Refinishing Job. I dread

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Project by Doug Scott posted 10-28-2010 06:44 PM 1816 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I wish that this is one job that I would have thought about what it involved. but it’s hard to turn down the money from the hours it will take to do this, I’ve already got 5 days into this and 12 each day. presenting the bill to the customer is going to be the hardest thing of this job. This will be the third thing I’ve done for this customer, so he knows my work. I would rather build furniture than refinish stuff.

-- Doug, Michigan,

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#1 posted 10-28-2010 06:56 PM

Tough Man! Braver than I would be !!

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

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#2 posted 10-28-2010 07:15 PM

mmmmmmmmmmmm. It looks like nice and splintery douglaqs fir

-- Dreaming patterns

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#3 posted 10-28-2010 10:36 PM

No envy out of me on this one Doug … but i am painting some 8 panel doors at the current time, no peach either. Good luck!

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#4 posted 10-29-2010 03:46 PM

Doug, I with you, i would rather build furniture myself than re-finish anything. I am currently refinishing a 60 year old teachers desk and if it was not for my personal use i would have turned it down. Theres a lot of work involoved in refinishing and my experience is the money sometimes does not equal the payout and the stress of potentially ruining someones heirloom.

Your braver than i would be!!

-- Salem, New York "Find something you love to do and you will never have to work another day of your life"

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#5 posted 10-29-2010 05:20 PM

Does your customer plan on staining and varnishing the door or is he going to repaint it? I wonder if you could recreate the pattern of the muntins on a scraper to help speed the job along? Stick with it. You’ll be proud of your work when you’re done.

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#6 posted 10-29-2010 05:31 PM

I know your pain! Had to refinish four five panel doors (approx. 100 yrs old) for a client this past spring. I told her I could build new ones for a lot less but she wanted the old historic doors. They were not original to the house, she had bought them from a farmer who had them sitting in his
Two grand in labor later she had four nice doors swinging in her house. She didn’t even flinch at the bill, so don’t worry about billing for the time involved.
What type of stripper are you using? I used four different kinds and they all were slow and required alot of reapplications and then never ending sanding with shopmade sanding blocks.

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.

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