Teen helps remodel family produce market

By RICK WATSON
Posted 3/29/20

When Jeb Phillips’s parents Chris and Shauna needed to refresh the interior of the Little Giant Market in Sumiton, they had to look no further than their 16-year-old son Jeb to do the job.

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Teen helps remodel family produce market

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SUMITON – When Jeb Phillips’s parents Chris and Shauna needed to refresh the interior of the Little Giant Market in Sumiton, they had to look no further than their 16-year-old son Jeb to do the job.

The only woodworking Phillips had done in the past was to build a wooden sword and an ax. He had never attempted any larger projects until his folks asked him to resurface the shelves and build some cabinets. 

“He’s good with his hands, so we thought we’d let him try to do the job,” Mrs. Phillips said.

“My dad then asked me if I could make the counter look nice, so I thought I’d give it a try,” Phillips said.

“I just went out back and tore some wooden pallets apart with a nail bar,” Phillips said. “It was fun.” When he had wood to work with, he laid them out onto the existing counter and nailed them in place.

He used basic hand tools to work with, which included a saw, sander, spokeshave, and some wood knives, according to Phillips.

Next, Phillips sanded the pallet boards down, stained them, and added four coats of polyurethane.

The job took just over a day to complete, but he couldn’t do it all at the same time because you can’t polyurethane things with customers around, according to Phillips.

For the next phase of the project, Phillips will build a cabinet around the cooler where they keep the fresh produce on ice.

“The idea is to spruce up the place and make it look nice for our customers,” Phillips said.

Phillips’s mom wants him to get in to epoxy work, which is similar to polyurethane, except it’s a harder version. “It makes a finish look like glass,” he said.

While Phillips enjoys woodworking, he is currently working as an apprentice plumber with R&H Plumbing. His goal is to own a plumbing business one day.