Episode 50 – Nightmare Furniture: Part 1

bushlowboyIn this episode of 360 with 360WoodWorking, we have something a bit different. As we began talking about furniture that we’ve built that caused us nightmares, Mr. Bender’s description of a lowboy he built for a particular customer took over the discussion. Not only is his story amusing, and one that you’re glad happened to someone besides you, it is the story that anyone who builds for customers hopes they never get to tell. In order to share the entire tale, we pushed the podcast beyond the normal 360 seconds. But it’s worth it!.

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10 thoughts on “Episode 50 – Nightmare Furniture: Part 1

  1. I’m glad that you guys had a good time with this tale of woe, but for me, it was boring and stupid and a waste of my time.

    1. Mitch,

      Sorry the podcast wasn’t your favorite, but hopefully we’re still batting 49 out of 50. Hang in there, but you’re probably not going to like the next one much either.

  2. Not nightmare furniture, nightmare customers. This guy was a class A something else that starts with a.

    I’ve had a few doozies, but I think you topped anything I’ve ever had.

    Sometimes the most profitable jobs are the ones you turn down.

    1. Keith,

      When we brainstormed the idea for this (and the next) podcast, it was about that one piece of furniture that we made that was such a nightmare we might not want to build it again. I don’t really have any of those kinds of projects that I’ve done (though I wouldn’t be disappointed if I never had to turn another tall post bed) so the conversation just morphed into the story about the lowboy. And yes, he was a class A…that’s it, we’re out of time!

  3. Chuck,
    Is this when you started screening customers and students for multiple personality disorder?


    1. Just the students, Charles, just the students.

  4. Great/horrible story. What happened to the piece?

    1. Mark,
      I was waiting for someone to ask. I hauled the piece to shows for quite some time after, but it isn’t exactly an “impulse buy” and I wasn’t very motivated to part with it. It’s not the kind of piece that I would ever head into the shop and build for myself. Most of the high-style pieces I own (in fact, nearly every piece I own) were made as parts of small runs, or groups, that severely lessened the pain of building a “spec” piece.

      Currently the piece has been stripped and refinished and resides in my home (my wife didn’t want the water rings). In spite of all the modifications, it’s still an outstanding piece that looks as close to “real” as I’ll ever get. I used reclaimed yellow pine from a late 18th century building in Bethlehem, PA for the drawer sides and bottoms and the lock on the top drawer is period correct…if the piece were actually from the period. But, if you’re interested, we can talk about a price…

  5. Chuck, I thought the Nightmare furniture story was very interesting and a great story.
    Thanks for telling it.
    As I listened I thought that it could not be true.
    Do not let Mitchell’s comment stop you from telling other stories.

    Thanks, Elmer

    1. Elmer,

      Mitch is a good guy, and he didn’t stop either of us from telling more stories. I’m pretty sure that can’t be done.

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