Woodworking as Therapy #11: Small discoveries

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Blog entry by Betsy posted 12-04-2011 06:39 AM 1193 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 10: Cleaned up the shop a bit and found unfinished projects to do. Part 11 of Woodworking as Therapy series Part 12: First generation cheese board »

Raining and dreary outside in North Texas today so it was a good day to be inside playing in the shop. I spent quite a lot of time working on my child’s size chair set for my friend. I’ve discovered that working on the floor is a pretty good place to be for someone with balance issues. It actually works really well. I put a piece of mdf on the floor so it was a flat surface to work on and just plopped down and started my assemblies, painting and some sanding. I got a lot done and I realized that I was more relaxed. I guess the idea of falling is always on my mind so that was taking a little of the fun out of things for me. I don’t intend to do everything on the floor – but I think when I know I’m not having a good balance day – that’s my solution.

I also managed to get my board ready for my first generation cheese board that DeGoose has been doing and that I’ve been PM’ing with Scott Smith. I’ll be playing with this more tomorrow. The woods are walnut, maple, cherry, maple and walnut.

And last but not least I just had to try the wine bottle holder thing that everyone seems to do. I just didn’t think it could be as easy as it looks. But thanks to the video by Tim a/k/a The Head Chuck—- I took about ten minutes and made one out of a scrap of pine.

Here’s a link to the video

And here’s my quickie holder – I can see there will be some very easily made Christmas gifts this year – the design possibilities are endless.

All in all a good day in the shop.

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

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#1 posted 12-04-2011 06:23 PM


That is going to make some beautiful cheese boards!

I don’t sit on the floor- too hard to get back up! But, I do have a low vanity bench and made a “Lazy Susan” type of assembly table- that sets on 2 saw horses. I can sit comfortably in one spot and rotate the table to get to various parts of the same project.


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

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#2 posted 12-05-2011 01:01 AM

Thanks Lew. The floor is just such a safe place for me – it was quite a revelation. I’ve fallen off chairs, stools, etc. just because of my balance issues. Thankfully it does not happen a lot, but when it does I always worried about breaking a bone – which would really set me back. It’s certainly not the solution to every issue I have – but for some it works. And at this point – as long as I can keep woodworking, even if it’s on the floor – I’m happy with that.

Just being able to be back in the shop has really lifted my spirits and outlook and that means a great deal. :-)

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

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