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Ken Martin

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Hello All

Just a little idea to make your life easier. 

When I used to get an order, I would fill it, and post photos on my ETSY site, then ship it out.  Now I like to build more than one at a time.
1.  It is almost as easy for me to do all the steps on multiples as it is to build one.
2.  If something goes wrong with the 1st build I already have several more to work on instead of starting over.  I know you all never make mistakes, but I do.
3.  I like to build with different wood products, and this gives me a chance to compare the builds in say wood or MDF at the same time.  Sometimes one will work better than the other for certain things.
4.  By building several at a time, I have another ready to go when needed.
5.  I also cut extra blanks and parts while I am set up to cut the first one of anything.

Photo below shows two of the Easy Basic Car Carries I just finished.
One is made of mostly wood and the other in made mostly of MDF.
This gives me a an option of sending the best to the Customer.

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As I said I also cut lots of extra parts while making the first cuts, because while I am set for one I might as well cut several.  
Photo below shows enough parts to make from 2 to 4 more of the same carriers shown above.
Note the the foreground, I like to make my templates out of Peel and Stick tiles when I know I will be making more than one of the same toy.  This is one of the best and simplest ways to make my templates.  I buy the thicker peel and stick tiles so they will hold up for a long time.  You can simply peel off the backing and apply your pattern the cut it out on a scroll saw at very low speed.  Now you have a template that will last quite a while.  When I am finished with them I put the templates into sandwich bags and file away in a filing cabinet.

Some of the blanks are left plain, and some have the pattern drawn onto them.  They will be stacked together for storage so when I use the last one with the template on it, I know just what size blank to cut before I use them all up.  This saves a lot of time.

I cut extra parts and even paint some for the next set to build.

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When finished with a project, what to do with all the extra parts?
I like to use what I call project boxes to store the parts in.  This idea came from Udie.
These are inexpensive stack-able see through boxes that you can buy at Wall Mart for not much of an investment, and they come in all kinds of sizes.
Photo below shows one box packed to be put away until needed again.

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Before I put this drawer away in the stack with all the others, I like to cut out a photo of what is inside.  Just makes it easier to find what I need the next time I need to build this Easy Basic Car Carrier.
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I am the worlds worst at keeping track of parts and pieces needed for my next projects.
Cutting extra parts and keeping them in project boxes really really helps when I am starting a project over again.

Hope this might give you several ideas that can help.


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Ken - Excellent write-up, thanks for sharing this. I like the idea on how you labeled the contents with a photo of the project in the front of the plastic container. Your method of making templates is a real time saver when having to repeat builds - good one.
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Thanks Udie or Mr Mod
Photos work so much better when you can't see to read the fine print.

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Ken when you see all the parts laid out it hard to believe it makes such a fine car carrier. Thanks for showing you excellent skill
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Not sure Roly if I would call it skill.
   My favorite thing in the shop is cutting.  I really like working on the scroll saw, so when it comes time to cut one I might as well cut 4 or 5.
Sanding on the other hand is a different matter.
I do find it is so much better to have a 2nd item built and ready to go than having to build when ordered.  Also, when the 2nd one is ordered it is time to go back to the project box and get the parts out to build another one or two.  This saves so much time.
When the project box gets low, I get to cut again.
Thanks again for the nice words. 

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Ken - I like this idea.  And I like not completely finishing the multiples, it gives a chance if people want to request a specific color.  Good organization, I'm forever putting little pieces down and then not remembering.
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Cindy
   That is a complement coming from you.  You seem to be so organized with your bus project.
I am enjoying your post about the multiples of the buses you are building.

I am always losing parts right on my workbench, because I am usually building several projects at the same time.  That way if I get to a point where I am waiting for parts to dry, I always have something else to work on.  Sometimes I just get bored with a certain toy and need to do something different.

When making a plan that requires lots of small parts like the Kenworth Truck and Trailer, I put the small parts in a sandwich bag and mark the bag with the part number and size of the part, then put them into the project box for that project.  This keeps the parts together and easy to find.  This is of the greatest help when coming back to a project some months later, because you will know what each part is and what it is for.

I am so forgetful I sometimes lose my way to the shop with out using a map.  So having everything in the project boxes really really helps.

Again thanks for the nice words Cindy.

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