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Not exactly woodworking, but close enough. #7: More shop progress. The storage shelf is up, another trash can is full...

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Blog entry by dbhost posted 10-07-2010 03:45 PM 726 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I managed to get my 72” shelf hung 6’ 6” from the floor, and level. My handheld power tools are back up there where they belong. Boy is THAT a good feeling or what?

In order to facilitate access to the wall, of course more junk had to get tossed. For what it’s worth, in the last 2 weeks, I have tossed out 3 full 64 gallon trash cart loads full of scraps / cutoffs that were almost all warped, twisted, knotty, or otherwise reasonably useless wood, along with foam, paper, plastic wrappers, and other construction debris. And I am only about half done….

I have been PARTICULARLY careful with my back during this process, and so far so good. I am feeling almost completely better, but I am not at 100% yet.

I have also mounted the MLCS 66 pc router bit set up on the wall right behind where I would be standing using the router wing on the table saw. I have the Skil 30 pc set, and the tons of misc loose bits that I need to figure out how to house, but I have an idea or two for this… We will see…

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



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Jim Bertelson

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#1 posted 10-07-2010 04:25 PM

That back is surely on the mend. Now you know it is a weak point, and you just have to be on guard at all times, for the rest of your life…............after a while it becomes a habit.

Jim

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#2 posted 10-07-2010 04:32 PM

I get in trouble when I let myself forget and overdo it…

Did I ever mention how I got the initial back injury? I had to stop on the North Freeway in Houston to avoid a wreck in front of me (brand new Chevy pickup, still had the paper tags, had a ball joint fail in front of me), I waited for traffic to allow me to change lanes to get around this guy, I did, a car stopped in front of me, and I stopped, a 1985 Pontiac Bonneville came up over the overpass, and rear ended me doing 70mph. I broke the seat back, went through the back of the truck cab, and the front of the bed. I ended up in the bed of my pickup from the drivers seat…

I did walk away from that wreck, but I have had back trouble since then….

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

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#3 posted 10-07-2010 05:11 PM

I knew you had an accident, but I didn’t know the details. I suspect that has resulted in a permanent infirmity. Meaning it is a weak spot. I got one of those in a knee as well, but normally doesn’t bother me at all. My back with its congenital deformities is my Achilles heal. I have done markedly better in recent years since learning how to get the back immediately out of spasm, and to keep it strengthened with exercises. I have what some people call a trick back, meaning just a slight movement the wrong way gets it going, and immediate, and I mean immediate application of stretch, sometimes I have to lie on the floor to do it, will fix the problem. I am then left with a dull ache for a day or two, almost unnoticeable. Learned the trick from my physical therapist (clinic employee, former head trainer for the Air Force Academy).

I don’t think you have a trick back, just a bunch of muscles and tendons that tore, that, even though healed, will never be normal again. Accidents like you had essentially always leave a permanent residual. Sometimes it is a disability, sometimes what I call an infirmity or weak spot. 100% recovery is not possible I suspect.

Jim

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#4 posted 10-07-2010 05:57 PM

Exactly. This creeps up every so often. Thankfully it has been several years since the last episode. Unfortunately it has been long enough I sort of keep forgetting that I need to be extra careful about things…

I forgot to mention. The sawhorses / canoe stands got put out into the back yard and are ready for the boat to go on them! I am LOVING this part of it… My shop is starting to look, well… Like a shop again!

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

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Jim Bertelson

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#5 posted 10-07-2010 11:29 PM

Getting that canoe out of there, should give you a lot more room. Those things really take up space.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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