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Forum topic by LeeRoyMan posted 10-15-2019 03:17 AM 242 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-15-2019 03:17 AM

It’s a small world sometimes.
I’m bidding a remodel job at a house that I did some cabinetry early in my beginning years.
I approximate the job was done in about 1986. I had just opened my shop and was still pretty green at building stuff. (still am)
It always interests me to see the level of work, from so long ago, and compare it to my skill level today.

The unit used to have flipper doors on it. I assume they took them off years ago because I believe the only available guides at that time were KV’s (very basic) and the doors were pretty big, I’m sure they started to sag.

I used touch latches to make the drawers pop open on these small desks.

The cabinets were whitewashed Oak with a nitrocellulose lacquer finish (at the time I believe it was MarLac)
The finish has held up great for being 34 or so years old.

When we did the job, the walls were all painted black.

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#1 posted 10-15-2019 03:56 AM

That’s really cool LeeRoy. I have always thought that if you never look at your earlier work and find things to improve, then you haven’t progressed. You do beautiful work.

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#2 posted 10-15-2019 09:46 AM

It always interests me to see the level of work, from so long ago, and compare it to my skill level today.

- LeeRoyMan

We had a ‘re-do’ about 4 months ago. There was a small fire in a house and the fire dept. pretty much flooded the whole house. The stairs were pretty badly water damaged.
The customer wanted new stairs, exactly the same footprint as the old except Maple instead of Red Oak, solid treads instead of plywood. After the bid was excepted, I got the guys to go to the house and pull the old stairs out and bring them back to the shop so we could duplicate them accurately.
Once they unloaded them and had them in the shop it was a flood of memories. We built them in 1993 and I don’t even really remember the build it’s self….but once I got looking at them, I noticed a lot of measures, numbers and notes on the underside of the treads, risers and stringers…from myself and 2 other guys I worked with for quite a few years….it was actually a pretty quiet moment. I can’t even really describe it….It didn’t help matters any that the 2 punk ass kids that unloaded the stairs weren’t even born yet when I built them! :)

-- “Wise men speak because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something.” – Plato

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