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Project by DaddyZ posted 02-03-2010 06:22 PM 1876 views 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A lady brought me this Coffee table top made out of Veenered particle board(Not MDF & Not OSB). She wanted to keep the top & put new legs under, her kids broke the other ones. Helped her as best as I could. No finish, she wanted to do it herself. So what do you think Hurt or Help?

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#1 posted 02-03-2010 06:27 PM

Kind of weird she’s willing to pay some one to fix the table but not put a good top on it. Customers Oh well.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#2 posted 02-03-2010 06:29 PM

I thought the Same thing Jim, Wait to see the Cat Tower she Wanted with no Carpet (she could do it herself)

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#3 posted 02-03-2010 06:44 PM

Maybe when she sees how good of a job you did, she’ll reconsider the top.

-- ~Jason~ , Albuquerque NM

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#4 posted 02-03-2010 07:24 PM

I like what you did. How did you join the legs to the frame?

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#5 posted 02-03-2010 07:26 PM

Mortise & Tennon

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#6 posted 02-03-2010 07:34 PM

A paying custome is like a gift horse, bless her. I’m not to proud to carpet kitty poles.

Wait a minute I just noticed your in OK. If you need help with that scratch pole holler I have experience and a stapler.

-- ~Just A Guy With A Hammer~

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#7 posted 02-03-2010 08:24 PM

The legs look great!

Remember – the customer is always right. Nonetheless, I have to question the wisdom of spending money on a table with a veneered particle board top. She probably could have bought another cheap s**t table for what she paid you for the legs.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#8 posted 02-03-2010 08:26 PM

Could have been worse… She could have asked you to build an entirely new piece out of particle board (not that you would).

Good job with what you did. It looks very nice.

-- He said wood...

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#9 posted 02-03-2010 09:29 PM

i think it looks as good as it could, i dont know what it used to look like but i guess its her taste you need to worry about not ours or yers so

-- if you dont have it, build it, especially when its a stupid idea

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#10 posted 02-03-2010 10:21 PM

must be some sentimental value or something attached to the table. Did she ask you to try to follow the pattern of the previous legs? Otherwise, I just can’t think of a reason to hang onto a particleboard top…. What you did looks good, and as others stated before, as long as the customer’s happy, you should be also…. eventhough it would’ve felt better to have replaced the top! :)

-- If you don't have time to do it right, do you have time to do it twice?

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#11 posted 02-03-2010 10:32 PM

I’ve tried to change the minds of customers and sometimes they just have it their heads of what they want. Maybe some kind of sentimental value to the table. No matter what, as Rich said “the customer is always right”.

Good job on the legs. Looks nice.

-- Paul, North Dakota, USAF Ret.

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#12 posted 02-03-2010 10:49 PM

NoSlivers – I have no Idea what the original looked like, No pictures or Description at all

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#13 posted 02-04-2010 12:03 AM

Maybe your client was trying to cut costs as best as she could. I agree with Jagwah, a paying customer is a blessing. When the economy finally turns around and she has more funds, you’ll probably be her “go to guy”. I commend you for your willingness to work within her budget and provide the service that she wanted.

-- cathyb, Hawaii,

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#14 posted 02-04-2010 01:26 AM

always gotta do what the customer wants, unfortunately not many people want to pay you to just do what you please in the shop, otherwise the people on this site would all be millionaires. Anyway, I like the legs , skirt looks nice, but im unsure about the square foot, you dont see that too often. I think i’d have to see it in person to get the proportion, but it is definitely interresting.

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#15 posted 02-04-2010 06:15 AM

I love people there crazy

-- of all the things Ive lost in life i miss my mind the most

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