On another thread I iterated that I got injured and am no longer able to work full time as a meaningful member of society.
The reasons are long and sordid, but they are there nonetheless.
For a few years, being a diesel mechanic from decades ago, I worked on antique 2 stroke Detroit Diesel engines for people that still own those magnificent engines. Everything from a 51 series to the biggest diesel submarine engine was no problem.
Unfortunately, just the weight of the tools is too much for me anymore. (I have a torque wrench that weighs more than I do).
So, I came back to the roots of stuff my dad and step dad taught me….. Wood working.
My step dad was a truck driver and mechanic, but I watched, (and helped), him build a house and he never used a tape measure or a square. He had an innate eye for what was needed.
My dad was a master cabinet maker and was exceptional with anything made from wood. I actually watched him make an arbor for his old rip saw out of some myrtle wood. The saw was run from a long leather belt turned on a shaft driven by an old 330cid Ford industrial engine. Originally it was turned at my Grand fathers shop with a couple of mules.
Now I am relearning all the stuff dad tried to teach me 50 years ago. Some is easy, some… not so much, but I have to make a living somehow.
I spent at least a year learning to make a square box with butt joints. Then a few months more making mitre joints. It’s just amazing to me that making a square cut is so difficult. BTW…. I still don’t make a square box.
A few months before Christmas I started working on some cutting boards, standing grained using wood grown here on the property.
I built one for a neighbor lady as a cheese board that she liked so much she got me to build 3 more @ $75 each and they were only 10” X 14” X 1 1/2”.
Now, it cost me more than that to make them, but it was gratifying to actually get paid for something from someone who wasn’t related to me and who I hadn’t had to sleep with, LOL!
In the past couple of months I’ve been making some silly other stuff, nothing to get excited over, but it is experience.
About 6 months ago I was asked by one of our long term campers to build a new cabinet for the bathroom in his old Avion. The original was made from particle board and over the last 25 years was ruined just from sitting.
I built him a new cabinet with a lot of cut outs here and there because of the curves in the walls, (nothing in an Avion or an Air Stream is actually square, plumb or level). I used some scrap red oak for the rails and stiles and 3/4” AC plywood for the box. The panels were made from 1/4” oak ply that I had laying around and the counter top was made from the ugliest piece of Formica I have ever seen.
I think the only thing he, or I paid for was the pocket hole screws to the tune of $6.
He came to me last week and asked how much he owed me. I was being nice and told him $200. He gave me a check for $450 and wanted me to do more. He wants all the cabinets and closets redone.
WOW!!!!!!!!!! I just made some money from my wood working! Maybe not from fancy stuff like we all do for this and that, but I got paid!
I’ve been working on figuring out how to make Texas Lonestars. Not a big deal right?
Getting those angles exactly right has been a real learning experience.
I finally got one close enough I can glue it up and had a friends wife stop in today for a visit with the wife.
the wife mentioned my shop and this lady had to see it. she saw my pieces I made and ordered 7 of the stars. I priced them at $40 each and she didn’t bat an eye…. just asked if I would like a chek or paypal.
For many of you, especially those trying to start a business, don’t worry so much about you sales. Keep your day job and let your work be seen, whther you are getting paid or not…...
I may never make a living doing this, but at least I’lll have the satisfaction of knowing I did the best I could!
-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!