Monday, October 20, 2008

It's True... I Stripped Today. *PICTURES!!!! CAUTION!!!!*

Boy howdy! Did I ever strip furniture today!

Wait, what'd you think was coming?

:-)

Had a marathon furniture stripping day today, and seeing as how I don't do many furniture posts... here's one! Had a pile of customers stuff stacked and today seemed like a good day to get it whooped out and done with. I like to do a pretty good batch at one time, makes it less painful for me if I've got something to look forward to. Here's a couple of pics of what got stripped today.







Now right there is a couple a piles of naked furniture, from mundane to kinda cool stuff. I do the stripping on a flow over system, which kinda helps speed things up some, but it's still a pain in the hind end. I liken it to it being a little like cleaning septic tanks. There just ain't a whole lotta technical stuff to pumpin' poop out of a septic tank... but most folks don't consider it a nice weekend pastime. Same with stripping furniture.

Oh sure, lots of folks refinish a couple of pieces out in the garage, and that usually takes care of their desire to mess with toxic chemicals that burn when you splash 'em on your skin, ruin clothes, stink to high heaven, and leaves a heckuva mess to clean up when you're all done.

Then, there's gluttons for punishment... like me... that choose to make a living at it. Go figure.

Ah well, someone's gotta do it. So, just to make it worth your while, I figured I'd better throw in a picture of myself all stripped out at the end of the day, you know, just because.

This is kinda exciting aint' it?































It's not as glamorous as it appears in this picture.

Really.





If you know of a good sale on sweatshirts, I probably oughta pick up a couple new ones.

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12 comments:

WowsRose said...

Hey remember that one time we did 920384029348 chairs for TSU and we got that crap in our eyes?

Good times.

Hey you remember when we were with the beatles?

Cowguy said...

wowsrose said: "Hey remember that one time we did 920384029348 chairs for TSU and we got that crap in our eyes?

Good times.

Hey you remember when we were with the beatles?"


Ah yeah, the two trailer and pickup loads of chairs. The fun almost didn't stop with that deal.

Yes, the Beatles... I remember. You played tambourine on the white album, right?

Doodlebug Gail said...

Hey Jace,

Those chairs with the holes in them .... I'd like to see them refinished with their seats. Are the original seats going on or new ones?

Gail

Cowguy said...

doodlebug gail said: "Those chairs with the holes in them .... I'd like to see them refinished with their seats. Are the original seats going on or new ones?"


I believe the original seats are long gone on those puppies. Alas, no chance of seeing 'em done... my part on those was just to strip 'em. They're already in the cargo trailer to be delivered back to the customer today.

Heh... I said "alas".

Jennifer and Sandi said...

Holy Hannah that's a lot of "Strippin".

I stripped for, I mean I stripped an antique kitchen table top once and it took me MONTHS. One, because I had no clue at what I was doing. Two, I had no clue at what I was doing.

Happy Tuesday!!

- Jennifer

Anonymous said...

What's a "flow over system" ?

Jennifer and Sandi said...

Psst...and don't talk about "stripping" to my ex-sister-in-law Sandi. NOT THAT STRIPPING... The OTHER kinda of stripping. She gets all crafty and crap!!

- Jennifer

Cowguy said...

Jennifer said: "I stripped for, I mean I stripped an antique kitchen table top once and it took me MONTHS. One, because I had no clue at what I was doing. Two, I had no clue at what I was doing."


Ahhhh I drove thru Kansas one night, took 3 days. I know your pain.



Mr./Mrs./Miss/Ms. Anonymous said:"What's a "flow over system" ?"


A flow over system is a huge stripping tray, mine is about 5 foot by 9 foot and about 4 inches deep, surrounded on 3 sides by metal sides. You put your furniture up on it, start a pump running and the stripping solvent comes up thru a hose and out of a hand held brush. As the solvent runs off into the tray it drains into a bucket where it's pumped out all over again... over and over and over until the solvent has disappeared...then you add more.

Wow!


Jennifer said again:"Psst...and don't talk about "stripping" to my ex-sister-in-law Sandi. NOT THAT STRIPPING... The OTHER kinda of stripping. She gets all crafty and crap!!"


Wait... I'm confusalled about which kind of stripping now. Please elaborate. In detail if possible. Thank you.

Jerry said...

Love the topic, detest the work.

Hey Jace, you got too close and stripped the color right outta your beard. :)

Awaiting Sandi's answer........

Jennifer and Sandi said...

You put your left foot in, you put your left foot out....OH....wrong stripping dance.

Now where was I? Oh yeah, back to my paint brush and guitar!!

- Sandi

Jennifer and Sandi said...

We awarded you the MeMe Award today (Thurs)!! Go check it out!

- Jennifer and Sandi

Jennifer and Sandi said...

Oh and I borrowed something from you for our Friday Post. No it wasn't a cup of sugar!

- Jennifer