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My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #691: A Wave of Mini-Disasters (It Will Only Get Better From Here!)

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 800 days ago 3891 reads 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, I just don’t know what to think.

It isn’t even 7:30 yet and already my day started with ‘adventure.’ But I am still smiling, and that is the important thing and I am thinking that the day will only get better. (In fact, I am sure of it!)

Actually the adventure started last night. It was about 9:30 and I was getting my jammies on and Keith called to me a phrase that I dread hearing:

“The saw broke!” he said.

“What?” I said through the bathroom door.

“The saw broke!” he repeated.

Geeze!

I took a breath and finished getting dressed and tried to count to ten. After all, I had to put things in perspective. A younger, more impatient Sheila would have had her blood pressure on the ceiling. But this was the mellow and more subdued Sheila, and worse disasters have befallen me. I was a veteran of various mishaps and while this one was quite annoying, in the big picture of life, it is workable. I think getting older does that to you.

Upon emerging from the bathroom in my jammies, I went to inspect what was going on. Keith was already in the process of dissecting the upper arm of the saw. “I turned it on and something snapped.” he said.

We spent the next hour or so trying to figure out how to get the arm disassembled. Actually I spent much of that time scrounging up the schematic for the saw. I looked online and found both the Australian and British ones, but it seems that both of them were a bit different than the one we had. (As a side note, I learned something, as those saws are apparently made differently than what is available in North America. That is good to know when I get questions from people in those areas. So I did learn something new!)

It was immediately apparent what the problem was. A tension bolt in the upper arm assembly broke. Here is the a picture of the culprit:

It was a somber evening.

I expect we will have to call “old yeller” (my old DeWalt saw) out of retirement and back into commission until we get the new part. At least we didn’t sell it.

Poor Keith.

While I realize that it was just the roll of the dice that the saw happened to break while he was using it, I couldn’t help but tease him a bit about “breaking my saw”. Sometimes I can be downright evil. ;)

I suppose it is just one of those things that happens and as annoying as it is, it will be dealt with as soon as possible. I already sent an email call of help and hopefully I will hear back later today and see about getting the broken piece replaced quickly.

I awoke this morning to see this:

It was a sad reminder of last night’s events. On the way to my computer, I (barely) missed stepping in a pile of cat puke that was left for me. Still choosing to look on the bright side, I counted my good fortune that I didn’t step IN it.

As I sat down at my computer I unplugged my keyboard, which I had recharging overnight and found that Coco had a “busy” night chewing:

No wonder she puked.

She likes to do that sometimes. She goes through stages where she chews thin cords like this. Many of the cords on our devices have patches on them and I have become quite the expert of splicing them back together. This one that she snacked on last night will be a challenge, as it has four tiny internal lines going through it. At least it is color coded.

I am typing this on MS Word offline right now. As I was trying to add the last picture, the Lumberjocks site went down. As it was struggling to save, I at least had the presence of mind to copy and paste what I have written so far on the blog, or that would have been lost and I would have had to start over.

I am beginning to wonder about the day. The smart side of me tells me to stay in and not drive anywhere and don’t operate any power tools. The only place I really have to go is to refill my propane tank on the bar-b-que because I accidently left it on and completely drained the tank that I just filled up. (After all, I am blonde!)

And it isn’t even 8am yet!

I am still smiling though. Really and truly. Poor Keith is fighting a head cold and not feeling very well. I hope he starts to feel better soon. I am willing myself to not catch what he has. I hope it works.

But I am determined that I am going to make this a good day. (Just think of all the opportunity that I have to solve problems!) By the end of the day, I am going to feel like a genius, and everything will be filled and/or patched and at least I will have a direction on getting the saw fixed. And I will be able to reacquaint myself with my yellow saw and give it a run for the money, if I choose. (Actually, I was planning to make a video today of making designs with the texture paste, so Keith is the one missing the saw more than I am at this point. But I have to wait until the camera battery recharges because I accidently left it on last night when sending pictures of the saw to Ray at Seyco. I was barely able to load the picture of the wire that Coco chewed without it dying!)

Yes, I am still smiling.

There is just too much good that I have going to be worried about the small stuff.

And I am very, very grateful.

Have a wonderful Friday! :D

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine, If you like reading my blog, come visit at Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"



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MsDebbieP

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#1 posted 800 days ago

The PolyAnna affect—- wow aren’t you having a lucky day!
You have:
  • learned how to help others (or not help them) because your saw is different
  • you hadn’t sold your old saw
  • you didn’t step in the cat puke
  • you saved your blog before losing it
  • and perhaps most of all – you woke up this morning :)

It definitely is an awesome day!! Enjoy the rest of it – and keep your eyes open for those “lucky” thoughts/choices that keep you safe and out of trouble.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 800 days ago

I KNOW DEBBIE!!! (sorry for shouting! I just got EXCITED!) Look at all the GOOD things that happened! I really mean that. All these things are able to be dealt with. Yes, it is annoying, but it certainly isn’t something that is life-threatening or horrible. Many others have it worse. Besides . . . now I have something good to tease Keith with the next time one of the kitties ‘accidentally’ makes a mark in the dresser or something. ;)

The glass is definitely “half-full”

Sheila

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine, If you like reading my blog, come visit at Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"

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BritBoxmaker

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#3 posted 800 days ago

No, I stepped in the cat puke, here, yesterday. Out of bed and first foot lands in something wet, warm and lumpy. Thank you Bess.

Sometimes a positive attitude is all we have. On a really bad day.

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

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

7432 posts in 1506 days


#4 posted 800 days ago

I know the feeling well, Martyn. I know the feeling well. . . :(

Good thing feet are ‘washable!’

Sheila ;)

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine, If you like reading my blog, come visit at Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"

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MsDebbieP

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#5 posted 800 days ago

why is it that at the time you can’t seem to really wash away the feeling of the experience….

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Roger

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#6 posted 800 days ago

Wow! double-bummer. Good that you have a “back-up” saw to keep ya goin till you get the other fixed. Sorry to hear of the problem/s. Our puddy-tats go thru phases of nibblin on things also. As far as the saw, I’m hoping it wasn’t from cuttin a certain project, if ya know what I mean. :) Have a good day. It can only get better from here.

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

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#7 posted 800 days ago

Well, Roger – Keith said the saw may come with a certain “copyright protection” and maybe it is the copyright Gods’ way of shaking their judgmental finger at me! ;)

It was just a weak part, I think. I hope it isn’t going to happen again. I am thinking about maybe ordering “two” just to have one on hand.

Sheila

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine, If you like reading my blog, come visit at Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"

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Bluepine38

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#8 posted 800 days ago

You have to remember Murphy’s law. If you do not order two, the one ordered will break, if you order two,
you will have a spare forever, although looking at the picture, this bolt could be the weakest point on that
saw arm. Hope you get the new bolt soon and have the saw back in operation.

-- As ever, Gus-the 75 yr young apprentice carpenter

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

7432 posts in 1506 days


#9 posted 800 days ago

Good point, Gus. I would rather have an extra ‘decoration’ than have to wait again. I am going to ask for the two. :)

Sheila

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine, If you like reading my blog, come visit at Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"

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Jamie Speirs

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#10 posted 800 days ago

Sheila

You are an inspiration

jamie

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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MrsN

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#11 posted 800 days ago

wow, what an awful day, I am really hoping that it gets better for you soon. I also appreciate the glass half full attitude, I need to try harder to have that more often.
You handled your broken saw much better then I did. Last year some time the switch on my saw quit working. Right in the middle of a project, I changed a blade and it wouldn’t start up again. I responded like a true girl, and burst into tears. My husband heard the commontion and ran into my shop and found me baling and sobbing that it was broken. He freaked for a moment worried that I had gotten hurt. Once he figured it was the saw he said something like “oh, it is just the saw…” which made me cry harder. Then he gave me a hug and said he would fix it and if he couldn’t he would go to town and buy me a new one if it would make me stop crying. He ended up swaping the switch for the saw with the one for the light (that has been burnt out for a long time) and later went to radio shack and bought 5 more switches to have on hand just in case. The entire time he was fixing it I felt a little like a parent in the waiting room with a kid in surgery, it was horible. I am very attached to my saw.

-- ----- www.KNWoodworking.com ----- --

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Joe Lyddon

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#12 posted 800 days ago

Was there a Full Moon last night?
If so, that, obviously, is the reason for everything happening at one time! LOL

I hope you can get the saw parts required FAST and get the saw working again…

Bummer…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#13 posted 800 days ago

Aww! I really appreciate your support and stories! Katie – I don’t blame you a bit! Part of me wanted to cry but I try to be more stoic than that with these things.

Good thing we didn’t take “old Yeller” out back and shoot it when we got this one:

“It’s Baaaaaack!” I just came up from picking it up. Keith is going to try to finish his cutting today. (this should be good!) I will give a full report on it!

As a PS – When I got home from my errands, he had fixed my chewed wire for me! What a guy! :D It sure helps to have a good partner on days like this. And good friends like you guys too! :)

Have a good one! Sheila

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine, If you like reading my blog, come visit at Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"

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Roger

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#14 posted 799 days ago

LOL- Sheila…..copyright Gods! I’m glad nobody got hurt by it for sure. You should have the Excalibur up n runnin in no time.

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

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grizzman

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#15 posted 799 days ago

cant you just go to the hardware store and get a new bolt…it doesnt look like a special type of part. but i dont know, i missed this whole thing, as we were busy getting ready for a craft show today, its right here in our little village, so not far to travel, well im glad you had a good grip on the day and knew what to do for each little hiccup…..i hope keith gets to feeling better…

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

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