|Project by weathersfuori||posted 08-16-2016 01:56 PM||692 views||2 times favorited||3 comments|
Just installed my first big project for a paying customer yesterday. This is a really basic build based off something the customer found on Pinterest, but I learned a lot from it! I am just a hobbyist but have recently started selling some of my smaller, crafty items for some extra cash, which led to this bigger job.
This was the first time I’ve really built anything out of rough lumber (poplar trim and red oak bench top), so I gained some experience on the jointer and also learned I need to improve the way my dust collector/chip separator is set up (had to empty the barrel three time for this project!). I may try to use S4S when possible from now on for these customer projects and just add in the extra cost of materials… it was a lot of work milling that stuff! Then again, I’m probably not doing it exactly right either.
The biggest problem I ran into was addressed in this forum. Huge thanks to everyone who offered advice. I managed to fix the issue I had with the one spot on the oak that didn’t take stain as well as the rest (user error) just by sanding the area down to bare wood and re-staining it. I stewed and stressed over this so much, then decided to just try it and if it didn’t work I’d make a completely new top. Fortunately it came out better than I expected and the customer will never know there was an issue.
She was happy with it, so I am too! Repeat customers tell me I must not be quite as terrible as I sometimes think I am at this! Thanks for looking- I appreciate that on this site everyone is so supportive of all skill levels… At the end of the day we’re all doing the best we can with what we have both in the shop and in our talent. In my case that’s not a whole lot of either, but there’s still nothing more satisfying than being able to say “I built that”.
-- Weathersfuori, Texas, www.facebook.com/f5creations