Pain In The Arse Customer

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Project by Popintraining posted 11-26-2007 03:35 AM 4666 views 12 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is a job we worked on for about 3 months. It should have taken 2 but these people were horrible. Everything I did was questioned! I made the mistake of leaving a latter and a 1000 watt lamp on the job and he actually told me he crawled up on the ladder with the light and looked over every inch of crown molding that I installed. When I got there the next morning there were 50 little blue stickers all over the place. I took all the blue stickies off and never left the ladder or the light there again! There was also the time where she had me get on my knees to look under the inside of the bar top but, she did not have her flash light to show me the big problem. It was never ending! All I can say is that they deserved each other. We persevered though and finished, got all our money and photos so that was positive. I definitely learned a lot from this job to much to write about now! Maybe I’ll blog about it sometime, but just thinking about it gives me a headache!
The bar and moldings were all out of soft maple with a cherry stain. We fabricated the complete bar in our shop and brought it out in pieces.

-- Illegitimis nil carborundum - Don't let the bastards grind you down

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#1 posted 11-26-2007 03:40 AM

very nice work. a whole lot of beautiful wood !

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#2 posted 11-26-2007 03:43 AM

Really a great job. Sometimes we just have to bite our tougue and grin and bear it. Maybe the next customer will be a pleasure to work with. That is a beautiful bar.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#3 posted 11-26-2007 03:44 AM

Well, it sure came out nice!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#4 posted 11-26-2007 04:07 AM

well you might know i left my best light out at the job !! but from what i can see thats as nice a bar as ive ever seen ! i really like the niche / bench and table that really is a great touch

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#5 posted 11-26-2007 04:21 AM

I dunno, i can see at least fifty spots that need blue tape just from 1” x 1” piicture on my computer…LOL
some people you can never please, I’ve dealt with that type many times and they can make life miserable. When they call back for the next job at least you can say “I’m booked”

-- Common sense is so rare anymore when you do see it, it looks like pure genius.

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#6 posted 11-26-2007 04:22 AM

Very nice. That’s a lot of work. Looks great.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#7 posted 11-26-2007 04:26 AM

Great work! Some people just never appreciate the labor involved in creating something.

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#8 posted 11-26-2007 04:39 AM

Excellent work.

-- Making sawdust is what I do best

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#9 posted 11-26-2007 04:54 AM

What a waste of beautiful work!

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#10 posted 11-26-2007 11:30 AM

You do beautiful work. I remember an episode on Seinfeld once about the “Soup Nazi”. This guy apparently had the best soup in town and one word or look that he didn’t like would bring the dreaded words “No Soup For You”. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could run your business that way? Customers would fall in line quickly :-))

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#11 posted 11-26-2007 12:02 PM

Beautiful work, you just can’t please everyone! However if you are pleased with your work that is what really matters, you will know that you have done an outstanding job.

-- Colin, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. "Every craftsman was once an amateur"

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#12 posted 11-26-2007 12:29 PM

Looks like gorgeous work from here Bryan. People never cease to amaze me.

-- I've cut that board three times and it's still too short!

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#13 posted 11-26-2007 12:46 PM

You should have told them, that any minor imperfections were unique features, that made the item unique to them and nobody else – luckily my customers beleive me and I have not had your problem. Keep up the good work – it is a most excellent project

-- Tony - All things are possible, just some things are more difficult than others! - SKYPE: Heron2005 (

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#14 posted 11-26-2007 01:16 PM

” The Wood Nazi” I Love it!
This should be one of my Pops nicknames.

-- Illegitimis nil carborundum - Don't let the bastards grind you down

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#15 posted 11-26-2007 02:01 PM

LOL I like Tony’s take on the situation. If that doesn’t work you could always say “ya know, I really should be charging you extra for that level of custom work”

-- I've cut that board three times and it's still too short!

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