Woodworking as Therapy #13: Slow and easy wins the race....

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Blog entry by Betsy posted 12-12-2011 02:00 AM 1439 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 12: First generation cheese board Part 13 of Woodworking as Therapy series Part 14: In progress first generation board »

I heard that once never believed it though. Now perhaps I’ll take it more to heart. Spent most of yesterday having a blast in the shop and have spent most of today recovering! I’m certainly going to have to learn to pace myself a little better if I want to stay in the shop at all. It’s a funny thing this better-living-with-chemistry idea. It can really curb my symptoms but it gives me a false sense of wellness at the same time. I am having trouble getting used to the idea that my muscles, while now under control (mostly), are still not up to the tasks they used to be. They feel like they should be but they are not. So there’s this little bit of a disconnect going on and I have found out big time that I have to learn to pace myself or I’ll be having more down time than fun time. Just such a weird feeling.

Anyway – I did get a lot done yesterday. My child’s chairs are all assembled and the plugs are put in place and drying ready to get knocked down then I can do the final painting. I’ve also managed to get the parts for the footstools made.

I’ve tried doing the handles for my serving tray again and I’m just at my wits end on getting them right. I really think it’s my band saw technique. The band saw scares the dickens out of me just because I know that at any one moment my hand could do a flying leap right into the blade and that would really spoil the wood. I also tried cutting them out on the band saw leaving a larger space between the cut line and then taking the piece to the oscillating sander and finishing them up. Still no good. I’m thinking now that the tray is going to be made into other things! That’s okay though I gave it a good shot and just couldn’t do it. On to other things.

I’ve also got my first 1st generation board glued up and have started to put a boarder on it. It has not come out as well as I would have liked, but for the first one I’m okay with it. Once I get the finish put on, I’ll post pictures. I still plan on giving it to my boss for a Christmas gift. I don’t think anyone but me (or you all) will notice the little imperfections. I’m going to get a nice cheese slicer to go with it and call it good. :-)

I am also working on the Adirondack chair class notes so that can get on to a good start. I’m looking forward to doing the class and I’m hoping that it keeps me motivated and moving forward with my woodworking. The commitment I think will help me push myself along. So that’s all a good thing.

Well – i need to get moving onto the net to see if I can find a good doggie door for my sunroom.

thanks for all the support I’ve been getting from you all. I appreciate it greatly.

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

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#1 posted 12-12-2011 04:27 AM

I buy Quigley’s doors from these folks-

He is a 70 pound Basset Hound so he’s pretty rough on them.

Wish I could give you some tips on the serving tray. I know you really wanted to complete it.


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

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#2 posted 12-12-2011 05:26 AM

Thanks for the link Lew. I’ll check it out.

As for that tray, I’ll proabably just put it aside for a while and either eventually get tired of looking at it and tear it apart or try those handles again. But fir now it’s on the back burner.

70 pound Bassett hound is huge! Both my babies together weigh 25 pounds wet, if I add the cat I’m still only at 30 pounds!

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

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#3 posted 12-12-2011 05:51 AM

I know how it is to try to slow down but my little brain keeps forgeting to remind my feet. After 2 heartatacts,2 open heart and anurisom surgery on stomach, I still try that highgear mode. But that is what keeps me active.

-- David, Center,Texas

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#4 posted 12-25-2011 02:36 AM

Yep just got to keep moving!

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

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