The year is not winding down…

Instead, the pace of our lives is steadily increasing. So much so that I have recently been concerned about meeting my commitments. Since I am self-employed, my ability to meet commitments is an important factor in maintaining a good reputation. The last few months has left me feeling a bit stretched for time.

I spent many weekends at the Charlottesville City Market and built a respectable backlog of custom design assignments. I was managing to work my way through the backlog up to the point when we decided to build a new house. We had moved the construction date up to this year instead of next because of the looming shortage of building materials in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Being the general contractor for a remote jobsite has been more than a part-time job. As a result, my progress on custom designs has been slow.

FinishedbenchThis combination window bench and storage unit has been in the works for months. I was really pleased to complete it and have it ready for delivery today.

The bench is constructed of 1 inch edge-glued pine and the flush doors are 3/4 inch pine mounted on European hinges. The biggest challenge was to come up with a stain that would match my client’s existing furniture.

As you can see in the final picture, the bench sits gracefully in the window alcove and matches the adjacent dresser. All’s well that ends well. Both the client and I are pleased with the result.
Now I need to get busy and finish a few more projects before I have to pack up my tools and move them to my new workshop in Floyd.

The new workshop roof is one-third finished today. By Friday it should be completely shingled with skylights. Here is a photo I took last week when there were only standing walls.


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