Fynnn's Saddle Shop..... Front Office

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Project by Thos. Angle posted 01-26-2008 04:52 AM 4487 views 2 times favorited 46 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Last fall, I was at Flynn’s Saddle Shop in Boise, Idaho. I dropped off a portfolio and discussed having the business show case some of my saddles.The manager of the western department was agreeable to that and I left the portfolio with one of the owner’s wives. I also learned that they were just about to start construction on a new and much bigger building. I said I was interested in doing some of the furnishings for the new building. they called me when they had the architect’s drawings and I went down to see them. To say the least they were not do-able. I bid on the job and then had to go back several times and wound up completely redesigning the front counter and office space. When I went in to get the final say on the colors, I was informed that they also wanted a pergola over the check-out counter. I didn’t even know how to spell pergola. I soon learned and designed it as well. I got the bid and was going to start on it the 1rst of December because they had stated an opening date of 15 January, 2008. On the 15th of November I got a call and asked if I could bump it up to open the 1rst of January. Well, it was a big enough contract that I sure could. I went down and got my deposit and headed off for a load of material. As you might expect we were just in today and took these photos and the place is still not open. The best part is the checks cashed and were available whenever I wanted them. Great folks to work with and today they told me to design some more things for the store. Dandy. The pergola started out as re-claimed fir 6×6 ’s and 4×6’s. They were planed down some and then I began to work. I allowed 50 hours to build the pergola and wasn’t far off. It is mortise and tenon construction with some exterior knee braces held on with lag bolts. The mortises were done with a hand drill and chisels and the tenons were cut with a hand saw. The joints are draw bore pinned. It could not be assembled until it was in place. I rough planed it with a #4 and then sanded over to smooth it. The finish is BLO, shellac, then gel stain and more shellac. The sign was done by someone else but seems to fit very well.

The cabinets(12) are Red Oak ply with Red oak face frames. All are open and there are two drawers on the two computer desks in the office space. The faces are frame and panel construction with 1/4 inch Red Oak ply panels.The shelf units on the front of the counter are part of my contract as well. There are two lazy susans in the back corner cabinets. The finish is my own Golden Brown Oak. 120 drops of TransTint Golden Brown to 1 pint of De-natured Alcohol. Then two coats of Light Walnut Danish Oil. The counter top is two layers of particle board with Red Oak edge band then Formica laminate on top.
While at the Denver Market last week, the owners showed photos of this to the owner of one of the biggest saddle and tack stores in the US. He said he would be interested in talking to me as he was going to remodel in a short while. If Todd can work in Ohio, I can work in Colorado. Yippee!! I’m glad this is done. I’m enjoying building a bunch of saddles.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#1 posted 01-26-2008 04:57 AM

Beautiful! A real piece of craftsmanship. Nice job on the pergola…


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#2 posted 01-26-2008 04:58 AM

Thomas A great job. Great commisssion.

-- 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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#3 posted 01-26-2008 05:43 AM

Wow, very nice, looks like you’re in business. Beautiful design and craftsmanship, well done!

-- Bob A in NJ

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#4 posted 01-26-2008 05:47 AM

This is Tom’s jobsite that Marianne and I invaded. We found Tom in the middle of this big empty room, carefully measuring exactly where the cabinets should be placed. The pergola wasn’t assembled when we were there. It sure looks great now!

Tom, I can’t help thinking, “Last week I couldn’t even spell ‘pergola’ and now I are building one”! Good luck with the big store in Colorado!

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#5 posted 01-26-2008 05:51 AM

Great that more business is pouring in. I can’t remember exactly, but I think I recall that you had to get a new truck. Looks like you’ll need it. Great job, Thomas.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#6 posted 01-26-2008 06:08 AM

Thomas that is a great job on the pergola. To design and build something like this without having a basic concept of the structure is just awesome. It speaks well of your grasp of woodworking and design skills.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#7 posted 01-26-2008 06:28 AM

Wow! Congratulations on your beautiful accomplishment and future contracts. I can tell you’re exited—and I’m exited for you. It really MAKES that store!

-- Happy woodworking!

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#8 posted 01-26-2008 06:30 AM

Good for you. That is a nice commission and was well done. Hopefully you can take your Rodeo back on the road. Did you ever get to showcase your saddles?

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

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#9 posted 01-26-2008 06:38 AM

Thomas, Looks great. What a great welcome to the store.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#10 posted 01-26-2008 06:56 AM

Very well done Thos. Your design and implementation creates the ambiance one would expect in this type of store. I expect the more people that see this, the more you will be asked to do it again.

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#11 posted 01-26-2008 07:15 AM

Thanks for the kind words.
Doug, I didn’t have to buy a new truck but the bill looked like I had. LOL
Bill, They are flooring my saddles. I am in the process of building 2 more for them right now. They also bought quite a bunch of chinks, etc. that I had in stock.
sbryan, I found some photos of pergolas so I did have an idea how one went together.
The deal in Colorado is a big maybe.
Blake, that is about what the owners said after they saw it all together. I think I really got lucky.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#12 posted 01-26-2008 07:15 AM

Great Job! Congratulations. I bet you’re glad that it’s done.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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Thos. Angle

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#13 posted 01-26-2008 07:21 AM

You are 100 % correct, Gary.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#14 posted 01-26-2008 07:35 AM

Excellent, the design certainly makes the place – Colorado is not so bad.

-- Marge, Colorado

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#15 posted 01-26-2008 07:49 AM

Well, I was wondering where you were the last week or so. Now we know. Great job on the display and pergola! I am sure Denver will like your style, too. I hope you will get to do well in my old stomping grounds in Colorado!

God Bless,

-- Saving barnwood from the scrapyards

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