|Forum topic by AngieO||posted 05-27-2014 10:28 PM||2414 views||1 time favorited||30 replies|
05-27-2014 10:28 PM
Hey LJers!!! How have you been doing? I sure have missed you all. I’m still here and doing well. Just been SUPER SUPER busy. It’s been a crazy past few months. I’ve done very little in MY shop… but I have been getting some shop time in. I’ve started a second job. I’m working part time in a wood shop. DREAM JOB!!! I love it!!! I visited this store downtown about a year ago to check out their work. They have some amazing tables. The store is called Madison Table Works. I just absolutely loved it. The guy who actually does the building actually showed me around the store and then gave me a tour of the shop. I fell instantly in love. LOL
Well… not really sure how the events really unfolded… But fast forward almost a year. I got a facebook message from a friend telling me that they had stopped in and talked to the owner and they were looking to hire someone part time and that I should look into it. YEAH RIGHT! I laughed. But the next thing you know my friend is asking me if it’s ok if he gave him my info. I said “sure.. what the heck. Go for it”. In about 30 minutes I got an email from the guy explaining what he was looking for and he was asking if I would come in and interview…. UH…. YES!!!... that was my answer. Needless to say… I got the job. This store sells high end custom tables. They also sell benches and chairs but we do not make the chairs. We do however make benches. It’s an absolute blast. I wish I could work there full time.
Right now what I do is mostly sanding. Well… all I do is sanding. LOL! But it’s actually not bad. I’m learning tons of stuff from the guy. He’s real young. Only 34 and has been doing woodworking since out of high school. He is amazing!!! (Sshhhhhhh… .don’t tell him I said that LOL). You probably think that the sanding is not that exciting. BUT… the sanding I do is for all our rough sawn tables. They are gorgeous. I don’t have very many good pictures. There never seems to be time for taking any… but here is one of the tables I worked on.
Most of our rough sawn tables are made of cherry and walnut. This, as you can see, is cherry. My job is to sand it… but still have the saw marks. And he does some carving and I round over the edges to give it a warn look. This pic was after the table was sanded to 120 and then wet down before the 180. I already love it. I’ve not been there for the full finishing process but I have helped on one of the finishing steps they use to make it look aged.
Like I said… dream job. Just finished up a 16ft walnut bar top. SIXTEEN FOOT walnut boards, all rough sawn. It’s going to be amazing. I will take pics when it’s done. :)
Anyhow.. just wanted to stop in and say HI! I miss you all. Tomorrow I plan on spending a little time in my own shop. It’s feeling a little neglected.