Cypress 4'x4' picnic bench.

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Project by Arthouse posted 06-16-2014 02:03 PM 2133 views 2 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had a client who wanted eight 4’x 4’ square picnic tables to be spread out on his ten acres on the San Antonio river. Yea Spurs . I called a few online cypress sites and found one who would sell me two thousand bd. of 2’’ thick cypress cheaper than anyone. We negotiated a price on phone and he assured me the wood was in great shape. I drove all the way to upper Louisana next to Mississippi . When I got to his place with my trailer ready he told me we had to drive to the saw mill but he wanted his money first. Well trusting him I transferred the money from my account to his and we went to load the lumber. The saw mill had all the 2’’ x 8’’ bundled ready. I looked at the wood and saw it was still green . I said to him this is not the deal and he said here it is take it or leave it but the money is non refundable. I was so furious . One he lied then I couldn’t even take it all on one trailer load because it was too heavy. I would have to make two trips. The sawyer who cut the wood saw how mad I was and offered a kiln down the road. Three weeks later I returned to pick up the lumber and build these square tables with benches for his property to host weddings and events . It all worked out but buyer beware of the scams going around. My client was happy I could climb mountains and accomplish his job for his compound. All this and Heaven too.

-- "The hand is the cutting edge of the mind but the wind and sun are the healing factors of the heart

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#1 posted 06-16-2014 02:19 PM

Way to persevere. What a beautiful setting. The benches look massive! No owner you needed so many board feet

And as for the trusting part. The fact that you trusted him, tells us that you are trustworthy. No need to change in that regard. You trust, because your mindset is that of someone who can be trusted.

There are scammers, though.

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#2 posted 06-16-2014 02:30 PM

What a dick. Glad it worked out though.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#3 posted 06-16-2014 02:42 PM

first of all, these are beautiful , you did a great job and what a blessing it was to have such a job come to you, but i know you have worked hard to achieve such ability and a reputation to be able to accomplish such work, i am sorry you had to learn this valuable lesson, and there is no need for me to elaborate on that…i once had a large oak cut down at my home, they did it all by hand, climbing the tree and lowering the branches, the main trunk was cut down and laid in its place, it was friday, the owner came to me and said he had to pay his men, the job was not done….the spirit told me not to pay, but i didn’t listen…they never returned to finish the job.

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#4 posted 06-16-2014 03:07 PM

Wow! Well done and a wonderful addition to that piece of property.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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Jim Jakosh

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#5 posted 06-16-2014 03:19 PM

Excellent job on the tables!!..............Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#6 posted 06-16-2014 04:01 PM

Perseverance pays! Glad to see it worked out so well in the end.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#7 posted 06-16-2014 04:39 PM

Really impressive. Looks great in that yard, which is also impressive. Sorry you cannot trust others as much as you used to be able to trust. Another point for our honorable past.

-- DonB

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#8 posted 06-16-2014 05:57 PM

Hello Arthouse

What a beautiful sitting set

I love it

A very nice environment

Thanks for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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#9 posted 06-16-2014 07:10 PM

Half now and half before taking delivery and pending inspection.

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Joe Lyddon

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#10 posted 06-16-2014 08:37 PM

Crazy story… Glad it worked out for you… That other guy will get it sooner or later… what goes around, goes around.

Very nice Tables & Benches!!

How much did you get for the Cypress?

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#11 posted 06-16-2014 09:18 PM

Despite the hurdles, you did a beautiful job!

In the long run the fellow who sold you the green wood will get his just reward. Just step aside let his fate become him.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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Kaleb the Swede

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#12 posted 06-17-2014 11:42 AM

Great job. They really turned out beautiful. You should have saved a scrap of 2 inch width by 24 inch length of the cypress to go and pay the “seller” a visit when you were done

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#13 posted 06-20-2014 12:31 PM

And what did we learn from this? Never pay a tradesman OR a supplier before the goods are looked upon. You did good and you should publish the ”d’s” number and picture on Yelp! You done good for your customer and that’s all that matters in the end. Great design and execution!

-- When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -- John Muir

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