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Blog entry by Bobby posted 02-01-2010 03:48 AM 880 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi all…

First off I’d like to thank everyone who took the time to welcome me to the site when I found it and joined about a week ago. It was very much appreciated.

I love woodworking… always have. Over the years I have been able to acquire a lot of tools. Most are good names, a few are lesser names but I manage to get things done with all of them. As I tell my wife after getting yet another tool… “a man has got to have tools, dear.” To this she just shakes her head and smiles.

For a lot of years I was unable to work in my shop as I was incapacitated by illness. I’m sure that anyone who has suffered through recurring severe depression and anxiety will understand how you lose your interest, your ability to concentrate, your self esteem and your all around ability to function. However, a doctor who I like to call my angel sent from Heaven has finally got me back on track. I’m doing so much better.

For the last month or so it seems that I just can’t wait to get into the shop. I am just now becoming less afraid of my tools and I seem to be making a lot of headway. I made a cutting board that my wife went nuts over a couple of weeks ago. But there are a couple of lingering side effects. My concentration hasn’t completely come back and so the simplest thing – taking measurements for example – does not come easy. I’m very slow now. Things that should take a couple of hours to do now take 4 or 5 hours or more. I make mistakes – lots of mistakes – but at least I’m not getting frustrated when I do make one. My stamina is very low and so I tire easily. But when I get tired at least I have the common sense to know when to stop. But as I said… there is a vast improvement and I am really enjoying the time I spend in my shop now. I’m back to loving it. It goes without saying that finding this site has helped to bring back the desire to start working on projects as well. I’ve got a million of them running around in my head. Life is good.


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#1 posted 02-01-2010 03:57 AM

Hey! It’s OK to take it slow – we’re not running any races here. Besides, taking more time = just that more enjoyment in the shop.

Best to ya. keep at it.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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#2 posted 02-01-2010 04:03 AM

Hey Bobby
I was wondering were you were off too.:)) We all go at our own pace so take it at the speed you like .
There’s plenty of folks to help if you need it.

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 02-01-2010 04:03 AM

easy does it ,
no sense in making rush mistakes ,
even on slow ,
we make to many !

glad you are felling better .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#4 posted 02-01-2010 05:40 AM

I agree there is no need to hurry. After all we aren’t being paid by the hour. Mistakes are simply part of the process and are bound to happen. I firmly believe that we learn more from our mistakes than we do our successes. It is good to hear that you are excited about spending some time in the shop.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#5 posted 02-01-2010 06:29 AM


Glad your back doing something you enjoy. I’m kind of on the opposite end of the spectrum. Although I haven’t been tested, I’m sure I’m borderline ADHD. I need to learn how to slow down and make sure I’m not rushing, that’s when I make mistakes. What I’ve found is that this is a hobby for most of us and the real joy lies in the journey.

Take care and would love to see the cutting board.

-- John H. [To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk. ~Edison]

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#6 posted 02-01-2010 05:34 PM

Hi guys…
Thanks for the words of encouragement… and you can be sure that I’ll be taking your advice about taking it slow and easy. Like I said… even with all the mistakes I’m not getting frustrated… I’m putting it all into perspective. It is like starting all over again.

A1jim… I’ve been around – a lot. I’m just not saying very much. But I’ve be lurking every day since joining this great site… sometimes 3 or 4 times a day. I love looking at other people’s shops. Mine is in a bit of a mess right now but once I get it cleaned up a bit I’ll be posting some pictures.

My wife is going to be away for a few days on business so I’ll have lots of time down in the shop this week and I don’t have to worry about being called away for supper… lol. Last week she called me 3 times and I ended up nuking it because I had just one more bolt to go.


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