Woodworking as Therapy #9: Do not try this at home!

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Blog entry by Betsy posted 11-28-2011 03:00 AM 1398 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 8: Sanding done -- and found my camera! Part 9 of Woodworking as Therapy series Part 10: Cleaned up the shop a bit and found unfinished projects to do. »

So now you married and/or attached folks do not follow my lead and try this at home!

Being single and having a crappy kitchen counter makes this an easy place to do finishing work.

Those are four of my cutting boards getting all finished up and ready for giving away.

I hope you all had a very nice Thanksgiving. I had dinner with 60 of my closest friends. We have a group that goes camping every Thanksgiving. Of course, camping, for most of us now means RVs and lodges – but we still call it camping. Any way we rent a lodge at a nearby campground and spend the Thanksgiving holiday together playing cards and this year a new game called Marble Pursuit. I highly recommend the game to all of you, it’s a hoot, easy to play and fun as all get out. Can’t tell you how many games we played – but we had a blast. We also played a lot of the card game 31—- I lost all of $3.75 playing. Yep a real gambler I am, but it was great fun.

I came home late yesterday and started working in the shop. I took a nose dive onto the floor. Yikes! I’m okay, but it made me realize that I need to reorganize my shop and set things up a little better. It also scared the you know what out of me because I did not have my cell phone in my pocket. That’s a no no. If I had hurt myself no one would have heard me yelling or missed me for a while. I have a roommate, but she knows I can spend hours in the shop and it would have taken her a long time to realize I had not come inside. So I’ve been cleaning and rearranging today – with my cell phone in my pocket!

Cleaning is also good therapy – but I can’t wait to get it all done so I can get back going with the sawdust treatments. That is the type of medicine that can go down without any sugar at all! :-)

Well – going to get back out there for a few more hours and see if I can’t get just a little bit closer to the sawdust.

See you around the shop—- and remember – don’t follow my lead by taking over the kitchen counter—but if you do – don’t tell your other half you got the idea from me – I have enough trouble already!

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#1 posted 11-28-2011 03:45 AM

Right there with you in the camping department, Betsy! My idea of camping out is calling for room service at the Holiday Inn.

Kitchen counter looks pretty good to me, besides a little mineral oil never hurt anything!


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 11-28-2011 06:35 PM

My wife thinks “roughing it” is when the Holiday Inn runs out of shampoo and she has to use bar soap on her hair. She would be right there with you. We talked about a travel trailer. She said she would rather be home. She could take the same money and buy a new luxury car and stay in a motel with hot and cold running maids so why own a travel trailer and have to maintain it.

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#3 posted 11-28-2011 09:42 PM

let me see … two blue eye´s , one riped ear with seven stitshes , a broken nose looking werd now
and three missing teeth ….........hmm…. I think I can second you on this ….. speciel if you
bring in enginespart and try to fix them on the kitchen table ….. no matter how freezing cold its outside
not even if its her car or motorcycle you repair …. you better have the big first aid kit standing outside the maindoor :-(

take care

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#4 posted 12-24-2011 04:49 AM

Yikes engine parts, I’m not sure I’d even do that Dennis!

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#5 posted 12-24-2011 06:41 PM

fortunaly I´m not the guy that look like that now :-)
but I had to take him to the ER and clean my car after the drive
one thing still wonder me is why she didn´t attack me too
since I was the guilty person of bringing it into the kitchen
and she still smile to me when she ask for a dance …......

Merry Chrismas

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