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Blog entry by markplusone posted 08-02-2010 02:02 PM 1181 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Guess this how everything got started if you look back far enough. I was layed off from my log home construction job in PA in 2007. Was off long enough to collect one of those unemployment checks before I found another job working at an antiques wood shop. Well, my second daughter was born two months into that job and after daycare and gas, I was keeping 5 to 10 dollars a week. So I quit to watch after the kids and to try to find a more lucrative job. Try walking onto a jobsite, and telling a futue employer that you need to start at 15.00/hr or you cant work. It this market its not happening. So I stayed home. Mr. Mom if you will. Fast forward 2 years. I go into a architectual salvage yard to try and find a mortise chisel (to work on a bassenet for the soon to come addition to our family). The old guy says no but are you a wood worker? To wich I reply “well I try.” He showed me some Pine tables and asked if I could make them. I said yes and he gave me some wood to work up a sample and a number. I did and now I have a growing shop in my garage. Almost all the money went into tools the first couple contracts but now Im humming along. Still need more room, more tools but Im making money. Enough that I have a hired sitter fulll time to watch the kids and because Im only in the garage working, Im still able to pop my head in and see them. Youd be surprised how attached you get to watching your kids all the time. But Im at a point where Im self employed with a good customer base and nothing holding my back from growing in this market. I love my work and my wife loves the money coming in to take the pressure off her check. She gets a little jealous of my toys sometimes when I get another (most recently a Grizzly 8” jointer 900 bucks). But she is still very supportive. So this is my recent background. Ill try to clear my head on here as much as I can. So the journey continues.

-- Dont carry that which you dont hold with.

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#1 posted 08-02-2010 03:39 PM


Good for you!

I wish you the best of luck in your new enterprise.

I look forward to seeing your work in the Projects section.

Be careful.


-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!"

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#2 posted 08-02-2010 08:34 PM

Hey Mark, nice story with positive outcome, well done. Best of luck and keep the overheads low!

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#3 posted 08-02-2010 08:55 PM

That’s great, how fortunate for you. I second the projects, what are you building?

Do you have a niche?

There are a lot of people who aren’t making it these days, how are you setting yourself apart?

-- Dothan, Alabama Check out my woodworking blog! Also my Youtube Channel's Facebook page

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#4 posted 08-03-2010 03:54 AM

Great story! I wish you the best of luck. Its tough out there. I am a carpenter and its just so dead out there. We sit home for two weeks and work one week. I’m just waitin for that big break! :p What are you building?

-- Hold on! Let me get the board stretcher!

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#5 posted 08-03-2010 01:35 PM

I know there aint many guys makin it right now. Especially in trades. I hope Im able to keep doin what I love to do and make some money at it too. Right now Im in the middle of a contract making tables for a company called Olde Good things. heres a link Now that table is only 4’ but the ones Im building for em right now are up to 10’. Now after that I do have a project for myself and that is of course the bassinet for the new baby coming. My wife is due sept.9 so not too much time to get it done but it willl happen.

-- Dont carry that which you dont hold with.

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#6 posted 08-03-2010 01:38 PM

A lot of other work Ive done has been soley word of mouth. I still have people at church coming to see if I can do this or that and I try to work them in quickly. Also, being here at the top of the poconos, there is plenty of money and desire for wood working both fine and rustic. So lucked out with my location too.

-- Dont carry that which you dont hold with.

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#7 posted 08-03-2010 04:11 PM

Here is a video of my garage/shop. enjoy

-- Dont carry that which you dont hold with.

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