My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #437: Next Lesson Almost Done

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 08-20-2011 12:10 PM 1185 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 436: Glimmers of Hope - Even in This Economy Part 437 of My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond series Part 438: Lesson 7 Is Posted »

Yesterday was one of those days that just got away from me. I was busy all day and I did accomplish a great deal, but before I knew it, it was over and time to turn in.

I was able to finish doing the pattern packets, which was a major thing. I still need to do a final proof reading on them because there were just so many interruptions that it was a little difficult for me to concentrate. I need to be absolutely sure that they are OK before I send them ahead to the wholesaler for distribution.

I began working on the next lesson for the scroll saw class and that is well on its way. I still need to do the video that I want to present with it though and I will be planning on shooting that today and getting it up on the board here. We are going to do some inside angled cuts and there are a couple of ways to approach them that I want to show. I also prepared another pattern practice sheet for people to download so that they can practice what I am teaching. Hopefully I will get it posted by tonight.

Some of you noticed that my blog here double posted yesterday. I really don’t know how that happened – whether it was a glitch in the programming or something I did. I was thinking it may have been me, but in order to double post the same blog I would have had to fill out all three parts of the form to do so and I certainly did not do that. I want to thank MsDebbie for taking care of it for me because I also found out that I am unable to delete a blog here on my own. I knew you could edit it any time (unlike regular posts which only give you an hour to change them) but I didn’t know you couldn’t remove them without help. I also was informed that some of my comments that I made on projects were double posted. Again, I tried to remove them on my own but had some difficulty doing so. Unless I am losing my mind something is goofy with the programming it seems.

I had a couple people ask about the car yesterday and I thought I would update you. My mechanic pulled the rear end apart and found that when I had the work done in Chicago, they didn’t put it together properly when they were replacing the pinion seal. Apparently there is a compressed spacer that needs to be replaced every time you pull the rear end apart. When my mechanic took it apart, he said that the spacer was the original part, and in order to compensate for not replacing it, whomever repaired the car before over-tightened the bearing, which caused the noise that I was hearing. It was something that I would never have been able to know about if I hadn’t heard the slight noise it was making.

I did call the shop in Chicago that I had taken the car to. Initially, the manager told me to bring the car there for them to look at it, but I quickly explained to him that I was here in Nova Scotia 2500 miles away and there was no way for me to do so. He then asked what I expected him to do about it, and I replied that I merely wanted him to be aware of the sloppy work that was being done in his shop, as the name of the mechanic that did the work was right on the work order.

I think that at first he thought that I was going to demand payment or something because he started out quite defensive, but when I told him that I was calling to make him aware of the situation, he seemed more open and suggested that I send a copy of the bill to him and he would ‘see what he could do’. He then stated that he wanted his customers to be happy and promised that he would look into the matter fully.

We’ll see . . .

I really don’t expect that I will get any money back from them. Even though this venture cost me money that I wouldn’t have had to spend had it been done right. I faxed him the bill on Thursday night and I was hoping to hear something from him yesterday, but I did not. I am not holding my breath. He probably figures that since I am so far away, my chances of being a return customer are nil anyway, so what is the motivation for him to make it right? I will definitely keep you posted, but I really don’t expect that I will get anything back from him. It is just one of those situations where I was stuck and people get away with doing a poor job. (By the way, it is the Firestone dealer located in Shorewood, Illinois – just outside Joliet) I suppose I am happy that no further damage was caused and I should count my blessings.

So the bulk of the day will be finishing up on the next lesson. I hope to get it posted sometime this afternoon. I hope it only posts once, too.

It is just getting light out and looks like it will be decent out today. The past few days have been dreary and humid – not really raining but so damp and foggy it almost feels like rain. It certainly isn’t much like summer weather.

Have a great day!

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#1 posted 08-20-2011 01:27 PM

Hi Sheila,
I am just glad to hear that nothing went wrong during that long trip you had before (I had just remembered that you had your car repaired, I just assumed that it was that time.) Though to my knowledge being a mechanical man, the compressed ring serves as thrust bearing in most cases and will just produce noise because of axial play but will not make a big risk. Thanks God for you are back home safely from that trip.

The autumn is just near and so with the winter in your place… here, wet and rainy. Very difficult to do spraying varnish. I used today the aerosol type polyurethane so it will not be affected by the cold and rain. Luckily, rain sprayed to the narra boxes that are already half dried.

God Bless and take care on the roads. Hope you got a positive solutions for that pinion.

-- Bert

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 08-20-2011 01:45 PM

Yes, Bert. It sounds exactly like what happened. It just makes me kind of angry because there was no way of knowing what the noise was until everything had to be taken apart again. It was on our trip that we initially got the work done and we had to go to New York the following day from the Chicago area. It just seems like a senseless waste of money to me because of sloppiness. I suppose I don’t expect them to do much about it, but I am hoping I will get something back. We’ll see . . .

Have a great day today. I hope it dries out for you there. I know how humidity can really mess up finishing!


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#3 posted 08-20-2011 04:55 PM

Sheila..New to this On Line Class on there more than 6 class..Mr. Round Eyes..


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#4 posted 08-20-2011 05:12 PM

well sheila here i am in the public library where i have high speed,,yee haw,,,sorry about the car..maybe the guy will make it right and you wont be out the money it took to fix is going to be a get some work done in the shop,......i hope you have a great day and have a good weekend…i just love hight speed.

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#5 posted 08-20-2011 06:02 PM

Hi Round Eyes:
I am working on class #7 this afternoon. It should be posted by this evening for sure. ;)

Welcome to the world of high speed, Grizz! We are lucky that even though we are in a very rural area, they have it here. I don’t know what I would do without it! LOL


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#6 posted 08-21-2011 01:02 AM

hey Sheila even though it was a sloopy job back then and it cost money once more time
its allso good news that it wasn´t worst case
you shuold bee back on the roads and make them unsafe for all others in no time :-)

the doubleposting …................are you sure you wasn´t just bragging
and had to tell the good news twice…..............LOL

now that I have making fun of you , you are welcome to laugh at me with my daughter :-)

take care

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#7 posted 08-21-2011 01:26 AM

LOL, Dennis! I just was getting ready to comment on your post. I LOVED the pictures of you and your daughter. Looks like you have quite a helper there!

The car is all fixed, but my wallet is now broken ;*( But the important thing is it is safe and that is what counts most. At least selling some of my prints took the bite out of paying for the car to be fixed twice. I am not very optimistic that I will get anything back from the mechanics in Chicago. If I do, it will be a bonus!

Take care and have a nice Sunday! Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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