(is that your REAL name, if so, sue G. Lucas),
anyways, suggest you might want to contact your local
woodworker's guilds, clubs, etc. Also, I'd do some upfront
work with prospective cabinetshops. Ask what the going
rate is for entry, how many years experience.
I would approach this as if you asking for a favor but
in complete recognition of their vast knowledge of the business.
In other words, be polite and thank them for their time.
I always enjoy the role of mentor in my own field of
Also, start subscribing to WorkShop News . It's a newspaper
that's geared for the trade. Will often have stories about
people starting out, or in business and how much they
I'd also approach a local trades school, if there is one.
Or in my case there's a local Junior College (yeah, not
a community college but an honest to goodness JC!)
with a cabinet/furnituremaking course. I'd contact
Finally, I look for some government work. I believe there
publications that they put out that tell you how much
a given profession makes or could make. Try your
local friendly library (perhaps the local college one, might
have more of the "career guidance" books).