Woodworking For Therapy #21: No I Didn't Die!

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Blog entry by Steve Kreins posted 09-24-2014 05:59 AM 1724 reads 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 20: I'm Back! Part 21 of Woodworking For Therapy series Part 22: Life Is Full Of Storms and Sawdust! »

I know a few of you were waiting for an invitation to my funeral. Sorry, but you’ll have to find another excuse to have a party. ;)

I have been getting back into making saw dust over the past couple of weeks and I think I’m actually back among the living (living Lumber Jocks that is).

I found a new place here in Waco to eat,Jake’s on Austin Ave. It’s great! Maybe I can gain back some of that 90 pounds I’ve lost. I also think the food at Jake’s is killing my tumors better than the chemo therapy did! ;)

I have done a little work. I did the first glue up on an end-grain cutting board today. By the way, I’m starting to like using wax paper rather than packing tape to keep the glue off of the clamps.

I wanted to thank all of you for your prayers, well wishes and cards! How did you guys know my address? Anyway, thanks.

Doctor’s Update: I went to the Radiologist and Oncologist yesterday. After consulting their records it appears that I still owe them a LOT of money! I was hoping for good news, but I guess as long as I owe them money I get to stick around. Actually I’m feeling great and the cancer is just kind of there, not growing at this time and I’ll take that as a win!

Woodworking still does more good than all the medicine and surgeries I’ve had. If I had of started woodworking five years ago, I probably never would have gotten cancer. But as always, you fellow LJs are the best medicine ever!

I’ll make sure to keep you updated and hopefully I will have a project to post soon. God Bless each of you!

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

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#1 posted 09-24-2014 07:01 AM

Good to hear. Hope that you will be among us for a long time to come as well

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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#2 posted 09-24-2014 09:27 AM

felt I had to comment as your headline rather caught my eye…...!!!!!!
Nice to see you have adopted the “Healthy Food” route to aid your recovery.
Keep making dust.
Cheers, Jinky (James).

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#3 posted 09-24-2014 09:42 AM

Great looking deserts! Oh , the cutting board looks great also brother! So good to see ya back in the saddle!

-- Lloyd

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#4 posted 09-24-2014 09:44 AM


Wax paper is the go, and its possibly even in the bases of the food you have posted, so there is another reason to check out their delacies!

I wasnt waiting for an invitation to your funeral how calous do you think I am !!

What size was that table saw you have again?

Keep well and keep weller !!

-- Regards Robert

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#5 posted 09-24-2014 10:18 AM

Steve, the update sounds great. Owing the doctors money is the way to go. A doctor told his patient that he only had 6 months to live. The patient replied that he couldn’t pay the large bill in just 6 months so the doctor gave him 6 more months.

Great to see that sawdust cloud over Waco again. I had an idea from your previous messages that things were improving, glad to hear that they are. That woodworking is the best therapy for all of us.

As for getting your address…...... we have our ways! Sometimes it pays to have NSA watching all of us.

Do you really want to eat in a place where the food will dissolve tumors? But I have heard that a really good Texas Chicken-fried Steak will do that.

Show us the finished cutting board when it is….finished. And wax paper has been the way to go for so many projects in the shop, love that stuff. I leave it in the box but put a dowel through the roll. Then it is mounted on the wall near the workbench and another roll is mounted under the glue up table. The dowel makes all the difference.

Continued good health and keep us posted.

-- I am going to go stand outside so if anyone asks about me, tell them I'M OUTSTANDING!

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#6 posted 09-24-2014 11:36 AM

Glad to hear that you are keeping your sense of humour! It is just as well that Waco is too far to nip for a meal, I have enough trouble keeping the weight off, if I was that close, I would have no chance!

I agree that wax paper is the way to go with glue ups, and unlike tape, if you set it aside to dry you can re-use it at least once.

Looking forward to seeing your next project….Keep well!

-- If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain - Steven Wright

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#7 posted 09-24-2014 12:56 PM

Nice to see you back in the shop and not in bed or just sitting around .
Great news all around and a project in the works .

Best wishes and stay positive .


-- Kiefer

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#8 posted 09-24-2014 02:06 PM

Great to see you are still on the right side of the grass and getting some shop time!

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

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#9 posted 09-24-2014 06:05 PM

Awesome that you are still kicking and cutting…! If woodworking and junk food keeps us living longer then I should be good for another 200 years or so…Stay healthy my friend…

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#10 posted 09-24-2014 08:49 PM

Steve — I’m glad to hear you’re still above ground and back to making dust! Keep with it, my friend!

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

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#11 posted 09-25-2014 12:15 AM

Glad to hear you ain’t dead.

Dr John – ” Be Glad You Ain’t Dead “

-- Mama calls me Texcaster but my real name is Mr. Earl.

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#12 posted 09-25-2014 03:29 AM

Glad to hear your appetite is back, next time you are in Jake’s grab that chocolate cake on the top shelf for me

-- What I do in and out of the shop at

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#13 posted 09-25-2014 08:27 AM

If you do kark it and shrink a lot you may be able to fit into my router bit box !!

You didn’t tell me about the tablesaw yet !!

-- Regards Robert

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#14 posted 09-25-2014 10:52 AM

That looks yummy! The cutting board is lookin good also. Thnx for that link Tex.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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Steve Kreins

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#15 posted 09-25-2014 11:15 AM

Robscastle, you seem to be obsessed with my table saw, so I just changed my will and I’m leaving it to you. FYI, it’s a 10” Craftsman Contractor’s Model.

And thanks for the casket. I’ll fit at the rate I’m loosing weight.

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

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