Lost in woodworking #4: Experience has paid off

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Blog entry by Doug Scott posted 11-26-2011 05:07 PM 1400 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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As we all know all about this economy and the down turns it has caused, I have been forced to close down my furniture business, due to the lack of customers. How this economy can change, last year I was working 12-14 hours a day, and since June it has dropped off drastically.

Well getting to the point , About three weeks ago I sent out three resume’s to woodworking company’s
I knew of, and less than a week I got a response from two, And have had two interviews .
Now I have to decide what one I’m going to take.

One is doing contract work out of my shop for the Company that is already established doing Mill work.
It would involve special woodwork for the Legacy woodworking Machine I Purched two years ago.

And the other is a forman posision . over seeing Mill work for a well established Company over 12
years, and want me to work on product devolopment, witch I have already thought of 4 items made from
the scraps they already discard, I know there product line.

I haven’t discused money with eather Company, I have a second interview to go to yet.
I’m leanning towords working for someone else for the next 20 years, Had enough of dealing with customers one on one.

SO. The point is with what you think of the small amount of woodworking you do ,I would still put it on your resuma as work experence. I have been working in the furniture industry for 18 years, and have work in my own shop building custom furniture since 1985. As the years go by you can learn more and better teckniques
in your woodworking.

-- Furniture By Douglas, Comstock Park, MI

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#1 posted 11-26-2011 05:25 PM

sad to hear you closing down … but you have to take care of the beloved ones
so congrats with getting the oppetunity to have new income I think you shuold go for the product develoment job that will close to what ells
you have made and you will still take lots of desissions like you are used to in you own shop
but thats only my thoughts

best thoughts

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#2 posted 11-26-2011 05:41 PM

sounds like the light at the end of the tunnel turned on bright – that’s great considering the closing of the shop. I think I would be more inclined to work for someone else then to have to work in my own shop (which also equates to more utilities and expenses out of pocket).

I agree with your point – anything added to the resume can (if well put) always add more value

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#3 posted 11-27-2011 01:19 AM

Have had interviews in my profession, and I have interviewed people. It all comes down to signing on the bottom line. Best of luck.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#4 posted 11-27-2011 03:32 AM

It all boils down to what is important to you. The fine line between doing what you love to do and doing what you must do to pay the bills is a growing concern to many.
I have been fortunate enough to have worked for myself all of my life and have no idea what it would be like to work as an employee and have someone else call the shots. Good and bad in both scenarios.

I know that whatever decision you make will be well thought out…Good Luck!

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#5 posted 11-27-2011 08:30 PM

It would seem the foreman job would have more longevity. I do use the word seem, as there can never be any guarantees. I think you would be more vaulable to the company as the foreman than the other, which kind of sounds like contracting. This however is from what I have read above. I hope they get into a bidding war for your services, how great would that be? :<)

Sorry to hear you had to close down shop, but your future sounds promising.
Good Luck

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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Doug Scott

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#6 posted 12-03-2011 04:43 PM

Thanks for all your comments. Your input is appreciated. Now I know that my efforts writing the blogs are not over looked, I don’t spend a lot of time on the computer. I spend most of it in the shop, 10 to 12 hours a day.
Ya ! I’m not married guys,

-- Furniture By Douglas, Comstock Park, MI

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