My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #670: Today Will Be My Lucky Day!

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 04-13-2012 10:55 AM 9703 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I am seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. As I watch the pieces pile up, even I can’t believe that I got that much cutting done in such relatively short amount of time. And I was there.

Here’s what we have so far:

You would think that this much cutting would be painful and boring, but it was much more the opposite. Considering that I have only about three full days of work invested, in the actual cutting, plus a couple of hours here and there, I think I am doing pretty good.

I estimate that there are about 2800 pieces in the picture that are done, with only about 600 left to do. (Can you understand why I am excited??) The remaining pieces are the pumpkins, which are quite easy and require little maneuvering. I should be finished with them by supper tonight.

I do have to drill a small hole in each piece, so that they could be used as ornaments, but I don’t think that will take more than a few hours to do tomorrow. Then the kits will be ready to be packed up and shipped out by Monday or Tuesday. It will be a great milestone.

I like doing this type of work on occasion. While I don’t think I would enjoy doing it all the time, it is a nice break from what I normally do and gives my brain a rest and a chance to think of other things. Next week I will be starting to work on my stuff for the holiday issue and while I was cutting away here, I was coming up with all kinds of cool ideas that would be fun and interesting. So not only was I doing the production work, but I was planning ahead on the new projects, too.

I am going to keep things short today, as I have to go to the gym and do some errands before I can get cutting. Time to pay my taxes, which will hurt a bit, but is not unexpected.

Today is Friday the 13th, I see. Not being superstitious myself, I still believe that having a good attitude will make for a positive day. Let’s see what good things can come my way today. I already feel like it will be a great one!

Friday the 13th would be a lot more frightening if Jason chased you down in a big SUV and made you pay to fill it up with gas. – Unknown Quote (but funny!)

-- 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 04-13-2012 11:24 AM

OMG Lady – that is an INSANE amount of cutting! My hat’s off to you.

I took on a job a little over a year ago to produce over 150 picture frames containing over 1200 pieces (they all had multiple places for pictures in them). That was one of the most miserable jobs I accomplished – I even called my brother in for ‘backup’. I was REALLY happy when it was over though.

I kind of share you feeling about this “hamster in a wheel” type of work – occasionally it’s nice to do but I wouldn’t want to do it full time. My hat’s also off to all those of you who either choose to do this or are supporting you selves by doing this!

About the drilling – take a few minutes and make a “holder” out of a couple of pieces of scrap so you can simply place you piece against it and drill away. It will make the work go MUCH quicker. You can also stack drill this way. :-)

Great job on a grand effort!


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#2 posted 04-13-2012 11:26 AM

Hi Sheila,

I agree, in spite of the repitition of doing something like what you’re doing, once in a while, it can actualy be enjoyable. It gives you the opportunty to get something done, yet free up your mind for other things.

Takes the pressure off for a while.

Have a great day.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#3 posted 04-13-2012 11:33 AM

That is a great idea, Bob! Kind of like a little jig for drilling! Keith thought I should drill first, while they were stacked, but the throat of my drill press isn’t that deep and the pieces were 10” x 10” and holding the ones on the end would be tedious and slow, I thought. I thought it would be just faster to do one at a time quick when they were done. But making a jig for the pieces to align with could be the answer. I will certainly try that.

I am happy because I too thought that I would regret taking this on. But it really (honestly) has been kind of fun and as I said yesterday, the music playing in the background makes it go fast. I really like zipping through and staying on the line perfectly. It has improved my skills I think from doing this. I can tell you for sure, these are all very, very accurate. As a painter, I know how much a pain in the butt it can be to try to paint a piece that was mis cut, even by a slight amount.

I can’t wait to see them ALL piled up. It is fun to see them all together and I probably will take a shot when I am finished later today or tomorrow.

I am also grateful for the work. This is my ‘slow’ time and this income will help a great deal. Since the catalog is going out next month, it gives lots of times for ‘reorders’ and I wonder how that will be. (what if I get 500 of each set ordered – YIKES!) I suppose I will cross that bridge when I come to it. If they sell TOO well, I will suggest that they raise the prices for subsequent sets just a bit, and then we will all benefit. :) It will be a good problem to have.

Thanks again for the suggestion. I will let you know how it works. :)


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

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#4 posted 04-13-2012 03:08 PM

congrats, your pile of work is wonderful, with just a little to go and it being friday, you should celebrate with a yummy dinner, maybe hamburgers ,,,,lol…...maybe with sauteed mushrooms and onions, then pepper jack cheese on top…well you have a great day…i hope all your kitties behave today, especially you know who…grizz

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

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#5 posted 04-13-2012 04:00 PM

well sheila

almost there

looking good

i don’t have a cool cat today

so meet ‘george’
he’s the wolds biggest dog
43” at the shoulder

don’t worry
he doesn’t work for the IRS

-- 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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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#6 posted 04-13-2012 04:08 PM

Wow! He is HUGE!

I had a dog as a teenager that looked like that. He was a Great Dane/Lab mix. My dad found him on the Stevenson Expressway in Chicago (someone threw him out of the car!) as a puppy. We took him to the vet and the vet said “Get a sled!” We called him ‘Mugsy’ and he was so nice and sweet. But his only trouble was he didn’t know he got big. He thought he was a lap dog – even at 175 lbs! He was sleek and shiny and black and reminded me of a bull. No fat at all. With the soft and floppy ears!

I like the pic, Dave! You did good! :D

Happy Friday the 13th! Play the lottery!


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

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Joe Lyddon

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#7 posted 04-13-2012 05:05 PM

Golly, I thought you were done with all of those pieces, by now!

You’re sure SLOW! LOL (kidding)

Yes, a drilling jig, to hold what your bit can handle, is the only way to fly…

Stackem & drillem… not worrying about line-up, etc.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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