David E. Colglazier
Engineer, Inventor, &
Designer for Unique
projects - Old and New Technologies Replication,
years “hands on” experience
Lake Avenue, White Bear Lake, MN
By appointment only!
David E. Colglazier
skills set includes woodworking, parts repair/replication; carpentry,
remodeling & architectural design; plumbing, electrical, hydronic heating;
tool, machinery, hardware repair, metal fab, brazing/silver/lead soldering;
mold making, lost wax casting; electronic design, & computer repair!
item restoration or volume production
based in the Mpls/St Paul Area
My occupational objective in 1970 was “a
position where interests in electronics, mathematics, logic design, and
computers are allowed to grow.” Even when not employed in
a technology field, I have studied extensively and have applied that knowledge
and problem solving to my own business endeavors. With this lifelong passion, it is sometimes hard to call this
Personal Objective: Since a child, I
have always seen the value in things others consider old, obsolete, or broken.
That insight continues in my interests of repairing furniture,
electronics and computers and working on my 1889 house.
When I make a repair, especially to a mechanical failure, I try to look
into the problem and find why it failed – if the original design is flawed,
it is not enough for me to just make it work again.
I also see value in bringing out the honesty and integrity in
people’s lives. My dad was a
teacher, coach, and counselor and I briefly taught junior high school in Ohio
during the Vietnam War when our country was very short of teachers.
I consider the time I spent helping those young adults see the “value
in learning” as one of the most rewarding times of my life.
Also, I consider my time in college as not only important for what I
learned, but important because I learned “how”
to learn. As my dad used to
people never seem to have the time to do things right the first time, but they
somehow find the time to do them over!”
In my designs and repairs, I try to do my best the first time, every
Summary of Qualifications
I am self-taught in electronic equipment design and repair
working with tubes, transistors, & IC’s with over 12 years experience in
IBM compatible laptop & desktop computers and peripherals.
My interest in antique hardware has provided me with the opportunity to
learn about investment (lost wax) casting, prototyping, subsequent machining
operations, and electroplating. I
also manufacture wooden donuts & arc segments, using jigs I designed,
for my line of folding screens and easels that utilize a unique
pivoting hinge not totally dissimilar to the one used on laptop screens. Another component for the easel is a metal sliding support
bracket which I make using a coat hook, brass tubing and lamp parts with
milling operations and silver-soldering to make them fit together.
I am also able to do SMT work using a low-tech method I developed and
soldering under a magnifier. I founded
Excert, Inc., a mail-order computer system integrator and repair center for
the Rockwell AIM-65 products. I
was the manager of production assembly using thick-film hybrid circuitry,
plastic molding, and encapsulation, IC circuit design and testing for Magic
Dot, Inc aiding in sales and R&D.
Woodworks - 1983 to
present. This company started out
as a cabinet shop with 6 employees and evolved into a full-service furniture
repair and refinishing business that had both contract and part time staff.
Since 1989, we have been specializing solely in antique furniture
restoration. We have worked on
pieces from the James J. Hill House, the Alexander Ramsey House, the House of
Representatives and the MN Supreme Court.
We are on the referral list at the Minnesota Historical Society, the
Minneapolis Institute of Art and the Upper Midwest Conservation Society.
developed my own website and maintain a computer network using a 10baseT hub.
Inc - 1978 to 1985.
I started this mail-order company specializing in system integration
using Rockwell AIM-65 single board computers and accessories from more than 9
suppliers. Our major customers
included 3M, ADM, and numerous universities around the country and the world.
During our peak years with did over $250K with a 20% GP.
Corporation - Jan. 1979 to
Jan. 1981. Position - Field Sales
Engineer and Account Manager for major accounts such as Univac-SCF, 3M,
Northern Telecom/Data 100. The
Univac-SCF account including all Sperry/Univac locations and totaled over $15
G. Twist Co. -
Sept. 1975 to Jan. 1979. Positions
- District Manager supervising 2 employees and Semiconductor and Special
Products Area Manager representing many OEM’s including Rockwell and TRW.
We sold Rockwell 9600bps fax modems into the 3M Copier Division at over
$1 million annually.
Memories - Sept. 1974
to Sept. 1975. Position -
Regional Sales Manager.
Corporation - Oct. 1973 to
Sept. 1974. Position - Field
Dot, Inc. -
Mar. 1972 to Oct. 1973. Position
- Technical Unit Manager supervising 3 employees.
Microelectronics - Feb. 1970 to
Mar. 1972. Position - Sales and
Applications Engineer handling every account east of the Mississippi.
Service - Served from 6/70 to 6/76 in the Army
Reserve and National Guard; trained as a medic but tested into Medical
Equipment Repair, promoted to Unit leader in USAR 5501, and exited as Staff
University, Physics Dept. -
Oct 1967 to Jan 1970. Electronic
pulse detection and measurement PC board & equipment construction,
troubleshooting and repair under Prof. Paul Simms.
Patents and Publications
I was granted two patents while employed at Magic Dot, Inc.
for my work in the application of thick film processes and circuit design to
touch capacitance switches.
I published an article in the Jan/Feb 1996 issue of Fine
Woodworking concerning the use of glazes and toners on antique and new
I was on the
founding editorial advisory board of Professional Refinishing and the author
of three published articles
University - West Lafayette, IN - 9/65 to 6/68
Physics - Honor Studies
State University - Muncie, IN - summer of
University - 6/69 to 1/70
Mathematics with teacher certification
in the top quarter of my class with a GPA of 2.99 out of 4.0
a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics on 1/21/70