Around The Coffeepot Ramblings #9: My Lesson At The Furniture Store

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Blog entry by William posted 09-03-2010 05:51 PM 1347 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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#1 posted 09-03-2010 06:07 PM


good thing you didn’t end up owing anything, although with the time spend, you never know. at least it was a good reminder of how you need to do things.

it looks good though, both desk and office

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 09-03-2010 06:13 PM

It is very difficult to work with someone when your own level of excellence is high, as yours seems to be William. Others tend to want to cut corners, or just don’t have the knowledge, skill and expertise that you have developed over the years. Working with someone like this who is a friend or acquaintance make it even more difficult.

I think in instances such as this, the best thing to do is let it go and consider it a lesson. Perhaps if you want to help your friend in the future with obtaining work, you will steer him toward the simpler jobs that require less skill and knowledge. I am sure he learns a lot from working with you. Otherwise, it is best to keep doing what you do most of the time – work on your own.

Thanks for sharing the story, Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#3 posted 09-03-2010 07:27 PM

And cut corners he did Sheila. I just about lost a friend over the roof of that room. The way he planned it out it was built with 16’ long 2×4 runners with a single 20’ long camelback in the middle holding it all together. I had to walk away from the job and go home. Since it was his job, it wasn’t my place to say anything, but if someone had built something like that on my property, they would be fired and arrested for trespassing if they ever stepped foot back on it. I understand it was just an office, but I don’t like building anything if it isn’t right. The last day, when I finished installing the desks, I couldn’t help it. I did tell the lady to never let anyone get on the roof of that thing. I explained that it would hold up, but not under the weight of anyone climbing up there for any reason. She appreciated it and says she’ll be calling me if she needs any more work done.


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#4 posted 09-03-2010 07:53 PM

Something I realized I didn’t mention. The $350 I got for this job was not because my buddy screwed me over by not giving me money. He WAAAAY underbid the job at $700. I should have asked him before I even packed up my tools to go do the job. I trusted him though. That was my mistake all the way around.

Oh! Another interesting point to this story about the pay for this job.
The day we finished the job, my daughter had to go have some dental work done.
Guess what that cost?
Aint life a hoot!


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#5 posted 09-03-2010 08:16 PM

William, I can totally relate to your story. I have been there myself, more than once! Now, I work ALONE and even when I sweep the floor, know that it has been done properly! Lesson learnt.

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#6 posted 09-03-2010 09:04 PM

I too like to work alone, Unless I am the helper,and go for guy. Very nice office and great desks, thanks for posting , We all learn from our life’s experiances.

-- In His service ,Richard

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#7 posted 09-04-2010 03:59 AM

Wow! That should have been several grand to build that!

Some folks talk a good job.

-- “Once more unto the breach, dear friends...” Henry V - Act III, Scene I

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