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11-08-2013 03:05 PM

Topic tags/keywords: humor

So, as I’m sitting at my work desk yesterday, slaving away at the ‘real’ job, an email comes in from my website.

A lady contacted me and asked the following:

Can you quote us on the following requirement for Cutting boards?

1000 per year, 400 pcs at a time
Hard maple
8 lb
liquid groove all around one side
used for cutting
reversal food safe
radius corners
branding available

Funny thing is that I actually started doing the math to see if I could do it!

I had to turn her down….and now I’m sad :(

-- -- Don in Ottawa,

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#1 posted 11-08-2013 03:09 PM

I’m still trying to get past the math of 1,000 per year, 400 at a time.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 11-08-2013 03:14 PM

1000 divided by 400=....wait

If I do 400 at a time and she wants 1000 per year then…..wait

So, if she wants 1000 per year, 400 at a time then….wait

ah, never mind :)

-- -- Don in Ottawa,

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#3 posted 11-08-2013 03:19 PM

If we all pull our off cuts together…...... You’re probably right

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#4 posted 11-08-2013 03:20 PM

That’s pretty funny math indeed.

400 boards alone sounds like a nightmare no matter how you look at it. You’d be full tilt, no sleep, parts breaking, fed up by the second month.

Good for you for turning it down. Stay small and enjoy what you do every day.

-- Measure, cut, curse, repeat.

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#5 posted 11-08-2013 03:30 PM

Yes, as tempting as it was for the $$$, I would have turned a hobby into a stressful job. No thanks, already have one of those.

-- -- Don in Ottawa,

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#6 posted 11-08-2013 03:30 PM

Being a greedy American Capitalist, I probably would have taken it. I would somewhat hate myself for it, but I would have taken it.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#7 posted 11-08-2013 03:33 PM

I’m sure there’s a Canadian vs American joke there somewhere Monte but I just can’t put my finger on it :o)

Trust me, I was tempted but it would have consumed me.

-- -- Don in Ottawa,

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#8 posted 11-08-2013 03:52 PM

My first thought when I read this was: I would have said sure if the price is right. then find someone to do it 20% cheaper and do the paperwork.

still.. what a big job! tons of returns or damaged pieces to deal with, shipping, dust galore, more space needed, different specialty tools, definitely a CNC router, approving the multiple designs, dealing with the one hundred that didn’t sell, overhead reassessed, new hires with their set of issues,

and time away from doing what your doing now – what you want to do. Nice to have offers just the same.

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#9 posted 11-08-2013 03:59 PM

How many years?

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#10 posted 11-08-2013 04:00 PM

I didn’t ask Dan…it would have been a slippery slope.

-- -- Don in Ottawa,

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#11 posted 11-08-2013 04:31 PM

With all of the board makers here I bet you could have divvy it up and got it done with a nice profit for everyone :)

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#12 posted 11-08-2013 04:32 PM

now you’re just making me feel bad Randy :o)

-- -- Don in Ottawa,

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#13 posted 11-08-2013 04:54 PM

Am I having a brain fart? If hard maple is listed at 3.6 lbs bd ft. and the target board is rough 6 bd ft, that math is even better.

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#14 posted 11-08-2013 05:04 PM

Sorry Guys it sounds like a scam request to me…

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#15 posted 11-08-2013 05:06 PM

All the contact info was in the email Pat.

It’s from a high end kitchen supplier.

-- -- Don in Ottawa,

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