Years of Woodworking #7: Time , Experience

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Blog entry by Doug Scott posted 12-01-2013 06:48 PM 1150 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 6: Get it Right ! Part 7 of Years of Woodworking series Part 8: Customer ! ask a expert first »

Maybe some of us veteran woodworkers don’t spend as much time in the shop as some one like us that are working this for a full time business. I have had some people say to me ” you have that done already”
Yes ! when one has the right tools and Knowledge and experience as some of us.

I look back at the places I worked before I was a full time woodworker,
( St.johns table Co. Cadillac Mich. Hard wood dinning room furniture. started as a chair inspector then moved into cabinet assembler.)

( 3 years with Kindel furniture Co.Grand Rapids, Mich. High end Dinning & bed room furniture, started as a sub-assembler, ended up as Drawer and Door fitter)

( Baker furniture Co. Grand Rapids, MI 12 years, with learning to be a Drawer & Door fitter landed this
job with Baker )

Not all of us are as lucky I was to get employed with as much exposure to woodwork or now even
in the same trade as I have . Another point I want to make , Learn from one’s that have more years and experience than you. I picked up a lot of knowledge from the Veterans of their trade. I think more that I would have from any book. But books are full of information too.

-- Furniture By Douglas, Comstock Park, MI

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#1 posted 12-01-2013 07:03 PM

”ended up as Drawer and Door fitter”

Heh. Made me think of that old joke about the guy who told someone he was a “Diesel Fitter”. When asked what that was he said he worked in a factory where they made ladies panties.

He said he was the last inspector on the line, whereas he would pull the panties over his head and say ”Dieselfitter”!

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#2 posted 12-01-2013 08:49 PM

It will be my occupation after I retire

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#3 posted 12-02-2013 03:04 AM

Hey Doug, I’m happy for you. Glad you finally landed a job you wanted in the woodworking business. will you still do the furniture building and repair at home?......................................Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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