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Happy Holiday

Posted by The Scroll Saw Lady on 30th August 2008

Hope everyone is planning something fun for the holidays and not just working!!  That is NOT what Labor Day was meant to be.  I have a plaque to work on for a friend that has already gotten married and  promised her something special….got to get that done.  Will post a picture when I finish it.

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Tools For Women

Posted by The Scroll Saw Lady on 29th August 2008

Tools for Women
Power tools aren’t just for men any more!  Women use power tools all the time now. Women have become more independent and the chores of the household have become less divided by gender. Women don’t need to wait for a man to build a shelf, or fix a hinge on a door.
While women can operate most any power tool, there are some now specifically designed for women. The Barbara K line features a cordless drill that is very light, yet very powerful. The cordless power screwdriver is the best selling power tool of the line. It is light weight and very easy to use.
Tomboy Tools has a great line of tools for woman, they are slightly smaller and lighter and are wonderful for any woman to use.  My problem is they are so pink!!  Tomboy also offers women a chance to sell their products in the home party plan business format.
Ladies Tools Online is another company that sells of all things… pink tools!  Do they have to be pink or we won’t know they are for women?  Even the freakin safety glasses are pink!  Where did they go to have all this pink merchandise made (Barbie’s tool factory)?  They do have some great tool sets that you can buy that have everything you could possibly need for home repairs, except the power tools.
Women enjoy doing home projects, and finding the right tool can be hard. Black and Decker offers the Project Mate. It is a three in one tool – featuring a scraper, detail sander, and a screwdriver. It doesn’t weight much, fits in the palm of a lady’s hand, and fits in small spaces.
Wrenches can be difficult to maneuver in some areas. Craftsman has the Flex Wrench set in both standard and metric, with seven sizes of wrenches. They are great for getting into tight spaces. They also help give you some added strength to loosen or tighten anything. 
A screwdriver is an essential tool for any woman to have. You never know when it will come in handy. Snap-on has the PentaGrip screwdriver that is amazing. It has a button on the top so you can lock the head into position. The handle is designed for smaller hands and has a soft grip.
The idea of power tools for women is catching on. Five ladies that bill themselves as non blondes from all over the country are in the process of creating an entire line of power tools for women called Savvy tools. The line is meant to make power tools a more comfortable fit for women in the hopes of promoting safety and making them less intimidating. Bulky power tools are often hard for women to use. The first two power tools are in the works and even have names, Sandra Dee the Sander and Donna the Drill.
Power tools for women that are designed to help them complete projects are anticipated to sell well. Those manufacturers who take this market demand seriously are going to be able to profit from such products. The key is going to be conducting research and finding out what types of power tools women use and asking what they like and don’t like about them. Women don’t want just a smaller version of the power tools out there or the color changed to something pretty. They want power tools that are easy to use and get the job done

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Picking Wood For A Project, Be selective.

Posted by The Scroll Saw Lady on 28th August 2008

As I said earlier in posts, what wood you use depends on what kind of project you are undertaking.  For projects that will be painted, you can use simply MVF.  For furniture, it’s often a good idea to choose something that will finish well like cedar or oak.

You’ll most likely be getting your wood from a lumber supply store or a home improvement store like Home Depot or Lowe’s.  There are a few things you need to keep in mind when picking out your lumber.

At the lumber yard or store, you’ll find wood boards stacked up in high piles according to length, quality grade, thickness, wood type and many other categories. Even in piles of boards that are grouped as being the same, there are differences in quality, so follow these simple tips for choosing boards that will work for your woodworking projects.

Don’t take boards you don’t want!  Lumberyard novices may feel like they have to take the boards that are first presented to them. Don’t be afraid to examine each board closely and send boards back if they don’t meet your criteria. Why pay for a warped board that won’t work in your current project?

Rejecting boards is not an insult, but a way to pay for wood you can use, so get in the habit early.  Check for straightness.  Hold the board at eye level on one end, with the other end on the ground. Look down the board to see if it has obvious curves or twists. Some projects can handle a curved board, but for beginners, working with curved boards may be too complicated.

Check for splits and warping.  Look over both sides of the board to see if there are any long splits or warped edges. Splits and warps reduce the amount of wood you can use for your project, so pass on boards that would result in a lot of waste.

Knotholes can be considered attractive in some kinds of woodworking projects, so if you’re looking for a really knotty piece of wood, that’s fine.  Otherwise, check your boards for large knotholes that would become waste wood or loose knot pieces that may fall out, causing gaps or weak areas in your cut pieces.

For fine woodworking projects or projects that need a straight, even grain, quarter sawn lumber offers even wood graining, but is more expensive than regular plain sawn lumber. Decide whether you’re willing to pay for the straight grain before choosing boards. Look closely at each board to see if the color is even enough for your project, and that there are not a large number of wormholes or other marred areas. Also check for lumberyard chalk or pen markings or dents that may not come off easily.

Used boards gathered from old barns or other projects can be interesting and fun to work with. However, when buying or choosing reclaimed lumber, check for signs of decay. If the board is spongy or soft, or has signs of fungus on it, it may not hold up well as project wood.

Pressure-treated lumber and chemically treated lumber are for use in outdoor projects, and are better able to withstand temperature and moisture changes. If you’re building a deck or outdoor project, ask for treated lumber. Otherwise, untreated boards are a better choice.

The beginning woodworker should probably start out using softer woods like pine or spruce.  They are easier to work, and you can eventually move up to harder woods like oak and cedar.

You’re almost ready to get started on your first project, now you just need to decide on what to make. Good Luck to you and always follow all safety precautions!

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Trip From Hell, Part 4, It’s a long way to hell and back!

Posted by The Scroll Saw Lady on 27th August 2008

Well, it has taken awhile for me to finish writing this story, and no I didn’t do it just to keep the suspense alive, I did it because, I finally made my way home to WA, but, it has been a tiring trip.  I tell everybody I came home by stagecoach because I thought it would be faster then my trip down.  (No, I didn’t actually come back by stagecoach!  Duh, It just makes a good story.) Fortunately my trip back was not as suspenseful as the trip down.  Though it had its moments where I thought, “oh no, not again!”

 In Part 3 I told you how I had called everyone and anyone trying to figure out a better way home then it took me to get down to AR.  I had called United Airlines to try and change my mistake of flying into Springfield, IL. and not into Springfield, MO. like I was supposed to.  If you haven’t read the other parts of the story, you really have to read them to get the whole irony of the rest of this story.

I start this portion of the story with an email to me from Expedia telling me that United Airlines had cancelled my trip home.  “WHAT!”  I was sure (not really sure at all) this was just a mistake.  That the guy I had talked to at United had cancelled my trip when he thought I was booking another flight, but, when we could not make that happen, I am sure he re-booked my old ticket.

 I had to call Expedia though to make sure that is all that happened and find out what the deal was.  I told the very nice rep there that I received the email saying United Airline cancelled my ticket.  She told me she did not see where that had happened, she could not find anything on her end so she was going to call United Airlines herself.  We are back to a waiting game but at least I don’t have to listen to the Chinese water torture music of United Airlines.

The Expedia rep comes back and forth several time, apparently with a United rep on another line, she is still trying to figure out why I received the email saying my flight was cancelled.  After several back and forths with United she comes back and tells me my flight was not cancelled.  But…… “aw come on…. I am so, tired of hearing BUTS!”  But, she says they have made a change to your flight.

Okay, I say, let me have it…. I am ready for anything at this point.  She tells me I will still be flying out of Springfield, IL. on Saturday, that has not changed at all, but, my connecting flight in Chicago to Seattle will not be leaving till Sunday! “WHAT?”  This is crazy!  I asked her if she was kidding me, she said no.

Apparently she could tell I was not amused with this latest development in my trip from hell, she tells me that United has to allow me to find a different flight home, if I would like.  I say, of course I would like, what am I going to do sit in Ohare airport in Chicago all night?  The nice rep from Expedia says “let me see what United will do.”  She comes back and forth to me several times, telling me that United does have other flights going to Seattle and they were trying to figure out something for me.

Now, if you have been following this story at all, you know that I am an idiot (ok, I am over that, I have cut myself some slack seeing I was booking a flight under duress when I was not sure if my father was okay with a second trip to the hospital for chest pains in the last 4 days).  So, anyway, this knucklehead (me) booked a flight mistakenly to Springfield, IL not Springfield, MO and have been trying for a week to change my flight to fly out of Springfield MO’s airport and not Springfield, IL.

The wonderful Expedia woman comes back to me several times telling me of flights they have leaving at different times out of Springfield IL to Denver to Seattle.  Now, I see a silver lining in the dark clouds that have been hanging over my travel for so long.  The next time the Expedia woman comes back on the line, I tell her, “there is an airport in Springfield MO and if that would be easier I could fly out of there”.(remember this is the airport I have been trying to get a flight out of all along).   She says, “ok, I will tell the United guy that”.  I cross my fingers and wonder what she will say when she comes back.

It seems like forever before she comes back.  She comes back on the line and she tells me they have 3 flights out of Springfield MO, and tells me the times and asks me if any of those would work?  WHAT!?!?  It can’t be this easy!  I have been fighting for three days with people to get my airline ticket changed without giving them my first born child and here she is just offering me the chance to change my ticket, no strings attached?  I try to calmly tell her yes, thank you any of these flights would work for me.  She says, “great, let me tell the United Ticket guy”.

She comes back on the line shortly, with details for 3 flights leaving Springfield MO and asks me which one I would like, I tell her and she says okay!  Okay?  I am dumbfounded at this point.  Okay?  That is it?  She comes back to me with a confirmation number, flight numbers, everything.  Still dumbfounded, I thank her, ask her to repeat everything, because I am sure something must be wrong here, she repeats everything and it is the exactly what I have been trying to schedule for myself for the last 3 days with no success, as I said without giving them my first born child, an arm, two legs and my car keys.  And, they did it all for FREE! 

Karma?  Travel Gods?  The stars were aligned?  My family and friends all said they prayed for me that things would work out!  I am not sure what it was, but after this whole ordeal I think I will be taking the train everywhere, I like land better than the skies anyway.

Hmmm, what will I write about now?  Certainly hope it won’t be as exciting as this trip, that is for sure!

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Not Sure How It Happened?

Posted by The Scroll Saw Lady on 26th August 2008

So Sorry, It has been pointed out to me that the Trip From Hell story never got an ending printed!  I thought I posted it, but…. hmmm, I will get on that right away.  So… sorry!!!

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