Years of Woodworking #9: Years of experience has paid off

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Blog entry by Doug Scott posted 07-05-2014 01:03 AM 1338 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Back in May I got a phone call from a Company That was looking for a person with my experience and skills.

So a week later I went to talk with them, and found what they were all about.
I previously had experience as a cabinet door and drawer fitter, plus a case assembler.
Also have time setting up woodworking machinery. sicker, molder, multi-head boring, thickness plainer
and wide belt sander.
But for the past 10 years I have run my own business, custom building furniture and repairing
But it was a struggle to keep it going, not a lot of extra money, ( Mr Bill got most of it ) and during the interview
when they told me what the starting wadge was $16.00 per hour and the average week is 45 to 48 hours
I asked when do I start, But with the 6 am start time and 10 hours a day with a 30 mile drive one way
I sure don’t have any ambishen to work in the shop when I get home in the evening and I still had some orders
I hadn’t finished. Now 2 months later I’m almost caught up.

After I started the plant manager told me they didn’t finish reading all my resume, when they saw what they needed they hurried and call me before someone else snagged me, at that time I should of held out for
more wadges. I said that I could not make that amount all day for what they were paying .

I wish they would of found me years ago, oh Well !

-- Furniture By Douglas, Comstock Park, MI

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#1 posted 07-05-2014 03:35 AM

congrats on the new job.i understand what you mean about the long days and not being able to work in the shop.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#2 posted 07-05-2014 04:55 AM

Congrats on he job, security does have a wonderful place

-- Norman

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#3 posted 07-05-2014 07:01 AM

Stay for a while and if you like it and they like you consider asking for a raise.

-- Regards Robert

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#4 posted 07-05-2014 10:06 AM

Judging by your posted projects your new employer got a real bargain Doug. I don’t think it will be very long before you will be getting a higher rate.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 07-05-2014 12:52 PM

I agree with Mike … The EMPLOYER got the bargain!

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#6 posted 07-05-2014 05:20 PM

Good luck with the job. Show them what you got and make them some money, then renegotiate your pay. I have a similar background. I worked running a mill in a manufacturing setting from 1990-’93.

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#7 posted 07-07-2014 12:04 AM

That’s great, Doug. working for your self is tough and worse if people don’t pay for your work!!..Jim

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

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