I'm Still Alive!

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Project by Steve Kreins posted 06-28-2014 02:20 PM 1187 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I didn’t want you guys to think I’d kicked the bucket. I wouldn’t do that unless I told you first. ;)

I’m making a few boxes for friends and tinkering with some ideas. The Oral Chemo has me slowed down, but not down for the count.
My wife just got me an order from Bell Forest and I’m looking forward to working with different woods! I especially like the birds eye maple.

BTW, these two are finished with Danish Oil (natural) that doesn’t discolor the grain. It’s becoming my favorite finish.

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

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#1 posted 06-28-2014 02:49 PM

Great lookin boxes Steve! Hang in there Brother, we’re all praying for ya!


-- Lloyd

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#2 posted 06-28-2014 02:56 PM

Reminds me of the song ‘Stayin Alive’. Glad to hear you are still kicking Steve and keeping at your woodworking. It’s good you have something positive to do amid all the pain and illness you must feel from the chemo. I’m praying for your good health and a lot more finished projects from you in the future, so please don’t let me down.

The boxes look great. I am also a big fan of Danish oil, it does bring out the grain a little and leaves a kind of warm glow. I used it on my assembly bench too and it protects against glue and it’s also very easy to just slap a little on from time to time to get rid of scratches. I’ll probably be putting it on my new work bench too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 06-28-2014 04:47 PM

Great on boxes, better for your health. Take care sir.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 06-28-2014 04:49 PM

It’s good to be alive! I’m glad you are!

Sharing the joy of life. My kind of LJ.

-- Support woodworking hand models. Buy me a sawstop.

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#5 posted 06-28-2014 05:00 PM

glad to hear from ya.great looking boxes,nice work!!!!

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#6 posted 06-28-2014 08:12 PM

That first box just shimmers! Nice!
Good to hear you are still on the right side of the grass.
Carry on….......

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

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#7 posted 06-28-2014 08:56 PM

Love the finishes on the boxes….Danish Oil, Tru-Oil, Minwax Tung and BLO are some of my favorite finishes for figured woods (domestic or exotics) . You’re lucky to have a gal who gives you such support! I’m glad your woodworking projects keeps you in a positive frame of mind…...Thanks for sharing your life with us….........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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#8 posted 06-28-2014 11:52 PM

Steve, Chemocity is a tough neighborhood to live in. It is also tough on your spouse. It is good that you can escape sometimes to Boxland. Life is more simple there.

I like your projects. The finish is especially nice. What…no splines? Where did you get those spiffy handles? Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#9 posted 06-29-2014 12:28 AM

You’re an inspiration, my friend.
God bless.

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#10 posted 06-29-2014 06:56 AM

My Friend!
Great to hear from you and i’m still sending my prayers up for your family. I like to use boiled linseed oil because it often brings out the wavy shine in some woods. I haven’t had the chance to use Danish oil because they don’t have it here on island or at least not in a container that I can read. I’ll have to try some out though, you make it look good. Lookin forward to hearing from you buddy.

Iron Sides

-- Jesus was a carpenter... I'm just saying

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