Today the weather was wonderful… sunny, about 65-70… I picked up a truck load of cherry today and loaded that into my shop. I finished up sanding on a refinishing job that I started Tuesday. Earlier in the week a friend dropped off a set of dining room chairs (Colonial, maple) that he wants refinished. I’m about ready to start on matching the original finish, but I will need to order some dyes and glazing.
I’m still working on the stained glass for a chandelier that will be the first item I will put on my web page by the end of the year. I’ve started two other lamps and a table that will be on there as well.
I’ve been doing some drawings & estimates for a shop building. I looked at one of the local Amish building makers and they have a great deal on a building that I have been looking at. The Amish are really wonderful people and live a lifestyle that at my point in life seems to be a dream-come-true… and their furniture is amazing…
As for the building, I’m deciding whether or not to build or buy, with the end result getting everything out of my garage and into a real shop building. Fortunately, I’m not going to borrow any money, but before I spend the money I do have I want to make sure I’ve looked at all the options available to me. The first building that I really considered seriously is a 16×36 metal building with a garage door, a ramp, a walk-in door, 7 windows, Advantek T&G flooring, 2×6 floor joists on 1’ centers, one bench, two shelves, two lofts, and a barn roof. The price is about $7800. I talked to one of the Amish people ansd they said they had a bigger one (16×40) that someone decided not to get so they would sell it to me for the same price. I went home, and did a pretty detailed estimate against what they are offering. The major difference on mine is I added in insulation, which theirs does not have. My estimate wasn’t as competitive (minus labor & delivery costs of course) as I thought I could build it for. To be fair, it really wasn’t a close apples-to-apples comparison, as theirs is a metal structure with a wood interior and my design is all wood. My wife pointed out that if I build the building, I’ll be taking time away from my business efforts. So, I am leaning towards buying the building from them. They’ll deliver it assembled.
I have a house addition job starting Monday about 40 minutes away. My friend (dining room chairs) already has the structure framed, roofed and sheathed, so I will be installing siding, insulation, drywall, windows and trim. I’m hoping I can finish in about 2-3 weeks. We may not be working every day so that works for me as far as continuing on the items at home. Also, my daughter may have her first baby (my first grandchild!!!) by mid-week so that will certainly change plans :)...
I registered for an SBA marketing seminar in mid-November, and I’m meeting with a CPA/bookkeeper next week for my very first business consultation!
Still loving it….