|Project by Schwieb||posted 04-13-2014 07:05 PM||881 views||0 times favorited||9 comments|
One of my patients asked me awhile back if I would fix up an old table that her parents had from when she was a little girl. She brought it to me to look at and I realized it needed some help but could definitely be and was worth restoring. I swear I took some before pictures but I cannot find them. The top was carved and on the reverse side her Dad had painted on a chess board. She hoped I could sand it off, I knew I could inlay a veneer chessboard. It would be good practice. The top is roughly 2’ x 3’ and was a single board and the legs were of an entirely different wood.
I disassembled the frame, fixed some joinery, re-glued the frame, stripped it down, inlayed to chessboard, sanded and finished it. I was right proud of it and I called her to say it was ready. I was figuring how much time and cost I had in doing it: about $45 in supplies and 35 hours of my time, I’m certainly worth something, even the prez says minimum wage should be $10.10. I’m thinking about the new tool that this money will go toward…........
She came right over, she was so excited, she thanked me, we loaded it into the car and she drove off without even a question of what do I owe you? Now I know this woodworking thing is more or less a hobby and I am semi-retired, but I was shocked. I’ve never asked anyone to do something for nothing. Oh well, live and learn.
-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.