LumberJocks

My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #657: Planning a Day of Cutting

  • Advertise with us
Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 874 days ago 957 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 656: A Mini-Lesson in Production Work Part 657 of My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer series Part 658: Wonderful Progress »

Yesterday turned out pretty much as I expected – sort of. With all the running around we had to do, I knew I wouldn’t even be able to touch the saw, and I didn’t. By the time we got back from the gym, we thought we would get an early head start and do as many errands as possible prior to our 2pm appointment to get the new wheels put on the car, so we left shortly afterword.

Ironically, it snowed off and on while driving up. It ranged anywhere from a few flurries floating down to some serious blowing snow. Fortunately, it didn’t stick and in between squalls, the sun peeked out and dried everything up. I suppose it is typical for this time of year, but it whether it sticks or not, it is sometimes unnerving to see any snow at all when driving that car – especially on worn tires. We too the scenic route that went along the shore and took it slow and easy. I am happy to say it was uneventful.

We stopped for lunch at our favorite cafe and had a bite to eat. This place is really nice and inexpensive and has great burgers, which Keith loves. It was a little after lunchtime when we arrived (around 1pm) and there were only four other tables of people. We did notice something though – of the nine other people in the room, seven of them had their ‘I-phones’ out and were texting away during their meal. It was kind of odd. It was funny because I noticed it and didn’t say anything but when we went back in the car, Keith said something to me about it. I suppose that is the way of the world and I am getting old, but ‘when I was growing up’ and cell phones were ‘new’ it used to be considered somewhat rude to talk on the phone when in a setting with other people such as dinner or lunch. At least I considered it such. Now it just seems that it is so commonplace that everywhere you go no matter what the setting, people are typing away. How the heck did I get through my teens in the 70’s without that type of communication?? I just don’t know.

I am proud to say that i still don’t own a cell phone and I don’t see getting one any time in the future. We had Keith’s until a couple of months ago when he accidentally put it through the washer and dryer. Even at that point his contract was up and he was only using it on a pay-as-you-go basis. It just wasn’t worth the $50 or so a month for the maybe two calls he made on it. When it was killed in the washer, we decided to see what it would be like to not have one at all and you know – we are surviving fine. While there may come a time in the future when we will need a cell phone, for now we don’t feel it is necessary. It is one of those few times in my life that I feel that if the need ever comes up, there will be someone else around who will have one. I know that is a bad attitude, but when my daughter was living with me she talked me into getting one with her as a ‘package’ and again – I paid about $50 a month for something that I never used. I was also receiving these goofy text messages from some promotion company that got my number and I was really angry because just by RECEIVING these messages, which I could not control, I was being charged an additional $2 per message! They didn’t have the option to block the number and like it or not, a couple of times a week I would have these messages charged to my phone. I got rid of the phone as soon as I could.

The only other thing of note was that I did something that I never in my wildest dreams thought I would do. I spent $32 on a stapler.

It is a Swingline Optima and uses their special Optima staples and it boasts that it can go through 40 sheets of paper.

It comes empty and the box of staples is another $5. (YES – for Staples!!!)

I had looked at it several months ago when we were stapling our 10 page catalogs and the dollar store stapler was failing us. Since we use thicker paper on the catalog so we can print on both sides, it was really a chore to get it stapled nicely together. At that time, I thought that anyone who spent $32 on a stapler would need their head examined and opted for the $10 one next to it.

Well, here I am several weeks later, plopping down the 32 bucks for this puppy. All I say is it had better razzle and dazzle me and be the best darn stapler on the planet!

The $10 ‘new’ one was a terrible failure on the 16 to 18 sheet patterns. After painstakingly printing them out where they looked nice and professional, the other night I began the process of stapling them together while I was watching a movie. I thought it would be a relaxing task at the end of a long day and it was nothing but frustration.

More so than not, the stapler was unable to go through the pattern. This meant me trying to neatly pry out the staples which were bent all askew without tearing out the corners of the patterns. It was so aggravating and also taxing on my hands trying to push it closed in order to work. Suddenly the $32 stapler didn’t seen so ridiculous anymore. After all, it was ‘guaranteed’ that if you used the Optimal staples, it wouldn’t jam. Besides – what was my time worth anyway? After a couple of hours of picking out bent staples and being annoyed and also having to reprint a couple of cover pages, I thought perhaps it was time for me to invest in a good stapler and hope for the best.

I kept all the packaging and of course I kept the receipt and while paying for it, I made sure that if I wasn’t satisfied with it I can bring it back. To me, it would be worth the $32 to get the job done properly and without fuss. In trying it out last night, I will say that I am “impressed.” (I know – what a dismal life I must have if a stapler ‘impresses’ me!) But it has this kind of spring action where you can go through the 18 pages by pushing with two fingers if you want. YAY! :D I suppose it is like with any tool – you can always find good ones if you are willing to pay enough.

So that was the day pretty much. We didn’t return home until dinner time and by the time all was unpacked, all I felt like doing was trying out the new stapler and I was pretty much done for the night.

The new wheels are on and the car is ready for the road again. It is sunny out today and bright and even though I am not going anywhere, I am happy that if I want to, I can.

Today is going to be a day where I will be chained to the saw. I want to make a big dent in this cutting and I am ready to spend the day cutting. I am sure I will do fine.

I hope your weekend is a good one. Have fun and enjoy your time!

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



7 comments so far

View patron's profile

patron

13001 posts in 1968 days


#1 posted 874 days ago

moving up in the world sheila
your own new holiday
‘staple day’ is sure to be a special one
thru out the years for you both

while building my house
a friend gave me a ‘pre-paid’ cell phone
i had to stand on the roof to use it
i gave it back
as i wasn’t about to sit up there waiting for a call
then when i got a computer
i took the ‘intelligence test’ on FB
to this day i am still dumb
as i don’t have a cell phone number
to get the results

cheer up though
i hear the psychiatrists
are having an ‘april fools’ discount tomorrow
two for one for $100
you and keith can relax on the couch together (of course if you had a cell phone you could listen to the recording of how to fix your woes
and send the money over the wire
and save your new tires

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

View patron's profile

patron

13001 posts in 1968 days


#2 posted 874 days ago

moving up in the world sheila
your own new holiday
‘staple day’ is sure to be a special one
thru out the years for you both

while building my house
a friend gave me a ‘pre-paid’ cell phone
i had to stand on the roof to use it
i gave it back
as i wasn’t about to sit up there waiting for a call
then when i got a computer
i took the ‘intelligence test’ on FB
to this day i am still dumb
as i don’t have a cell phone number
to get the results

cheer up though
i hear the psychiatrists
are having an ‘april fools’ discount tomorrow
two for one for $100
you and keith can relax on the couch together (of course if you had a cell phone you could listen to the recording of how to fix your woes)
and send the money over the wire
and save your new tires

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

View Roger's profile

Roger

14318 posts in 1431 days


#3 posted 874 days ago

yes, it is a lot, but, if it works like you need it to, and it sounds like it does, then I feel it’s worth the investment

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

View Lee A. Jesberger's profile

Lee A. Jesberger

6646 posts in 2606 days


#4 posted 874 days ago

Hi Sheila,

Our paths seem to go somewhat paralell. I had need to print up over 2,500 pages during the past week, and like you had to staple some them into booklets over 30 some pagess.

I did buy the same brand stapler a year or so ago, (except the next size up, which will do 70 pages), and it made quick, easy work of them. Worth every penny.

I’ve been quietly sitting on the sidlines, readng your posts. It’s quite the undertaking.

Have a great day.

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

View jerrells's profile

jerrells

847 posts in 1511 days


#5 posted 874 days ago

Hi Shelia

I have been working on doll furniture lately and thus not much scroll sawing. Would love to do more scrollin’ but just doing what the market wants.

I do love all the post with cats/kittens. I copy most of them and forward as a “pick me up” me E-Mail. Just to brighten someones day.

Have a great one.

-- Just learning the craft my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ practiced.

View BritBoxmaker's profile

BritBoxmaker

4355 posts in 1663 days


#6 posted 874 days ago

Sheila, I still consider it rude to use a cell phone at the dinner table. To the extent that I once walked out on a someone I worked with, telling him why, and didn’t return. He wasn’t going to change his ways and since I was the one who ‘had a problem’ with it I removed myself. Despite working with him, amicably, I never ate with him again. Some things are beyond the pale.

The stapler looks like a good investment. I never begrudge money spent on tools that can do the job well.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

View Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)'s profile

Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

7565 posts in 1546 days


#7 posted 873 days ago

Yes, I know that cell phones have their use, but like anything in this world, people take them to the extreme and over-use and abuse them. It is just part of society that I just don’t understand, nor do I care to. I actually LIKE that when I leave the house, I am ‘unplugged’ and unavailable. Whatever disaster occurs will just have to wait until I return.

Lee – I hope all goes smoothly in your production run. I find it fun once in a while to do this type of work. While it is not as creative as design, it ‘gives my brain a rest’ and every now and then it is good for me to do this. I do enjoy it. Let me know how you do.

Have a good one all – thanks as always for the support! :)

Sheila

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

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

GardenTenders.com :: gardening showcase