Well, I didn’t quite finish up yesterday, Sometime around 5pm I just felt tired and decided that the small amount of cutting remaining could be done today. While I would have loved to be able to tuck myself into bed knowing that I was done cutting, I was beginning to tire and I didn’t want to push it at the risk of being sloppy or not cutting as accurate as I wanted. So I called it a night and actually spent the rest of the evening doing nothing productive.
There was part of me that was a bit disappointed in myself, but as I looked at the huge pile of pieces that I had cut, I didn’t want to talk myself out of what many would feel was a good accomplishment. Besides, I have often spoke of setting the bar quite high, and falling a little short of that goal that I had originally set for myself shouldn’t necessarily be considered a failure, (I don’t think!) I am still far ahead of the deadline and for once I didn’t underestimate my time to the point where it would get me into trouble. So I earned a little breathing room perhaps.
It should only take about two hours of cutting to wrap up that part of the job. I really have no idea how long drilling the pieces will take, but if I can get somewhere close to getting them done by the end of the day today, I will be happy. I am taking the suggestion of using some kind of jig to make the job go faster, and I think that will help. I have never done anything on this scope before so I have nothing to fall back on as far as estimating a time line.
The same is true for packaging the pieces, so I think that if the boxes leave the house anywhere between Monday and Wednesday, I will be quite happy.
One thing that I am aware of is that I need to get the shipping boxes in order prior to packaging up the kits into the bags. In order to ship these efficiently, I need to have the pieces laying flat in the zip bags so that the kits can stack neatly on top of each other. If the pieces shift into a clump, I will have a heck of a time fitting them into boxes for shipping. That means that I have to line up my boxes today and have them ready to go. I want them big enough to hold a substantial amount of kits, but not so big where the weight is too much for the shipping company to handle. I expect this will take 4 – 6 boxes in total, and I would love to have them as uniform in size as possible. I will have to see about that.
This entire order has been a learning experience for me. A good one at that. I feel that if and when they decide to reorder things, I will have a clear picture in my mind of what it will entail not only in cost, but also in time and effort on my part. And that is a good thing.
I suppose that is why I feel it is OK to be so loose on the time frame. It will take what it will as far as time and for the most part, I feel that I am doing OK with things.
In the mean time, I am finding that I have a growing urge to do some more designing. I have some good ideas for new woodworking patterns that I want to get down on paper or on the computer and see how that goes. That is a good thing.
So for today, I will keep this short. I hope you all have a great day today. It is a beautiful spring morning here in Nova Scotia filled with sunshine. I am enjoying it already.
As for a photo today, I really have nothing new in woodworking to show you. However, in looking for a photo for yesterday’s post, I came across these wonderfully beautiful images by a digital artist on deviantart.com. This is one of the series I stumbled upon:
It is called Missing the Moon II and it done by Maroka323. I had many inquiries because I had one of the pictures on my facebook account and I thought you would like to see the other beautiful work that he does. He has many other poses of this cat series as well as other beautiful fantasy digital art. Enjoy!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"