I finally finished the Dining room suite last weekend:
I thought that this would have been an easy project that I would have flipped off in a week or two at the most, but it took much longer. Buying somebody else work and then finishing it to your standard´is all very well and good if you know the other person has done a good job, but in this case…
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think we will have any problems with it coming apart, but the method of construction leaves a lot to be desired, personally I hate the use of nails in any furniture, and I like tidy joints, I guess because they were doing mass production, and painting the furniture rather than leaving the grain showing, which I now know was to cover a multitude of sins.
It says a lot about the appreciation of wood down here in Colombia, that they will take solid oak and paint it, sacrilege!!!
In the furniture’s favour, it is solid oak, and a nice grain, there are defects, which is probably why it is used in this way, but nothing I couldn’t work with, the fact they used nails was a pain, I managed to recess the big ones, and fill over the heads, the fine pin nails I left, and after three coats of oak stain/varnish they blended into the background, and to be honest, even I don’t notice them, and I thought it would bug the hell out of me!
I didn’t enjoy this project, and I am pretty sure that I won’t go this route again in the future, but for approx US$250 including all materials, I have a solid oak suite, that should see me out!
I am taking a break from woodwork projects for a while, I have just bought myself my first stick welding kit, as most will be repair work outside, therefore I am going to take some time to learn to do this correctly.
I have also bought myself a camera drone to do some aerial photography here, why?...Because I am a big kid, and like gadgets!!! :D
-- If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain - Steven Wright