Tables for church - significant accomplishment

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These are 2 tables I made for our church. I made the one on the right in 2010. I have always intended to make a matching set and never got around to making the second table.

Then, 2 years ago, I had a serious stroke. I’m still quite disabled. I cannot walk very well and I have little use of my right arm and hand. Despite my handicap I started working in the shop a couple of months ago.

I just completed the table on the left. My wife carried the lumber down to my shop and she carried the completed table back up from the shop. I did everything else myself with no assistance. I’m incredibly pleased with myself. I’M BACK!

You can see the lap joints. The legs are connected to the cross pieces with loose tenons. The legs are connected to the bottom of the top piece with dowels. I used a tongue and groove to connect the side pieces to the top and bottom of the top piece. Consistent with my style, there is no hardware. 4 coats of poly finished the project.

-- Rich in Cedar Rapids, IA

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#1 posted 04-13-2016 06:30 PM

Congratulations on such an achievement! It’s amazing what we can do with some determination and motivation! And for your church makes it even better!

-- Derek ~ Omaha, NE

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#2 posted 04-13-2016 06:40 PM

That second one looks as good as the first. And looks as good as any you had of your former self ;) Welcome back Rich. Nice work.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#3 posted 04-13-2016 08:42 PM

You really did a nice job on both of them. You are to be congratulated on your fine achievement and your perseverance through a difficult time in your life. I will pray for your continued recovery and I’m certain that your determination and faith will see you through. May you have grace and peace during your recovery and journey back to your shop.

God Bless.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#4 posted 04-13-2016 09:47 PM

Glad you’re doing better! The tables both look great! Your work hasn’t gotten rusty a bit!

-- Mike P., Arkansas,

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#5 posted 04-13-2016 10:09 PM

Fantastic work! Glad to hear you’re back in the game. Keep yourself safe as you press forward.


-- VR, Richard "Fear is nothing more than a feeling. You feel hot. You feel hungry. You feel angry. You feel afraid. Fear can never kill you"--Remo Williams

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#6 posted 04-13-2016 11:11 PM

very nice, glad your doing better

-- bowtie,.....jus passin thru....

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#7 posted 04-14-2016 01:27 AM

Great match to the other table. Thank you for sharing your story – using your talents in this way is a blessing.

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#8 posted 04-14-2016 01:59 AM

Thank you for your kind comments. Let me speak for a few sentences about safety. I am keenly aware of the fact that my disability makes me less stable. I am using ultra safe procedures. I’m using push blocks and feather boards in situations where I would have never bothered before. I’m making jigs that allow me to work more safely. Finally, and most importantly, I refuse to be rushed. FYI – This is my first post stroke church project but it is also my 25th church project. Number 26 is already started and number 27 will follow shortly.

-- Rich in Cedar Rapids, IA

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#9 posted 04-14-2016 01:50 PM

very nice work

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#10 posted 04-15-2016 10:26 AM

welcome back

-- I'm not creative, I'm just bad at copying

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