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Blog entry by sawblade1 posted 11-14-2010 07:18 AM 569 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Good evening LJ’s,
Last week I did not post due to a friend passing a day before his 88th birthday, This past two weeks has been rough but productive, The Monday before last I enrolled in electrician school to better my business and to keep me occupied, Tuesday marked another milestone as I was entailed in a conversation with one of the engineers where I work about my hunt for cedar lumber for my chairs, So he gave me the phone# of the lumber supplier down the street from him quoting “If he don’t have it he can get it” So I called and was prompted to speak to John in the mill.
John answered the phone and as I explained to him what I was looking for he said he would call me back, as I came into the house to get a cup of coffee, by the time I had returned he had called back Saying we had options.
They had found grade 2 kiln dried western red cedar and it only cost 40 cents more than what I was paying.
I ordered 12 boards enough to make 2 chairs expecting it to come this week It was in by that Friday.
This week seemed to draw slowly waiting to pick up this exciting new lumber, Well as I arrived Not to find a large mill like the one as I was going to but a small MA and Pa operation after going to their store I was prompted to go to a small Less than 1500 sq ft building in the back Knocking on the door before I entered I was met by John as soon as I came in the door, he said come on into the shop, Boy was this and experience as I was met with antique power machinery and a nice clean shop:) Taking me over to the cart where my lumber sat asked if this was what I was looking for YES I replied tickled to death (well almost) the lumber was 1” thick S4S Radius edged boards 8’ long and small but tight knots!!!! Perfect for building my chairs:)
Now after finding the Lumber and picking up 10ft of cherry I proceeded back to re adjust my jig for the new lumber and built my first chair this weekend after picking up another Dewalt 18 volt Drill / reciprocating saw combo (hey it was on sale and I needed the sawzall for a major repair to the house) Did I need another drill like the one I rescued Probably not :) Now up to six batteries, three chargers, three drills, and a sawzall I wonder why my shop keeps getting smaller :P Hmmm Maybe adopting all of these tools is making a challenge for me LOL
Talking Shop with another friend and business advisor I found out where I have been going wrong which I will cover in my next Blog series called you think you can go pro ?
Until next week Take care (behave yourselves) :)

-- 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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#1 posted 11-14-2010 06:54 PM

Thanks for sharing. Wish my week was that fun, I had SCHOOL…...LOL
I would love to see those chairs when you are done.

Thanks, MIchael Frey
Portland, OR


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#2 posted 11-14-2010 07:58 PM

I would also like to see the chairs when you have them ready. Thanks.

-- Bill, Austin, Texas,

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