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02-25-2014 11:39 PM
Sort of an off question I suppose. I have my mind set on my future. I am 41 years old, I love what I do but there are certain drawbacks. No medical insurance for my wife and daughters, that is a big deal. And, for the past 2 years my right foot has become excessively worse. It is tolerable but the pain can get intense. Not to mention my left shoulder dislocates easily (due to past injury I obtained serving our country). I know I should go to the doctor someday (I actually do have full medical coverage from being a disabled vet). But I have one eye to the future and I love what we do with regards to cabinets. My current position as owner means I have an extremely wide varied experience level and I have a strong suite in most things to do with custom cabinetry from design to installation / final finish out. I can definitely see myself loving life long into the eve of my life doing something in the custom cabinet industry. Why it took me so long in life to find my passion with custom cabinetry I will never know.
So from time to time I browse woodweb.com for employment offerings. I have determined one of my strengths that I really enjoy is design and drafting projects. I utilize cabinet planner for simple cabinets with 90 degree angles and I use sketchup for all specialty and angled cabinets. I can use sketchup really easy and I actually learned sketchup very easily, never any issues with the program as I can make it do whatever I want it to now.
In fact, our current project has 60 cabinets total, and 16 cabinets utilize 22.5 degree angles as the kitchen design is set on 4 angles of 45 degrees. I drew all 16 cabinets in sketchup so that they would be built accurately.
In the Navy I was an IT so computers have been a skill that comes easy to me.
I do believe my body has some good life left yet, not to say I am washed up as of yet. In fact, I built 37 cabinets Saturday, Monday and today and that included cutting out cabinet parts. Of course the face frames were already built (they were built on Thursday), and I just build the cabinet around the Face Frame. I cut through 30 sheets of 3/4” birch the first 5 hours on Saturday, then assembled 7 cabinets the last part of Saturday, then I built 16 cabinets yesterday and 14 today.
But I do want to look to a future where I move on from where I am at right now and maybe join a larger team at a larger shop and get an opportunity at what would be a fun career. I do believe I would need to learn AutoCAD and or CabinetVision though.
Does anyone have any advise?