We have twice hired a retired "cabinet maker." Once to make kitchen cabinet doors, and just recently to completely redo a walk-in closet ...
Both of whom, did a remarkable job. Was not inexpensive by any means, but worth every penny. There is indeed very good money to be made as a skilled cabinet maker.
You guys missed the point. Due to health problems, I applied for disability. Won the case but my wife makes above their threshhold, It would have been supplimental disability due to my last 10 yrs. of work history of being self employed.
I had to make a career change. Ha, I couldn't lift a 4x8 of plywood or hold a router or sander if I tried! Thank God for home computer work!
Lacking that information Pat, I do have to add that there are useful skills that do carry over into retirement such as carpentry, auto repair, plumbing, electrical, and all the other occupations some folks usually look down on as "blue collar".
Mine was installing and maintaining large IBM systems hardware and software. Not much call for those skills here in SW Missouri! It provided an impressive resume while I was employed, but now it only garners an occasional, "Uh, what's that?"
I make like $36 an hour. I'm pretty content with that.
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