Woodworking as Therapy #10: Cleaned up the shop a bit and found unfinished projects to do.

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Blog entry by Betsy posted 11-30-2011 05:11 AM 1130 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 9: Do not try this at home! Part 10 of Woodworking as Therapy series Part 11: Small discoveries »

I just wonder how many unfinished projects we all have laying around in our shops. I know I get started on one, either get bored with it, get stuck not knowing how to do the next step, or get frustrated because I can’t get the project to look like that darn magazine picture. :-)

While cleaning I realized that I had not finished a set of child size Adirondack chairs for friend of mine. That’s what I’ve been doing tonight. I’ve managed to get both seats done and one back rest. I think about 3 or 4 years ago I said I’d never make another set of these, but here I am making more. I think I can make these things in my sleep.

Here’s a quick pick of the chair without the arms.

It’s hard to tell, but this really is a child’s chair – it only stands about 20” from floor to the top of the back rest. A normal size adult (is there such a thing) could not sit in one of these – once the arms are on – anyone bigger than maybe a 12 year old would get stuck!

I notice in the pick that it looks like I have a slat on the seat that is sticking up. I’m not sure how that is because it’s not in real like sticking up – might be reflection I don’t know. But the seat is smooth.

And last but not least , for good measure – I’m going to throw in my finished cutting boards. I’ve only snapped a picture of three of the finished ones – there are six all together.

All in all I’m on a pretty good streak of sawdust therapy this week. Actually, to be honest, I was thinking earlier that today has probably been my best health day in about a year. I feel great. With my Dystonia I know that won’t last but I sure am grateful when I have good days, and having a great day is just icing on the cake – and I love icing! :-)

Thanks for reading and letting me share.

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

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#1 posted 11-30-2011 05:19 AM

Hey, save a slice of that cake with icing for me!

Glad you had a great day. Your friend will be pleasantly surprised when you complete the Adirondack chairs and make arrangements for delivery/pickup…

The cutting boards are beautiful.

Well, keep up the good work. Glad you got things done this week.

Be Careful!


-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!"

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#2 posted 11-30-2011 05:19 AM

Wow, Betsy, you’re really on a roll!!

So glad to hear that you are feeling better.


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

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#3 posted 11-30-2011 05:25 AM

Thanks guys.

Herb – I’m sending a virtual cake your way with extra icing on the side. It comes without calories or the guilt of eating way too much of it in one setting. Don’t you just love virtual reality? :-)

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

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#4 posted 11-30-2011 05:32 AM


That’s about the only kind of cake for me nowadays. Silly doctor mumbled something about Type II diabetes and now I’ve got to stay away from most real carbs… Oh well, since I’m having this virtual cake, with the wonderful creamy virtual icing I suppose I’d better get a nice thick virtual strawberry shake to wash it all down…

Sometimes it seems virtual reality is better than real reality… Then one of my grandkids give me a real hug and I know better.

Take care.


-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!"

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