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Got out of the Army in 1970, and was unemployed and married. Couldn't find a job, but had a degree in business and was in Special Forces. Tried to get a job with different police agencies (before there was SWAT), they all thought I might have latent aggression. Can you believe that? Anyway didn't want to be a mercenary cause I like living, and living in the US. So, that's my history.

Oh yeah, back to the story. LOML and I went to a weekend arts and crafts show and a guy there was selling handmade lamps. I looked at them and thought, "I can do that". The next day I went to the lumber yard and bought what I thought I needed.

We had a two bedroom apartment and the floor was my workspace. The lamps were made from 1" thick cork, cut in strips, glued together like frames. Then I glued on the inside colored plastic K-Lux panels, and mounted hanging hardware at the top. Took them to the flea market and hung them from a 2×4 on top of two loose bi-fold doors. The first weekend none sold. After a few weeks, I got better at the design and quality, and didn't sell any then. As I was packing up a woman asked If I would come to her house the next night and show them to her husband, I said "I can do that".

When I got there she had 6 - 8 neighbors over, and they went wild and about half of them ordered lamps. I took deposits and was so excited, that when I left the house, I forgot to put my samples in the trunk, and backed up over them.

Fortunately I scored that night with deposits, because LOML was ragging on me to quit making a mess in the apartment. So, the real story about cabinetwork evolved when I would be in houses installing the lamps, they would ask "Can you make a cabinet for over there?" My answer was "I can do that".

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Hi Cabinetman;
--yes, I can also relate to what you have said here. Great story, I have a small blackboard I picked up at a yard sell some years ago that sits in our kitchen on a phone table. On it I have wrote these words: I CAN DO!

I also know what its like to build furniture at the kitchen table and then have to keep the area clean so as to keep peace in the house. That why I always tell folks that one can build furniture anywhere as long as they have, 'doggedness of persevrence'.

GODSPEED,
Frank
 

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Last year I converted our spare bedroom into a "mini" shop while the LOML was on vacation. It's easier to get forgiveness than it is to get permission. My brother was the first to instill in me "Can-Do". Then while studying the scriptures, IT said I can do all things, and that all things were possible to those who believe. If they could do it, I can do it. Can I get an "Amen" ?
 

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Nice Story!!
 

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Great Story, That is a fine example of how a person can Improvise, Adapt, and overcome
 

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and so you were guided to the gift that you were given and meant to share!!

Hallelujah for those lamps.
 

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Great story CM. An inspiration to us all, I'm sure!

Quote Obi: "It's easier to get forgiveness than it is to get permission."

This is a great line. Can't wait to use it.
 

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CabinetMan - a great story for those of us just getting started too. Reminds us that it's OK to start small.
 

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Hooah.
 

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Hey cabinetman you can do that. good story
 
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