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Project by a1Jim posted 12-06-2009 05:36 AM 5982 views 1 time favorited 67 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A run of the mill blanket chest raised panels and stub tenon construction. Here’s and example of being in the woodworking business. I suggested a number of the details should be different like better hinges, much nicer lid supports and a nice lock all vetoed buy the customer. So it makes a rather uninteresting chest but they thought it was wonderful. If I was making it for myself I could have made it the way I wanted with the details I wanted. Part of the cost of being in business instead of doing woodworking as a hobby

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#1 posted 12-06-2009 05:40 AM

Still turned out very nice!

-- I GIVE UP!!!! I've cut this @!&*!% board 3 times.... its still too short!

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#2 posted 12-06-2009 05:46 AM

you know better than anyone that the customer never picks out the wrong hinges, finish, species, or dimensions! Bottom line you completed your task and did a good job. Nice work my friend!

-- John A. Thomas, South Carolina,

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#3 posted 12-06-2009 05:52 AM

nice work all around, very crisp

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#4 posted 12-06-2009 05:58 AM

Very nice chest.
I understand the customer getting what they want. If I have to stain another piece of oak black, I think I just may cry.

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#5 posted 12-06-2009 06:18 AM

they are never wrong ,
but most are never right either

i say to them when we get to know each other better ,

” you are the boss ,you may never be right , but you are always the boss ” !

or if asked how long it will take ,

” when you are as broke as i am , we are done ” !

i don’t like it much either , jim ,
but you have done a fine job on it .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#6 posted 12-06-2009 06:19 AM

Jim, All in all, it’s still a nice chest. And, as long as the customer liked it and paid for it, it helps keep the doors open and the lights on. Maybe the next customer will appreciate your suggestions.

-- Best regards, Jack -- I may not be good, but I'm slow --

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#7 posted 12-06-2009 06:22 AM

Very nice work. I agree with you but the customer comes first. Your work is masterpiece.

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#8 posted 12-06-2009 06:45 AM

Jim A satisfied customer is a successful completed job.

The next one might have some more of the detail that you’d like to include.

You try to force your issues and they might walk. A lose / lose situation.

You now have a win/win situation.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#9 posted 12-06-2009 07:18 AM

Jim they couldn’t ask for a better job! you did what was asked of you and you gave them superb craftsmanship.
Making a customer happy with their purchase is what counts !

-- Rj's Woodworks,San Jose & Weed Ca,

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#10 posted 12-06-2009 07:18 AM

jim your a pro and of coarse know the best things to include on a project like offered that to them and they said no…you did your part by advising them..and then did a wonderful job for them…..chin high and be proud of your work…oh and can ya pull you skirt up a little…lol

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#11 posted 12-06-2009 07:46 AM

I think it looks really good Jim and you give the customer what they want, nice job

-- Cosmicturner

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#12 posted 12-06-2009 08:05 AM

Fantastic build Jim! You can allways advise, but that don’t meen they will listen. If they are happy then you did your job by building a wonderfull piece to their specs.

Keep up the great work.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#13 posted 12-06-2009 08:14 AM

Looks pretty good from here Jim even if yoiu didn’t get to do it the way you would have liked to improve it.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#14 posted 12-06-2009 08:18 AM

Jim, you have a lot of experience & that shows! The box looks great & will wast for generations too. I think I have used those soft close supports before & were a bit of a fuss to mount just right. The type from Rockler had to be matched with the weight of the lid as to not slam shut or not want to close at all. Could you see closing the lid and having it want to rise on it’s own, Ha.

-- $tudie

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#15 posted 12-06-2009 08:21 AM

Thanks everyone for you kind words
I’m not complaining about having work. I’ve had contacts about people wanting to get in the business, an I wanted to point out that doing woodworking for a living is a lot different than doing wood working as a business.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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