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post #1 of 6 Old 10-28-2003, 7:15 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Any carpenters online?

As I admitted in Heavy-dee's work-thread, I'm pretty sick of what I do. Carpentry interests me, but I don't know a whole lot about the field. What does your average carpenter earn? What skills/training are required to be considered qualified? I hope my next job involves physical labor outside. Sitting behind a desk won't cut it for me for the rest of my life.
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Re: Any carpenters online?

No personal experience, but I do know that the only way to make any real money as a carpenter is to have your contractor's license and run your own show. My bro-in-law is making a killing building custom homes. He has a small crew and builds two or three a year. He worked as a laborer for other contractors in the area to gain experience while he studied for his state license exam. Around here, laborers make anywhere from $10-20/hr...pretty tough to live on in this market.
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Re: Any carpenters online?

Being on your own is the only way to go. A buddy of mine does it, and he does pretty well. Around here they generally max out around $25/hr if you're working for somebody else
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Re: Any carpenters online?

cabinets run >$1000/ft

ask me how I know...
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Re: Any carpenters online?

I'm a licensed construction supervisor in Massachusetts, that's a fancy word for carpenter. I passed a stupidass test that basically showed I knew how to read the building code book.

You could try to start out on your own by doing small jobs, this is what I did. You could fix peoples loose railings, try a small remodeling job, build a deck, etc... Then gain experience and tools and start working on bigger and better projects. I've been doing this for 5 years with my 3 brothers and we're already doing some major things. Right now we're building a $5M warehouse for a local auto parts distributor. Currently I'm making $35 when I work hourly and upwards of over $50/hour when doing kitchen remodeling which is our specialty.

If you have any questions feel free to ask!!

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Re: Any carpenters online?

get the license and come clean up on the government funded rebuild coming soon in Kali. Heck someone is going to steal the money might as well be you.
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