So much has happened since my last post, there's only one place I could possibly start; Gratitude! From a really generous financing offer, lots of friends going out of their way to help in the shop, and during a recent trip to Ontario. Outside of work, I'm really grateful for all the opportunities and invitations to social events.
We've been keeping a list of consumables that we're starting to get stocked up on. Spare band-saw blades, roughing end-mills, carbide inserts, reamers. We're also carefully adding new tools, like a random orbit sander with a built-in dust collection I'm eager to test out, and a greater variety of Bessey Clamps and pipe clamps.
At the same time, we still have major work ahead on the electrical in the shop. We're upgrading the service from 208 to 600V, relocating panels, and a transformer, plus running conduit, adding disconnects, and relocating light switches next to the doors.
Fortunately there's been a lot of understanding and support, since I had thought everything would be up and running by the middle of September. I'm not unhappy that it's taken longer, since some really great things I wasn't expecting have happened.
I took some extra time to sell the old forklift and the shipping container I'd been using back in Ontario. It was a great help towards generating some capital to reinvest in new projects. I found some surplus Metalware bin drawers back in Ontario that allowed the addition of wider drawers into our inventory management
Somewhat unexpectedly the Weld Expo in Montreal coincided with my return to New Brunswick. Even though it was smaller than the Toronto show, I found it allowed a lot more time for conversations I wouldn't have had at a larger show. Instead of learning from seeing new machines, a lot came to me through having really thoughtful conversations.