Shop Notes #4: Finally A GoodDay in the Shop and outside of the shop! How was your day?

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Blog entry by DocSavage45 posted 01-16-2014 01:55 AM 1504 reads 0 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Been complaining about bad days. I serve whine with my cheese!” LOL! I have been refurbishing a sofa for my re opened office. I also am making my office sign. Why? Cause I have more time now than money!

When I took the sofa apart to rub down the finish and fine sand some gouges, I found the webbing was breaking down. It might be funning in a comedy show but not in my office! Found webbing today at my Ace Hardware place in town. And brass grommets. Problem solved. I Screwed up the sign, and made a new one. The painting of the lettering is the tough part. After all I am a professional so no tacky lettering.

Got the sign background done and the heat is up in the shop to dry the paint. Also rubbed down the finish with 4 ought fine and matched the stain.

Hey haven’t screwed up …yet! LOL! Cleaned up and came in the house. Two clients lined up and one maybe. Relief!

And my final purchase of what I think are necessary tools came today…early! A 22 inch smoothing plane with a four star Amazon rating. Even negative criticism was good, and I got tired of waiting to find a Bailey #6 in good condition in my price range.

Soooo! tomorrow I will put a finish on the wood for the sofa. Thinking either water bourn poly or Tripp Danish oil? Any thoughts

Then I have a small desk for my small office that needs upgrading. It’s Art Deco. A found piece at my old resale shop. And I have a chair( needing repining that matches!

Then I can finish the office and get back to figuring out the shop!

How’s your day been?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#1 posted 01-16-2014 02:24 AM

Hi Tom
Sounds like you’ve had some good progress on all fronts. How about a photo of your sign and sofa when your finished with them. Congrats on you prospective clients.Some good water borne poly should work well for you.
Keep on trucking buddy.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#2 posted 01-16-2014 02:38 AM

I had a great day Tom and it sounds like you are very busy which is a good thing .
Glad to hear your tools are coming in and I look forward to some project posts .
Don’t fall asleep on that couch and keep those customers happy .

-- Kiefer

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#3 posted 01-16-2014 02:42 AM

well …seee im wanting to get to the brass and bolts of this, i know you servr wine with your cheese….but after all the hand shakes and patting the shoulers and such, THEN WHAT HAPPENS, your turn

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#4 posted 01-16-2014 02:43 AM

Jim, trying to use what I have . Ain’t exciting woodworking but I will post.

Kiefer, I was teasing the one client who likes to relax on the couch that I was doing all this just for her. LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#5 posted 01-16-2014 02:46 AM

Not wine Grizz “Whine!” LOL!

After the office is together, I plan on getting some use out of my tools! Like my Brand spanking new made in India for Grizzly 22” hand plane!

Now I have to feed the pride.

Oh yeah thanks for reminding me. One of my kitty boys was limping and had a swollen foot. More doctor bills. did a “wait an see.” He had no swelling and was limping less. Hopfully another good thing outside the shop!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#6 posted 01-16-2014 03:04 AM

glad things are coming along for you.i had a good day started plumbing my dust collection system,haven’t made it far can’t make up my mind to what i need to do.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#7 posted 01-16-2014 03:05 AM

Very productive day you have had

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#8 posted 01-16-2014 03:13 AM

Marty, Google it and you will find a lot of interesting ideas. That is on the top of my list as I have all the pieces.

Norm, About time LOL! Can use a few more where I don’t screw it up….LOL! Hope you had a good day too!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#9 posted 01-16-2014 03:49 AM

well what i want to see is the dr do a self to self session, and post it here…and it must include woodworking…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#10 posted 01-16-2014 03:57 AM

Sounds like you had a good day.

Good day here. Hauled logs. More lumber to cut!

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#11 posted 01-16-2014 04:56 AM

I woke up this morning and was still breathing…so that is a great start…The rest each day is on me and what I make of it…

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#12 posted 01-16-2014 05:11 AM

Mone can you set up a video, and post it on youtube with a link to LJ’s? Like to see your mill at work. Oh yeah see how you manage the lumber too.

Grizz, got to survive. and pay for cat doctor bills, like the eye removal and subsequent brain infection for one of my cats. I will have more shop time since I am on my own again, and I am not traveling 44 miles each way.

Greg, Is that Golum speaking? I’m glad you got up then! ( by the way I agree)

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#13 posted 01-16-2014 05:25 AM

I hear ya Doc … Restorations give me a few ‘whine’ moments too. I’ve just finished restoring an old, worn out and broken glider plus stool. Something relaxing for my ‘she-den’! ....

Now, with that project out of the way, I spent today cleaning up my workshop!! Good luck with your restorations :)

-- Elaine in Duncan

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#14 posted 01-16-2014 07:19 AM

Yours is a restoration. Mine is refurbishing. The wood in my sofa is stained or dyed walnut. So I used walnut stain after 4 ought steel wool. It will be better than it was( I hope…LOL) It is also coveredby cushions. I will post later as Jim asked me to do so.

My little desk might take some restoring, ie sanding, sealing, and finishing. The Desk chair, Not sure.

Where is the wine intarsia box? right hand or left side.?

1 am goin to bed.

You do wine, I’ve just been whining. LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#15 posted 01-16-2014 02:27 PM

Sounds like a nice productive day Thomas.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at

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