Since the 70's I've been selfemployed... Carpentry, remodelling, roofing, additions, etc...snow plowing during winter months, then started doing Decorative Painting in residential high homes, got really good at it and stayed there for many years.
Never left the woodworking really, but about 6 years ago I invested in machinery (the stuff beyond my carpentry tools). 8" jointer, 15" planer, shaper and tooling, two band saws, good dust collection... clamps! Made some very nice peices for some of my clients, all solid wood pieces. Solid stile & rail raised panels and doors built-ins. And of course my finishing skills dovetailed, Some ups and downs there.
Finally I decided to take my acumulate skills, and do a complete rehab of my house. After two years of doing only the basic jobs a week at a time in order to pay my bills and maybe invest in another machine as could be afforded, the rest of the time building a new kitchen, matching and adding more cabinets, milling all new base and casing, new granite floors, new powder room, sky light where ever I could get them to fit, etc, etc, we sold the place for a nice proffit! The whole plan was to move and reinvest and build new construction (after a condo rehab/sale).
The wife is working and I, since May am building every day now. Pretty much working alone (I did have helpers on Saturdays and Sundayslast month). The rough framing is more or less done with a few changes comeing, but I have a felted roof, sides wrapped, doors and windows in. Roof will be shingled in two weeks. When Nicor installs my meeter, I will have heat in the three-car-gararge (shop). In the shop, I will be milling all casings and crowns (4" and 5.5" respectivly, building the kitchen (solid lumber) and all built ins... and especially the furnature pieces with will be used a vanities, Everything will be milled from scratch and made on on site, encluding the upstairs stairs. I have not decided if I'm going to manufacture the interior doors, yet. I'm 55 and I ach like a mutha! I have all of the electrical to do, and some of the plumnbing and all the copper.. and the dreaded insulation and drywall...but you see I know howe to do these things, so why pay someone else? I will post a picture of what I have done this summer and fall.
I want the house to be a show house that anyone can come over to see my shop and workmanship. I just orderd a table saw (bit the bullet) and will be oredering a Willima & hussey moulder or A Shop Fox moulde for my own profiles,Who knows, maybe I can do some moulding runs for builders doing high end homes... we;ll see.
So I have a lot of woodworking to do, and as the house materializes,,, well see:)