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  2. Independence, MO

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  5. Hello from Ohio

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  7. Hello from Iowa

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  8. Hello from Chicago

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  9. Hi from KC

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    • So sad!! Chicago recently lost a young female officer (29 yr old Ella French) during a traffic stop she had two young children. Both ends of the age spectrum and both, like to many others, are so tragic  These really hit close to home for me and my wife as our youngest daughter is an FBI agent working violent gangs in Chicago and previously was a Michigan State Police officer.
    • Really like how you put the drum sander up on a storage cart for your abrasives. I’ve never seen anyone do that. Will have to remember that for the future.
    • Can you post notes on those angles and drops? I'm just kinda curious how they compare for chairs and also do plan some day to make a couch. How do you think the wooden slats for seating are impacted by the firm cushions? Most of the chairs and couches use webbing to allow for a bit of a give. I was also just thinking if the seat slats were a bit thinner to allow for some flex in the wood. These might offer a bit more comfort? If I did more flexible slats I'd probably try and attach them in a way that they are replaceable. In the even that I decided to stand and jump up and down on the couch because my favorite sports team did something good or bad... I feel like with seating designing for long term repairs is sometimes worth the little bit of extra thought. That or over build it so it'll just never break, though some times that's not ideal in my opinion as it leaves the furniture looking ugly or possibly uncomfortable. These are not comments on your piece just thoughts.
    • @Chestnut, agree and I'm pleased that the look is not heavy handed or bulky. It's a lot less imposing of a couch than the one it replaced, and I think this makes the whole room look less cluttered. @Chet, couldn't agree more with that statement. It really puts the custom in custom furniture and it's a benefit of being able to design and build your own.  A few thoughts on the seating. I've had the opportunity to sit on the couch for a few days and the upholstery guy used extra firm cushions for the seat and med firm for the back. I almost wish the seat cushions were a little less firm, but not a game changer. I also think I could have increased the angle slightly (rake or pitch) of the seat. Basically this is referring to the drop from front to back in the seat, I could have increased that drop. The angle of the back to the seat could have also been increased slightly. I discussed this with the upholstery guy and we even tried an angled or wedge cushion for the back cushion, but I didn't like that. The softer back cushion does effectively increase the recline angle slightly since when you sit the back cushion gives. So overall I think it sits well, but I'm going to make a few slight tweaks in the loveseat. I may even tweak this couch. Because I'd think it would benefit from more drop, front to back, I may cut off an inch off all the back legs on this couch. This is the quick and easy way to increase the rake.   
    • A Houston police officer was shot and killed today and his partner is is in serious condition. They were serving a warrant on an a-hole that had jumped bond on three priors. This officer with 31 years of service was due to retire in three weeks. To my knowledge, the officer never tried to pass a fake $20 bill nor resisted arrest nor had a lengthy rap sheet. Chances are that in 2-3 weeks, he will be forgotten. No streets named after him nor continued nation wide news. RIP Sir! 
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