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Blog entry by sawblade1 posted 03-31-2012 04:45 PM 948 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Last night was a bittersweet time for me as I have lost my job. I have kinda neglected here in light of my injury and the politics of trying to get my hernia fixed. While this was going on our company in February lost the contract and the new contractor was picking up some of us. due to the circumstances with my former employer the new company could not accept me at the time and last night would be my last night I was told this at 10:45pm just before last break. Now I am trying to focus on my woodworking business and need all of the help I can get here it is what I need help with one is getting work, marketing tips, affordable lumber, and prayers in order for me to go full swing I would need to earn approx 1800.00 for lumber by June. If you are a pro and want to share small work or if you do kits let me know please. If you have something to share or want to help PM me.

thank you and God bless all of you

-- 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 elmerthomas81@neo.rr.com



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Hacksaw007

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#1 posted 03-31-2012 05:21 PM

Very sorry about your job loss. I am not a pro, neither can I offer tips or work. I can offer prayers for you and your family. This is a huge strain on you, your male ego. I know I have had to over the years, find work to keep things going. I can only tell you that God was with me in every event, even though I didn’t think so at times. But he was there at all times. He knows all the things that happen to us, and limits what we can endure, so he knows our limits better than we know them ourselves. Your verses you list about trusting the Lord now have a new light placed on them. He wants us to make efforts to help ourselves, and you seem to be trying to do that, those efforts need to be surrounded by prayers. Keep your eyes open for open and closed doors, your future may or may not be in your own woodworking business, don’t limit yourself or God. Keep an open mind and trust. I have been through the meat grinder also, with job losses, my son died, and lots of other things, but He has always been faithful. Keep looking up.

-Mike

-- For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

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#2 posted 03-31-2012 05:52 PM

I’ve been in the woodworking business pushing 25 years and have a very limited market. I think that’s a really important point from my prospective. If you don’t have a good and sizable market you will probably will have to think about marketing else were like on line or at shows . Regardless of where you market your skills I would say what you market is very important. If you haven’t developed a product(s) it’s time to decide what you will make and who your buyers will be. Remember like all of our kids that wanted to be rock stars almost every woodworker want’s to have their own shop and be in the woodworking business ,so what every you make and sell it needs to be totally unique ,low cost won’t hurt and not easy to duplicate by the average woodworker. The last point is very important because you will be competing against every wood worker that works out of his garage that will make what you designed make it and sell it with many having no concerns about making a profit or in some cases even breaking even. If I had to start over again I would specialize, in doing this you develop a reputation as the “fill in the blank” guy and you can purchase just the tools and equipment you need to make that product and devolve skills to make that product better,faster and perhaps for less money than people who would only make this product occasionally. Going into business and making money usually take many months if not years to become profitable ,this takes lots of reserve funds,and investor or someone in the house hold who has a full time pay check. I wish you well and my thoughts and prayers are with you.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#3 posted 03-31-2012 06:18 PM

I’ve been working with the same problems kind of for the last several years. I had my pelvis crushed in 2007 and have had to limit what I do. I didn’t have insurance at the time and the cost to have this fixed was beyond my means, so I live with it.

I’ll start a new thread to discuss things like this. Keep your eyes open.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#4 posted 03-31-2012 06:23 PM

That really sucks it must be unsettling. Stat focused and good luck.

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#5 posted 03-31-2012 06:35 PM

the best you have is your faith in God

i to have been ‘set back’ by work and health

but i always feel that God
didn’t bring me this far
just to dump me

pray
and take this time to think about what you need
and what you can do about it

He will not let you down

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#6 posted 03-31-2012 07:58 PM

I’m with Patron. Everything works for good….. All the best mate.

-- Andy Halewoodworker. You can't finish if you don't finish. So finish it, because finish is everything.

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Jerry Bowen

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#7 posted 03-31-2012 08:54 PM

I am 74 years old and in my life time, I have faced several disappointments such as what you are dealing with today. Life is, for the most people, a series of disappointments as well as times of great pleasure. For the most part, these set backs that come along usually are really opernunities and they almost always turn out to be life changing for the better.

You have asked for prayer, I don’t know if this forum is the place to say to you what I want to say, but I am going to say it anyway. I am a Christian. I would like to believe that you are too. I’d like to define what that means in case anybody wonders. First of all I want to state that I AM NOT RELIGIOUS. Being a Christian is often confused with holding a view of reality that a person thinks that he has to be good in order to be a Christian. That is a bunch of nonsense in light of what Jesus Christ taught. We are all born with a nature that is in rebellion to God, we all have a world view of one sort or another. Our view of what is real and what is not real dictates how we behave, how we think etc. You might say that everybody is religious in one way or another. An atheist has his own religion, that religion or his belief dectates to him what he believes to be true. But getting back to your situation, as a Christian, we have reason to believe that life has a purpose, that there is hope and meaning to life, without that belief, there is in the end, only hoplessness, blackness, and emptiness. A man that is not a Christian is like a dead man walking, a man that has no hope. You need to know that God loves you unconditionally and created you for his purpose and that he will meet your physical and spiritual needs as you trust him to do so. I am not going to go much further on the matter here because I do not know where you are on such things, and I
do believe that your present set back is an oppertunity that holds great rewards for you as you go forth.

I hope that what I have said here is received in the light that it is meant to be.

Jerry Bowen
Colorado City, Texas

-- Jerry's Stuff

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#8 posted 04-02-2012 03:03 AM

Look up Bye-Gone Work Shop or Woodshop in catalogues maybe on the net. They have a bunch of patterns and wheels for making wood wheel barrows that sell real well. It’ll give you some idea. I’ve sold a ton of them for not too much of an investment… You make a few of each, sit at an intersection where lots of traffic has to stop and voila! You’ll sell what you have and get orders for more.

Jack

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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