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03-09-2011 04:15 PM

Topic tags/keywords: humor

Have you ever noticed that some projects just fall together naturally, with ease and efficiency? Another project comes along, and you either wish you hadn’t started it or it gets relegated half-finished in a corner of the shop? Have you ever found yourself striving for better results depending on who the intended recipient or customer is? Have you ever slid a defect into your work, or an intentional error, because you’re either having a bad day, or struggling with some issue with the recipient? Have you ever felt like you were ‘euchred’ into doing a project for somebody that you ended up resenting because of it? And what about that custom millwork foreman, who can never be pleased? C’mon, fess up! I’ve got some stories: While apprenticing ages ago, we were doing the interior of a major bank renovation. The walls were walnut frame and panel, and I intentionally put the cathedral upside-down on one panel. Probably 999 out of 1000 would not have noticed…but curiously, I felt it was more like leaving a signature on my work, rather than a personal foul-up. Cuz I saw it whenever I walked into that bank. I knew a mason who said he would always leave ONE brick or cinder-block askew, as a way of ‘marking’ the work as his own. He pointed out a couple of buildings in town with his ‘signature’ on them. Whenever I worked with custom laminates, I’d always write some testy words and/or drawings on the substrate while in queue for the contact-cement spray booth. And, of course my signature and date. But I can remember each and every custom job I worked on, even from decades ago, and I know this work is probably all still in place. Most prevalently, the 2000 sf interior of this upscale men’s clothier, where we all made our literary sentiments known on the wall….just before it got covered in real brown suede!! Got any secrets to share?

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!


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#1 posted 03-09-2011 06:10 PM

Back in my Roaring Twenties I was an insulation installer. Needless to say they were also wild drinking days, so as a testament to our work we would leave our half pint whiskey bottles with a note in the bottle in the wall behind the insulation. To this day I still enjoy leaving behind some hidden mark that I was there.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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#2 posted 03-09-2011 06:36 PM

That’s a cool story, Greg! When I was a lad, my elderly neighbor had trouble with weird noises coming from his brand new 1960 Impala. After several returns to the dealer, who checked and re-checked every suspension and drive-line component, they finally dug deeper, and found a coke bottle, hung by a string, dangling inside the left rear door, under the window. There was a note inside, to the effect, “How long did it take you to find this, SUCKER!!!!’ apparently written by a disgruntled UAW worker!!

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#3 posted 03-09-2011 06:56 PM

Everything I make always contains and intentional Faux Pas as my signature. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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#4 posted 03-09-2011 07:20 PM

Roger: I heard that you once told George Nakashima that he accidentally left some bark on a piece of furniture he had on display in a gallery.

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#5 posted 03-09-2011 07:24 PM

Hiya PK,

I hate to admit it, but I had a run-in with a a-h for a customer back several months ago. He wanted me to build him an Aquarium table, which, after he gave me the descrition of what he wanted, turned out to be a

cabinet with a top and bottom drawer..I had never worked for this guy, so I was a little apprehinsive towards his attitude. He wanted to try to match another piece he had as close as possible. It was to have a 22-25 gallon aquarium setting on top, so I had to beef up the top to hold the weight. It was to have panel doors, sides paneled, and made of oak.. But… he wanted me to use some god-awful hinges on the doors. I wanted to use Euro-hinges, but he was adiment about it…. He came in my shop, giving me orders, telling me what and how to do things, etc. He really p.o’d me bad, but I went on and built it anyway..It turned out really nice
(except for them damn hinges), had 5 oats of hand-rubbed poly, and here he comes…...Right off the bat, he started bitching, calling me names, and he wasn’t gonna pay for it….or take it….I said fine, but you’re gonna pay me for materials and labor, or I’ll call the cops…He threw the money at me, and said I’m not taking this….OK….I picked up a sledge hammer and beat that cabinet into splinters, shoveled it up, and threw it in the back of his truck….Now get the hell off my property, and don’t ever come back, or you get the sledge next. In 25 years of doing this stuff, that’s the first time I’d ever run into a person like that….haven’t had one since. he had just moved here, and bought up a lot of property around, and thought he was king of the hill. That’s my one and only time to have a run-in with someone I did work for…..That’s my story….

-- " I started with nothing, and I've still got most of it left".......

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#6 posted 03-09-2011 07:32 PM

PK:
It wasn’t bark so much being there, but you would have thought he would have used bark from the same tree wood! Anyway, wasn’t George in the original cast of Star Trek? If that’s the same guy, he favoured fruit trees as his chosen wood.
...Beam me up….....Engage…...

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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#7 posted 03-09-2011 07:36 PM

Rick:
I wish you had a video of that. Well done.

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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#8 posted 03-09-2011 07:45 PM

Umm, Roger, thank you for sparing us the “circle Uranus and wipe out Klingons” star-trek jokes…

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#9 posted 03-09-2011 07:51 PM

Rick, through experiences like this we develop the intuition to never let that stuff happen to us a second time; and I’ll bet that now you can smell ‘em a mile away. Events like that diminish us, whether our reaction is appropriate or not. you never know how much damage he is causing you behind your back. Avoid, avoid, avoid!

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#10 posted 03-09-2011 07:58 PM

Back in the early 70’s when I was a first year electrical apprentice I was working at a job, the company I worked for were horrible to there employees and the general contractor was about the same. So just before they covered up the heating ducts with sheet rock ( gyproc ) I took a felt pen and wrote on the duct work what I thought of them and other views of the world a 19 year old has. My son who followed me along in the trade went to this place a year ago since they were doing a renovation. Anyway during the demolition they came across my profanity I had written almost 40 years ago along with the date and my signature. Who would have guessed it would have gotten so much attention.

-- I started off with nothing I have most of it left

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#11 posted 03-09-2011 08:00 PM

PK:
Actually, did you ever notice on the original series where some of the “plumbing” in the Enterprise was actually wooden pattern molds hanging on the walls. I always wondered if they used old patterns or had a pattern maker create them for the show. Serious pattern making is a woodworking skill of its own ….... not many about nowadays.

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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Rick Dennington

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#12 posted 03-09-2011 08:01 PM

Pk,

Yea…I thought about that after the fact…!!! But I was so mad at the time, I really didn’t care…..I heard later on that he left the country after being run out by the police for causing such scenes around town, and threatening people with lawsuits, etc. I really enjoy working for people, and now, unless I know, or have heard from others, I usually just stick to my regular people I do work for…..a great bunch of folks…...

-- " I started with nothing, and I've still got most of it left".......

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#13 posted 03-10-2011 01:22 AM

This thread is like purposefully lying down in something that doesn’t smell good. I know where you’re coming from Mr. P., and can understand the sentiments expressed here. I just don’t know why in the hell you’d choose to introduce such a bad taste on such a good day, or why so many come shuffling out from behind the barn to tell on themselves. Guess I’m just hard wired a little differently. I’ve just come in from my shop,, doing stuff I really enjoy…and all the time I was thinking about this potboiler that’s just been stirred up. Fellers, guys, men, women, boys, and girls, get a grip, suck it up, stand taller not smaller. Life really is too short to just piss it away on pettiness. Stephen

-- Stephen Mines (Saltmines@aol.com)

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#14 posted 03-10-2011 03:09 AM

Interesting note about the coke bottle.

When I was in Vietnam with Lockheed we were working on a C-119 that had taken rocket hit to the nose and left wing. While tearing out the damaged area of the cockpit we came across a Twinkie and a bag of
Lay’s potato chips between the skin and the inside wall next to the pilots seat.

-- If it won't fit get a BIGGER hammer.

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#15 posted 03-10-2011 03:44 AM

Well….it never fails….There are just some people that don’t want anyone to have a little fun and a sensible discussion about anything…..Any more, anything that is talked about other than woodworking, someone’s gonna try to piss on the fire and put it out..!!!

I think we’re getting the bad smell, but it’s coming from the other direction…...

-- " I started with nothing, and I've still got most of it left".......

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