Flat Wood Boards Planed To Thickness

That’s what the ad read.

The thing is, you see, that a local guy had gotten hold of a new toy and then promptly lost his job. In his quest to make some sort of income to hold things together, he looked around the homestead for things that he might be able to do to make a couple bucks while he looked for another job.

He had a chainsaw, so he put an ad on the local job boards for “wood cutting and splitting to your specifications”. He knew his way around a car a little bit, so he advertised “oil changes done cheap”. He had a lawnmower so he did some of that.

All those things worked a little bit, but nothing that would do more than just meet the bare minimum he needed to get by. Then he looked at the bright shiny woodworking tools he had in the garage, the ones that he never really had time to use because he was doing so much scrambling to make ends meet.

local craft showHe wasn’t real confident in his ability to make stuff that people would buy, and he really didn’t have the cash laying around to buy boards to try it out anyway. But one day he happened upon a posting on the local board for someone who could make plane some boards to the right thickness for a guy who was working on a chest for his anniversary. Well, wouldn’t you know, the shiniest of the shiny tools he had, the last one he had bought before the boss called him into the office, was a new fangledĀ two speed electrical wood planer machine. So he replied to the guy and made a few bucks thinning down those boards.

One thing lead to another and it wasn’t long before he got his jointer into the act as well. It turns out that there are a lot of guys around who have projects that want doing, but don’t want to fill up their garages with the types of tools that are needed for the doing of them.

Round peg, round hole. Here there were a bunch of guys that had projects and no tools, and a guy that had tools that needed projects. So he put an ad in the local paper for flattening cupped boards and or planing them down to thickness. Heck, he even had the capability to straight line crooked boards on the table saw. That gave him a chance to use that heavy duty cabinet saw he bought from Grizzley on flush month.

That was then, this is now. He still does a little custom work for those guys, partly because he likes the work, and partly because he likes the guys. But what he spends more time doing is making stuff that he sells at the local flea market and sometimes at the farmer’s markets and weekend extravaganzas that spring up around here in the mid and late summer months.

Then he heads to Florida for the winter. Don’t know what he does down there.