A Day in the life of a Shop Foreman

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Project by Gail posted 05-08-2010 02:19 PM 2636 views 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Greetings all!

I received a nice note from Barb asking “How was I? Where was I?” – so I thought I would give an update here.

Last year I closed the doors of Hometown Woodworking and got a job as the Shop Foreman for Chestnut Bay Cabinets – A custom cabinet shop in Falmouth, MA. (check out the blog on the site, there are more pictures and stories there).

What’s my day like? Well, I am fortunate enough to be part of a great team. I have a full time finisher, 2 full time caibnetmakers, a student who works with me from the local coop program. I have a designer and a huge workshop of equipment.

We program all projects from design to manufacturing on Cabinetvision. We have a CNC which cuts all our casegoods (having one of these is pretty incredible). We build everything. A bulk of our work is kitchens, but we do lots of vanities and built-ins as well as a little home office.

I spread myself through all aspects of the business, I work directly with our clients, manage design, schedule production, all materials ordering, work in the shop and go on most deliveries myself. This gives a continuous feel to the client from beginning to end and makes me a very busy girl! As a team, we are all dedicated to a quality product. As a manager, meeting expectations and guaranteeing delivery times our my promise. Our primary clients are architects, builders and contractors and their clients.

I will attach some pictures. Just as an FYI, we are looking to hire a salesperson. So if you know anyone in Massachusetts looking for a job. Please send them my way!

Feel free to call me when you are in the area, I would be happy to give you the tour!

As a side note: 10 years ago when I started in this business, I could never have imagined the places it would take me. So be true to yourself; dreams do come true!


-- Gail, White Wood Kitchens

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#1 posted 05-08-2010 02:30 PM

Beautiful work. I am in awe your your talent and experience. Congrats on your transition.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#2 posted 05-08-2010 02:34 PM

I think that the biggest difference that I realized in the transition to a bigger shop is when I get stuck on a project, either in design or build, I bring it to the table, and we all work on it together. A very collaborative effort and I think that’s what I enjoy the most.

-- Gail, White Wood Kitchens

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#3 posted 05-08-2010 02:52 PM

Gail: Congratulations on your new position.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#4 posted 05-08-2010 02:56 PM

Wonderful work, Gail. I’m glad to hear you’re happy and doing well.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 05-08-2010 03:52 PM

Very cool. Love the work and the cnc cutting I can only drool ! The last pic is a great idea or trick, as I did this on my Cabinets as well. By adding what looks like door panels it really dresses them up. Nice work Fellow LJ.

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

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#6 posted 05-08-2010 04:12 PM

wonderfull resolve for you ,
and what luck ,
for the whole crew !


-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#7 posted 05-08-2010 04:18 PM

Congrats on a successful career transition. Their lucky to have your aboard.

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#8 posted 05-08-2010 04:26 PM

I also worked in a cabinet shop where everything was cut on the CNC machine …pretty awesome to say the least ! Looks like you’ve got a great shop and even greater team members to make it all work in your favor : ) Congratulations !

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#9 posted 05-08-2010 04:29 PM

Gail! I have checked back once in a while wondering what you were up to.

It’s great to have a team to work with isn’t it? Looks like your shop puts out some nice work. I am going to head over and check out the company site.

Congrats and thanks for checking in with us.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#10 posted 05-08-2010 04:46 PM

Beautiful work, Gail.

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#11 posted 05-09-2010 08:05 AM

Wow you’ve come a long way, Gail, in a short time. It is nice to catch up with you and see what you are doing now. I hope you’ll jump in here once in a while and show off your ‘stuff!’


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Thos. Angle

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#12 posted 05-10-2010 01:14 AM

Good to hear from you. glad all is well. It was tough to hear about John. Maybe you could take over and fill that gap?? In your spare time of course.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#13 posted 02-14-2011 10:34 PM

Great Story, Glad to hear that things worked out for you :)

-- Proverbs Ch:3 vs 5,6,7 Trust in the lord with all thine heart and lean not unto your own understanding but in all your ways aknowledge him and he shall direct your path [email protected]

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