodworking project, from running out of band-aids to getting more band-aids.

Primarily using wood sourced from the curbs, trash bins, dumpsters and construction sites of Los Angeles, Bum Rush Industries is a passion project, a business and a statement of principles — that we must waste less and that there is beauty and value in discarded things, if only one is willing to put in the work and coax it out.

A long-term goal is to achieve financial sustainability by selling goods, making videos and hopefully support from a community of viewers.

Countless hours of footage have been filmed and await editing.

This site will be updated as we continue to progress.

More about Hank here.

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Just launched!

Head over to our Etsy page to see what's available. Many more candle holders have been made already and are in the pipeline to be listed and sold.

We put a lot of effort into each one, shaping the curves using a variety of hand tools, from saws, chisels, a shinzo rasp and sandpaper — lots and lots of sandpaper

The simplicity of candle holders gives us an opportunity to hone techniques and sort out the growing pains of running an e-commerce business. Our shipping department is geared up and ready to ship!

More designs and products are on the way, including The Bum Rush, our namesake product, a toilet stool to assist you in your daily chores

We are open to eventually accepting commissions.

This is just the beginning.

Please enjoy these nice photos

For more photos, visit us on Instagram

16-inch candle holder centerpieceDouglas fir bi-level candle holderA beautiful knot on a candle holderWoodworking mallet with walnut wedgesBum Rush Industries toilet stool designMacro photo of plane shavingsHand plane shavings curled up into a flowerShavings curl for tiny skateboardsVise handle made from wood I found by a dumpster, inlay was in an old chair seat