Nate- Full Interview

Meet Nate

When he says he’s the expert on tabletops, he means it. Nate’s made something like 100 tables since starting at Re:work a year and a half ago, including those at Watershed Kitchen & Bar, Acre and BrewDog. Here’s a little more about him.

Q: What brought you to Re:work?

A: I was in retail for 16 years and hadn’t done any woodworking before. My brother was doing some amateur stuff on the side and had been following Re:work on Instagram. When I quit retail, he sent me a link saying Re:work was hiring. I love doing stuff with my hands, so I thought I’d apply.

Q: How did you learn carpentry?

A: I started learning when I started here. Everyone here is pretty much self-taught. Grant’s been a big help. He’s smart about woodworking.

Q: What do you love most about what you do?

A: I like working with power tools, getting dirty, building stuff. When you build something, you know it’s going to be around for a while. There’s pride in what you do. You know it’s going into someone’s house, and it’s something they’ll be proud of.

Q: What’s your go-to power tool?

A: The Domino XL. It’s a Festool brand. They’re really expensive tools. It makes your tables look cleaner.

Q: What’s been your favorite project since starting?

A: The bar top for Combustion Brewing. It was a lot of work, and it took me a while, probably two weeks. And it was a tedious process, but when you saw the finished product, it looked pretty cool. We also did some giant cedar bookshelves in the old shop that were really cool.

Q: What are you the Re:work expert on?

A: Table tops. I think I’ve made more than 100. Some are custom, but a lot were commercial. I did the indoor tables for Watershed and a bunch for Acre, as well as some of the BrewDog ones. You do tend to get pretty good at it after awhile.

Q: Hobbies?

A: I like to cook and be experimental in the kitchen, but my favorite meal to make is probably pork chops, redskin potatoes and some sort of asparagus or green beans. I like riding my bike up and down the trail around town. It’s a hybrid road/mountain bike.

Q: What’s your go-to Columbus restaurant?

A: Probably Akai Hana. I love sushi. I also love O’Reilly’s Pub for the pepper burger.

Q: Skill you’d like to learn?

A: Lathing. It’s an interesting process. You have to be focused and detailed with what you’re doing, but you can create some pretty cool stuff on it. I’d like to learn welding, too, but Joey’s given me a couple chances to try that and it didn’t go so well.

Q: Little-known fact about you?

A: I was almost a firefighter. I went back to school for firefighting. I was interested in it for a while, and I had my certification through the State of Ohio, as well as my EMT certification. But it was just oversaturated. It was a hard process, and it just kind of fell by the wayside and my certifications expired.