bar cabinets w/ bamboo

Project by MRTRIM posted 05-28-2008 12:21 PM 5182 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

well i finally got this project installed ! i think i finished building it in feb. this customer has a bar in his billiard room and these are the cabs. behind the bar . i built it in the shop and then the nightmare begins …
he had a guy stain it and clearcoat it . i load it up and take it to his house to install and he dont like the color !
so the painter recoated it with poly that has a stain in it . since they picked the color together ( i insisted on this ) , he accepted the color and paid the painter . a few days later he called me and said he still dont like the color and was going to strip it and redo it himself . i told him what i thought of that idea but he did it anyway . i now consider my project ruined ! but i installed it and collected my check . its all maple and faced off with stripped bamboo .

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posted 05-28-2008 01:20 PM

Hi Verne;

Clients, gotta love ‘em.

I just this past Friday finished a job of building two bathroom vanities. High end stuff.

The contract was signed Jan. 17, 2007. For reasons not known to me, the owner and designer kept postponing the work.

The first unit went in about three months ago. A few small problems with the lady, as she didn’t like the fact the side was a different color than the front. The front was in direct sunlight, while the side was in shadows. The colors were the same. She said she thinks I used the wrong stain on the sides. There was no stain involved at all, it was clear conversion varnish. She wanted me to stain the side to match the front. I told her no.

She calls me a month ago to arrange for the second unit. I went to measure the space, and she asked me when I could start. I said about a month, and it would take a week to have ready. She said that’s too long, can I have a refund? I said no. Then she said the design has been changed to something easier to build, so she expected to get change back from her deposit. (I collect a 50% deposit on custom orders)

I said to her, you expect me to bring you a vanity and a check? she said yes. I told her, not gonna happen.
She said why not. I told her the increases that have taken place over the past year and a half have brought the cost of everything up.
I told her I would review the original estimate sheet and let her know of any discount I could give her.
She called me that night to say her husband said the cost of living has only gone up 3%.

I explained that gasoline has risen considerably more than 3%, as has the cost of energy and materials.

I refigured the price and deducted $ 500. She finally said okay, just do it.
Since she was going to Florida for the holiday weekend, I told her to leave a check for the balance with the designer. When the designer called her to arrange for her to get the check, she said I don’t have time to write checks, I have to get ready for my trip. I’ll do it when I get back.

The designer knows me well enough to know I won’t do the final installation, which in this case was two mirror frames, until I have a check, so she didn’t tell me that until after the work was done, and I was on my way home. Otherwise, I would have rescheduled the installation for a few weeks later. (The designer is owed money also, which she wouldn’t get until I was finished, which is why she didn’t tell me).

It’s a fun business no?


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posted 05-28-2008 01:54 PM

Lets see if I remember correctly, Jim Morrison said it best…”People are strange, when you’re a stranger. Those that owe money, never come ‘round!”

Hey Trim! Looks good to me and the color matches the bar. Good job bud!

-- Dadoo!

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posted 05-28-2008 02:17 PM

Looks like you did a nice job. I usually try to tell folks, “If you want dark furniture, use dark wood, if you want it light, use light wood.” Never fails, though. They want a maple table with walnut stain. Go figure.

-- Tim

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posted 05-28-2008 02:22 PM

Verne Good job. Sorry for the customer screw-ups.

-- Retired in Delaware

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posted 05-28-2008 03:15 PM

And you wonder why I don’t turn pro, sheesh! In all my professional endeavors I’ve run into those “special” customers. Fortunately, my faith deeds a particular place in the afterlife for such as these. Nope, I think I’ll piddle away at my projects where the only special customer I have to deal with is my own sense of perfection and… er… uh… the missus. But at least I get to sleep with her.


P.S. Your work rocks, dude. You know it and real people know it too. Keep it up and never let the bastards get you down. Rock on, MrTrim.

-- "Imagination is more important than knowledge" -- Albert Einstein

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posted 05-29-2008 01:31 AM

thanks for all the kind words and understanding . it sure is nice to have a group like yall that you can tell these stories too and they understand how frustrating it can sometimes be ! for several years i worked in a body shop and built furniture as a hobby . seems like i enjoyed it more then ! lol well at least those folks were quite pleased with my work and gave me 100.00 tip and asked me to do some more stuff in their house , so its not a total loss ! lol thanks again my friends

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posted 05-30-2008 09:18 PM

Nicely done MrT. It is too bad your masterpiece was covered over, but that happens at times. At least you did get paid for it. Keep up the good work and you will find people that appreciate what you build for them.

-- Bill - Turlock, Ca. - http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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posted 05-30-2008 09:45 PM

thank you kindly mr. bill

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posted 07-30-2008 11:07 PM

Nice Job Sir! I like the bamboo accents…. very well done!

-- --Steve

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posted 08-16-2008 04:46 PM

thank you steve

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posted 12-23-2009 07:36 PM

Well, I think it’s very nice looking and matches the bar nicely. I know this is an old post, but I just came across it and had to say something. People suck, especialy customers, not that I have any, but I work with the public. I can understand your frustration. And why did he even have to call you to tell you he was gonna strip it down hisself which he probably can’t do anyway. Your job was done, and I think you did a great job with it.

-- Janice

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posted 12-24-2009 09:18 PM

The Bamboo is an interesting touch nice work.

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