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#1 posted 01-22-2013 10:45 PM

It takes about 5 minutes in a shop with a saw in hand before someone will come along and say something like:

I have this old wood chair with a broken rail, think you can look at it for me?”

I still consider requests by family and friends as compliments. So I generally do them. Unless its not worth the time (I dont reglue particle board) or the money (going to cost more to fix than replace). If Im asked to make something that friend/family will be using as a gift then money will be changing hands. Even if its just the ”family price” which covers material and beer. If I have made you something but you want another because you liked the first piece (or her sister wants one too or want a matching set or something) the same rule applies.

And if you really need it in a hurry then go get it done elsewhere. You are getting it free/cheap so you can wait. Im not in my shop because I’m bored. I have my own stuff I’m working on.

You better like my design/wood/finish choice. OK, I do (begrudgingly) accomodate here as best I can.

You are allowed to say ”But I can get it at (insert retail store name here) for less than $XXX” only once. After that I hope they still have stock in the veneered particleboard of your fancy.

No you cant ”just use my tools and make it yourself”. I dont have that kind of insurance.

But that is just me.

-- “There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” ~ JRR Tolkien

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