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Blog entry by sawblade1 posted 636 days ago 696 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Good Evening LJ’s, to find out

The wise Albert Einstein once quoted once we accept our limits we go beyond them, well not much has changed in my realm other than I had my surgery and am back on my feet. The reason for my title is after my last post I went on what I thought was a good roll. Boy was I in for a shocker of what my limitations were and whom was causing them, yes people put limitations on you too. In July I had bought $480 buck of cedar lumber from the lumberyard I always dealt with ( mind you this was the Last of my savings prior to layoff) when the truck arrived I had 22 8ft 5/4×6 cedar boards well I was befuddled called the lumber yard and was told I had bought 11 16ft boards and they cut them down sound fishy? it did so onto research I priced 1800 Bd ft of the same cedar wholesale for about .90 per lineal ft cost shipped is $1750 I figured something was up but I had to get ready for IWF I was going and the person whom I called a friend who was up visiting lived a half a mile from the world center in Atlanta well this fell through two days before as he left without cause or to be heard from again. So back to what was going on with the lumber after not showing at the IWF one of the salespeople for a major tool company called to see why well as a discussion pertaining to the lumber came about ( he said it sounded fishy too. ) Hmm I shrugged it off till I got a Phone call from John ( the guy at the Lumberyard) saying he had someone interested in my chairs. Well the guy called, it was his buddy wanting to buy my templates and mass produce my chairs ( put me out of business before I start) I told him no and started asking questions only to find out John had been jacking the wood prices Sky high high to cut out my profit well what followed was a not so nice three way phone conversation. After the incident the sales rep called me back as I discussed it with him we figured he charged me about 3.25 a ft for the boards well as I seemingly sulked about loosing my lumber supplier he referred me to a company he works with they referred me to a local distributor for cabinetmakers after a phone call to them I had everything (more references) ranging from finishes to hardware and lumber. Still no cedar though. I tried marketing only to find out the local high end communities discourage backyard non franchise common place business marketing of flyers ( soliciting as they call it ) After several business attempts I went door to door only to be nicely asked by the police to leave ( I was scaring someone) after this I went to ask a local business to set up in their parking lot only to be informed I had to ask the board and get a permit well As I inquired they obliged but for a $150 a day fee Wow, OK, off to Lowe’s and Home Depot they have a job board right WRONG !! they took it down at the beginning of this year to prevent any fly by night ops and to promote their services. Damn back to square one. but one bright spot is I found a little community outside the high end one (kinda of higher end one too) that is acceptable to small fries like myself with no competition around so I might have gotten my big break but now I know what my limitations are I can move past them Hopefully I will be on here more too :)

-- 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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patron

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#1 posted 636 days ago

well
at least the surgery worked

go slow for a bit
till you get your health back

-- 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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sawblade1

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#2 posted 636 days ago

Thanks David, you really got to watch people now a days for sure I have been cleared to do what I feel like doing ( woodworking) :)

-- 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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mafe

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#3 posted 636 days ago

Crazy story!
Yes get well and do it slow, perhaps the prices has gone down while you get better.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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jack1

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#4 posted 635 days ago

Sounds like a lot of shenanigans…

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

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hjt

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#5 posted 635 days ago

Sorry to hear of all the BS you have been through. Interesting how hard local communities make it for a small guy to get a start. Push on, brother.

-- Harold

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sawblade1

754 posts in 1654 days


#6 posted 635 days ago

Hjt and jack it has not been easy but I will keep pushing on and keep cutting the shenanigans out

-- 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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Beginningwoodworker

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#7 posted 634 days ago

Hope every thing works out well for you.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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