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Blog series by SquintyPolock updated 05-30-2013 12:23 PM 5 parts 8496 reads 6 comments total

Part 1: Side Job

05-19-2013 11:24 PM by SquintyPolock | 0 comments »

I have a side job as a handyman and one my clients is this fine woman (not as fine as my wife, of course) who lives way on the north side of the city. She owns this condo and rents it out. Occassionally, she has me fix a door or window or switch. It’s a pretty easy gig, a rarely deal with her, and she always pays a fair wage on time. The problem is that since she pays me, she expects me to jump through hoops, which I find annoying until I remember I expect the same from those I ...

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Part 2: Scrap wood and Featherboards

05-19-2013 11:58 PM by SquintyPolock | 3 comments »

I save just about all of my scrap. It comes in handy for jigs, blocks, shims, whatever. It’s also my city firewood. Each year in Chicago, smelt fishing season runs during the month of April. It’s an annual tradition for our family to throw some nets into Lake Michigan and wait for the little fish to swim into them. As you can imagine, this is a tough way to fish, so we bring a year of scrap lumber, have a fire, grill some sausages, drik some cocktails, and have a marvolou...

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Part 3: Dust Collection System

05-21-2013 02:07 AM by SquintyPolock | 0 comments »

We moved into this building about 10 years ago; it was badly neglected and really just had gotten past the previous owner. So, the plumbing was such a disaster that I hired a plumber. My uncle introduced me to this super-drunkard who went by the name of Tommy the Plumber. He was about 75 years old, big, giant Irishman, with a thick accent, and a gleam in his eye. I liked him immediately and hired him. Once he started working, I hated him. He got the job done – but did it ...

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Part 4: Sanding and Painting

05-26-2013 01:06 PM by SquintyPolock | 1 comment »

So, the boy finally woke up from his nap and I ripped down one long peice. I then used one of my first wood working tools; a plastic miter box bought at HD of maybe Seigles (anyone remember that place?) about 15 years ago. I cut the board to two lengths and then to the back yard for a little hand sanding pool side, while the boy played in the kiddy pool. That is a funny picture – looks like I only have three fingers, but I assure you, I have five and yeah, that’s ...

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Part 5: Fixed the Door

05-30-2013 12:23 PM by SquintyPolock | 2 comments »

I finished the door by opening the joint between the top rail and stile. I inserted the new louvers and clamped everything back together. I inserted 3” wood screws through the stile into the top rail and the mid rail and used some filler to hide the screws. A little more flat paint, and the repairs are seemless. Repair took about 15 minutes. Total Labor : 1.25 hours @ $32/ hr = $40.Total Mat’l: Scrap poplar, paint, 10% mark up = $3.30Total cost to client = $43.30 If ...

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