A week ago I had to take a nap every afternoon and spent much of my day sitting on my butt reading, watching TV and surfing the net. Zero energy had become my new normal. Oh, I had a legitimate excuse, ”Well, I have cancer. What do you expect?” Then my wife bought me a miter saw and suggested woodworking. Wow! I never would have thought this would have a such a fast positive effect on my energy and mental well being!
I joined LJ, got some great advice right away, and some very encouraging comments! Within a few days I found myself scooting around Lowes in one of those old man electric chairs. (I had a little pride issue at first) I spent hours scooting around, getting some ideas and advice and picking up some stock for my first projects. The staff at Lowes was awesome, helpful and friendly! They even got me coffee! BTW, if you are a Veteran, don’t forget to ask for your 10% discount at Lowes.
They made a few pre-cuts for me so I could handle the material for my work bench top and loaded all my purchases for me.
Then I went to Harbor Freight to pick up a few clamps. Several of you told me HF was a good place to pick up clamps and it was, but what a different experience from Lowes. One work, “JUNK”. Enough said about HF.
Now my first need was for a couple of saw horses. I started to cut my 2×4s and noticed the cuts were rough and slow. This wouldn’t have bothered me before, but hey, I’m now an official LumberJock! So back to Lowes and my scooter. I picked up two new blades for my old 10” circular saw, one for rough cuts and one for fine cuts. When I got home I almost ran to my saw, installed the new blade (yes I unplugged it ;) and made my next cut. WOW! Like a hot knife through butter and smooooooooth! I finished my first saw horse and then noticed something…......
It was 9:00PM, no nap and I still had energy. I think it’s the saw dust. Boy, did I have fun! I got up this morning and with my first cup of coffee in hand and still wearing my bath rob, I found myself outside making measurements, squaring and marking cut lines for saw horse #2.
I have one question. Is this addictive? ;)
-- I thank God for everything, especially all of you!