Since before Xmas I’ve had a niggle in my back which finally gave way on 20th Jan and it turns out I had a herniated disc in my spine that was impinging my sciatic nerve to my right leg.
Following intensive treatment I’m back at it in the workshop and have got some green oak gates out the door and with some help one or two other jobs also.
The oak was supplied by my client in log form. On tree had died standing and the other had been blown over.
I had it milled just before Christmas by a mobile miller and Lucas mill.
I have now got the gates finished oiled and they were installed by a self employed installer as I am not fit enough yet to be doing that kind of work. This was a big mistake on my part and has left me with a list of remedial work as long as my arm and one upset client.
The problem is this not everyone likes being told what to do by their customers and on this job it was very much a like for like replacement job as the customer was reusing his existing automation system.
It’s not to hard you would think to replace like for like what is there as instructed? Well this fitter new best and did it a different way then blamed me when the customer was not happy so the posts had to be removed and reset accordingly all this extra messing has left the posts looking shabby and in need of bleaching and sanding and re oiling.
It was at this point the installer thought it good to fall out with the customer and that’s when things turned bad. He now to save time decided to cut the bottoms off the posts and generally cut corners this is something I have never been and advocate of or have undertaken unless there is an immovable underground obstruction such as a pipe.
Hence I will not be using this fitter in future and have seriously got to look at what direction I now move the business forwards in either a rapid expansion is needed so I can employ my own fitters (who can also do automation) or I contract and only take enough work for myself again and just use a self employed labourer to help me install or I say no more installing (which will seriously limit my market).
Either way a crunch time is coming and descisions are needed.
Tags: professional woodworking
Dreaming of a sawmill, feels like a museum. Thanks for looking Adam.
- Part 47: Patio/French doors fitting part 1
- Part 48: More green oak.
- Part 49: Green oak gates build whirlwind run through