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Blog entry by canadianchips posted 06-27-2011 06:04 AM 1222 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well today was the final straw. The landlord phoned, raised the rent and asked that “NOTHING” be parked or placed on the grass. If any of you have followed some of my blogs, I have gotten some amazing bargains on lumber in the last 6 months. It has been stacked neatly alongside the single car shed, and tarped. I cannot afford to pay more storage as we already have filled one with our furniture when we moved across the country. My little shop is overcrowded with tools that I use. I am just getting started back to building things and “POOF” the rug gets pulled from under me once again. I am considering QUITTING this woodworking as a hobby. (Reality is, everyone comments and says how nice it is, NO ONE buys it)I will think this through to death, I am just depressed tonight trying to come up with a solution I can afford. What concerns me is a down market, I will also take a LOSS on the tools.

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"



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RonPeters

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#1 posted 06-27-2011 06:24 AM

Move to a better landlord?

-- “Once more unto the breach, dear friends...” Henry V - Act III, Scene I

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rance

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#2 posted 06-27-2011 06:47 AM

Moving would not necessarilly make you sell more. It sounds like you are building spec. pieces. (ie. you don’t have a buyer). Maybe get a committment before you build? For sales, we don’t always build what we want, but what the client wants.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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peteg

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#3 posted 06-27-2011 10:20 AM

Sounds like you need to find someone else looking for an “amasing buy” & move some of that timber on, pay the extra rent with the proceeds, take a long walk, pour a nice long one & get your head around where to now.
It’s all about “stock turns” in business, a great buy is worthless if you dont turn it over & pocket the change.
Thats just the way it is (unless you can carry the down time)
Come on kick yourself in the butt & move on :))))
Hey I’m on your side but …..

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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patron

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#4 posted 06-27-2011 12:06 PM

some words to live by
were taught to me by a very learned man

we were taught not to say or hear “Can’t” and “Never”

have faith
life will upgrade again

as it always does

it is not always easy to see
but it does actually get better

sometimes it is just in the outlook

my prayers
for a better tomorrow

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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ellen35

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#5 posted 06-27-2011 12:26 PM

Don’t let the landlord rent space in your head… get creative!
If you enjoy woodworking, why let the landlord dictate what you can do… find a way to store wood off the grass and do what you enjoy!
Just my 0.02!

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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canadianchips

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#6 posted 06-27-2011 12:31 PM

Thanks for the encouragement.
Had a good sleep last night. Today I am going to neighboring town, some cheaper homes for sale, (same town as grandkids live).
Patron: My Dad taught us those words “Can’t & Never as well.

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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Bluepine38

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#7 posted 06-27-2011 03:50 PM

Glad to hear that you are in a better place today than yesterday. Good luck on your search for a new
place, with your background, you might be able to find a good buy on a place that needs a little TLC and
work and come out way ahead of the game.

-- As ever, Gus-the 77 yr young apprentice carpenter

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helluvawreck

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#8 posted 06-27-2011 04:03 PM

If I was you I wouldn’t quit woodworking. It’s such a creative and worthwhile hobby. I would try to get through this hard time and go on from here. This economy is very difficult on everyone; however, there are also lots of rental opportunities because people have to leave their homes to go to work elsewhere and they can’t necessarily sell their property. Something else will probably come up. I sure do hope that it does. If you are referring to a woodworking business on the side I would say that hopefully business will pick up. I hope so for everybody.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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longgone

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#9 posted 06-27-2011 04:21 PM

Choose to only see the good in everything and think positive… good things will happen for you. Your problem is just a minor setback.
Think of all the other people who lost everything in floods, hurricanes, tornadoes and other disasters (I am one of them) and survived to make things better.
Do not focus of the negative cause it attracts other negative.
Thinks will turn out just fine for you.

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BobTheFish

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#10 posted 06-29-2011 04:57 AM

I wa also going to say move. It sounds like landlords everywhere are getting pissy lately. My mother’s moving (and looking to buy) because of a landlord that just as bad, (if not slightly worse, as she inpects the house monthly for “cleanliness”, despite my family being a bit anal retentive about dirt and has a condition that results in developing a nervous tic when things start piling up on the floor…. ;)

Things should turn around soon regardless though…

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