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#1 posted 04-21-2010 03:36 PM

This is an interesting question Rhett. I will, in not too long, be like woodworker A.

I have 40 years with the company I work for (telecommunications.) and will have a pension, plus other benefits. I also love woodworking. Even now, I often build things for my family and friends, especially for gifts etc. at my own cost. I just enjoy doing that although, as we all know, many projects can cost hundreds of dollars excluding our time. I think many hobbiest woodworkings will sometimes build things for nothing just for the pleasure of doing it, but I dont think that happens often especially in the large scope of things. I dont think there are many hobbiest woodworkers that would spend 8 hours a day in a shop under the gun to produce something on a schedule on a regular basis for nothing. I think the demand for good wood products far exceeds what a hobbiest can do. Although most people tend to know someone that can build something for them at the cost of materials, I still have a lot of folks asking me if they can pay me for something despite the high cost of custom furniture. I think the main thing is quality. If you do a good job, and you are diversified in what you can make, and you are reliable, you will still have buisiness. For me this would mean one week building an armoire, and the next week, building a deck.

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