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My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #1003: Production Cutting

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 472 days ago 1458 reads 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, guys and girls – I can tell you already that this is going to be a short blog today. Every time I do something here on Lumberjocks (add a photo, comment or blog entry) it is taking me about five minutes for it to do so. I am happy that I don’t have a lot of pictures to share today. There are days the site just gets like that, and today I have too much to do to wait for it to “wake up!” :)

Yesterday I switched gears and Keith and I did some of the ‘production cutting’ for our wholesale order. I am really happy to say that the Artist’s Club took on my SLDP210 Haunted Masquerade Painting Pattern and will be selling my patterns and the accompanying wood pieces as kits:

I love making these kits because it gives Keith and I a chance to do some production cutting. While many places only take laser cut pieces, we are able to produce high quality cut pieces just as quickly, and at a pretty good cost to them. While some people wouldn’t like to do this type of work (and frankly, I don’t want to do it all the time!) it is a nice change of pace from what we are doing and we have figured out a pretty good system and enjoy it.

Our initial order was 150 kits and yesterday we were able to cut 80 dozen ornaments!

That is about half the order and we have another 80 dozen to cut today. (We always cut some extras)

You would all probably laugh if you could see us at work. Cutting this took us about 6 hours (with a break for lunch) and we each had our own saw humming (Keith on the Excalibur and me on the DeWalt.) The music was playing and we really got things humming. I must say that I really thought it was fun!

We had done our errands early and it took a little time to set up initially, but once we got going we were really working fast. After we were finished, it was about half an hour to clean up and everything is back to ‘normal’ again. I had thoughts of oiling the two last trays, but to be honest, I was tired by the time I had dinner and I didn’t want to do anything else. Besides – the picture above is of our kitchen table and as you can see, there was little place to work, so I called it a night. (That’s my story and I am sticking to it!)

I hope to finish the cutting today, and then pack the order up tomorrow. Keith is going to drill the hanging holes, which will take a couple of hours and I will pack. I may not post tomorrow if that is all we get done, as there probably won’t be much progress on the new patterns.

While it is hard to stop and change gears when I am anxious to finish the new things up, I am very happy for the production work. It helps us through these slower times and it really keeps my cutting up to par. It is SO different than the delicate cutting that I have been doing all week. And as I said – it is rather FUN!

So that’s the plan for today. I am sorry that I don’t have any further pictures on the new things. You just all need to be patient and they will certainly be coming together this week.

I hope you all have a great weekend. It is a bit overcast and windy today. But at least it ‘feels’ like spring. It is a good day to stay in and cut 80 dozen pieces!

Have a great weekend. Have fun and do something creative!

-- 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

4085 posts in 1452 days


#1 posted 472 days ago

Sheila I can fully appreciate the feeling that Keith and yourself get from
doing a big batch. As you know I do production work to earn my living
So we do batches of 108 of an item, gives me stock when the orders
come through. It can take a couple of weeks though, but when you see
the piles stack up you gotta smile.

Have a wonderful day and don’t forget the tea breaks. :)
Jamie in Sunny Scotland with some snow still lying

-- 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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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 472 days ago

Yes, Jamie – seeing the piles grow is very satisfying. You get into kind of a rhythm. It is really a ‘skill-builder’ too, as the repetition does a lot to refine your skills. We get to the point where every movement – even the slightest – counts. It is amazing how much faster we are when we are finished than when we just started. Add some good music and we have the recipe for a great day!

Snow is gone here. It actually rained yesterday! No “chunky rain!” It is coming . . . :)

Have a wonderful day today Jamie!

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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#3 posted 472 days ago

Sheila, we never record times, depending on everyone’s
memories. As this takes a few weeks there can be a lot
of my Jolly Rouges involved. This leads to much exageration
boasting and the like. All good fun :)
Jamie 1:15pm

-- 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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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#4 posted 472 days ago

Yes, I can see how that happens Jamie. Keith and I have “friendly competitions” as to who can cut the fastest. It is full of boasting and exaggeration (but only good natured, between ourselves!) It is a fun thing we do to help each other on. I could see how with youngsters that may be an issue. Bottom line for us is that we both work until the work is done, no matter what the task. We are a pretty good team. :)

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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BertFlores58

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#5 posted 472 days ago

The three of you are really occupied and well rewarded on the effort. Just be careful and take it slow and safe. Stacking is good but if you make one mistake it is multiplied… just a reminder. Keep it going but have time to have a good rest.
Have a nice weekend. For me weekend is interesting. I almost finished two boxes today. Posting a blog already on the progress.

-- Bert

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Celticscroller

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#6 posted 472 days ago

Wow! A productive day for sure! The music would sure help get through all that.
A cloudy cool day here – a good day for carving in the workshop.
Enjoy your weekend Sheila

-- Anna http://richmondcarvers.com/

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#7 posted 471 days ago

It is still pretty cool here Anna, although it is sunny. Spring is slow in arriving, it seems. But it will come soon enough I am sure. We doubled our output yesterday and now have a total of 160 dozen pieces cut. It was a good and productive day again, but a tiring one. I may take the day to ‘regroup’ and take a breather away from work. Maybe I will just work at a slower pace today. :)

I hope you have a great Sunday!

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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#8 posted 471 days ago

You and Keith make a good team. The heck with those laser cutters. Ya’ll keep on, keepin on.

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

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