$100 surprise

@TheHorse (65735)
Pleasant Hill, California
November 7, 2017 11:31am CST
A friend showed up the other night and dropped six boards and $100 on my floor. Apparently these are a part of some fancy bookshelves, and he scored them at a yard sale for next to nothing. He says they're worth about $400. My task is to patch any missing veneer and sand and oil them. I'm about half way done, and it's not a really difficult project. There's one major "rebuild" on the back side of one of the boards, and I'm almost done with that. He says he wants to pay me a bit more after they're done, but I told him he doesn't have to.
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@Platespinner (16492)
• Winston Salem, North Carolina
7 Nov
He granted you two Grants. Cool!
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@TheHorse (65735)
• Pleasant Hill, California
7 Nov
Yep. And I never demand anyone pay "up front."
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• Eugene, Oregon
7 Nov
That is a useful skill you have.
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@TheHorse (65735)
• Pleasant Hill, California
7 Nov
I hope I never stop enjoying it. Seeing wood grain "pop" still makes me smile. Maybe I'll attach a photo of the back of my Martin just because I can.
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• Eugene, Oregon
7 Nov
@TheHorse Very nice. That made me take a look at my Taylor, has a nice grain, but not as luxurious.
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@TheHorse (65735)
• Pleasant Hill, California
7 Nov
@JamesHxstatic Taylors are good guitars!
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@Corbin5 (106192)
• United States
7 Nov
Looking forward to seeing the work you do on these!!!
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@TheHorse (65735)
• Pleasant Hill, California
7 Nov
I have three boards done so far.
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• Canada
7 Nov
@TheHorse Nice!
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@Corbin5 (106192)
• United States
7 Nov
@TheHorse Looking so good!!!!!!
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@CinnamonGrl (5807)
• Paradise, California
7 Nov
Hey, nice to be paid upfront, huh? By the way, I never noticed your uncanny resemblance to Heisenerg before.
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• Paradise, California
7 Nov
or Heisenberg, either.
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@TheHorse (65735)
• Pleasant Hill, California
7 Nov
@CinnamonGrl One of my kid clients said I reminded him of Walter White, so I went with it. I love that show--dark humor is my favorite kind.
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• Paradise, California
8 Nov
@TheHorse yeh, same here. I miss it. My son and his wife live in Santa Fe . They picked me up a bunch of Breaking Bad merchandise one Christmas.
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@m_audrey6788 (13622)
• Germany
7 Nov
Oh nice! Happy for you!
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@TheHorse (65735)
• Pleasant Hill, California
7 Nov
It's cool having a hobby that makes money.
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• Germany
7 Nov
@TheHorse Yes. I also love making money while enjoying it
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@TheHorse (65735)
• Pleasant Hill, California
7 Nov
@m_audrey6788 What's your favorite way?
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• Ponce De Leon, Florida
7 Nov
They're pretty.
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@TheHorse (65735)
• Pleasant Hill, California
7 Nov
Three are already done.
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• Ponce De Leon, Florida
8 Nov
@TheHorse good job horse, you may have a sugar cube.
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@TheHorse (65735)
• Pleasant Hill, California
8 Nov
@Hannihar (36258)
8 Nov
What is he going to do with them?
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@TheHorse (65735)
• Pleasant Hill, California
8 Nov
They're fancy bookshelves. I'm not sure what he'll put on them.
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@Hannihar (36258)
8 Nov
@TheHorse You are a good friend to help him even though he is paying you for it. I hope he has something nice in mind to put on them. Can we see them when they are done?
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@TheHorse (65735)
• Pleasant Hill, California
8 Nov
@Hannihar I'll ask him to take a picture. He has good taste.
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@JudyEv (123169)
• Bunbury, Australia
9 Nov
That sounds a lot for bookshelves. I'm sure he is pleased to have someone able to restore them. And isn't it nice to be paid upfront?
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@TheHorse (65735)
• Pleasant Hill, California
9 Nov
It's Nice to be paid upfront. But trust most of the people I work with. I've posted about the notable exception to that rule, and will again. He owes me about $1400 and has gone into "hiding."
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@JudyEv (123169)
• Bunbury, Australia
9 Nov
@TheHorse He might turn up when he wants something else repaired.
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@LadyDuck (157275)
• Switzerland
8 Nov
Well $100 to do something I like would be very welcome.
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@TheHorse (65735)
• Pleasant Hill, California
9 Nov
Yeppers. It's just fun. I'll have the last three shelves ready for him by next weekend.
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@LadyDuck (157275)
• Switzerland
9 Nov
@TheHorse I am sure he will be happy and ready to pay more.
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@FayeHazel (18007)
• United States
7 Nov
Nice! Will you be able to see the finished shelf when it's all together?
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@TheHorse (65735)
• Pleasant Hill, California
7 Nov
I'll ask him to send me a picture. Here's three boards done.
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@FayeHazel (18007)
• United States
8 Nov
@TheHorse Nice work! I'd like to see the bookcase, too when he sends the photo
@patgalca (14367)
• Orangeville, Ontario
8 Nov
Wish someone would come and drop a few bucks my way. lol! You sound like you've got a talent for this kind of thing. Good luck with it.
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@TheHorse (65735)
• Pleasant Hill, California
9 Nov
I'm glad I stumbled upon this hobby.
• Jacksonville, Florida
8 Nov
That's awesome! I'm sure they will look good when your done. =)
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@TheHorse (65735)
• Pleasant Hill, California
8 Nov
The pretty wood is there. I'll just bring out the grain.
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@JohnRoberts (56893)
• Los Angeles, California
7 Nov
Nice little profitable project for you.
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@TheHorse (65735)
• Pleasant Hill, California
7 Nov
Yeppers. I kind of like this hobby! Glad I never took up golfing.
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@andriaperry (50694)
• United States
7 Nov
That goes to show how good you are in this field, forget the headlight and rims, go for the gold of restoring wood.
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@TheHorse (65735)
• Pleasant Hill, California
7 Nov
It takes me weeks to complete a wood restoration project, due to drying time. Maybe I'll finance my new shoppe by doing rims.
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@bunnybon7 (36481)
• Holiday, Florida
7 Nov
wow thats some good luck. good thing you are so good at your job
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@TheHorse (65735)
• Pleasant Hill, California
7 Nov
This is just a hobby. But I have gotten pretty good at it over the years. It's also really relaxing.
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@TheSojourner (17454)
• United States
11 Nov
I admire your refurbishing skills. I have a couple of old wood pieces I wish I could give to you for that purpose. I don't know the first thing about it. I'd ask you to teach me.
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• United States
12 Nov
@TheHorse No, but pictures can be taken. Does Lipton onion soup with a slice of Velveeta work? I have a box of merlot in the fridge. I cannot guarantee that it hasn't yet turned to vinegar.
@Fleura (7191)
• United Kingdom
10 Nov
It's lovely to be able to make something useful and beautiful again - and if you get paid for it, that's even better.
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@Fleura (7191)
• United Kingdom
12 Nov
@TheHorse Ooh is that really you? Very nice!
@teamfreak16 (41178)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
8 Nov
That's cool. I could use a hundred bucks right now.
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@TheHorse (65735)
• Pleasant Hill, California
9 Nov
Me too. Always.
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@DaddyEvil (24768)
• Aurora, Missouri
14 Nov
It sounds like both of you will come out ahead in this deal, pony. I'd be interested in seeing the bookshelf when you get it finished.