lessons learned

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Blog entry by sawblade1 posted 03-22-2010 06:41 AM 614 reads 1 time favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I will update this blog weekly it is a journal of on my woodworking business, MY successes, failures, what works and What don’t Yesterday I broke the cardinal rule and worked in my shop on Sunday, however the lessons I learned over the past 5 days are priceless. The first lesson learned is time is the most precious resource we have and the most wasted and under utilized, a week of vacation from my job and spent in my shop was the refresher I needed to set the course of my direction. The second lesson is you will find genuine friends and blessings when you least expect them. The third lesson and the most important was just cause you think it will work does not mean that it will :( I spent all winter designing router templates to help me build my chairs faster or so I thought :(
Saturday proved the jig makers dogma ( this needs to be respected !!! )
The jig makers dogma states the jig must not take longer than the part to make, it must add value,repeatability,quality, and not detract from time or materials used to make such.
I followed these simple guidelines but, one thing I did not realize was the parts I was making using the jigs added 1 1/2 hours to the time, the wood was severely Incompatible for what i was attempting to do.
Two chairs worth of materials destroyed, and 4 1/2 hours later I finally had one chair and I wasn’t pleased with the results. Sunday proved more friendly by not using the router jigs just my templates and bandsaw along with my spindle sander I reduced my time to little over 2 1/2 hours and got better results :) some days you are the dog and others you wind up being the fire hydrant . Now is the time for me to start utilizing the time I have, gain lost ground and move forward see you next week

-- Proverbs Ch:3 vs 5,6,7 Trust in the lord with all thine heart and lean not unto your own understanding but in all your ways aknowledge him and he shall direct your path

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