Tool thoughts #50: First show, plus new job among other thoughts.

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Blog entry by NedB posted 07-27-2013 07:07 PM 1397 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hi folks, been a very busy couple of months. The new job is going very well, in fact this past week, I got the nod and was promoted to site manager for the courier service finally.

I knew it would be ‘different’... and it was in fact that, but it was a ‘good’ different, and the pay will be nice when it hits the bank account next week. I had been covering routes that brought it up close to that pay rate before, but now I’m busier than ever and getting more base pay to boot. New tools are on the horizon!

As I mentioned awhile back, I had a busy June… getting ready for my first show. I made a bunch of rookie mistakes, but had a decent weekend, and at Least didn’t ‘lose’ money… I made my ‘booth’ rental back, plus a pittance extra. I ‘know’ the rules now about the chair etc… and better presentation etc… My DW is a craftshow veteran, and she was ‘supposed’ to help run the booth… but honestly, she spent more time next door with her former boss than she did in my booth. Our agreement had been, I make, you sell… but that didn’t work out quite so well. we shall see if I bother to book more shows for the fall. At least I have plenty of stock on hand.
here are a few images from the show.

OK… onward and upward!
I’ve got some house projects to fund, and our school taxes are due next month, but I’m planning on a few new tools out in the shop in the coming weeks…

I’m aiming at just two ‘important’ tools, perhaps three. I want to finally get a ‘real’ wolverine sharpening system. I tried to make my own, but it just wasn’t the same. I have the fingernail jig, now I just need the ‘rest’ of the system.

Ridgid oscilating spindle/belt sander

and the third is a work in progress. I started making a portable router table awhile back. Found I have too much clutter in the shop, so I’m thinking I may just bite the bullet and put an inset wing in my tablesaw instead. I have a plate, I just need to mount it in a table, and put said table into the saw.

On the personal front, I’ve been so busy of late, that I’ve been shedding pounds and inches… to the point where I had to pick up some new clothes for work, the old ones were hanging off of me and my DW pointed out one day that it really didn’t flatter me. SO I picked up some new work appropriate shirts and slack. two sizes slimmer than I was wearing!

-- Ned - 2B1ASK1

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Joe Lyddon

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#1 posted 07-27-2013 09:40 PM

I’m happy for you that your New Job is getting better & better… the way you knew it would be…

On your display booth… Looks like you have a lot of cutting boards…
Maybe too many on display…

Might be better to cut down on the ones out on the table, storing the rest in boxes under the table…
... and display good examples of what you have not having any duplicates…

That way, perhaps the eyes will be drawn to key individual points instead of a hodge-podge…

Just a thought…

That was the first thing that entered my mind when looking at your pictures.

You should be able sell those COOL cutting boards!

Thanks for the update…
You’re doing good!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#2 posted 07-28-2013 11:59 AM

glad to hear the new job is going great and you’ve been sheding pounds,always a good thing to do.wish i could.
great looking cutting boards very nice work.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#3 posted 07-28-2013 12:21 PM

Nice boards ned….congrats on sheding the LBS to


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#4 posted 07-28-2013 02:47 PM

My thoughts on display – Consider making some racks to hold your cutting boards upright at a slight angle. That way the customers can see more at once, and it would look more attractive and organized.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#5 posted 07-28-2013 05:46 PM

This was my first show, and I barely had time with the new job to get the Boards done, let alone any display or signage.

my DW has plans for the evolution of the booth, I’m going to let her work on them, as I won’t have time to do shows much because of my new position at work. I will definitely be making some displays/boxes for showcasing the product.

Thanks guys, the weight loss is a function of the job… I’m out doing a lot of walking when I make my deliveries. Feels good, hoping to keep it up as the year winds down. Have to see, I gave up one very busy run to free up time for payroll/admin functions, but I’m keeping busy just the same.

-- Ned - 2B1ASK1

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