What We Do

Custom Board and Steel (CBS) is a custom design / build shop. If you've been searching for the perfect piece but can't seem to find it in the big box stores, we can help. We walk through each step of the project with you, starting with designing exactly what it is you're looking for. Sometimes, it takes a few revisions but once everyone is on the same page, CBS creators start masterfully crafting the design to bring it to life. Your happiness in our work is what it's all about.


We Keep Things Local- Custom Board and Steel sources all materials locally, whether it be at their Hayward, WI or Denver, CO location.  We also have a large community of specialized tradesmen that we work with to ensure creation of almost anything is possible. 


We Like to Reuse - Custom Board and Steel is known for our unique variety of repurposed materials. For example, our large slabs come from local urban settings. After trees were removed for some reason or another, we save them from landfills and give them new life in your home or business.  


We Like a Challenge:  We love to design and love to build so if you have a project or even just an idea, run it past us!

Who We Are


Andy is a 5th generation woodworker and craftsman, born and raised in Northern Wisconsin. As a kid, his father often included him when working on projects, teaching him at an early age the importance of how things work as well as how to build items that will last. These years of experience helped shape the confidence and knowledge to design and build anything he can imagine. 

Andy received a degree in Industrial Design from the University of Wisconsin- Stout. While in college, he worked with and learned from a relative who is a world-renowned woodworker and author of many woodworking books. Upon graduation, Andy had gained great knowledge of both woodworking and design which brought him to where he is today and inspired him to open Custom Board and Steel in 2013.

Andy enjoys designing things that can live effortlessly in any home environment. He feels as if it is a never-ending challenge to create unique pieces for others while keeping his own identity as a designer - a challenge he happily accepts! Andy strives to combine different elements into his pieces through material selection and visual presentation. The combination of these elements are what make his work unique. 


John was also born and raised in Northern Wisconsin. His father is a general contractor who passed many tangible skills onto him while also employing him for much of his teenage years. John has always been fascinated by architecture, design and building anything he can dream up. Over the years, he has added many new woodworking skills to his toolbox by working alongside Andy and other skilled craftsmen in the Denver area. 

John attended Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI, where he earned Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Mechanical Engineering. He has a great understanding of structural design, the process of building a quality product and the drive to create durable, functional pieces that can be added to any space.


In his free time, he enjoys working on classic cars, hiking, skiing and enjoying the Colorado sunshine.

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