Here I sit in The Barn, my shop/aka She Shed, after a nice dinner out with dh and a quick trip into Lowe's to look at sanders and ...... I am wondering what y'all are doing this weekend?
We are 3 weeks out from today from leaving for our first show of the season. I am starting to feel it's crunch time.
Tomorrow when dh gets home he is going to cut some boards down to size for me. So I can put some decorative but useful hooks on them. When he is doing the cutting, I want to get a lesson on it so down the road I can do it myself. For most of the boards I'll probably have to sand them to make them ready for paint or stain. I work on painting and staining Saturday. Then I'll get a lesson on drilling the holes and putting the hooks on.
I bought a 2-tiered pie crust table off FB marketplace today. It needs a little work. I work on my initial cleaning using some of the orange Murphy's Oil Soap in the spray bottle. I'll probably use some Krud Kutter tomorrow. I went through 2 or 3 washcloth-sized rags already. I think I got most of it clean. I would like to make a paint color decision tomorrow. Though this is a neat looking table, the surface needs some work. I'm going to use some sandpaper, possibly some liquid sand on it. Who knows, if I get the surface looking good enough I may restain it. I am thinking it will need paint though.
I will probably work on some coasters as well. That is something I can do regardless of the weather. The weather is supposed to rainy off and on all weekend so it is good that I have some a place out of the weather to work. I am working my way out of doing the travertine coasters.
My source for the tile no longer exists due to retirement due to health issues. They were ordering for me and I could order as little as 1 case if I wanted to. They did not charge me shipping. What usually happened is that they had other orders they were putting in for big jobs, residential builds/remodels and commercial too. I strongly suspect they added my order in on a big order, but did not charge my product to the big job. They charged it out to me. No matter what you order, shipping is $50. Usually I ordered no more than 3 cases, 4 on rare occasion, but did this several times a year. These contractors ordering dozens of cases of tile were being charged $50 though they ordered a ton more than I did. This mom and pop company were not greedy .. they could have charged me $50 but didn't. My few cases were not going to cost them any extra.
I have checked in multiple places around town. Shipping is $50 no matter who I talked to, including mom and pop stores. I checked one of the two big box stores and they can order it but not in the color I want. So when I use up what tile I have, that'll be it for the coaster business. :(