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Rockwell Rocks

April 9th, 2013 | No Comments | Posted in Pistol Grips, work is good

About six months ago or so I purchased a spindle sander, namely the Rockwell Shop Series RK9011 pictured here.  I had never purchased a Rockwell tool before but the price was right and it had the features I was wanting plus I was able to get it at the big box store down the road from my house.

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I probably use this sander two to three times a week for shaping curved areas on grips or whatever I am working on at the time and overall I have been very happy with it.  It’s powerful enough to use on very hard woods without it bogging down or being overtaxed and is small enough that it fits into my workspace perfectly.  It even has a build in tool caddy for all the spindles and the wrench too!

Unfortunately though, it decided to die on me.  I was working on a set of revolver grips and had finished shaping the left side grips and was just beginning on the one for the right side when the sander went from it’s normal whirring sound to a grinding noise followed by smoke and the smell of wiring insulation burning.

I contacted the company to see what the warranty would cover and, to be honest, was expecting to be told to take it somewhere to have it looked at after I faxed them a receipt to prove that I actually bought it on the fifth Sunday in a month with a blue moon.  I work customer service for a company and have seen that kind of policy before – more about protecting the bottom line than taking care of the problem. Also, since it was a weekend I had to do it by email so to me that meant it would be days before I heard anything.

I was wrong.

I got a response from Rockwell on Monday simply asking what happened and the model and serial number of my sander, I sent a response and Tuesday my new sander was shipped out to me by FexEx.  It arrived on Saturday and I am back in business.

Like I said, I had never owned a Rockwell tool before, but with customer service like they have, it won’t be the last.

Oh, and I don’t think they are in anyway associated with this Rockwell

 

Busy, Busy, Busy…

November 3rd, 2012 | 4 Comments | Posted in The Boy, The wife and I, work is good

Been busier than a hive of bees during spring around here. First up is that I am redoing the entire Rimfire site.  I had liked it when I first started setting things up, but now I realize there are quite a few things that I want and the format structure just wasn’t allowing it so now I am back to square one and redoing it all.  Hopefully it will be done by December.

Also, the wife wants me to install some shelves in the boy’s closet to put blankets and things on, after that the next thing she would like is a kitchen table so I found this one and I’m thinking of using the idea and modifying the size to fit us.

Now, this one is designed for a lot more people than we need, so I’m going to scale it down to a 4 person with expandable leaves to seat six people.  My only concern is the position of the legs, would do no good to try and seat six people if the table legs are going to be getting in the way so I may have to look at other deisgns and figure that out as well.

Also on the list of things to make is this steamer trunk for a toybox

Finally, once all this is done, we have also decided that since kitchen storage is at a premium in this house a buffet cabinet might be in order.

So yeah, I have my work cut out for me.

Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained

January 26th, 2012 | 2 Comments | Posted in It's all about me, Pistol Grips, work is good

As Linoge over at Walls of the City (which should have been on my blog roll a long time ago) noted, I am now venturing into making custom grips.  I actually got going in this direction because my wife has tiny hands and she was not happy with the grips on her revolver.  Me, being the kind of guy I am, looked at it and decided that it was silly that I should buy some grips that would still be too large when I can just make them myself.  So, here we are.

I am currently assembling the last of the equipment I need which will eat up about $800 (wonder if there are any venture capitalists out there wanting to throw me money….)

Anyway, once all that is taken care of and I have a proper workstation and tools I will begin production on some 1911, Hi-Power, Beretta and even a Ruger SP101 set of grips. These are what I am starting with because they are the pistols I have available.  I will probably be able to get hold of a Model 60 and do some S&W grips too,

If anyone has a special request for a set, feel free to let me know, I am always open to expanding my range of skills and I will back my work with a 100% money back guarantee.  I plan to be up and running by March and as things get closer I’ll let you know about the website, product designs and what I have available in inventory for immediate sale (I’m positive that this will include some full and compact 1911 grips as well as some Brownings).

I look forward to putting some work into your hands very soon.

Job Hunter!

September 29th, 2011 | No Comments | Posted in It's all about me, work is good

That’s right, I’ve put on my African safari outfit with the cargo shorts, my hat with the  big zebra striped hat band, loaded up ‘Betsy’ and grabbed my copy of “Heart of Darkness” and I am off!  I’m attempting to bag the big one, a job that will not only cover all the bills, but not have me waking up in the morning going “Is it the weekend yet?”

Don’t get me wrong, I am very, very grateful to have a job, and to have one that has medical benefits, but my problem is that the more I work at my current job the more I realize that management doesn’t really give a crap about anything BUT the numbers.  Everything to them is just another number.  If you are absent it is 10 points off your record, show up the whole week – +2, the whole month +15; If you are at 0 – your fired, no exceptions.

When I asked why a system was being put in charge of who is hired and fired instead of the persons manager I was told “We tried that and the managers weren’t doing what they were supposed to do.”

“So,” asks me,” why didn’t you fire the managers and get people in who would actually manage?”

Blank stare followed by a change of subject.

See, I want to work for a company that actually has a real game plan, not just one that says “We are putting you in charge of you!” as a way of really saying “We don’t want to take responsibility to manage so instead we have set up the computer to manage for us..”

Everything I deal with right now ends up with the same answer “What does the system say” as if it is some sort of Oracle of Delphi or, more likely, the Wizard of Oz.  Many times in my day I am asked questions by customers that they system does not have a nice neat answer laid out for, or if you do search for an answer it comes back with 364 answers.  I don’t know about you, but when you are on a call with a customer you generally don’t have time to dig through 300+ answers HOPING that one of them is what you are needing.

Nope, I need to find something different so today I am off on the hunt.  Maybe in the near future as my grip making and checkering skills get better I can live off that, but right now I’m gonna have to work for someone else a little while longer.

Sporting Some Wood

June 17th, 2011 | 2 Comments | Posted in Pass the ammo, work is good

Went down to to Stock Building Supply today and grabbed me some wood.

For those who might remember, I mentioned in an earlier post that I was thinking of making my wife some grips for her pistol.  Well, that’s what the wood is for and so I picked up a linear foot each of African Padauk and Jatoba.

The Padauk has a wonderful red color to it that I think will work very well on its own as the entire grip, or also as an accent wood to a grip.

The Jatoba on the other hand is a very nice chocolate brown color that will be great for give the grip a nice classic feel with a rich, dark color to it.

In either case, though, both of these are VERY hard woods so if this takes off I’ll probably start looking for a bandsaw to help make my life a lot easier.

What I learned

June 15th, 2011 | 1 Comment | Posted in work is good

I work for a major wireless communications company and the other day they decided that we all needed to see the new and current products that our manufacturers were providing us so that we could better describe and sell them to the customer.  Now, you would think that would mean a little hands on time, some question asking, and generally a real ‘hands on’ approach to the whole thing.

You would be wrong.

Someone decided that would take much too long and instead set all the vendors up in one large room, we were all shuffled in there by team and then given five minutes at each vendors table so they could blast out as much info as possible before the people running it blew an airhorn and told us to move to the next table.  Yep, speed dating with cell phones.

When each vendor has multiple phones with different features and capabilities I’m sure you can guess how much information they were really able to give us.  Not a lot.  Then as we were hurried to the next table they would shove some swag in our hands as we hurried on.

You want to know what I retained out of it all?  Blackberry gives away Frisbees and that goes well with the sunscreen Kyocera was passing out.