For this Throwback Thursday, we are going to August 29, 2012. The only reason I remember the exact date is that Jeff Devlin came to our shop the day after my 2nd son was born.

Rewind to a couple months before when we got a call from a producer of the show I Hate My Bath. They were building a custom bathroom for a couple in the Twin Cities and wanted a unique custom sink for their bathroom. They asked if we could help Jeff turn the sink, and of course we said “Maybe”. Just kidding, we said YES of course.

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The producer came by the shop a couple week before shooting and we went over all the details. Now, get ready for some behind the scenes dirt…not dirt, just somewhat interesting tidbits…somewhat.

Before the show came to tape, Michael had already glued up the sink that was going to be turned. The “sink” that Michael and Jeff glued up on camera, only made it to about 3 layers. The final glue up sink that Michael rolls out was glued up about a week before filming.

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The day came and all the crew members started to show up. I didn’t realize how many lights and production went into these shows. It looks like they turn the cameras on and go, but there actually is quite a bit of prep work for shots. While everyone was setting up, we gave Jeff a tour of the shop and then he and Michael began discuss what they were going to be doing.

I don’t know about some of the other show hosts, but I can tell you that Jeff is actually a woodworker and loves the process of working on projects. He had limited experience on a lathe, but jumped in with both feet and really picked up on it quickly. We were all very impressed. Jeff did turn a good part of the sink, even after the cameras turned off. He roughed it out and then when it came time to do all the fine tuning work, Michael took over.

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We finished the sink and waited about a month before it was time to deliver the sink to the house. Michael and I showed up and found the producer in the backyard with Jeff. They had a table set up and gave Michael instructions on where to stand and all that good stuff. They filmed Jeff and Michael chatting for a minute and we were done. We didn’t help with the install or anything. The episode aired in November and we were pretty happy to hear that the home owners really liked the sink.

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