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05-27-2014 10:28 PM

Hey LJers!!! How have you been doing? I sure have missed you all. I’m still here and doing well. Just been SUPER SUPER busy. It’s been a crazy past few months. I’ve done very little in MY shop… but I have been getting some shop time in. I’ve started a second job. I’m working part time in a wood shop. DREAM JOB!!! I love it!!! I visited this store downtown about a year ago to check out their work. They have some amazing tables. The store is called Madison Table Works. I just absolutely loved it. The guy who actually does the building actually showed me around the store and then gave me a tour of the shop. I fell instantly in love. LOL

Well… not really sure how the events really unfolded… But fast forward almost a year. I got a facebook message from a friend telling me that they had stopped in and talked to the owner and they were looking to hire someone part time and that I should look into it. YEAH RIGHT! I laughed. But the next thing you know my friend is asking me if it’s ok if he gave him my info. I said “sure.. what the heck. Go for it”. In about 30 minutes I got an email from the guy explaining what he was looking for and he was asking if I would come in and interview…. UH…. YES!!!... that was my answer. Needless to say… I got the job. This store sells high end custom tables. They also sell benches and chairs but we do not make the chairs. We do however make benches. It’s an absolute blast. I wish I could work there full time.

Right now what I do is mostly sanding. Well… all I do is sanding. LOL! But it’s actually not bad. I’m learning tons of stuff from the guy. He’s real young. Only 34 and has been doing woodworking since out of high school. He is amazing!!! (Sshhhhhhh… .don’t tell him I said that LOL). You probably think that the sanding is not that exciting. BUT… the sanding I do is for all our rough sawn tables. They are gorgeous. I don’t have very many good pictures. There never seems to be time for taking any… but here is one of the tables I worked on.

Most of our rough sawn tables are made of cherry and walnut. This, as you can see, is cherry. My job is to sand it… but still have the saw marks. And he does some carving and I round over the edges to give it a warn look. This pic was after the table was sanded to 120 and then wet down before the 180. I already love it. I’ve not been there for the full finishing process but I have helped on one of the finishing steps they use to make it look aged.

Like I said… dream job. Just finished up a 16ft walnut bar top. SIXTEEN FOOT walnut boards, all rough sawn. It’s going to be amazing. I will take pics when it’s done. :)

Anyhow.. just wanted to stop in and say HI! I miss you all. Tomorrow I plan on spending a little time in my own shop. It’s feeling a little neglected.

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#1 posted 05-27-2014 10:37 PM

congrats on the new job,sounds exciting.that is a beautiful table.keep us posted on how its going!!!

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#2 posted 05-27-2014 10:43 PM


That’s great! If you work with wood it’s twice as good! Much is to be learned by being a gopher.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#3 posted 05-27-2014 10:48 PM

Great news AngieO

Have fun and thanks for keep us posted.

Fine looking cherry top BTW

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#4 posted 05-27-2014 10:51 PM

Now THAT is amazingly good news! Congrats!

And don’t forget the dust mask! ;-)

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#5 posted 05-27-2014 11:03 PM

Congratulations on the job. Glad things are going better for you. Keep us posted.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#6 posted 05-27-2014 11:05 PM

That is great that you have a job you love to go to!! Many people are not that lucky. Hang in there and you may find it to be full time some day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Great to hear from you…...........Jim

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

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#7 posted 05-27-2014 11:08 PM

Congrats on the new gig.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#8 posted 05-27-2014 11:22 PM

Congrats! Was wondering what you were up to! Keep us posted.

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#9 posted 05-27-2014 11:28 PM

Congrats on the new job… Sounds like you’ll learn a lot and get some experience to boot. And MAYBE a bit of a discount on some real nice lumber. (Like perhaps some of his scraps for free!) Seems like a great opportunity.

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

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#10 posted 05-27-2014 11:58 PM

Congratulations ! I just started a new job as well about a month ago after having been laid off for a year. Custom work, and only 3 miles from home.

-- Fredj

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#11 posted 05-28-2014 12:28 AM

Congratulations on the new job only the rest us can dream about !

-- When I was a kid I wanted to be older . . . . . this CRAP is not what I expected ! RIP 09/08/2018

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#12 posted 05-28-2014 01:22 AM

Congratulations on the job, always great to have a job you enjoy.

-- Mike The Termite ~~~~~ Working safely may get old, but so do those who practice it.

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#13 posted 05-28-2014 02:09 AM

How can you go wrong? Dream job and you will learn a lot. Best of luck to you.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#14 posted 05-28-2014 02:49 AM

Congratulations on the job!!! :)

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#15 posted 05-28-2014 04:20 AM

It really is a great job. Every time I leave with my paycheck I think to myself… they are actually paying me to be here?? I love it!

I started this job and another job the same week after being downsized from my previous job. Was out of work for 6 months. It was rough. Now I’m just working like crazy. The job does have potential to become full time. And I will jump on it if it does. Right now I mostly do sanding. But this week he told me that the owner was asking him if he thought I could use the machinery… Like the table saw, jointer and miter saw. LOL. I think I can handle those things. We just had several orders for rough sawn tables so when these get done the owner wants to see if I can start making some lazy susans. I think I’ll be able to handle it.

The owner does some of the woodworking. The guy I work with does about 95% of the actual building. Like I said before… I think he is amazing. I learn new things from him every day that I’m in there. Todays project that he made… a 74” tall frame. I can’t remember how wide it was. It is massive. It is also rough sawn so I will be sanding it this week.

And yes… while I haven’t taken home many scraps… there are plenty and I’ll be sure to grab what I can. You know how I am :)

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