Oh the joys of working for yourself.

Well, since my slow but sure entrance into the "woodworking for a living" pool...I have been very blessed and happy. Business is going well. With Christmas coming, wooden toys are on every parent's list....especially here in NZ. Well...then last week happened! It started off well....production is right on schedule (no, I didn't say "shed-jule")...then bang..........break a bandsaw blade....No problem...I remember having another one right here...........hmmmmmm....now where did I put it?..........then I saw them.....the other 3 blades....darn....ok..........I'll give my buddy, the mobile saw sharpener a call...I'll have those blades tomorrow.......
after 3 days, I get him on the phone.........."No problem, John,....be there in a few days..........."
No. 2
As the week progressed..........wierd little things happened..........but friday afternoon...............
Power surge.......and voltage drop.......just while I'm using my thicknesser,....then the mighty DW733 makes a death scream.........sounded like the kitty cat had crawled inside it........and then I hear the whirling of blades but no movement of wood....you guessed it.......the drive belt melted and so............I go looking for the "spare" belt........
after what seemed like EONS of time, I finally located it and quickly replaced the belt.........and for those of you the haven't done so..........It is really easy to do....after you ahve pinched your fingers trying to work that tiny little God-forsaken belt onto the pulleys.
Then Saturday happened...........
I was trying to catch up on my be-loved production schedule (no not shed-jule) and I was using my nice, two month old 6 inch belt and 9 inch disk sander...thinking just how wonderful it is........and I turned to pick up a piece of wood and.........................
Wham!...the sander is now laying upside down on the shop floor...........and I realize that it isn't running either.............and the really rub is that I JUST PAID FOR IT 2 WEEKS AGO!!!!!
So............I told myself as I was putting the "new" sander to replace the old "new" sander on the stand...............BOLT THE DARN THING DOWN>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
Cheers
John
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So............I told myself as I was putting the "new" sander to replace the

John,
What a run of bad luck. I suggest you take the rest of the week and weekend off and start fresh on Monday in hope that your bad luck spell will have moved on :) Hope things get back on track sooner rather than later.
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after all that, then your keyboard went on the fritz.............................................................................................................
dave
John Gilham/Patsy Scott wrote:

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Ahhh New Zealand. Beautifual country, I have heard. Wife and I would love to move there some day. Wonder if there is any tool and die work there.
John Gilham/Patsy Scott wrote:

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To top it all off if you get any orders it will only be for items that you have just sold out of, don't make, out of material to make, or too busy filling orders to make.
A bit of advice from a toy maker full time: Take one half hour a day set down in your shop with a cuppa and do nothing but look around and plan what you need to do nonproduction wise, sweep behind the drill press, bolt down the sander, change a blade, order widgets etc... Take another 30 to 60 min and do it. It will save you a lot of time and misery later on in the day.

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On Thu, 25 Sep 2003 08:16:26 -0500, "Sweet Sawdust"

That is excellent advice even for the hobbyist. We get so involved in projects that we allow our workspace to become a disaster area. I'm terrible that way and just let it get worse and worse until I no longer enjoy working in the shop. Eventually I figure it out, clean up, and enjoy my hobby again - but I always seem to forget the lesson learned the next time around.
Tim Douglass
http://www.DouglassClan.com
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