Sometimes the lure of regular hours and steady
paychecks finds me working in someone else's shop. Such was the case during
this job eleven years ago.
It was early December and our boss came into the
shop to ask us if we'd like to tackle a large job before the end of the
year. With the promise of a large bonus, we all said sure.
A general contractor was in a panic over making
a deadline. The cabinet shop they'd hired to wrap a 30' concrete column
in fine cherry paneling had arrived at the jobsite with a pile of veneers
and a bucket of contact cement. The GC wasn't a woodworker, but he knew
enough to halt the installation and look for someone else. He found us.
By the time materials started rolling in, we had
nineteen days to complete the job. We built two curved forms to laminate
sixty curved cherry panels, assembling one per hour. The installation was
particularly tricky in that every panel had to be fitted carefully to the
In order to finish on time we worked every day
'til the last panel was set in place New Year's Eve. Christmas was late
that year, but the bonus made it very worthwhile.
My two helpers Jim and Dan. Jim has his own shop
now and I'm sure Dan is building furniture somewhere.
I'm finished here.