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Blog entry by Betsy posted 2197 days ago 814 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, I had my two week post-surgical checkup today. Kind of a mixed bag. The good news is that everything appears to be healing OK. I can go back to work 1/2 days next week, still can’t drive though. But that’s OK. I was hoping he would switch me to a soft brace, but he wants to be more careful because of the severity of my injury and so I’m wearing the hard brace until my next appointment at the end of September. After that he’ll reevaluate and decide if I can go to a soft brace for the next 6 weeks. It will all depend on the x-rays.

The even better news is that he said it would be OK if I do a little bit of hand tool work. Nothing heavy duty though – no planning or heavy sawing – and limit my time doing it.

Now I’m trying to think of little projects I can do that don’t involve planning and no heavy sawing.

Any ideas would be appreciated.

-- Like a bad penny, I keep coming back!



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woodnut

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#1 posted 2197 days ago

Besty glad to hear you are healing well. my thoughts on projects would be scroll saw work, carving, or even sitting with a sharp knife and a piece of soft wood making the long thin shavings would be great therapy for me.

-- F.Little

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Mark Shymanski

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#2 posted 2197 days ago

Practice inlays, cutting dovetails, sharpening… maybe create some small boxes with inlays, develop a scale model from your sketchup blog; this may actually make the SU easier to learn because you would be seeing the wood change as you developed your SU skills?

Good to hear that things are looking good. My wife was in a car accident many years ago and through her travails I can appreciate what a difficult road your are travelling…I wish you much success and healing!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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lew

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#3 posted 2197 days ago

Betsy, what great news!

I agree with Woodnut, carving or scroll saw work. Be a great excuse to buy new tools!

Lew

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

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Betsy

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#4 posted 2197 days ago

Thanks guys. I’ve almost completely forgotten about my scroll saw. Maybe it’s time to break out the pattern books.

Mark – I like the idea of inlay work. I’ve never done it, maybe with all the time on my hands it would be good to look at.

I was working on my dovetails before the accident—- that’s a good idea to revisit that as well.

Lots of good stuff.

Thanks guys!

-- Like a bad penny, I keep coming back!

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MsDebbieP

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#5 posted 2197 days ago

congrats on the progress!!

I’ll be looking forward to seeing your scrollsaw creations :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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HokieMojo

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#6 posted 2197 days ago

Sorry to hear you didn’t get the full go ahead, but you are making progress!! I’ve always wante to learn to do inlaying/veneering so I’ll stick with Mark’s suggestion. the problem for me is the bigger projects take up all the space I’d need to do it. Maybe another opportuinity in disguise?

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PurpLev

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#7 posted 2197 days ago

Congrats on the healing process!

I always find the “rest” periods the best time to clean shop, re-evaluate what I want to do, and what would be the best setup for me to do it – and reorganize things to provide with a better workflow. but thats just me ;)

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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Betsy

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#8 posted 2197 days ago

Thanks guys. I’m excited even for a little bit of shop time. You don’t realize how much time you spend in the shop until it’s taken away from you.

I’ve been looking through my books to find some ideas. I think I’m going to do some scroll work to ease myself into some other projects. The doc does not want me to overdo with anything that requires much pushing/pulling, etc. so I think the scroll saw would be the best thing.

I’m going to have to make a trip to Rockler or Woodcraft to get some thin lumber. All my stock is rough stock and since I’m still on muscle relaxants I’m going to have to stay away from the power equipment. So I’ll spend a little extra money on some surfaced stuff.

Thanks again. Look for my new projects!!!!!!!!!

-- Like a bad penny, I keep coming back!

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OutPutter

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#9 posted 2196 days ago

Betsy,
I’m glad whatever you are recovering from is going well. I’m recovering from a serious leg break that happened almost exactly a year ago so I know some about pain and restricted activities.

But, I’m really concerned for you. Your doctor cleary said no planning and all these posts have got to fall into that category. I suggest you get the chisels out and place them on the coffee table along with several other hand tools (no saws) and some small pieces of wood. Now, when you come home from your half day of work you can sit down at the coffee table and grab a tool and some wood and just start doing … something… without any planning.

You don’t know how bad I want one of those coffee table workbenches I saw posted here so I could do that. And, you got a note from the doctor practically telling you to do it!

Well, good luck and remember, no planning!

-- Jim

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Sawdust2

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#10 posted 2196 days ago

Michaels’ has popsicle sticks and crazy glue. ;>)

Lee

-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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Betsy

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#11 posted 2196 days ago

Thanks Jim for your concern. I think I’ve settled on some small scroll saw work. I think that will fit the doctor’s guidelines—- no sawing, no planning, etc. and I can do a little now and a little later. I’m going to go to Rockler to get some lumber to work with and have one of the guys there rip a few pieces to size for me.

As to what I’m recovering from – I had neck surgery two weeks ago as a result of a bad car accident.

Lee—- your idea is not as crazy as it sounds. I’ve seen some pretty impressive popsicle stick projects—but I may pass on it this time!

-- Like a bad penny, I keep coming back!

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SCOTSMAN

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#12 posted 2196 days ago

Sorry to hear your not well Betsy .I suffer from a form of parkinson’s disease and have a spinal injury to deal with so I get into my shop only when I can but it’s apart from my wife and 3 kids and a daughter in law my life incidently 37 years married today.Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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keithlacon

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#13 posted 214 days ago

I am suffering with parkinson’s disease from last two year and went for 3 surgeries till today but got no successes. Few days before I came to know about mediation and yoga’s for parkinson’s disease and I immediately started them. Now I have a great relief.
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