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Winter 2013-2014

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GARDEN SWING

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THIS SWING WAS MADE FOR A CUSTOMER HIS ROUGH SKETCH ON PAPER,I RE DESIGNED USING AUTO CAD .THIS WAS MADE FROM SCANDINAVIAN PINE I HAD TO PICK FROM STACK BEST I COULD USE . .USING 125 MM X 35 MM LENGHTS .  AND 125 X 32 MM DECKING BOARDS ..THIS WAS ALL MACHINED TO SIZE USING MY KITY 5 UNIVERSAL MACHINE CENTRE . AFTER IT WAS MACHINED  TIMBER WAS SOAKED IN THOMPSON,S WATER SEAL FOR 3 DAYS ..THEN THIS WAS ASSEMBLED . FIXTURES USED WERE ALL STAINLESS STEEL .ONCE THIS WAS ASSEMBLED,IT WAS GIVEN 4 COATS OF BOILED LINSEED OIL . LAST COAT WAS FLOATING SLIGHTLY TO THE SURFACE . WHICH MEANS OIL WAS FULLY PENETRATED. THE SWING WAS THEN LEFT FOR A WEEK BEFORE IT WAS GIVEN A HEAVY DUTY BUFFING .THIS WAS A BUFFING PAD ATTACHED TO A ANGLE GRINDER . THIS LEFT  TIMBER WITH A HIGH GLOSS FINISH . LOOKS LIKE IT WAS VARNISHED ,BUT NOT .THIS I GAVE CUSTOMER 15 YEARS GUARANTEE. WITH ADVICE HOW TO MAINTAIN IT EACH YEAR . THIS BECAUSE IT WAS A ONE OFF MATERIALS AND LABOUR I QUOTED HIM  £365  IN YOUR MONEY $570.93 WHICH WITH THIS DIVIDED OVER 15 YEARS GUARANTEE = 180 MONTHS WORKS OUT AT $3.16 PER MONTH. AS I EXPLAINED TO CUSTOMER YOU GO TO ANY LOCAL GARDEN CENTRE  AROUND THE WORLD TO BUY ANY OUTSIDE GARDEN FURNITURE ? I GUARANTEE YOU??  THEY WILL NOT GUARANTEE IT FOR 15 YEARS . AS I HAVE NOTICED ALL FURNITURE YOU BUY FROM GARDEN CENTRES ARE MANUFACTURED BY THE HUNDREDS . THEN DISTRIBUTED TO VARIOUS CENTRES .MOST ARE  ASSEMBLED WITH NAIL GUN AND STAPLES ? THEN A QUICK SPRAY WITH STAIN . LOOKS GOOD WHEN YOU SEE IT FROM DISTANCE BUT MORE CLOSELY I DOUBT IT WILL LAST 2 SUMMERS . AS I SAY TO ANYONE WHO WANTS TO BUY FROM ME ALL MY WORK I DO I GIVE 110% .I MAYBE EXPENSIVE . BUT 15 YEARS LATER YOU WILL REMEMBER MY NAME DUSTY MILLER AND MY FURNITURE . 


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