Growing up, I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t around Woodworking in some shape or form. As a child, I spent a great deal of time in my father’s basement workshop helping him with various projects for friends and family.
When I entered High School, I signed up for Cabinetmaking Class and took it on as a career path. Our class was responsible for designing and building a Kitchen, Bathroom, and Laundry Room for a Student-Built Home.
Our designs were ambitious and I learned a lot as we built flowing Arched Raised Panel Doors in the Kitchen and Radius Drawer Fronts for the Master Bath Vanity.
Out of High School, I accepted a position as a Woodworker for an Architectural Millwork Business. I spent the next five years working with Plastic Laminate. It wasn’t as involved as the Custom Cabinets that I designed in High School but I learned a lot about production for Commercial and Institutional Applications.
One day, out of the blue, I came across a classified ad for a small Custom Cabinet Shop looking to hire a Cabinetmaker. I met with the owner and was offered the position. It turned out to be one of the most rewarding work experiences I’ve ever had.
The shop specialized in Custom Furniture and Built-In Cabinetry. Due to its size, it didn’t have specialized tools for high-level production. We worked with the tools and machinery we had available and the end result was absolutely beautiful. I spent five years working and learning in that small shop.
As I learned, I decided that one day I wanted to open my own shop. At this point, I had experience with the production, finishing, and installation aspects of the business. I felt that the next rational step was to go back to school and learn the ins and outs of Drafting and Design with AutoCAD.
Working all day and going to school at night was rough. The commute was especially difficult and after far too many nights with too little sleep, I made the extremely difficult decision to leave that small Custom Cabinet Shop and take a position as an Architectural Millwork Draftsman at a company close to school.
I stayed with that company long after earning my Associates Degree in Architectural Drafting and Design. Over the years, aspirations of opening my own Cabinet Shop faded as I realized that I enjoyed Designing and Drafting cabinets while working with CNC Machines.
These days I have new aspirations and that is where Superior Shop Drawings comes into play. I want to use my experience as a Cabinetmaker, Millworker, Draftsman, and CNC Programmer to help your business prosper.
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