I can’t even say that I mind that the day was so full yesterday. When all was said and done, there were several loose ends tied up and all in all, we accomplished a great deal. It just goes to show what some good planning and having a good attitude can accomplish.
In looking ahead to the day, one could have easily felt that the number of tasks and stops we needed to make were somewhat overwhelming. There were many things that I had to do, both in Digby which is about 45 minutes drive to the north of us and also in Yarmouth, which is about the same distance to the south of us. At first the fact that everything fell on the same day was daunting, but with a little thought, we made good use of our time and we even got the chance to have a nice lunch with Bernie and Ellen too. In the end it was one of the most productive days we have had in a while.
After the gym, we headed out to Digby. We needed to borrow Keith’s dad’s SUV because our order for plywood for the ornament kits came in and the glass sheets that we had custom cut for the new dressers were also ready to pick up. We thought it would kill two birds with a single stone by getting them all at once.
I first had a couple of stops to make in Digby, which were short and uneventful. We then went on to Bernie’s place where he had the twelve 5’ x 5’ sheets of 1/8” plywood that we ordered for the kits. The first task of business was to cut them into quarters, making 48 30” x 30” sheets. That way it would be more manageable for us to move them around and get them into the car.
I had spent the latter part of the previous day drawing up the layout of the pieces so that they would fit most efficiently on the wood for cutting on the scroll saw. Since the sheets were 5’ square, I decided that 10” x 10” pieces would work best – both in handling and cutting and also for printing the pattern. I plan to cut four layers at a time, and having the pieces a consistent size helped greatly to expedite the process of holding the pieces together. I haven’t decided if I am going to just use packaging tape around the edges of the pieces or try and see how using finishing nails to hold the corners together would do. But either way, the 10” square pieces will be a nice and comfortable size for cutting and something that worked out well.
Once the saw was set up, it only took about 15 minutes to cut the larger sheets into quarters. They easily stacked up in the back of the car and we were ready to move on. Not before we had a great lunch with Ellen and Bernie though. Ellen always used to make wonderful lunches for us when I used to work at Bernie’s shop when I lived in Digby. It was yet another one of the treats we had when working there. At precisely noon, she would buzz the intercom and let us know that everything was ready. No matter how ‘simple’ she said it was, she always put on a fine feast of great home made food and made sure that no one left hungry. It was a nice break in the day and a good chance to visit with our friends.
After lunch, we headed to the glass place to pick up our dresser tops. We had dropped off patterns a couple of days prior, in which we used postal paper and traced the profiles of the dresser tops perfectly. Since they were all curved, we were very careful to get the tracing as accurate as possible.
I wasn’t sure that they would be able to do such cuts, but was very pleased when we saw the results. The pieces seemed to match the pattern perfectly, and they looked great. However, the longer of the pieces was about 6” longer than the back bed of the car and we would not be able to lay it flat. This, to me, was a problem because along with the plywood in the back, the danger of the pieces shifting or flexing when hitting a bump was inevitable. The larger of the pieces was 64” long and about 16” wide and only 1/4” thick and we all thought it would be very volatile.
Fortunately, the guys at the glass place were very conscientious too. As luck would have it, they had a couple of deliveries out our way and offered to drop it off for us. We told them that we were planning to head to Yarmouth, but would gladly wait and work around their schedule. They said that they would head right out there and we got there only about 15 minutes before they arrived. All went well, and the glass fit perfectly along the curvy profile of the dresser tops. We are very happy.
As the one gentleman was leaving, he walked by our scroll saw and commented on what a great machine it is. “Top of the line” he said, and we agreed. He then asked me if I ever talked to or knew the ‘woman in Digby’ who does scroll sawing. “I’ve read her articles and she is pretty good” he said.
“That’s me!” I said and I told him that I moved here from Digby a couple of years prior. We talked about it for a minute and I felt it funny that someone from these parts even had a clue about me or what I did. It was kind of cool.
We then headed out to Yarmouth to pick up my tax forms from my accountant. On the way, we dropped the car and wood off at Keith’s parents. There were no surprises on the taxes (thankfully!) and they are just about what I expected. It was a great peace of mind to see the results though, as I always worry about stuff like that.
We also ordered the new tires for the Mustang and they should be in next week. With the beautiful weather, it will be great to have my wheels back and I can’t wait to get it on the road again. I don’t want to drive it now though, as the tires are quite ‘done’ and not what I would call safe. The final journey they will have will be the trip to Yarmouth next week to get the new ones installed.
We had dinner at our new favorite little place – a cafe that opened up a year or so ago but we just ‘discovered’ and at dinner we decided to go back to Keith’s dads’ and finish cutting up that wood.
Once the saw was set, we cut the plywood into 432 pieces, the amount needed for the 300 kits that I will be cutting for the sets. There are still nine 30” x 30” sheets left, so if I run short, I am OK. Besides, I have some wood here too. Once set up, the process again went very quickly. We got everything ripped to size in under half an hour, I think and it is all loaded up in the back seat of the car.
When looking at the cut pieces of wood, there are two stacks of 10” square plywood that are about 2 ft high each. While the amount looks a bit intimidating, I look at this production run a bit of a challenge and I am taking it on with a good attitude and I think it will be fun to do. In the process of our errands, I was also able to pick up the plastic zip lock bags that I ordered for the kits, so I am ready to go.
Checking so many things off of the ‘to do’ list was really a good feeling. We didn’t get home until after 8pm, and I was tucking myself into bed by 10. It was a full day, but a really productive one and I am all ready to get to work on getting these kits cut and also doing more designing. It is just getting light out now, and it looks like it is going to be another beautiful day. While they say it is going to be cooler, it is clear and sunny and bright out. It will be great to see how much I can accomplish.
I hope the day is good for all of you, too. Enjoy your Saturday!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"