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Project by JimRochester posted 03-09-2019 01:26 PM 1070 views 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Can you make a sign for the Cub Scouts – Sure.
Well actually two signs – OK.
Four kids, two signs each, total eight signs – alright, what am I getting myself into?

For those that think CNC is a push the button and forget it hobby, I give you exhibit A. I spent more time on these damn signs. It took tons of help from online friends, new 1/32 bits which love to break, and numerous failed attempts. Hours of computer design time. I have nice stack of firewood in the basement from failed tries. Too deep. Too shallow. The ink pen leaked all over. Everything that could go wrong on this did.

But wait. Just when I thought I was done because they were picked up yesterday, I get a call at 7:00 pm last night. One of the names were spelled wrong and I need the replacement by 11:00 am tomorrow. Guess what I was doing last night and this morning?

Ah, good times in the shop.

-- Schooled in the advanced art of sawdust and woodchip manufacturing.





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standles

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#1 posted 03-09-2019 02:39 PM

Yep. Played that game with that group as well. Wanted it all for free. I did the Friend favor once with him buying the lumber. Then I found out that other awards were paid for at full price from a trophy shop. Never again …. Never again.

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JohnMcClure

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#2 posted 03-09-2019 02:39 PM

I feel your pain. It’s not as simple as some think.

-- I'd rather be a hammer than a nail

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JimRochester

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#3 posted 03-09-2019 02:43 PM



Yep. Played that game with that group as well. Wanted it all for free. I did the Friend favor once with him buying the lumber. Then I found out that other awards were paid for at full price from a trophy shop. Never again …. Never again.

- standles

In fairness to them, when they saw how much work went into it they did offer me some money. She did end up reimbursing me for the lumber I used. But with the time invested, ink pens, wasted oak and broken bit it still ended up being quite a donation on my part.

-- Schooled in the advanced art of sawdust and woodchip manufacturing.

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PaulDoug

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#4 posted 03-09-2019 03:15 PM

The appreciation you will get, will make up for some of it. No, wait, do kids appreciate anything now days…..? I sound like my father use to.

They really turned out nice.

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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Andybb

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#5 posted 03-09-2019 06:26 PM

Funny. I use the “doing a project for the Boy Scouts” fib when I’m trying to get stuff cheaper too. What goes around comes around. :-)

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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Skylark53

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#6 posted 03-09-2019 07:12 PM

It could be that the most valuable two lessons woodworking has taught me are PATIENCE and PERSEVERANCE. I see its paid off for you too. Good work.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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Hawaiilad

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#7 posted 03-09-2019 07:26 PM

Great job Rick and what you gave of yourself was even better. By any chance did you have any of the Scouts over to help you?

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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JimRochester

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#8 posted 03-09-2019 07:39 PM

The scouts did not come over because even though they know they are getting the award, it is supposed to be a surprise.

As for patience. I did persevere but if you heard the words flying from the basement you wouldn’t think I was very patient.

-- Schooled in the advanced art of sawdust and woodchip manufacturing.

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Mainiac Matt

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#9 posted 03-10-2019 01:52 AM

Those boys will really appreciate it.

Well done!

-- Matt -- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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AlanJ44

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#10 posted 03-10-2019 03:10 AM

Pressing the LIKE button on this one

-- Alan J. Hoover, AL Keeping in mind I believe college football is only a profit center for the school.... Roll Tide!

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Dark_Lightning

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#11 posted 03-10-2019 04:06 AM

WOW! Nice work, but my how times have changed. I never made anything that nice for my WEBELOES. I had them make that stuff. They did some really nice work, for their age. You’re a nice guy. I recommend taking a lesson from this exercise, and not let people take advantage of you. I had a guy ask me one time if I could run the gun range at a Mountain Man Rendezvous. I told him that I’d check my calendar (I was doing 5 things for the BSA at the time). Next thing I know, this guy is claiming that I was doing that task! I ended up doing it, as my calendar happened to be open, but nobody pulled anything like that on me again. I made it clear that I was or was not available, right at the asking of the question.

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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woodbutcherbynight

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#12 posted 03-10-2019 05:07 AM

Nice work, and good on you for staying at it. Myself, I just say NO, been there and done that and it never worked out well.

LOL

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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at anchor in Orlando

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#13 posted 03-10-2019 10:13 PM

I made these for my Grandson’s Den. Simpler, but still a lot of work… worth it.

-- Jack

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ChrisK

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#14 posted 03-11-2019 10:17 AM

Nice work. I have made a couple of dozen for my sons old pack over the last three years, hand router and template. The boys appreciated it.

-- Chris K

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oldnovice

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#15 posted 03-12-2019 01:11 AM

That should make the scouts happy!
Nice project to show appreciation.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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