Well, Step Back and all the other stuff is history. I remember it now, but my focus is now on the cabinets. Just the way it is…woodworking in the fast lane…out the door and on to the next. The Step Back, bed and all of the other repair/re-finish stuff did well. No real issues any where, everything worked out. Photos at the end of the blog.
My shop looks like Hurricane Ike/Katrina and whatever the other ones name was hit it – all at once. I didn’t know I had this many tools and I didn’t know they could make so many piles. Sorta like planing wood, plane six boards and you can fill a pick-up. How can a few boards make so much mess? Hey, I filled the dumpster, emptied dust collectors, trash cans and all that stuff but you wouldn’t know it.
Sherri used to help me clean my shop but with all this puter stuff, she hasn’t been out in the shop much, so I guess I get to do it and that isn’t good because I’m allergic to brooms! Break out in a bad rash, hands get all itchy, eyes water. Now hold on, its worked for a lot of years now, give a guy a break.
So today I’m supposed to film, but I GOT to clean this shop. Well at least some. Get the cabinets gone by Friday, but thank God it’s another day in paradise and I got good health and work to do so I’m not complainin’.
I’ll tag ya along on the cabinets but they are about as exciting as going to the dentist or watching grass grow, these are just gonna get done and gone.
Through all of this we have some neat stuff we’re working on, projects and all. I’m gonna get a second camera (video). Too much work going into this stuff for one camera to have all the goodies and ’cause issues like we have in the router DVD with no back up. Woo… I’ll bet when this is read by Sherri the sparks will fly but hey, like I said, too much time and work to lose something.
Since this blog is about woodworking and all that goes with it I’m gonna tell you this. The client thinks the tiger maple is too dark. Now…he chose the color, it is my “New England Maple.” It is the choice of 9 out of 10 people on tiger maple. I designed it with Gemini Coatings to match the old New England maples that have aged and the natural colors of the maples show, it has an orange/brown color.
So it is one of those I would like to see it a shade or two lighter. Well…sorry…this isn’t a color swatch on a wall. Strip – refinish and try again? No way. I got the i’s dotted and the t’s crossed. So I’m cool. The other thing is that dyed wood lightens and mellows out. Tiger maple especially. In six months the figure will be more evident and pronounced and the color will tone in. Could write a book on why but it’s a combo of the dye pulling up to the surface somewhat, especially using lacquer or shellacs as they will re-dissolve the dye a little but when the finish cures and it all settles down, it defines itself.
If you have ever had the chance to see something you made after you forgot you made it, you understand what I’m talking about. The client has a dresser I made a couple years back and it’s lighter, probably so.
Here is the lesson, and I hope you got it. People really don’t have a clue as to what is involved in woodworking and finishing and they think you just smear something on and to change it should be no issue, expecting you to jump through hoops and keep changing things until they decide they like it. Your time, your effort is irrelevant to them. Most don’t mean to be this way, they just don’t understand. All of the commercials and things that tell them its so easy just add fuel. Now, this guy’s stuff will mellow out and it will be fine. This is definitely one side of this business I dislike immensely but upon occasion, it happens.
So what’s my solution? Explain its what he chose, how it mellows out and wish him well. Sounds tough, it is, but it’s life and as soon as someone comes in his home and compliments his stuff, he’ll be fine.
I had a lady one time complain that the color she chose didn’t match her carpet and drapes, hmmmm. Now you understand what dealing with the public is about…it’s a pain.
Oh yea, remember those walnut bases last week? I had to stop and get done, just had to have and please…please can ya get me three by Friday (called on Tuesday). I did, stayed late and all that. Called Thursday and told them ready, never showed up on Friday to get them or called, nothing….they are still sitting here.