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WOODEN SIGN MAKER, IN-DEPTH: Making Something That Will Last For Generations

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Thomas, a wooden sign maker, describes the challenges of his job, what he likes most, his key decisions, how difficult getting into the industry is, and work-life balance. He is one of the few people on his island who makes personalized wooden signs, and he has been able to create signs for people all over the world.

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='13600'>look</span> <span m='13810'>at,</span> <span m='13990'>it's</span> <span m='14150'>almost</span> <span m='14430'>like</span> <span m='14970'>giving</span> <span m='15270'>birth.</span> <span m='16320'>It's</span> <span m='16600'>like</span> <span m='18040'>you get</span> <span m='18240'>to</span> <span m='18330'>look</span> <span m='18500'>at,</span> <span m='18710'>and you go,</span> <span m='18820'>oh,</span> <span m='18890'>I</span> <span m='19220'>made that.</span> <span m='20640'>And</span> <span m='21110'>like</span> <span m='21310'>I</span> <span m='21340'>say,</span> <span m='21520'>there's</span> <span m='21720'>a lot of</span> <span m='22010'>self-satisfaction</span> <span m='22710'>from</span> <span m='23190'>that.</span> </p><p><span m='24030'>The</span> <span m='24230'>most</span> <span m='24440'>challenging</span> <span m='25000'>part</span> <span m='25240'>is</span> <span m='25390'>getting</span> <span m='25710'>it</span> <span m='25780'>right,</span> <span m='26270'>making</span> <span m='26820'>sure</span> <span m='27050'>that</span> <span m='27620'>you</span> <span m='28760'>build</span> <span m='29050'>it</span> <span m='29120'>tight and</span> <span m='29620'>strong</span> <span m='30230'>so</span> <span m='30470'>that</span> <span m='30620'>it lasts</span> <span m='31010'>for</span> <span m='31130'>a</span> <span m='31170'>long</span> <span m='31450'>time</span> <span m='31830'>because</span> <span m='33910'>my</span> <span m='34140'>most</span> <span m='34440'>expensive</span> <span m='34900'>signs</span> <span m='35300'>are</span> <span m='35520'>$150</span> <span m='36020'>to</span> <span m='36520'>$200.</span> <span m='37040'>But</span> <span m='37300'>it's</span> <span m='37520'>something</span> <span m='37770'>that's</span> <span m='38020'>going</span> <span m='38120'>to</span> <span m='38200'>last</span> <span m='38660'>for</span> <span m='39330'>generations.</span> <span m='41360'>And</span> <span m='43000'>I</span> <span m='43120'>think</span> <span m='43320'>that's</span> <span m='43780'>neat.</span> </p><p><span m='45160'>I</span> <span m='45280'>had</span> <span m='45490'>to</span> <span m='45550'>find</span> <span m='45810'>something</span> <span m='46090'>to</span> <span m='46160'>do.</span> <span m='47650'>And</span> <span m='48730'>I'd</span> <span m='48900'>been</span> <span m='49090'>a</span> <span m='49150'>wood</span> <span m='49330'>worker</span> <span m='49650'>for</span> <span m='49790'>a</span> <span m='49840'>long</span> <span m='50070'>time,</span> <span m='50400'>and</span> <span m='50710'>this</span> <span m='51060'>was</span> <span m='51340'>just</span> <span m='51700'>real</span> <span m='51990'>natural</span> <span m='52410'>for</span> <span m='52620'>me</span> <span m='52780'>to</span> <span m='52850'>fall</span> <span m='53140'>into.</span> <span m='54700'>If</span> <span m='54780'>you're</span> <span m='55040'>a</span> <span m='55070'>carpenter,</span> <span m='55610'>it's</span> <span m='55720'>hard</span> <span m='55920'>to</span> <span m='55980'>find</span> <span m='56240'>work.</span> <span m='56530'>Yeah,</span> <span m='56940'>the</span> <span m='57460'>economy's</span> <span m='58270'>depressed</span> <span m='58780'>over</span> <span m='59010'>here.</span> <span m='59360'>And</span> <span m='59440'>there's</span> <span m='59640'>not</span> <span m='59730'>a</span> <span m='59790'>lot</span> <span m='59990'>of</span> <span m='60060'>building</span> <span m='60510'>going</span> <span m='60840'>on.</span> <span m='61070'>But</span> <span m='62240'>this</span> <span m='62440'>is</span> <span m='62830'>a</span> <span m='62880'>specialty</span> <span m='63660'>niche.</span> <span m='64269'>And</span> <span m='65489'>even</span> <span m='65750'>though</span> <span m='65920'>there</span> <span m='66220'>are</span> <span m='66380'>probably</span> <span m='67900'>10</span> <span m='68110'>or</span> <span m='68200'>12</span> <span m='68470'>different</span> <span m='68780'>sign</span> <span m='68980'>makers</span> <span m='69410'>on</span> <span m='69560'>the</span> <span m='69710'>island,</span> <span m='70770'>they</span> <span m='70960'>all</span> <span m='71150'>concentrate</span> <span m='71800'>on</span> <span m='71910'>the</span> <span m='72000'>commercial</span> <span m='72520'>stuff,</span> <span m='73010'>and</span> <span m='73290'>I</span> <span m='73400'>just</span> <span m='73740'>do</span> <span m='73960'>little</span> <span m='74300'>personalized</span> <span m='75310'>things</span> <span m='75720'>that</span> <span m='77600'>people</span> <span m='78350'>really</span> <span m='78610'>enjoy.</span> </p><p><span m='79280'>And</span> <span m='79660'>I've</span> <span m='79760'>been</span> <span m='79960'>fortunate</span> <span m='80600'>that</span> <span m='80880'>I'm</span> <span m='81320'>in</span> <span m='81460'>a</span> <span m='81660'>good</span> <span m='81860'>location</span> <span 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m='113960'>work</span> <span m='116020'>6,</span> <span m='117220'>probably</span> <span m='117240'>7,</span> <span m='118240'>sometimes,</span> <span m='118840'>8</span> <span m='119040'>or</span> <span m='119120'>9</span> <span m='119390'>hours</span> <span m='119700'>a</span> <span m='119740'>day.</span> <span m='119920'>It</span> <span m='120020'>just</span> <span m='120210'>depends</span> <span m='120600'>on</span> <span m='122480'>how</span> <span m='122670'>much</span> <span m='122890'>work</span> <span m='123130'>I</span> <span m='123190'>have</span> <span m='123430'>to</span> <span m='123540'>get</span> <span m='123840'>done.</span> </p>","file":{"id":393438,"video_id":"3492903861001","name":"2532-ThomasSignMaker2 In-depth","duration":125388,"thumbnail_url":null}});