Being born and raised on a small island just north of Antarctica I revel in the tropical climes I now enjoy and have been known to have a bit of a dig at those in the frostier regions who are suffering as I once did. However the downside to this paradise in the tropics is the other season we have otherwise known as the wet season, and I must admit i,ve been laughing on the other side of my face recently because for the last 17 days as it has rained every single one of them. Every day dawns with the promise of fun in the sun and ends in a tropical downpour of biblical proprtions.
So this state of affairs shows up the main disadvantage of my outdoor workshop, it turns into a swimming pool about 11 oclock, however I managed to finish Anti toddler gate number 2 during one of the brief moments when it rained sunshine as opposed to water, and must say i,m a lot happier with it than I was with Gate 1.
So in the meantime i,ve been attending to the other side of my new venture which most of us usually pursue with less enthusiasim than the actual work. The paperwork. I,ve been designing business cards and flyers, coming up with advertising ideas and placeing ads on various websites here, setting up email accounts and a blog site, basically to get the name out there as much as I can. Also I have used the old costing sheets from my last job to finalise the priceing of the products I intend to make. Essentially it,s an excel sheet with the size of each component needed plus the board foot cost of lumber and the labour per hour which not only gives you the total board foot requirement but the actual time and cost of labour for each piece which is then linked up to another sheet which adds all the other sheets together, adds on the hardware and finishing which then gives you the cost of the total job. They have proven to be pretty accurate and the beauty of the system is if you adjust anything from the timber or labour cost down to the individual process times, like docking, dressing ,moulding etc, the sheet automatically adjust to the change. It sounds a bit long winded but once you have a template it,s just a matter of copy/paste and fill in the blanks, although with almost 100 products going into my catalog it takes a while to get it all done.
The inclement weather also means a lot of net surfing time and this has meant i,ve finally found a treadle lathe design that takes my fancy and i,ve finalised my workbench and tool chest design, now i just need the cash to make it all happen.
One other spanner in the Stanley tool works was the untimely demise of my #3. the Y shaped adjusting lever on the frog broke! After only two projects this doesn,t bode well for the future of my #5 either and has only hastened my desire to finally make the wooden planes i,ve had on the drawing board for far to long. On the upside i,ve already had a nibble about a possible small comission so fingers crossed on that one. See you all again soon.
-- if the hand is not working it is not a pure hand