|Project by RobH||posted 02-20-2008 04:59 AM||2755 views||7 times favorited||19 comments|
I thought I had already posted this project, but I guess not. I got this commission last June to build some bookshelves that would be installed in a new house. The contractor on the house goes to church with us and he appreciated my work enough to ask me to do it. Well, here is the finished product.
That is 13 feet of bookshelves that are all 8 feet tall. In all it is made up of 4 39” wide by 8 foot tall shelf units that are joined across the front by a single face frame.
The finish is Minwax golden oak stain with three coats of satin polyurethane on top.
The home owner ended up needing more shelves for the units, and I ended up making them (much against my will). I finally finished everything up shortly after Thanksgiving last year. This project taught me a lot.
(1) Working for money is work. Taking a hobby and getting paid for it turns it into work.
(2) The money I made was not worth the strain it put on me and my family.
(3) My shop is WAY, WAY too small to build and store these four units in until everything is done.
(4) Always get a signed off copy of the drawings before starting construction (signed by the end user).
(5) I charged WAY too little money for this project. Next time (if there is one), I will charge at least 4x what I feel is fair, and that will be about right.
(6) The look of satisfaction in a customer’s eyes when they see a well installed finished piece is priceless.
Yes, it was a difficult y job that tried the patience of me, my wife, my kids, the contractor, and even the homeowner a little bit, but everything worked out fine in the end and the homeowner was extremely happy with the finished product.
Hope you all enjoy viewing.
-- -- Rob Hix, King George, VA