More excuses for not woodworking

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Blog entry by Dan Lyke posted 08-21-2008 05:29 AM 953 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Shortly after that last entry with the second prototype cabinet door, I was pulling 180°s off the lip of the bowl at the skate park (inline skates), and went down hard. Hard enough to hit my helmet. I breathed through it a bit, went and sat at the side, and then decided I shouldn’t be skating anyway if I was falling like that.

So I went home, and the next day my shoulder still hurt, so after work I went to the emergency room and was told I had an ACJ separation, which is where the ball of the top of the arm gets rammed into the socket of the shoulder hard enough to separate the three bones which come together from the back, the rib cage, and the collar bone, to form the socket. Tears ligaments, that sort of thing. So I’ve had my arm in a sling for a few weeks, and will probably be tender for another four.

But I’m starting to feel strong enough to work in the shop, which is good, because…

Today on Craigslist I scored a 10’x2’ maple countertop, which means I’ve got no more excuses for the first two stages of kitchen cabinet. It’s sitting on top of my car right now, I have to figure out how we’re going to get it down with me only having one hand in play, but I think 4’ of it are going to go beside the stove, I’m going to rip the remaining 6’ down the middle for a narrow countertop by our window, and use the remainder for a backsplash. Hopefully I can start on that this weekend.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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Mark Shymanski

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#1 posted 08-21-2008 05:38 AM


-- "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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#2 posted 08-21-2008 06:19 AM

Ouch, that is why i never took up skating, skeeing, or anything else that took a lot of cordination.

You are definately going to need more than one hand to move that counter top around especially if it is very thick. Get some help with it. Hope you feel better.

-- Glenn, New Mexico

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#3 posted 08-21-2008 06:54 AM

I can swing over and give you a hand if you’d like…wait, I am 3000 miles away…darnit! I did the same thing a couple years ago playing football and my shoulder is still not right. I can’t sleep on that side still and putting a shirt on is hell. If you can, do the PT thing and opt for surgery…I should have.

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#4 posted 08-21-2008 07:38 AM

Bigbuck, my sweety and I got it off the top of the car okay with careful use of sawhorses, so it’s now in the back where we can cut it down to final size (no use re-finishing the thing at full size if we’re going to chop it up anyway). Yeah, I can’t carry it alone, but if I’m smart about dolly use I can move the parts one-handed.

On risk, well… I’ve done amazingly well for all the crazy stuff I’ve subjected myself too. There’s a concussion or two I wish I could go back and do without, but…

Christopher, they haven’t offered surgery as an option, but it probably wasn’t too bad relative to yours. Do appreciate the offer of help, though. Grin.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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