Sometimes we plan things and they actually work out like they are supposed to. When that happens, it can be puzzling and confusing.
Have I finally found the ‘magic formula’ to make things work? Humm . . .
I spent the day yesterday cutting. (And cutting and cutting some more) It wasn’t a bad thing. In fact it felt really good to be at the saw. As I watched the piles of wood grow I felt a great sense of accomplishment. While I was working, my little Canon printer was humming in the background, spitting out page after page of the patterns that accompany the wood pieces. Everything was working how it was supposed to – including myself.
Some may look at cutting hundreds of pieces like I am doing as a ‘chore.’ But any real woodworker can tell you that making something – no matter how simple it is – from a piece of wood and bringing it to life is quite an exhilarating experience. Even these simple cutouts qualify. I thought about how they will soon be scattered all over the globe to be brought to life by being painted and hopefully cherished for generations and it gave me a sense of pride.
I really do love what I do.
I cut for most of the day and wrapped it up just after six. I could have probably gone on longer, but I didn’t want to push it to the point where I would feel pushed too far. I finished the boots and the pumpkin cutouts, and now only have the hats to complete. I may be able to get them all done today, but it will be more likely that I will have an hour or so of cutting to do tomorrow, too. Even so, I am pleased at how quickly I am able to get the job done.
The DeWalt has worked wonderfully on this job. I find that it does cut through the simple lines faster, although it is quite a bit louder than the Excalibur. Once again, I am glad that I had this saw as a backup and I think I will be pulling it out for this kind of production work. I will still use the Excalibur saw for my daily sawing, as overall I do like it better, but the DeWalt works find for putting out large quantities of cutting quickly, as long as the pieces aren’t too intricate. And I feel that by using the DeWalt for jobs such as this, it will save wear and tear on the Excalibur.
The part for the Excalibur (as expected) is not here yet. We expect it sometime next week. Customs can be funny though and I had a package sent recently that made it over the border in a couple days only to be held in customs for a week. They just do that sometimes. In the mean time this has been a good back up.
There isn’t much to talk about on days such as these. It is one of those times when “everything is working” and you just thank your lucky stars that it is. I hope things continue this way for at least another day. ;)
Happy Mother’s Day to all the woodworking and painting Moms out there. I hope you all have a wonderful Sunday!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"