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Woodworking For Therapy #9: This Can Be Nerve Racking!

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Blog entry by Steve Kreins posted 181 days ago 685 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 8: Chemo Therapy Makes Sawdust Taste Metalic Part 9 of Woodworking For Therapy series Part 10: Woodworking For Pain Relief »

Well, my chemo is starting to kick me in places I didn’t know I had. I went two days without making any saw dust and that was worse than the side effects of the drugs. Yesterday I couldn’t stand it any longer so I went out to my cave and used my router table for the first time. I made a coat rack for inside the back door where coats usually end up on the sofa. It seemed like a good excuse to do some woodworking to me, even if my wife was yelling at me for not being in bed. It didn’t come out too bad either.

So today I decided I’ve got these 1.5×1.5×36 pieces of red oak and poplar just sitting there doing nothing. So, following the instructions I got from The Wood Whisperer's Video on end grain cutting boards, I snuck out to my cave. I put pillows under the covers and actually fooled my wife until she heard the table saw. Anyone know how to make a table saw quite? I managed to hold her at bay until I finished my first glue up. This is where the nerve racking part comes in. Did I clamp it tight enough? Too tight? Enough glue? Too much glue? Will it hold tight when I make my second cuts or fall apart? And worst of all I HAVE TO WAIT 24 HRS TO FIND OUT?!

Well, I wanted something to get my mind off of the cancer and I found it. I don’t know if I’ll sleep tonight or just go out to the cave and watch the glue dry. ;)

Woodworking is good medicine!

-- I thank God for everything, especially all of you!



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dbhost

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#1 posted 181 days ago

Praying for you for sure… I am loving your work too!

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

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lightcs1776

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#2 posted 181 days ago

Coat rack looks real nice, Steve. I have no way of making a table saw quiet, unless you have one of those old manual crank ones (saw a glimpse of one on a video today). Glad you have something to take your mind off the disease. Just remind yourself that God’s already got it under control. Easy to say on my end, but still true.

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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lanwater

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#3 posted 181 days ago

The coat rack came out very nice.

The glue squeeze out indicate you have enough glue. You should be ok.

PS: I have a friend who was diagnosed with brain cancer 2 years ago. He was given a year to a year and half max.
Last week MRI came out clean.
Chemo wrecked him totally but He has been very positive during the whole thing.
It will get tougher but stay positive. I hope it gets better for you.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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bugz

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#4 posted 181 days ago

Coat rack looks great. Keep your head up, and a good attitude and God will get you thur it. God bless.

-- Bob, Lewistown, Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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stefang

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#5 posted 181 days ago

Very nice coat rack and the cutting board looks great too. I don’t think you have to worry about the glue joints. The nice even squeeze out indicates that the joints will be tight.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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alohafromberkeley

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#6 posted 181 days ago

Steve, I love the sense of humor in your posts (warped at times) but thoroughly enjoyable. Thanks for reminding me to look for a bit of humor no matter where I go in this life…....Wes

-- "After a year of doing general farmwork, it was quite clear to me that chickens and I were not compatible"-George Nakashima

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gfadvm

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#7 posted 180 days ago

Coat rack came out perfectly.

That glue up looks fine from here (you used plenty of glue!) and judging from the glue squeeze out, it is clamped sufficiently.

Carry on.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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AngieO

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#8 posted 180 days ago

Coat rack looks nice. I bet the board will too. I haven’t tried my hand at one of those yet.

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