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Starting Over after 28 years #1: I'm starting over with a new learning curve after 28 years any sujestions would be appreciated

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Blog entry by RTV posted 12-28-2016 07:51 PM 4319 reads 0 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I just got back into woodworking but I was never at the level I see on this site. Such excellent work! At age of 40 I was in a car accident and my neck was broken leaving me a C6-C7 Quadriplegic. With very limited use of my hands I was frighten of my tools and sold or gave away all my tools. My wife became interested in working with wood and as I bought tools the more I wanted to work in wood again. Most of the tools were too high for me to use. I started buying table top tools, Planner, Drill Press, sanders, and other battery powered tools. I can’t make big projects so I started making cheese cutters and cutting boards. I had to start learning all over again. Using the table saw was a nightmare. I would lose control just before the board would clear the blade and I’d eat the board but the Grr Ripper ended that problem. I can’t hold a conventional push sticks and tried most all of them. When ripping longer stock, not over 48”, I flip flop the board then run it through a jointer or my 12” Planner. I’m getting better and I feel useful again.

-- Ray Vanderpool



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BulldogLouisiana

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#1 posted 12-28-2016 07:57 PM

Hey man. This is some fantastic stuff! I find your story inspirational, and I’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for more projects.

-- There are 10 types of people in the world. Those who understand binary and those who don't.

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#2 posted 12-28-2016 08:06 PM

Welcome to LJ’s. Glad you came and you have nice projects there. There is a lot of talent here and looking at your projects you have talent also. Great you are willing to overcome difficulties and go forward. My hat is off to you!!

-- Mark -- Really we're not crazy, just "Limited Editions" -- http://www.jmh-limited-editions.com/home.html --

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Monte Pittman

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#3 posted 12-28-2016 08:15 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks

Got questions, ask away. It’s all good here.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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diverlloyd

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#4 posted 12-28-2016 08:18 PM

Welcome to lumberjocks. Your work looks classy keep it up.

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Bob Kassmeyer

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#5 posted 12-28-2016 08:23 PM

Welcome to lumberjocks. Like what I see so far. There are some other folks on the site that have similar difficulties and do some great work. Looking forward to seeing more of your work.

-- Bob Kassmeyer, Nebraska

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darinS

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#6 posted 12-28-2016 08:23 PM

Great work! Welcome to LJs. Can’t wait to see more of your projects.

-- They say many people die because of alcohol. They never realized how many of them are born because of it.

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RTV

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#7 posted 12-28-2016 08:28 PM

Thank You all!

-- Ray Vanderpool

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Gene Howe

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#8 posted 12-28-2016 08:28 PM

A hearty welcome to Lumberjocks. Your work is super. You are an inspiration.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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Mainiac Matt

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#9 posted 12-28-2016 08:38 PM

Welcome aboard RTV. Your projects look good to me. But then again, I really like cheese :^)

Hope you are able to learn and grow here at LJs.

-- It’s the knowledge in your head, skill in your hands and motivation to create in you heart that makes you a woodworker. - Mainiac Matt

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HerbC

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#10 posted 12-28-2016 08:50 PM

Welcome to LJ RTV!

Your projects look pretty good to me.

Look forward to seeing more from you in the future.

I’m sure I don’t have to say it but…

Be Careful!

Herb

-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!" http://lumberjocks.com/HerbC/blog/17090

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theoldfart

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#11 posted 12-28-2016 09:45 PM

Good looking work RTV. Welcome to LJ’s.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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Arlin Eastman

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#12 posted 12-28-2016 10:02 PM

Like you I had to learn life all over again after the bombing in the middle east.

Do what you can and then learn more about what you are doing by books and DVDs and YouTube.

-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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TheTurtleCarpenter

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#13 posted 12-28-2016 10:20 PM

Welcome ! I am glad to see that your getting back intowoodworking and gaining confidence as can be seen by your photos. And like Bulldog said, you are an inspiration and inspire us, Thanks for joining LJ’s

-- "Tying shoelaces was way harder than learning to Whistle",,,,,member MWTCA area K. Kentucky

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sras

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#14 posted 12-28-2016 10:29 PM

Welcome to LJ’s! I recall seeing some discussions here about wheelchair woodworking in the past. I can’t recall the poster’s name, but typing “wheelchair” in the search bar should give you some direction… I did find this forum thread that may be helpful.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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tandg96

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#15 posted 12-28-2016 10:59 PM

Beautiful work! I am so inspired life deals sour lemons one makes great lemonade! Not to take away from your nice work but here is another inspiration of mine.

http://www.blindguywoodworking.com/

Again keep up the great work!

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