Shake Sawyer

Operate band ripsaws to cut bolts into shakes.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$17,000 – $39,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Shake Sawyers do?

Operates band ripsaw to cut bolts into shakes: Starts saw and positions bolt on saw table. Pushes and guides bolt through saw so that bolt is cut diagonally to form shakes. Trims edges of shake with saw or saws and grades shake according to length and width. Tosses shake into bin according to grade. May replace saw bands, using handtools.


Should I be a Shake Sawyer?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Helpful: You always keep an eye out for what other people need.

  • Also known as: Lathmaker, Shake Maker, Shake Splitter

    How to become a Shake Sawyer

    Most Shake Sawyers have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9haaaa&chl=no+college+%2889%25%29|certificate+%2811%25%29||||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,89,89
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