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Blog entry by Greg3G posted 10-24-2007 02:01 AM 1125 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello fellow LJ’ers… Sorry I haven’t had time to post much in the past few months. After finally finishing my physical theropy and getting back in the shop, I am busier than ever. My day job as a Sr. Proposal Manager with Verizon Business has really picked up as we near the end of the year (thats the normal cycle of things.) On top of that, I stuck my foot in my mouth recently and now have an additional customer, the doctor who repaired my shoulder.

On my final visit, he asked me “You do woodwork too, right? Maybe you would be interested in fixing a few peices of furniture for me.” Then some idiot in the room said “Sure, I’d be happy to.” (If I ever catch that guy, I’m going to let him have it.) Not finding a way to gracefully back out, I went over to his house the next week and he only had a few pieces:

- 2 Pembrook Tables: One with a couple of burn marks in the top and one with a deep gouge in the top about 3/8 to 1/2 around. I have already repaired these, The one with the burn marks had been poorly repaired earlier so I first had to remove that be for I filled the hole and burned in some shellac. The second one wasn’t as difficult, I just burned in shellac into the deeper holes and filled in the finish scratches with some poly. I then wet sand and buff out the tops. They turned out great, shiny as a mirror. (I’d post photos but my camera went MIA for a while.)

- Dinning room table had several scratches in the clear finish from dragging chaffing dishes across it. I’ll have to layer in some poly to fill the scratches and do the wet sanding and buffing.

- Head board to his bed has bite marks from his youngest son. I will probably burn in some shellac then clean fill in the other scratches and put a couple of coats of satin poly over the entire peice.

- Night stands: both have deep scratches in the finish. Poly fill and buff.

- Dresser has finish problems, it has started to soften and become sticky. This will probably have to be stripped. I’m not sure what will make a factory finiish soften like that but I’m pretty sure that there is no way to save it.

- But the big problem is the Display case he has in his home office. It is Mahogany veneer plywood with a small chunck out of one door, and each of the corners on the base are badly chipped out. I’ll post the picutures and better discription in the Projects section.

This will probably keep me busy for a while. At least it will keep me out of trouble :-)

-- Greg - Charles Town, WV

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Thos. Angle

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#1 posted 10-24-2007 04:37 AM

Yep, it sounds like you’re out of trouble!

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#2 posted 10-24-2007 09:18 AM

You know it sounds like you are in a great position – the Driver’s Seat! How often do we get a chance to slap a highly outrageous bill in a Doctor’s hand? Seems to me like you are the Doctor now – somebody has to pay for all that experience, expertise and equipment that you have :-)) Go for it.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#3 posted 10-24-2007 11:52 AM

I can hear Mark saying, “don’t forget the consultation fee before even starting” ....

yah, just a couple of projects to do.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#4 posted 10-24-2007 07:39 PM

Yes, Greg, it sounds like you’ll be the “Furniture Doctor.” Have fun “healing” all his furniture woes.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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