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06-07-2014 04:31 AM
Growing up I recall working hard in a family owned 2 acre garden with a hand pump well for watering. Some of our tools/machines were smallish and maybe even primitive by today’s standards with regards to gardening. I recall watching the sun set on our daily work. While I grew up in a hard working household, not afraid to get their hands dirty while making a living, I did not get that awesome sensation of being a child of a Cabinet Shop.
Fast forward to now, and as I wind down for the evening, I reflect on my wife and children and their lives in the midst of our shop duties. In fact my wife, nor did my children, necessarily choose this life, correct?
I don’t intend on putting a negative spin on this at all, or any woe as me feeling. Let me preface what I am getting ready to write by indicating I would have it no other way, both my wife and I absolutely love what we do. The rewarding experience we feel when high end results are achieved are difficult to describe. The happiness you feel when you achieve success, it is just simply amazing.
Tonight, my 8 year old daughter fell asleep on the assembly table while we ran molding from rough stick to finish. My 6 year old begging to close the shop. Since the molding needs to be on site by 10 am Saturday, my wife and I will open shop at 5 am and wrap up loose ends to meet that deadline. We are wrapping up a large project, 170 LF. With our space and large amount of doors/ drawer faces, we did the doors/DF in 4 groups. We now have the last group (35 upper doors) that need to be on site by Tuesday and we will make that deadline, and they will look perfect / flawless. But it will not happen without some very heavy hours, and too a very large part, thanks to my wife, Justine Nettrour. And a special thanks to my children for enduring the long hours around our shop, as they will learn life as the child of a Cabinet Shop will be challenging and rewarding, all at the same time.
My wife and I will deliver those doors on Tuesday, we will install the doors and tie up remaining tasks, take pics and at the end of the day, we will admire the beauty. We will wonder just how that beauty came to be, being somewhat amazed that we actually produced those cabinets and feeling a sense of pride of accomplishment, and a ton of exhaustion at the same time. It will most certainly be a late day returning home. Our children will be at a baby sitter on that day until mid evening.
And… On Wednesday we get to shift gears as we have other projects in process nearing completion as well. So if one would think that we could catch our breath after Tuesday, that would be a mistaken thought.
Our last project, the one I recently posted on my projects page, we completed a few weeks back on a Saturday night at 7 pm. My daughters were present on that day and were extremely irritable and my wife and I were so exhausted, it was even hard to look at the cabinets at that time due to exhaustion. I recall I even shot myself with the nail gun that day and that just never happens.
This summer will be filled with my daughters asking their daddy when they will have a special time, and in the midst of this grueling shop schedule, I will make the time they need to be children while enjoying time with their mommy and daddy :)
Just a glimpse of being a “Child of the Cabinet Shop”.