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Blog entry by dbhost posted 1431 days ago 700 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As I have previously mentioned, 3 weekends ago, I SERIOUSLY overdid it working on my fencing, and cleaning / rearranging my shop. I have been to the Dr. who initially treated it as a light sprain, and recommended the typical Tylenol / hot paid trick. Well 3 weeks into it, and we are now on to MUCH stronger meds, muscle relaxers, anti inflamatory, and pain relieving drugs. And I am honestly NOT happy about this whole situation.

This whole thing is entirely my fault. I was trying to get the whole thing done before I lost the last of the daylight. And while I got an amazing amount of physical labor done, considering it was done by a fat middle aged guy, I am still paying the price for it…

So I am sitting here pondering how to help another woodworker / DIYer avoid making the same mistake I made. And I keep thinking about the posts I have seen about guys that managed to ram their fingers into spinning bits and blades, and it’s the same. So I wanted to reiterate what so many others have said, and hopefully save somebody a painful lesson or two…

You know your own body and mind. Know your limits. When you are working beyond them, that is when things break, or stupid mistakes get made….

Don’t let yourself get overheated, or overcooled. Both situations can be deadly….

If you find your attention slipping, STOP. Your fingers, hands, back whatever, is FAR more important than rushing through the job…

Keep in mind that rushed jobs almost always are extremely poor quality jobs. Slow down, pay attention, pace yourself, and do the job right. Trying to save that last little bit of light will end up putting you back in the shop, or out on the job site fixing the problem you caused after you heal up…

So let’s be careful, pace ourselves, and ENJOY what we are doing…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com



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canadianchips

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#1 posted 1431 days ago

Well said. I used to have the phrase when working with new employees. “Keep up to the old guy”. I could always out last them, BUT , I paid the price. NO rebound left in me. YIKES !

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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DocK16

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#2 posted 1431 days ago

Yes well said, accidents happen but considering the demographics of the woodworking populace I’d say we are a higher risk category. I’m often in the shop till late hours trying to push to get a project done. When you’re tired, in a hurry , or distracted is often when accidents happen. That is the time to stop and say this can wait till tomorrow. Ususally the project and the builder will benefit. Be carefull out there.

-- Common sense is so rare anymore when you do see it, it looks like pure genius.

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ClayandNancy

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#3 posted 1431 days ago

Years of self-abuse has given me two herniated discs, boy that hurts. We need to listen when our bodies are telling us to slow down and rest. God only gave us ten fingers,so we can’t afford to let fatigue and impatience get the best of us. Besides that the mistakes we make when we should have turned the lights out get expensive.

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Manitario

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#4 posted 1431 days ago

well said. I am always fighting my inner drive to finish projects, usually later in the day when I’m tired.

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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Abbott

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#5 posted 1431 days ago

Yeah, it only takes a split second to have an accident. I am guilty of pushing to hard for to long sometimes. When I spot the signs of fatigue it’s usually after a couple of small mistakes were made. I should also discipline myself enough to call it a day when working becomes unsafe.

-- Ohh mann...pancakes and boobies...I'll bet that's what Heaven is like! ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣

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Gregn

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#6 posted 1430 days ago

My days of doing Bull work and pushing myself to the extreme are over. I’m paying for the sins of my youth now and have taken a whole new look at how I do things anymore. I always tell young people to work smarter not harder. Going out to the shop is about relaxing and enjoying myself no hurry there. Then again I have the time to spend in the shop.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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dbhost

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#7 posted 1430 days ago

Usually I don’t push on things. My mom is coming to spend a couple of weeks with us around Christmas, and there is still a LONG way to go on the remodel of the house… My lovely bride was freaking out, and wanted everything done yesterday. Being a dutiful husband, I failed to say, “this is enough for today”... My fault entirely, I just want to keep my wife happy…

This seriously set us back for those projects… It’s been 3 weeks so far, and the doc says at least 3 more… No fun.

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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Jim Bertelson

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#8 posted 1430 days ago

Thanks for posting and reminding us of our limits. I thought about this for a few minutes, and decided to make a blog entry:

Work, Stress, and Pain. Listen to your body talk.
http://lumberjocks.com/jbertelson/blog/18319

I have quite a bit of experience in theses matters, with clients, and even my own performance. Thought I would pass along a few observations….....

Hope you get better soon David, back pain is the pits….......

Jim

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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NBeener

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#9 posted 1430 days ago

I just caught wind of this post.

May you heal quickly. Once in a while, “grinding it out” still seems like a badge of honor, a trophy to be reached for, an important achievement, or … even … just a reasonable idea.

Usually, After A Certain Age … it’s just a ticket to pain and frustration.

As somebody who’s usually being tortured with some kind of similar meds or another, I—er—feel your pain. It often does feel that the treatment is worse than the disease.

The ONLY thing this stuff does … is make you appreciate “wellness” ... even more … when the awful part finally abates.

And may that come soon !

-- -- Neil

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dbhost

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#10 posted 1430 days ago

Thanks guys. I really appreciate the well wishes and all… The worst part of this whole thing is, I have so much that I REALLY want to do, and I have to wait unless I want to take a bad thing and make it much worse…

I sure miss being in my 20s! At least physical condition wise…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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