|Project by Stephen Mines||posted 02-12-2011 12:06 AM||1872 views||0 times favorited||11 comments|
Ya gotta understand that at this point I was a one man band. So, I’ve got this great regular customer that needs 50 turnings, in five days. He has a BIG shop and is willing to furnish material, glue up (COM & PREP=customers own material and preparation) AND they’ll deliver the blanks AND pick up the turned parts, ten each day for five days. They had just discovered that they couldn’t produce them in-house and were a little desperate. Piece of cake, right? Not! Monday, when they delivered the first ten, I discovered they wouldn’t even fit on the lathe unless I cut the corners off. Also, I had to improvise a ramp out of two 8’ Jorgenson I-beam clamps just to get them ON the lathe. Huffing and puffing I only got 5 completed that day and in a phone call they agreed to clip the corners on the rest. Somehow during that week I caught up with the Monday shortfall and on Friday they picked up the last 10 of the 50. A month or so later the posh restaurant the tables were made for opened, I guess on time. Tough, hard job…translates to rewarding to have pulled it off.
-- Stephen Mines (Saltmines@aol.com)