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Mailee11/04/2014 19:36:22
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I have been busy this week trying to catch up with my jobs and made a start on a shabby chic TV cabinet for a customer. It is mainly made in AWO solid and veneered and has pocket doors and a pull out shelf for the TV. Not having fitted any pocket doors before I thought it would be best to have a dry fit to ensure everything operated correctly.
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When it is finished it will have an off white paint finish. This is to match other furniture in the room.

Julian11/04/2014 20:33:45
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That's looking really good and up to your usual high standard but can I just ask why the AWO if it's going to be painted ? -- Julian

Mailee11/04/2014 22:33:09
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My customer insisted on solid wood rather than MDF. I also needed the grain to show through the paint to match other furniture in the room.

Ron Davis12/04/2014 19:00:45
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I did not know you did shabby Maileewink

Ron

Derek Lane13/04/2014 11:58:34
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Another fine piece Mailee. Like the idea of the pocket doors.

Mailee17/04/2014 19:57:49
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I spent today assembling the TV cabinet after painting it. It took longer than I thought and I could have done with another pair of hands but got there in the end. All it needs now is a pair of stays fitting to the bottom door and it's complete ready to deliver.
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Mailee25/04/2014 20:07:44
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I got the cabinet delivered tonight and it was pretty heavy!  Luckily I had my weight lifting assistant to help me. Customer was very happy with it and has told me she will have another job for me in about a months time. I got a photo of it in place but my batteries ran out before I could get any more.
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Edited By Mailee on 25/04/2014 20:08:06

Ron Davis25/04/2014 20:15:13
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Nice piece Mailee, not so shabby after all!

Ron

Simon Reeves26/04/2014 09:31:08
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Another super job Mailee. I'm with Julian though - not quite sure why anyone would want something like this made in a lovely timber, and then cover it with paint??? Still, the customer is always right!

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Julian26/04/2014 11:33:28
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This is lovely ! I assume that the shabby bit is the distressing of the paintwork. A good reminder though to always keep the battery charged when you take the camera with you. Julian

gerald meager27/04/2014 10:55:01
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I always think to stain or paint wood is a firing squad offence but the construction of your piece looked great. Ged Meager

gerald meager27/04/2014 11:04:00
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Having made my last comment about staining and paint finishing. In our world of trying to balance the books etc. I once made a grand father clock for a client in solid English Quarter sawn oak She insisted it was painted Black to match the rest of her house which had black and white tiles throughout also most of the furniture was black Her dining room table and chairs were all made from solid American Walnut The chair seats were caned but all the woodwork was painted Black. I felt like crying every time I went round her house fortunately I was financially secure enough at the time to refuse further commissions. Oh! where have those days gone!! Ged Meager

Mailee27/04/2014 20:58:39
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I know exactly what you mean Ged, It really does break my heart to see quality wood painted. I once tore a strip off a lady at the home making show when she told me the painted four poster bed they had done was solid mahogany underneath! She did ask if I was a cabinet maker. LOL.

Michael Forster 223/06/2014 00:01:45
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Lovely work as always - and I share your aversion to painting beautiful timber.

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