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The Easiest Finish Evercomments (6) August 19th, 2011 in blogs
Fine Woodworking has the nicest staff around. You might think it would be hard for a woman to adapt to a work place chock-full of guys, but over the past five years I’ve been continually impressed by the super-respectful, earnest, and hard-working crew here.
Finishing elves at work
This thoughtful bunch surprised me recently when several staffers banded together to polish off a cherry hall table project that I left languishing in the shop for several months.
You see, I was four months pregnant when I built the table. I left the piece in the FW shop waiting for time to sand and finish it. With my other to-dos getting ready for the baby, it was dubious when that time would materialize.
I also worried that fumes might hurt the baby, so that meant no easy wipe-on poly. But these guys concocted a ruse to take the table worry off my mind.
Editor Asa Christiana emailed to say...
"I understand you have a hall table you made recently. We need a prop for an upcoming finishing article. If you wanted to finish the table yourself, disregard this message. But if you wouldn't mind having someone else do it, let me know."
Hurray! I thought, one less thing to do.
When I came back from maternity leave I found out that a group finished it for me as a gift.
Matt Kenney broke all the edges (and we all know how important that is from Garrett Hack's recent article on the topic). Kelly Dunton handplaned the top. Then Ed Pirnick sanded the rest of the table and Anatole Burkin wiped on coat after coat of antique oil.
Now it's finally sitting in a quiet corner at my house.
What a nice "Welcome back" to work.
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