In my last post I said I could see the light at the end of the tunnel with this bookshelf commission and that I hoped it was not a freight train. Well, last night I was beginning to think it was. The woman building the house that the shelves are going into came to visit her daughter this weekend. She came over to see the house and was looking over the bookshelves really good. Finally, she raised her hand, knocked on the back of the shelf and said “That is not oak.” I replied, “Yes ma’am, that is oak plywood.” Her response was “I did not want oak plywood.” Well to make a long story short, she simply said she would take it up with the contractor this morning. So, on the way home last night, I called the contractor and told him the situation and told him that instead of taking the day off today, I was going to go on into work. I gave him my work number and told him to call if he still wanted to install the shelves.
Well, about 11:30 this morning he called. He had worked things out with the homeowner and wanted me to get on with the installation. I finished up at work and took off early to go get started while the trim carpenter was still there to help me if I needed it. Turns out I had barely gotten the nailer board hung on the wall before the trim carpenter left. So, my wife and I are going over to the house tomorrow and she is going to help out with any of the big stuff I need help with.
Last night I was worried until I realized that no matter what was decided this morning that I would get paid. This contractor is a personal friend and I trust him to live up to his deal. Everything turned out ok in the end, and come this time tomorrow night, I should be done with the installation.
As soon as I finish and get some pictures I will let you all see. I am really proud of how these have turned out.
Everyone have a safe and productive weekend.
-- -- Rob Hix, King George, VA