Got interested in woodworking looking through my uncles old popular science and popular mechanics magazines when I was a kid (10-12).
In High school I took a woodworking shop class and learned to make all the joints with hand tools. They would not let us use a power tool. Had 2 years of shop class and then drafting design.
I took Drafting design in college (before it was done on a computer) and that was my first profession.
Other jobs included injection molding foreman, survey, both construction and land survey, warehouse manager and security supervisor at an outlet mall, then my wife and I went into business with another couple.
We owned a used furniture store and did furniture repair and refinish. Sold at flea markets, auctions and through the store. Then lost my partner to cancer, his wife quit, my wife quit, I kept the repair and refinish going by myself for about a year and then, during the slow part of the year, I saw an add looking for someone to build aircraft cabinetry.
12 years building cabinets for the big jets, up to 777, for companies, countries, and individuals that had way too much money. They had living rooms, dinning rooms, bedroom and bathrooms with showers, offices and some were fancy in the front but had seating in the back for troops.
Boing, AirBus, .....
THEN CAME EARLY RETIREMENT - not my choice, the doctor thought it would be a good Idea
I am now trying to sort through the accumulation of tools and unfinished projects and parts for un-built projects.
I am making a line of wooden jewelry. I plan to add a line of jewelry and trinket boxes to the jewelry line. I do custom wood signs and plaques with CNC equipment. I also do CNC design files for people that just don't want to spend the time on the computer so they get more shop time. I also do custom inlays in end grain cutting boards for a local cutting board company. He keeps my pretty busy. https://www.choppingblox.com/
I hope I can get to the point I can design and build some small tables, it has always been a passion of mine. I would also like to start competing in some of the shows for artists and furniture builders.
GOT TO GET IT ALL ORGANIZED FIRST! It is a never ending pocess.