Shop update – What happened July 18th – July 24th:
- Quest cards did not begin printing. I am having difficulty negotiating the boarder with my printer. I have a friend that is going to help me with that. I have all the other settings picked out. (see image below – the card with the green circle around it has the right colouring).
- Rewards did not ship because of the difficulty with the Quest Card printing.
- Trivet and grip image actually below!
- Pallet was unpacked! Everything arrived safe and sound from SDCC.
- No joy of the product write-ups for our web site.
- Grips are cutting!
- Rotary phase converter is on site and should be installed this week!!
- Section 2 of the cost break down did not get done. Section 1 will be posted momentarily….
Here is what is on the docket for next week in no particular order (July25th – July 31st):
- Begin printing Quest Cards.
- Begin shipping trivets rewards (Surveys are all in! Thank you!).
- Begin shipping Quest Card rewards (5 more surveys to go! Don’t forget to fill them out I can’t ship your reward to you if do not complete the survey!).
- Begin shipping Quest Card Set reward (Surveys are all in! Thank you!).
- Cut more grips! Grips are for single and double handed pans! (Looking to wrap that up this week!)
- Rotary phase converter is on site and should be installed this week!! Pan modifications can begin sooooon!
- Work on getting Section 2 cost break down finished.
- Write up 7 products for the web site (web site will not be live – Also this is a random task for Nelly, not Jim).
- Jim leaves for GenCon on Wednesday the 29th.
- All survived San Diego Comic Con (SDCC)!
- Quest Card test print did not happen. It turns out that we made the Quest Cards 4 x 6 inch because we thought the cards we ordered were 4 x 6 inch. The cards we have on hand are 3.5 x 5.5 inch with a 4 x 6 inch bleed area (for information about bleed area check this out: http://www.serviceprinters.com/help/bleed-in-printing.html ). It is easier to order new materials then it is to redesign the cards. New materials will be here on Monday.
- .pdf of Quest Cards was posted for all backers to see/download on Friday July 17th.
- Surveys sent Friday July 17th for Single Quest Card, Quest Card Set, and Trivet rewards to collect address information from backers at these three reward tiers!
- Images of test grip and Trivet below! Quest Card – fail! See bullet point number 2 above.
- No change with rotary phase converter. See next week’s docket for more info.
- Did not find a used vice, so a new one was ordered. That should be in next week.
- The cost break down is taking more time than anticipated. It will be broken down into two sections. Section 1 will be the Quest Cards, Trivets, and Cast Iron and will be posted Sunday. The rest will be section 2. It should be posted separately from these weekly updates because they are dense.
Here is what is on the docket for next week in no particular order (July 18th – July 24th):
- Begin printing Quest Cards (Estimate Tuesday).
- Begin shipping trivets rewards (Shipment is relies on backers replying to survey).
- Begin shipping Quest Card rewards (Shipment is relies on backers replying to survey).
- Begin shipping Quest Card Set reward (Shipment is relies on backers replying to survey).
- Unpack pallet inventory (merchandise at SDCC was freight shipped back to the east coast. Pallet to arrive Monday. Unpacking will begin Tuesday).
- Write up 5 products for the web site (web site will not be live – Also this is a random task for Nelly, not Jim).
- Section 1 of the cost break down to be posted tomorrow (Quest Card, Trivets, Rogues, single handed, double handed cast iron pans, and Adventurer Sets reward tiers).
- Cut grips! Grips are for single and double handed pans!
- Morlock to pick up motor for the rotary phase converter (Monday or Tuesday). Frank’s Kitchen to install the rotary converter. Miscommunication caused a delay. All is well now.
- Work on getting Section 2 cost break down finished.
- Jim left for San Diego Comic Con (SDCC) July 7th
- Jim did not take a picture of the wooden grip before he left – Bad Jim.
- The rotary phase converter has two main parts – the panel and the motor. We received the panel and delivered it to Franks Kitchen. Because the shop is not owned by us, we are now at the mercy of Franks Kitchen. They have been good about getting things done around the shop in the past. So I assume they will continue the trend! However, I may not have a clear update until Jim gets back from SDCC.
- Tooling needed to test the Bridgeport is in!
- We located a used vice, but that did not work out.
- Quest Cards proof is done! PDF version will be in my hands soooooonn!
Here is what is on the docket for next week in no particular order (July 11th – July 17th):
- Jim returns from SDCC July 13th (to be in the shop 15th!)
- Test print Quest Card!
- Post PDF version of Quest Cards for all backers!
- Send Surveys for Single Quest Card, Quest Card Set, and Trivet rewards to collect address information from backers at these three reward tiers!
- Post pictures of test grip, Quest Card test prints, and Trivet!
- (This is dependent on the phase converter installed. See 3rd bullet point above for details regarding that timeline) As soon as the rotary phase converter is installed – test the Bridgeport. The test for Bridgeport will have three main tests: Test 1) does it turn on? Test 2) does it cut this piece of scrap as we expect it to? Test 3) does it cut the cast iron pan as expected? If any of these tests fail we will start trouble shooting and make a repair plan.
- Order new vice for the Bridgeport (We will try one last time to find a used vice when Jim gets back from SDCC, but if there isn’t one available in our area – new it will be!).
- Write up a breakdown of cost and project status for each reward tier.
Note: Kits and Teflon rewards we are currently looking at the cost & delivery time difference between foundry (metal poured into a mold), injection (plastic pushed into a mold), and milling (cutting the handle from a block of metal). There results of this will be included in next week’s post.
Happy week to all!