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Blog entry by scrollingmom posted 11-21-2011 12:33 AM 5410 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been thinking about what William wrote on getting overwhelmed with all the projects for the season.

About October I start thinking about what I’m going to make and who I’m going to make it for. Then the anticipated weekend that I get started. Everything goes great and by the end of that weekend I’m thinking that if I can keep up this pace I’ll be in good shape and have all that I wanted to make done in good time.

I don’t know if I mentioned that I not only work a full-time job, but during this season my job is unpredictable. I am a UPS driver. So I never know when I will be off work therefore hardly get to work in the shop during the week. So with that in mind, it happens. I wont get to go to the shop on Saturday at all and Sunday is only for a couple of hours, because all that I should have done on Saturday in the house I need to do on Sunday. So I know what William was saying, and with that in mind I have to remind myself LIFE happens, enjoy it and those people that do get a handmade item from me for Christmas are thrilled. The ones that don’t, will hopfully be the ones that get a gift next year.

In a way it makes it exciting for people who are getting a gift and anticipation for those that don’t know who those people will be every-year. So yeah, I constantly remind myself just relax and enjoy what life throws at me, you only get to live it once.

-- Kelly, Allen,KS

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#1 posted 11-21-2011 02:05 AM

I can empathize with you. My wife always says I thought you were not going to take on any new jobs.Then these little old ladies come with an idea they need for Christmas and I can’t say no. I might not be around to make it for them for Christmas next year.
I was finishing up this nightstand and thought I’d have it done by the weekend until I went to fit the drawer fronts- the space at the bottom was too small. I went back to my original drawing and the case was supposed to be 23”. It was 22” !!!, The base was mounted 1” too high and it was screwed and glued to the sides. I was going to call the customer and ask if they would take a 1” shorter unit for a discount but then I don’t like to discount my work so I made a plan. I laid the whole unit it on its side on the table saw and cut the bottom off flush to bottom of the sides. Then I cut the sides off to within 1/32 of the vertical sides and sanded the rest off with an orbital sander. I made a new base and it has two coats of finish on it today. The second time it goes so much faster!!!!!!!
I’ll be coasting after that screw up!.................Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 11-22-2011 04:05 AM

That a way. Its called adjusting to changing conditions! You made me smile. Thank you.


-- Kelly, Allen,KS

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#3 posted 11-22-2011 05:02 AM

In my case, I have plenty of time! I just can’t get into my shop at this time as I am still recovering from a total knee replacement surgery! I don’t have the strength in my leg to stand more than 15- 20 minutes yet so I am not going out there till I can stand an hour or more or I might get tired and trip, fall or otherwise lose my balance and take a chance on getting hurt. Just not worth it. However I dearly would love to go in there and do some work. I am steadily improving daily and today I was able to walk 10 blocks! (not all at once)

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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