Monday, January 28, 2008


It's a slow news day.

Those fortunate few of us that survived the carnage that was the "Great Layoff of '08",are back working full time in an effort to meet our production schedule.
Mr. K has been doing a fantastic job running hither and yon to drum up business.
We now have some lucrative onesy twosey's,as well as a plum $21,000 contract which he all but stole from our biggest competitor.Not by reducing the price mind you,but by showing the customer the difference in quality,and amenities that we can offer.

Here's a nice onesy we installed this very afternoon.

This was a ball to work on!
The customer wanted something other than his current wardrobe,which was your basic closet rod and single shelf,behind two sliding wardrobe doors.
The challenge here,was that we had to work around a safe that is bolted to the floor,and now located behind the lower right hand door of the middle section...A roll out laundry hamper lies behind the lower left hand door.
In order to do this,and get the wardrobe to fit properly in its space,we built this in eight sections.
I had to fit these together in the shop,shape and finish sand them all together to insure that all the joints would be virtually unnoticeable,and then disassemble it for lacquering,transporting,and final installation.
It's built from Red Oak and Birch,which have been clear lacquered inside and out.
The customer was ecstatic!
It took three of us 3 days to construct,45 minutes to install,and went for around $2,200..

Nick(L),and Larry(R),are putting the final touches on the trim in this photo.

That's just about all I got for now kids.
Have yourselves a great week!



At 6:29 PM , Blogger Auld Hat said...

Hey Sling! This is great! I uh, yeah...(mental note: the safe is behind the lower right hand door...) so I was, um, thinking of coming down for a visit. You know (middle section next to hamper...) - no reason. (grabs stethoscope)

At 6:32 PM , Blogger Serena Joy said...

That onesy is very nice. I'd love to have something like that. So glad you're back to work and things are looking up.

At 6:48 PM , Blogger sageweb said...

Ha Ha Hat is funny....Wow that is nice. I want one!

At 6:48 PM , Blogger Sling said...

Hat- HA!..Don't think I didn't consider the whole "TMI" factor of this post..
I ride a bike,remember?..Once I get 30 minutes out of O-Town,I might as well be in Timbuktu.
I couldn't find this house again if gold dripped out of the kitchen faucet.
I received the customer's O.K. before taking this picture,and blogging about it,btw.

serena joy-It really is a beautiful set up,and a beautiful home!

At 7:31 PM , Blogger Sling said...

Sage- Now I'm gonna break your heart.
Sometimes,in new construction,the plans we get from the contractor don't jive with the final result.
So,we have thrown away similar items more than once,because it is less expensive to totally rebuild shit.

At 7:38 PM , Blogger jan said...

In spite of some uncertainties it must be very satisfying to work as a craftsman in this age of assembly lines and crap imported from third world countries. I envy you.

At 7:46 PM , Blogger yellowdog granny said...

oh my are an artist..that is beautiful..I would have thought it would have cost a lot more..that is quality work..good job..

At 8:01 PM , Blogger Mom said...

That is a beautiful piece. why is it a onsie? What is a twosie?

At 8:35 PM , Blogger Sling said...

jan- I love building things!
It is most satisfying indeed.

yellowdog G.- Oh,you don't even get to see the hardware in the photo.
The drawers and hamper are mounted on stainless steel,full extension runners!...sweet!

mom- My bad.
Those are my references.A onesy is one room..
You know,there are kitchens,and hallways,and laundry rooms,and garages.Each may have several cabinets.
A good score is when we get to do the entire home.

At 7:12 AM , Blogger billy pilgrim said...

real wood!

it'll still have straight lines when all that particle board crap has a bigger bow than robin hood's trusty weapon. it's a beauty.

i've bought several used pieces solid wood furniture that'll be around long after the new cheap stuff has melted away.

At 7:32 AM , Blogger booda baby said...

Get out! Three days, totally re-framed? (Is that what you call it in onesy-twosy land?) What a deal.

That's really some very nice finish work (I read what you wrote to Ydog Granny.) Did you take pictures of that?

At 8:31 AM , Blogger Willym said...

What a great looking unit and the beauty of the real wood grain which will only get better with age. You sir are an artisan!

I'm surprised at the price because California closets etc charge a hell of a lot more for a hell of a lot less for something "custom made."

And by the way I was struck by the fact that you okayed it with the client before taking the picture or blogging about it. Not only an artisan but a gentleman also. (And I'm not joking on either comment.)

At 2:36 PM , Blogger jp said...

This is frustrating, because I finally figured that I'm not going to find any office furniture that meets my needs and tastes and I'll probably end up putting something together on my own and I don't know what the hell I'm doing and don't want to hire anybody that I don't know but if you were here I could so hire you and I'd be getting quality with my specific modifications at a price I can afford.

Why am I out of breath?

At 3:13 PM , Blogger Citymouse said...

beautiful..hmmm i wonder if hat got to the safe yet?

At 4:24 PM , Blogger Lorraine said...

Man, I so want you guys to do my kitchen...

At 5:13 PM , Blogger rosemary said...

So my kitchen cupboards and drawers are from an old Pharmacy Steve owned and he took them out when he closed it down and they are butt ugly and I have the white crap counter tops from the same place....I am beyond jealous and want a threesome.

At 5:30 PM , Blogger Sling said...

billy pilgrim- When I first started working here,One of the first things Mr. K told me was,"You get to work with real wood!"..He was so happy about that,it made me happy!

booda baby- 3 days really is good.
Much of what has to be done requires minimum drying times for glue and such.
It wasn't really a re-frame,or a onesy for that matter.This is just how I think about it in my head.

Willym- I guess the best way to describe why we can give more,for less,is that the K's aren't greedy.
Mr. K is actually "retired",and I know for a fact that there a times when he doesn't take a paycheck for himself.
An advantage for the customer of dealing with a family owned business.

JP- Like I just told willym,you know,it might be a good idea to try getting an estimate from a small local cabinet shop.It doesn't cost anything to try.

citymouse- This would be the best time for Hat to crawl under the house,and remove the bolts that hold down the safe..The Rattlesnakes are pretty lethargic in cold weather. ;)

lorraine- You know what happens when we do a job for friends and family?..EVERYONE in the shop takes a personal interest!..I mean,we do good work for everybody,but people we know get those special touches.
Dig a little deeper in the woodpile to find that especially interesting grain pattern.
Why not use a finer grit sandpaper to make it just a bit smoother?..
Maybe 2 coats of stain for a little deeper color..
As long as it's for a friend,let's upgrade the door and drawer hardware at no charge..stuff like that.
Curse the distance between our shop,and your kitchen.

rosemary- AHAHA!!..You mean a threesey right?..right??? :)

At 7:42 PM , Blogger Babs said...

That's a nice onesy! I have some nice onesy's myself.

At 3:55 AM , Anonymous Tater said...

WOW! Sling, you all do gorgeous work! I'm late to the party and I brought the same Hors D'Oeuvres as the Hat, so I won't mention that cash and jewel stuffed safe again. I wish you guys did out of town jobs, you are so less expensive than the cabinet makers around here, and your work speaks for itself.

At 10:44 AM , Blogger apositivepessimist said...

*with a homer like drool and happy shudder*…love well made wood stuff.

At 4:47 PM , Blogger Sling said...

babs-o-babs - I'll bet you do!..let's see some pix. ;)

tater-You know,it would never occur to me not to ask before taking pix inside a stranger's home..He was most gracious for letting me.
We are near enough to the Neveda,and Oregon borders that we have done a few installs out of state...But not many.

Apos- Oh here,let me wipe your chin for you!

At 12:20 AM , Blogger more cowbell said...

Goodness, what gorgeous work. I sure wish you guys were closer ... my kitchen cabinets are teh original '55 cabinets, with coats of many colors of paint. Horrid. It would sure help when I have to sell if there were decent cabinets, but damn those jokers are pricey! Those who live within your area are lucky indeed!

At 2:36 AM , Blogger Middle Child said...

Its not made in China so that a there anything not made in China thesa days??
Yeairsss Slings furniture is not made in China... :)

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