Woodworking For Therapy #14: I Guess Your Stuck With Me For A While Longer

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Blog entry by Steve Kreins posted 03-18-2014 05:13 PM 1378 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I went to my Radiologist yesterday and had a follow up MRI. Good news! My three currently active liver tumors haven’t grown any in four months and I am strong enough for a procedure they didn’t think they would be able to do. So I guess you guys are stuck with me for a while longer!

The procedure is called a Arterial Chemo Embolization. They go in through both leg arteries into my liver and target the tumors with massive doses of Chemo Therapy. The reason they can do this is because I am stronger than I was four months ago and I have tolerated the oral chemo very well.

My Oncologist and Radiologist credit my good condition to staying strong, active and motivated through my WOODWORKING! My Radiologist is a Christian so he also understands that it is Christ in me that gets all the Glory and credit.

I will have this procedure done April 8th and probably require a short stay in the hospital, so I don’t want any of you getting in trouble while I’m out of service for a few days. ;)


Whether you’re sick, disabled or just a little out of shape, WOODWORKING is Good Therapy! Physically, Mentally and Spiritually!

Now, for what I’ve been working on.

No fancy cutting boards, boxes or furniture, but several Honey Dos that are keeping my wife happy. Remember, a Happy Wife = More Saw Dust!

First, my wife has a plant stand that the shelf was rotted and about to break. I took some scrap and made a mega shelf, guaranteed to out last me. BEFORE


We got a front load washer and dryer a couple of years ago. They are back breakers unless you spend the extra $500 for pedestals to raise them up. This project was under $80. It just took a while to find four strong backs to install it. Cutting a 4 inch hole through the brick wall for the vent was the hardest part. I put a pull out shelf on one end for detergent etc. and a space on the other end to slide a laundry basket under. My wife LOVES it!

Then there is the fence project.

We have a covered patio area attached to the house. When I had a chain link fence installed a few years ago we included a sliding gate so the doggies couldn’t get out. BAD IDEA! It sticks, it’s rough on the hands, it’s uglier than sin and we all hate it, but we were kind of stuck with it when I got sick. Now, with the help of my 11 year old apprentice, Josef my grandson, we are building a 4 ft x 23 ft cedar fence with a self closing gate. I have to sit for a lot of the work, so it’s going slow, but looks great. It will give us an additional 600 sq ft of patio area that will lead to the next project of some kind of pergola for partial shade.

The day we remove the ugly gate we will have a Bar-B-Que to celebrate and you’re all invited!

Old Gate:

New fence half way done:

I decided to go with Western Cedar. 1×6x12 gives me 3 slats per board. It sands up nice and I’m not paying for crappy dog ears on those horrible pre-made pickets. It should take the stain-sealer I got well, look good and last a long time. It’s slow going, but speed isn’t the point. Josef is having a blast helping Grandpa and Grandpa is pretty happy too. The dogs are worried because they can tell this is escape proof.

Putting in the bases for the 4×4 uprights was challenging, until I made the best investment I could have. I bought a Porter Cable Impact Hammer Drill for $69 with my Veteran’s discount at Lowes. It drills those holes in the concrete super fast!

Well, I need to go make some saw dust. You all have a blessed week!
Steve (The Former Know-It-All)

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

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#1 posted 03-18-2014 05:25 PM

Great news, Steve. Praying for continued progress with treatment.

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

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#2 posted 03-18-2014 05:59 PM

Good Luck with the new treatments and hope you are able to get back to the projects soon.
Oh and by the way , dogs can always find a way to escape since they are usually Smarter than thier Owners are.

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#3 posted 03-18-2014 06:02 PM

Great work on those projects and our prayers are with you and your family. I will be posting a few projects – SOON

-- Just learning the craft my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ practiced.

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#4 posted 03-18-2014 07:01 PM

AWESOME news Steve. Keep up the good work!

-- Jerry... making sawdust in the Knobs of Southern Indiana

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#5 posted 03-18-2014 07:31 PM

So glad to hear you’re getting better! You did more projects while undergoing chemo than I’ve even started in the last year. You have my utmost admiration, Steve…............I’m hoping the future gets better for you and your family…..................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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#6 posted 03-18-2014 08:05 PM

Glad to hear that things are going your way Steve. The new fence looks very nice.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#7 posted 03-18-2014 09:32 PM

Great work! Congrats on the good report! You are an inspiration…

-- Todd, Huntsville, AL

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#8 posted 03-19-2014 12:07 AM

Great news on the health front!

You have gotten an amazing amount of stuff done. And it all looks quite professional.

I’m not a chain link guy either and that cedar fence will be a big appearance improvement. Dogs can be boundary trained with less effort than you would imagine. I boundary trained my last greyhound in 2 weekends and he would NOT leave our place after that. Even with the front gate wide open.

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

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#9 posted 03-19-2014 12:45 AM

That’s wonderful news, Steve. Guess there will be plenty of saw dust coming from your shop! (BTW — nice job on all those projects. I especially like the shelf from scraps you made for your wife’s plant stand.)

-- Howard - "Time spent making sawdust is not deducted from one's lifetime." - old Scottish proverb

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#10 posted 03-19-2014 06:27 AM

YESS! I frikin’ told you so, when you first started with this blog. I am very happy for you!

-- Measure twice, cut once, cut again for good measure.

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#11 posted 03-19-2014 02:26 PM


My thoughts and prayers for the success of your treatment. May the Lord give you the strength and courage to endure and may he give your healthcare providers the knowledge and skill to serve as his instruments in your healing.


-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!"

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#12 posted 03-19-2014 03:14 PM

Steve, I believe you are getting a helping hand from above. All I can say is, “OUTSTANDING!:

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#13 posted 03-24-2014 12:10 PM

Good for you, my father died at 52 from cancer. I have a strong hatred for this nasty disease. He beat it once in 82, and it came back albeit in another form in 2005. He passed in 2006. Terrible thing to watch.

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