Tim Rolan, Wood Machinist
Custom grind profile knives, setup and operate six head WEINIG moulding machines. Use an opti stand to measure radius and axial. Use of dial calipers for precise measurements. Weinig moulders, planners, jointers, sanders, table saws, radial arm saws, straight line saws, Weinig Opti Rip saw, nail guns, screw guns, wrenches, screw drivers, other hand tools.
High School grad. Small amount of Machinist, tool & Die experience, 3 years on the job machine set-up. 4 years of supervisory experience.10 years on the job training now. Others need at least 2 apprenticeship to obtain a comfort level with these machines.
The need to eat. I had always admired people who built things with their hands and I had the chance to enter this custom field and have been there since. Makes me happy and if a job isn’t fun you will not last long at it.
Someone should be able to read, write, and able to do basic math to start off with. Able to learn fractions. Able to read a tape measure. The rest could be learned on the job.
I thought I knew it all after 3 years, but you really never stop learning different methods or short cuts. Also the industry is always changing so we must keep up with it.
The ability to take criticism and learn from mistakes, to strive to do better. Math, fractions, metric to standard conversions are helpful.
Yes, Boy does he really think I can do all that and get it right too? What if I mess up that $200.00 piece of Mahogany and is it coming out of my check?
Clock in, Check the front office/boss for any urgent orders for the morning. Pick up the days cut sheets and begin setting up the cutter heads. Set the moulders to run selected profiles. Instruct my helper on what he needs to do for the day.Run material through the machines watching for defects and adjust accordingly .Days seem to change at the blink of the eye due to customer needs.
It’s just wood ,we’ll cut/buy more.
Make sure it is for you, Can be dirty, hot, cold, slow, fast paste, hard labor.
Working with wood, the challenge of making a new profile to fit in with an architect’s design.