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08-09-2014 05:43 PM

How I've been doing. - 12 replies

Hi guys. I’ve been making a living off of woodworking and a little cedar fence and deck work. I’ve found Craigslist to be a valuable tool in my marketing. I run 7 or 8 ads at a time a couple times a day during peak hours of 10 AM, 2 PM and 7 PM.I have been experimenting on the ads themselves. I have some with prices in the ad, and ot...

06-18-2014 07:31 PM

Restaurant tables - 24 replies

Bidding a job to refinish 56 tables at a local chain restaurant. We plan to use White Water Conversion Varnish. The first coat will be thinned 10% with butyl acetate with a full strength spray as a top coat. We’ll be using my partners pot sprayer mainly because that’s all we have and it’s compatible with the varnish. We&#...

06-15-2014 03:07 PM

What do they cost? - 11 replies

I found a guy here in town who’s father owns a construction company. He’s versed in how to do a lot of stuff. So we’ve been bidding an working some jobs. We have an opportunity to refinish some restaurant tables for a national chain. They have birch veneer tables that someone refinished rather badly and the waterbased poly is c...

06-07-2014 01:36 AM

Chicago Paint Sprayer - 5 replies

Great unit. Does anyone know where I can get a couple more guns for this unit. Its the one sold at HF. I’d like to have one for latex and one for oil base finishes. This is the one I’m talking about http://www.harborfreight.com/high-volume-low-pressure-spray-gun-kit-44677.html

05-22-2014 09:50 PM

Question for finishing with a sprayer. - 2 replies

About to sell a set of Adirondacks to someone who wants them stained walnut. Using WRC wood. I plan to mix the stain with the spar oil base and use my spray gun. What should the mix ratio be in order to spray them both at once? If it’s even possible. Thanks.

04-26-2014 10:25 PM

Question for a cabinet pro. - 10 replies

If you’re a cabinet professional, sound off. I need some advice about a build I have coming up and I only want professional advice. It involves construction techniques for a 36” floating vanity. Thank you.

04-25-2014 11:19 PM

Floating Vanity - 13 replies

I have a customer who wants a floating vanity. We decided on walnut doors and one end cap. The frame will be fir. I find myself wondering if there is something special that needs to be done on a cabinet that has so much weight pulling on the back. Has anyone seen some decent plans online for a floating vanity. I just need to check some constr...

04-13-2014 04:08 PM

First pour on finish - 3 replies

This table is my first attempt at a pour on epoxy finish. I needed strong light so I poured it outside. It was a lousy day for it, the temp was perfect, but the wind was blustery. I took it back into the shop after about an hour becuase the tiny tree crap kept falling on it. After I got it into the shop a large gust of wind came and kicked up so...

04-12-2014 06:06 PM

Pour on finish question - 2 replies

This morning I poured on the epoxy finish. I had to do it just outside my shop which made it hard to keep the tiny tree crap out of it. It’s back in the shop. I needed to be able to see well to pour it and outside was best. Anyway it’s on now, but there are some spots where it didnt’ take. I was thinking of waiting severa...

03-31-2014 04:34 PM

Question about cedar fence - 9 replies

My mother in law wants me to replace the rotten cedar fence in her back yard. I did some work a couple weeks ago and rebuilt the two gates on either side of the house and the fencing facing the street. I constructed everything then used a brush to apply stain. This time, I think I’ll get the cedar and bring it home, run the boards throu...

03-30-2014 04:06 PM

Part one of three finished. - 7 replies

Part one of three. The longest bench with under-seat storage. Aromatic cedar. Client is on his way to pick it up today. It’s rather large and I can’t get much done with it in the shop, so I’m delivering this one today so I can work on the smaller bench. I can store it in my shed when it’s done. Waiting on a string of nice...

03-19-2014 07:31 PM

Latest project - 4 replies

Got my odd jobs done, so I’ll be devoting some time to the aromatic cedar table and veranda seating. Got the frame for one of the veranda’s done today. I used cedar fencing to line the box which will be used for storage. The rest of this seat is aromatic cedar which means I either need to glue them up or just screw them in. HavenR...

03-07-2014 07:36 PM

For those who make money at woodworking - 44 replies

I think I’ll stop giving detailed estimates. From now on I’m going to ball park it on the spot to see if I’m dealing with someone who’s dreaming or buying. I waste so much time and email and phone calls on these folks, it’s enough to take the creative energy right out of me. What do you guys do when you have firs...

03-07-2014 04:56 PM

Distressed table/desk completed - 5 replies

For those of you following, but never seem to go to the projects tab, here is the table I’ve been working on complete. When I deliver it, I’ll take some pictures of it in the home for my portfolio with a good camera that has a clean lens. The fluorescent lighting doesn’t help either. A big thank you goes out to Charl...

03-06-2014 02:22 PM

White or red oak? - 27 replies

Guys, I am bidding on a built-in job for a client who says he has red oak in his house. I think it’s likely white oak. How can you tell the difference? Is the difference important in any way for indoor furniture? Thanks

03-04-2014 08:15 PM

Table/desk distress - 11 replies

I wanted to show you all the progression of the table I’m building for a client. First the table as it appears in the catalog. Here it is in my shop before any finishing work was done. This is after two coats of tea, (green herbal tea), just before the vinegar and steel wool bath. Here are the distress marks made with the he...

02-27-2014 05:07 PM

Need some input on labor cost for this project. - 30 replies

I have a client at one of the lake communities that wants the picture below done in aromatic cedar. I’ve priced the wood and other materials at $700, including glue, and hardware. I’m getting my aromatic cedar at $2.00 a BF and the frame (the parts you don’t see) out of WRC. The material cost is inflated about 20% so I’m ...

02-19-2014 06:57 PM

My latest commission build - 13 replies

The customer wants this table exactly like shown only instead of 23” deep he wants it 30” deep. That’s 20 2×4’s glued up. Gluing up 20 2×4’s is like herding cats. I’m running each board through the planer and getting it square, then I’m gluing up three at a time and planing them down ...

02-12-2014 08:44 PM

Looking for advise on pine - 11 replies

I’m going to be making a table top for a customer out of 2” pine. The radius is 32” on the table and the pine is aprox 11” wide so I need to join it. My question is, is glue enough or should I use biscuits too? The legs of the table are some metal legs that originally had a wicker top. They seem pretty strong but th...

01-31-2014 09:46 PM

My new old table - 1 reply

Made this yesterday. The top is hard maple with dark mahogany gel coat and one coat of satin poly. The legs and support are maple and walnut, which have a coat of my special mix. 1/3 water, 1/3 latex paint, and 1/3 plaster of Paris. After it sets a few days I’ll run some low grit sandpaper over the lower section which should create tha...

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