|Project by Thewoodman2000||posted 01-16-2015 03:16 AM||5198 views||41 times favorited||20 comments|
So here is the story.
I worked for a Architectural woodworking company that had the best push-sticks (shop made) that I ever used. Whenever I was given the opportunity to work out in the shop (desk jockey i am) and needed to use the table saw for making cuts I was so happy! Sounds funny but it was because how great the push-stick was. One of the most solid, safest (to me) & comfortable push sticks ever!!!
Then they let me go along with about 100+ employees over a year because of how the economy turned. Tuff times that I know many have had the same unfortunate experience. More news on this one in a minute.
I was good friends with the shop foreman and he said I was always welcome to go through the dumpster for scrap wood. There it was one day a used up push-stick just sitting on top of the pile of wooden gold. Its like someone knew I longed for this push-stick. I was like a kid at Christmas with the best gift ever. I held in my hand a used but perfect profiled push-stick. Perfect because I knew I could copy it and make my own to use. Its funny I know I could have asked the foreman and I am sure he would have let me make a pencil copy. But I didn’t want to be that much of a pest I guess.
So here is my project of safety my most favorite push-stick EVER. And because you can never have to many of them I made several as you can see. Good stable safe Baltic Birch was my choice of material. Yes that came from the scrap bin too! Spent some time on the bandsaw rounded over the edges and some final sanding. And there they are the best EVER push-sticks.
This is a lot of typing for push-sticks but that should tell you I think they are the best EVER.
~~~~~~See last photo for the sizing graph of the push-stick.~~~~~~
And then I got the best news EVER (as far as jobs go). I kept in touch with some of the friends I had at the old company that laid me off. I kept tabs on that company and when jobs came up I applied. I was able to go back this last July as a Drafter! It did take a 1 1/2 years of being humbled but I made it. This company has been in Utah for over 100 years and is the best to work for (in my book). The company has been rebuilding and they are to the point we just receive the 401K back and other great benefits.
My family and I have been so blessed to be part of the Fetzer Architectural Woodwork Inc. Family.
-- (the only thing in there she says is....tap on head..........tap..........tap..... saw dust) - James www.etsy.com/shop/ZionsWoodnCrafts