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WOODEN SIGN MAKER: Everybody Wants Something A Little Different

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Thomas, a wooden sign maker, has had a long and varied career. He moved to Hawaii 45 years ago and since then has worked in carpentry, managed a restaurant, worked in real estate and a furniture finishing service, and now woodworking. He started his business after friends of his commented on how great a sign that he created was, and he knew that he had a great business idea.

Job Title: Wooden Sign Maker
Employer: Self-Employed

Job Summary: Woodworkers and Furniture Finishers

Job Description

Woodworkers build a variety of products, such as cabinets and furniture, using wood. Furniture finishers shape, finish, and refinish damaged and worn furniture. They often work with antiques and must judge how to best preserve and repair them. They also do the staining and sealing at the end of the process of making wooden products.

Furniture finishers shape, finish, and refinish damaged, worn, or used furniture or new high-grade furniture to specified color or finish.

On-the-Job Training

1-3 years of training is required for woodworking. Less for furniture finishing.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
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$20,000 - $45,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
2 to 20 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Outdoor, Indoor, Physically demanding
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Detail oriented, Strength/stamina, Hand-eye coordination, Likes working with hands

Educational Path

Education requirement
Education Requirement
High school degree
Recommended majors
Recommended Majors
Woodworking
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m='11830'>work,</span> <span m='12220'>which</span> <span m='12490'>is</span> <span m='12670'>nice,</span> <span m='13060'>because</span> <span m='13550'>people</span> <span m='13840'>appreciate</span> <span m='15010'>having</span> <span m='15590'>their</span> <span m='15720'>name</span> <span m='16250'>on</span> <span m='16410'>a</span> <span m='16480'>wooden</span> <span m='16790'>sign.</span> <span m='17420'>Luckily</span> <span m='17890'>I</span> <span m='18020'>have</span> <span m='18270'>quite</span> <span m='18500'>a</span> <span m='18540'>few</span> <span m='18720'>friends</span> <span m='19060'>that</span> <span m='19280'>build</span> <span m='19700'>furniture,</span> <span m='20680'>and</span> <span m='21060'>I</span> <span m='21260'>trade</span> <span m='21760'>them</span> <span m='22860'>some</span> <span m='23120'>of</span> <span m='23230'>my</span> <span m='23610'>signs</span> <span m='23990'>that</span> <span m='24100'>are</span> <span m='24240'>already</span> <span m='24490'>done</span> <span m='24930'>for</span> <span m='25180'>their</span> <span m='25420'>cut</span> <span m='25730'>offs</span> <span m='26130'>and</span> <span m='26340'>leftover</span> <span m='26950'>wood,</span> <span m='27780'>so</span> <span m='27940'>I</span> <span m='28030'>don't</span> <span m='28200'>have</span> <span m='28370'>to</span> <span m='28470'>buy</span> <span m='28820'>a</span> <span m='28870'>whole</span> <span m='29150'>lot</span> <span m='29360'>of</span> <span m='29450'>wood.</span> <span m='30260'>I</span> <span m='30450'>usually</span> <span m='30850'>trade</span> <span m='31210'>for</span> <span m='31465'>it.</span> <span m='31720'>Or</span> <span m='32009'>I'll</span> <span m='32220'>go</span> <span m='32430'>out</span> <span m='32580'>to</span> <span m='32710'>job</span> <span m='33050'>sites</span> <span m='33580'>and</span> <span m='33800'>see</span> <span m='34030'>if</span> <span m='34160'>there's</span> <span m='34390'>any</span> <span m='34540'>scrap</span> <span m='35020'>available</span> <span m='35720'>and</span> <span m='36590'>ask</span> <span m='36930'>the</span> <span m='37010'>guys</span> <span m='37390'>if</span> <span m='37570'>they're</span> <span m='37740'>going</span> <span m='37840'>to</span> <span m='37880'>use</span> <span m='38220'>that.</span> <span m='38950'>If</span> <span m='39080'>it's</span> <span m='39270'>going</span> <span m='39510'>in</span> <span m='39630'>the</span> <span m='39720'>dumpster,</span> <span m='40180'>if</span> <span m='40290'>it's</span> <span m='40440'>a</span> <span m='40490'>nice</span> <span m='40770'>little</span> <span m='40950'>piece</span> <span m='41230'>of</span> <span m='41300'>wood--</span> <span m='41740'>you know,</span> <span m='41830'>I</span> <span m='41910'>don't</span> <span m='42130'>need</span> <span m='42370'>much--</span> <span m='43290'>they'll</span> <span m='43560'>give</span> <span m='43770'>it</span> <span m='43890'>to</span> <span m='44000'>me,</span> <span m='44970'>occasionally.</span> </p><p><span m='46060'>I</span> <span m='46240'>also</span> <span m='46530'>go to</span> <span m='46850'>demolition</span> <span m='47490'>places</span> <span m='48030'>where</span> <span m='48190'>they're</span> <span m='48370'>tearing</span> <span m='48810'>stuff</span> <span m='49070'>down.</span> <span m='50270'>You'd</span> <span m='50390'>be</span> <span m='50540'>surprised</span> <span m='51040'>how</span> <span m='51130'>much</span> <span m='51540'>wood</span> <span m='51800'>you</span> <span m='51920'>can</span> <span m='52100'>get</span> <span m='52280'>out</span> <span m='52480'>of</span> <span m='52620'>like</span> <span m='52860'>a</span> <span m='52960'>doorjamb</span> <span m='54030'>that's</span> <span m='54270'>made</span> <span m='54520'>out</span> <span m='54680'>of</span> <span m='54850'>mahogany.</span> <span m='55940'>Restaurants,</span> <span m='56660'>too.</span> <span m='57090'>When</span> <span m='57550'>they</span> <span m='57700'>change</span> <span m='58120'>out</span> <span m='58260'>all</span> <span m='58410'>their</span> <span m='58550'>tables</span> <span m='59260'>and</span> <span m='59410'>stuff</span> <span m='59710'>like</span> <span m='59930'>that,</span> <span m='60240'>there's</span> <span m='61610'>a</span> <span m='61670'>lot</span> <span m='61970'>of wood</span> <span m='62180'>available.</span> <span m='62730'>And</span> <span m='62890'>like</span> <span m='63060'>I</span> <span m='63110'>say,</span> <span m='63350'>I</span> <span m='63410'>don't</span> <span m='63680'>need</span> <span m='64050'>big</span> <span m='65360'>long</span> <span m='65740'>pieces</span> <span m='66150'>of</span> <span m='66240'>wood.</span> <span m='66440'>I</span> <span m='66520'>just</span> <span m='66810'>need</span> <span m='67000'>something</span> <span m='67380'>that's</span> <span m='68030'>four</span> <span m='68570'>or</span> <span m='68670'>five</span> <span m='68840'>inches</span> <span m='69150'>wide</span> <span m='69440'>and</span> <span m='70880'>18</span> <span m='71290'>inches</span> <span m='71580'>long.</span> <span m='72050'>And</span> <span m='72120'>I</span> <span m='72190'>can</span> <span m='72380'>make</span> <span m='72600'>something</span> <span m='72890'>pretty out of</span> <span m='73340'>that.</span> </p><p><span m='73830'>When</span> <span m='74060'>I</span> <span m='74170'>first</span> <span m='74540'>moved</span> <span m='74790'>over</span> <span m='74990'>here</span> <span m='75170'>about</span> <span m='75410'>45</span> <span m='75950'>years</span> <span m='76260'>ago,</span> <span m='76460'>I</span> <span m='76570'>was</span> <span m='76740'>a</span> <span m='76800'>carpenter,</span> <span m='77690'>and</span> <span m='77860'>I</span> <span m='77920'>did</span> <span m='78160'>that</span> <span m='78420'>for</span> <span m='78540'>about</span> <span m='79010'>five</span> <span m='79450'>years.</span> <span m='80120'>Then</span> <span m='80240'>I</span> <span m='80310'>got</span> <span m='80530'>into</span> <span m='80740'>restaurant</span> <span m='81240'>work</span> <span m='81650'>and</span> <span m='81770'>I</span> <span m='81840'>managed</span> <span m='82510'>a</span> <span m='82750'>Chart</span> <span m='83080'>House</span> <span m='83450'>for</span> <span m='83570'>about</span> <span m='83850'>20</span> <span m='84170'>years</span> <span m='84610'>over</span> <span m='84840'>here.</span> <span m='85410'>And</span> <span m='85600'>then</span> <span m='86800'>I</span> <span m='86880'>was</span> <span m='87020'>in</span> <span m='87110'>a</span> <span m='87160'>horrible</span> <span m='87590'>motorcycle</span> <span m='88350'>accident,</span> <span m='88675'>and</span> <span m='89000'>so</span> <span m='89990'>I</span> <span m='90090'>had</span> <span m='90290'>to</span> <span m='90620'>find</span> <span m='90970'>something</span> <span m='91200'>I</span> <span m='91270'>could</span> <span m='91450'>do</span> <span m='91620'>in</span> <span m='91710'>a</span> <span m='91770'>seated</span> <span m='92250'>position.</span> <span m='92790'>So</span> <span m='92920'>I</span> <span m='93030'>sold</span> <span m='93360'>real</span> <span m='93710'>estate</span> <span m='94100'>for</span> <span m='94200'>about</span> <span m='94500'>five</span> <span m='94810'>years.</span> <span m='95770'>And</span> <span m='96060'>then</span> <span m='96390'>I</span> <span m='96540'>started</span> <span m='97160'>back</span> <span m='97510'>with</span> <span m='97690'>the</span> <span m='97790'>wood</span> <span m='98250'>and</span> <span m='98400'>I</span> <span m='99240'>started</span> <span m='99620'>a</span> <span m='99710'>refinishing</span> <span m='100400'>business,</span> <span m='100870'>where</span> <span m='101080'>I</span> <span m='101100'>was</span> <span m='101250'>refinishing</span> <span m='101860'>people's</span> <span m='103410'>tables,</span> <span m='104050'>and</span> <span m='104210'>cabinets,</span> <span m='104900'>and</span> <span m='105220'>chairs,</span> <span m='105980'>and</span> <span m='106400'>outdoor</span> <span m='106780'>furniture,</span> <span m='107240'>and</span> <span m='107330'>stuff</span> <span m='107620'>like</span> <span m='107840'>that.</span> </p><p><span m='108170'>But</span> <span m='108780'>in</span> <span m='108920'>2008</span> <span m='109740'>that</span> <span m='109970'>kind</span> <span m='110160'>of</span> <span m='110300'>came</span> <span m='110580'>to</span> <span m='110750'>an</span> <span m='110840'>end</span> <span m='111150'>because</span> <span m='111840'>the</span> <span m='111930'>people</span> <span m='112190'>that</span> <span m='112330'>I</span> <span m='112420'>was</span> <span m='112530'>working</span> <span m='112880'>for,</span> <span m='113980'>that</span> <span m='114130'>owned</span> <span m='114370'>these</span> <span m='114590'>beautiful</span> <span m='115030'>homes</span> <span m='115570'>here,</span> <span m='116550'>if</span> <span m='116720'>they</span> <span m='116850'>didn't</span> <span m='117080'>have</span> <span m='117350'>any</span> <span m='117740'>rental</span> <span m='118180'>income,</span> <span m='119160'>they</span> <span m='119320'>didn't</span> <span m='119500'>have</span> <span m='119670'>any</span> <span m='119760'>maintenance</span> <span m='120300'>money.</span> <span m='121060'>So</span> <span m='122360'>that</span> <span m='122660'>just</span> <span m='122870'>came</span> <span m='123090'>to</span> <span m='123170'>a</span> <span m='123240'>screeching</span> <span m='123750'>halt.</span> </p><p><span m='125340'>And</span> <span m='125430'>I've</span> <span m='125560'>had</span> <span m='125780'>this</span> <span m='125970'>sign</span> <span m='126270'>in</span> <span m='126400'>my</span> <span m='126550'>living</span> <span m='126820'>room</span> <span m='127090'>for</span> <span m='127230'>about</span> <span m='127470'>20</span> <span m='127750'>years,</span> <span m='127950'>and</span> <span m='128050'>everybody</span> <span m='128509'>that ever</span> <span m='128690'>walked</span> <span m='129060'>into</span> <span m='129120'>my</span> <span m='129259'>house</span> <span m='129610'>has</span> <span m='129639'>said,</span> <span m='130230'>gee,</span> <span m='130550'>that's</span> <span m='130750'>a</span> <span m='130810'>neat</span> <span m='131009'>little</span> <span m='131250'>sign,</span> <span m='131590'>Tom,</span> <span m='131880'>I'd</span> <span m='132080'>like</span> <span m='132350'>one</span> <span m='132580'>like</span> <span m='132840'>that.</span> <span m='134140'>And so</span> <span m='134580'>literally</span> <span m='135310'>the</span> <span m='135450'>light</span> <span m='135780'>bulb</span> <span m='136030'>kind</span> <span m='136290'>of</span> <span m='136390'>went</span> <span m='136600'>on,</span> <span m='137580'>and</span> <span m='137750'>I</span> <span m='137870'>looked</span> <span m='138140'>at</span> <span m='138290'>my</span> <span m='138430'>garage</span> <span m='138870'>and</span> <span m='138970'>I</span> <span m='139080'>had</span> <span m='140530'>30</span> <span m='140910'>years</span> <span m='141200'>worth</span> <span m='141430'>of</span> <span m='141630'>cut</span> <span m='141910'>offs</span> <span m='142230'>that</span> <span m='142370'>I'd</span> <span m='142510'>been</span> <span m='142770'>saving</span> <span m='143320'>for</span> <span m='143500'>some</span> <span m='143780'>reason.</span> <span m='144840'>And</span> <span m='145600'>so</span> <span m='145760'>I</span> <span m='145860'>started</span> <span m='146250'>making</span> <span m='146560'>them,</span> <span m='147160'>and</span> <span m='147390'>people</span> <span m='147680'>really</span> <span m='147940'>like</span> <span m='148160'>them</span> <span m='148270'>because</span> <span m='148510'>it's</span> <span m='148670'>something</span> <span m='148960'>that's</span> <span m='150150'>handmade,</span> <span m='150870'>and</span> <span m='151230'>homemade,</span> <span m='151610'>and</span> <span m='151990'>made</span> <span m='152300'>on</span> <span m='152490'>Maui,</span> <span m='153990'>made</span> <span m='154290'>by</span> <span m='154480'>a</span> <span m='154540'>disabled</span> <span m='155110'>person,</span> <span m='155680'>made</span> <span m='155930'>with</span> <span m='156110'>recycled</span> <span m='156790'>wood.</span> <span m='157220'>You</span> <span m='157350'>know,</span> <span m='158870'>I</span> <span m='159010'>got</span> <span m='159350'>all</span> <span m='159840'>the</span> <span m='159900'>bells</span> <span m='160220'>and</span> <span m='160290'>whistles</span> <span m='160670'>going</span> <span m='160920'>for</span> <span m='161130'>me.</span> </p><p><span m='161740'>No</span> <span m='161890'>matter</span> <span m='162140'>what</span> <span m='162290'>you</span> <span m='162420'>make,</span> <span m='162650'>you</span> <span m='162730'>might</span> <span m='162940'>think</span> <span m='163090'>it's</span> <span m='163230'>the</span> <span m='163300'>most</span> <span m='163520'>beautiful</span> <span m='163860'>thing</span> <span m='164040'>in</span> <span m='164110'>the</span> <span m='164190'>world,</span> <span m='164940'>but</span> <span m='165140'>somebody's</span> <span m='165450'>going</span> <span m='165560'>to</span> <span m='165620'>come</span> <span m='165900'>up and</span> <span m='166060'>go,</span> <span m='166470'>god,</span> <span m='166650'>that's</span> <span m='166900'>beautiful.</span> <span m='167650'>I</span> <span m='167800'>wish</span> <span m='168160'>you had</span> <span m='168560'>painted</span> <span m='168960'>it</span> <span m='169160'>purple.</span> <span m='169545'>And</span> <span m='169930'>I wish</span> <span m='170270'>you'd</span> <span m='170510'>painted</span> <span m='170840'>it</span> <span m='170960'>yellow,</span> <span 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