A moment of silence for my tumbler please

Why?  It’s dead.  It’s been getting progressively louder and today it just died.  Stopped working midway through the 4th grit.  It was over 5 years old and heavily used.  And the worst part is that I don’t have a backup and can’t afford a new one right now.

That means it’s back to hand sanding for me.  And I can’t find the batteries for my Scumbuster so it’s totally by hand sanding.  I now remember why my production doubled or tripled after getting the tumbler.  Sanding a tumbler full of beads through one grit takes nearly 2 hours and my hands, arms and shoulders ache.  Butt is a bit numb too.  I never used to make so many beads cuz sanding all of them just sucks.  While it takes less time to sand them by hand (2 hours per grit vs 6 hours per grit), it’s hard on the body and I could be using this time to do other things.

I’m taking a bit of a break now and then I’ll do the next grit.  2 more grits after than and I’ll do those tomorrow.  I’d like to have at least some of these beads ready for Monday.

And hope that sales pick up so I can get a new tumbler before the next batch of beads is ready for sanding.

Published in: on October 17, 2008 at 8:48 pm  Comments (2)  

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  1. You do wonderful work. What would it cost for you to get a great sander?

    • Actually I managed to scrape up the cash for a new tumbler. I’ve just been too busy to post recently.

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