Recently I finished up an enclosure for a cuistomer that wanted something to cover the rear side of his fireplace. I had installed a new oak floor a couple of weeks before and he asked me to look at the patio and see if I had any suggestions for how to deal with the read of the fireplace. The rear of the fireplace extended into the patio. I posted the result (along with oak woodfloor job) in my projects section.
I am still hanging in here, working on remodeling/cabinetry jobs as they come along, and researching the market and learning as much as I can about the business end of things. It is interesting to get so many different perspectives about what works and what doesn’t. There are some who have given me fantastic advice that I am following though on, and a few detractors along the way but that is life. I had a long talk with one of the owners of a local tool rental place where I live and was asking him about the remodeling market locally. He said the downturn in the economy doesn’t seemed to have hurt the remodeling market. I told him what my plans were as i know he will be a resource for me and he was very helpful.
It must be fate. Last night, my wife and I drove about 50 miles to a mall and as I was waiting for her outside on the parking lot, a very nice-looking, well-dressed elderly couple walked up and started talking to me about my car. I have a replica 1951 MG TD. I get a lot of comments and it has generated an amazing amount of new friendships. Anyway, the elderly gentleman was telling me he had been a B24 pilot in WWII. Being the WWI & WWII nut I am, we struck up a great conversation, talking about his experiences, and me relaying my late father’s experiences to him (my father was a airplane mechanic in WWII). Eventually, our conversation turned to what I did for a living and I told him I was an engineer but my dream is having my own custom cabinet shop. He slowly got this big grin on his face and said ‘that’s what I am’. Another door opened for me. He and his wife had just turned 90, and he was still in love with woodworking as well as her. Wonderful couple. The conversation really encouraged me. He started telling me about all the doctors and lawyers in the area and how there was a good market for high-end custom cabinets.
Today I’m refinishing my living room floor. Waiting on the first coat to dry. First time I’ve ever used water-based poly.