Welcome to Handymans Heaven!
I am a carpenter, shopfitter, draughtsman, general foreman and a contract supervisor.
My working career has been in the building industry with over 50 years experience at various levels starting in Salisbury, Rhodesia when I was 15 years of age.
WORKING IN RHODESIA (NOW ZIMBABWE)
I worked for a mass production workshop, producing doors; some of the pine flooring boards, also panel doors, with glass and timber panels, frame ledge and brace doors, and flush doors. We had a daily quota of 50 frames or doors per day. We also made door frames and brick moulds.
WORKING IN SOUTH AFRICA
We then returned to South Africa where I was employed at a shopfitting company, where we made glass and timber counters, large display units and also large bank counters. Whilst there, I was selected to be trained as a detail draughtsman, and also as a fixer of shopfronts and material on site. We had a workshop of about 30 men, plus 5 polishers and painters and a metal workshop of about 20 steel workers.
WORKING WITH HIGH RISE BUILDINGS
After this I joined a construction company as an assistant foreman where we built concrete high rise buildings.
The first building was a small one of 10 floors, then I moved to a 20 storey lawyers chambers, where I did finishing work, supervising the various trades, window fitters, ceiling and glass fitters, tilers, plumbers, electricians, and air conditioning fitters.
We used the critical path method of planning to coordinate the various trades on each floor. I then moved to another 20 floor bank building doing concrete work.
WORKING ON THE TALLEST BUILDING IN JOHANNESBURG
Next I joined Roberts Construction on a multiple project with a department store in one corner, a 15 floor hotel on another and a 30 storey office block, all connected at basement level. There was also an OK Bazaars store and a parking garage with an ice rink on the other side of the road. All this was at the building and concreting stage.
Tallest building in Johannesburg
I worked supervising the workers on the hotel site, checking forms and moulds before concreting.
The company then moved me to a subsidiary where I started doing draughting, then getting quotes for components for making interiors of railway carriages. We also did suspended ceilings and partitions for office buildings.
My boss then moved me to a planning office with a large whiteboard where I did the planning of jobs being done by the company in various places. I also had to supply dates for the stores to load materials for the jobs.
I then worked for a while as a quantity surveyor for a house building company where we prepared orders for various suppliers to deliver bricks, roof tiles, timber and so on to the relevant sites.
WORKING WITH PREFABRICATED CONCRETE WALLED HOUSES
I was then recruited as liaison between Roberts Construction and my old high rise employers, Schachat-Cullum, to build prefabricated concrete walled houses.
WORKING AT A MISSION HOSPITAL IN AFRICA
My next work took me to WhiteRiver in Mpumalanga (Old Eastern Transvaal) working for a mission hospital as a maintenance and building foreman for a new hospital being built for them in the African Area outside of town.
I was also in charge of security and grounds maintenance.
WORKING AS A SHOPFITTER
After 2 years, we moved back to Johannesburg. I started working for a shopfitting company building banks and stationary shops as part of a nationwide chain.
WORKING AS A DRAUGHTSMAN
In my next job, I became a draughtsman again for a large chain store group building fittings for retail shops. Later I was promoted to supervisor in building these stores, which necessitated a lot of travelling.
WORKING AS A SCHOOL MAINTENANCE FOREMAN AND GROUNDS SUPERVISOR
I moved to a school as maintenance foreman, as well as security and grounds supervisor, where we had an endless task of marking rugby, soccer, and hockey fields as well as cricket pitches.
WORKING AS A FOREMAN BUILDING FACTORIES
We then moved out of Johannesburg and I worked at a small building company as a general foreman building and extending car and truck tyre fitment centres and also a warehouse for a retailer of various products.
WHY I WANT TO HELP PEOPLE
I want to help people set up the best garage woodworking workshop with ideas and plans that will help them succeed in their venture to create a form of income that will sustain them and help them become the best they can be.
Pointing out all the pitfalls and obstacles that I encountered along the way, will help prevent them from experiencing the same hassles.
THE GOAL OF MY WEBSITE
Providing insight and first-hand experience will ensure that the correct solutions, processes and maximum benefit in each scenario is experienced.
Streamlining a woodworking workshop is the key secret to becoming a successful carpenter, cabinet maker and woodworker in various genres of the market.
My expertise of 50 plus years will bring a lot of insight and provide helpful solutions in learning how to setup the best garage woodworking workshop with ideas and plans that will show dividends in the long run.
If you ever need a hand or have any questions, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to help you out.
Looking forward to connecting with you online!
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