My Small Business: Spud Wood Works #8: Cut, Sand, Repeat. Cut, Sand, Repeat...

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Blog entry by Ethan Harris posted 03-26-2013 02:46 PM 1335 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hello Readers!

There is a glimmer of light in the progress department of my small business. The brightest spot being that orders keep coming in at a steady pace. The Ugly has reared its head however in the form of doing the same process, over, and over, and over again only to repeat it again and again… I find myself trying to stay ahead of the orders, trying to not think about the fact that in the course of three weeks I have made over a 1000 square 1.5×1.5×1.5 inch blocks… No, instead I try to think about the future and what good things will come from it… If that fails I will have to find a happy place.

The worst part of all, is sanding! Good grief I need a dust collector ASAP!


-- Ethan, CT: Check out my Small Business at & also follow me on twitter

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Mainiac Matt

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#1 posted 03-26-2013 08:24 PM

Are you using recycled pallet lumber for your toy blocks?

We have a pallet recycling facility where I work and I would strongly suggest that no pallet wood be used for children’s toys.

The reason being that a recycled pallets are often used dozens of times and it is not uncommon for them to be contaminated with spilled chemicals or oils. If they have been used for overseas shipments, they may have been through fumigation.

Kids toys wind up in kids mouths…. just sayin’

-- It’s the knowledge in your head, skill in your hands and motivation to create in you heart that makes you a woodworker. - Mainiac Matt

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#2 posted 03-26-2013 11:02 PM

congrats on the business doing well,hope it keeps getting better and better.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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Monte Pittman

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#3 posted 03-27-2013 02:11 AM

Keep on rockin

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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Ethan Harris

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#4 posted 03-27-2013 03:46 AM

SSNvet: no I do not use pallet wood for those reasons. All the blocks are untreated hardwood lumber.

Thank you Whitebeast88 and Monte.

-- Ethan, CT: Check out my Small Business at & also follow me on twitter

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