CabinetmakerJerry

Jerry Hilllenburg, Martinsville, IN, US
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CabinetmakerJerry
My school teacher dad had five boys with me being the fourth. To supplement his income, Dad always built a "spec" house during summer break - my brothers and I were his crew. At the tender age of four, I was in charge of building roads in the sandpile for a little 1950 Ford truck that was just like Dad's big one! I eventually graduated into more challenging roles and in 1971 at the age of 20, I started Jerry Hillenburg & Co. as a finish carpenter contractor. I changed my focus to custom cabinetmaking in 1976.

To keep employees busy during slow times, I used them to maintain and upgrade a few investment properties and a farm I purchased over the years. This was not easy, and many times I questioned my sanity, but I retired at age 50 and our modest lifestyle is now funded by these properties. I kept the physical size of my shop small so I could afford to keep it when retired. It gives me a place to mess around and a facility for use as a maintenance building. I still work, but I do what I want to do when I want to do it.

To help pay expenses on my now idle cabinet shop, I have an Ebay store called "Safety Switch Store and More" My marquee reads, "My specialty: job leftover stainless steel disconnect safety switches. I have earned TOP-RATED POWER SELLER status and 100 percent positive feedback from happy buyers. Let me make you one of my happy buyers." To visit my store go to; http://stores.ebay.com/Safety-Switch-Store-and-More

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Balcony / Library Ladder that can be stored in a horizontal position.

Balcony / Library Ladder that can be stored in a horizontal position.

This is what I call a "balcony ladder". It is similar to the library ladders of old.    The hinge is made from 2" brass rail parts. The steps are held in place with 1/4" solid brass rod that is...

Babe, my everyday buddy.

Babe, my everyday buddy.

Babe, my everyday buddy. She's 11 years old - a great companion and shop guard. I definitely know when someone is coming down the drive and when I am stressed, I give her a pet and things get...

Carriage-House Style garage door construction technique that applies veneer boards onto a standard overhead garage door with hidden fasteners.

Carriage-House Style garage door construction technique that applies "veneer" boards onto a standard overhead garage door with hidden fasteners.

See P. 8 of Fine Homebuilding April/May 2012, #226 for a version of this post.    This is a Carriage-House Style garage door construction technique that blends the functionallity of an overhead...



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Re: Babe, my everyday buddy.

Mattie Thanks for those nice comments. She was special, but life goes on. We have a new everyday buddy coming home on April 3, 2013. She is a 9 week old Shetland Sheepdog puppy. My granddaughter Naomi named her Sadi (pronounced Sadie).

Re: Babe, my everyday buddy.

Babe died last night February 9, 2013. My wife and I are very sad.