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Project by Nate Meadows posted 05-23-2012 01:41 PM 2178 views 1 time favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the kitchen that I also did in our house in Virginia along with the deck and block work landscaping outside. I was struggling with my therapy, or in the beginning to even get help as the Army did not believe my wounds were sufficient to merit adequate medical attention. My superiors thought I was malingering or just going crazy from coming home from combat. Invisible wounds were a joke to them. At that time TBI was not even on the Armys radar. Walter Reed treated us with distain. I had one neuro surgeon stand and full on yell at me in the hall way in front of my wife. My immediate supervisor just wanted to kick me out of the Army as fast as he could so “the VA could take care of me” (his words, a man who had never seen combat!).

Here I was, born to be a soldier, in love with the Army. A triple stacked uniform (meaning I had three badges on my chest. Combat Medic, Airborne Wings, and Air Assault Wings and they were trying to grind me under their feet like a used up cigarette! Anyway, my Purple Heart was finally approved and even then it was like pulling teeth to get help. I owe everything to my old platoon commander. He became the Wounded Warrior Company Commander and knew I needed help. So he was able to pull me into and under his wings. While I was getting the help I so desired and needed I poured myself into woodworking and creating. It kept me sober, sane and motivated!

Unfortunately a combination of my wounds progression and a major car accident were a guy ran into me while I was stopped at a light caused the Army to retire me. It broke my heart! But I did find new and revived life in woodworking.

I am sorry to have rambled like that. Thank you for letting me get it out! Back to the kitchen. Both my wife and I hated the kitchen so I designed a new floor, keeping with the triangle rosette theme. I then cleaned all the cabinets with my wife and but on three coats of high gloss poly. I added new pulls with nickel plates to the drawers and doors. I installed slide out organizers in the cabinets after I ran a line to the refrigerator for the ice maker. (I used copper because I hate plastic!) On the base I ebonized an Oak half round and installed it under the counters. I then installed Jaharrah strips with Ebony accent on the upper cabinets. (except on the center cabinet I reversed that. I used Gaboon Ebony strips) I topped the strips with Curly Maple Crown Molding. Over the window I laid a Curly Maple arch and capped it with a Gaboon Ebony triange rosette with aluminum accents and Jaharrah strips. The aluminum keys you see in the corner cabinet I but in as accents as well. They are from my Hoffman Key Machine. I think I got it all:) Thanks for listening!

-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate





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#1 posted 05-23-2012 01:47 PM

Nice work Nate. Great story as well. Keep it pourin. :)

-- Michael and Matthew

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#2 posted 05-23-2012 01:50 PM

Nice looking kitchen.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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Nate Meadows

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#3 posted 05-23-2012 01:54 PM

Thank you Michael! I will:)You do the same! I am glad we have become friends. I look forward to sharing more projects and bouncing ideas off of each other.

Nate

-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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#4 posted 05-23-2012 01:54 PM

Thank you Ken,

Very Gratefully,

Nate

-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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DocSavage45

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#5 posted 05-23-2012 02:22 PM

Nate,

War would be different if old men had to fight it Worked w/ a more obvious tbi guy who was a little like yourself. He lost the strenght in his hands and was confined to a wheel chair. Took a long time to get past his anger?

You my friend are blessed with some outstanding skills. Like I said before. You lead, I’ll follow.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#6 posted 05-23-2012 02:24 PM

That was an interesting story and that kitchen looks really nice. I hope that you get situated and healed up real soon.

helluvawreck
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-- 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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#7 posted 05-23-2012 02:25 PM

Oh yeah, I forgot, nice work! LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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Nate Meadows

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#8 posted 05-23-2012 02:48 PM

Doc,

Thank you so much for your encouragement. It really means allot. It is interesting you mention the hands. Mine go numb, so do my feet if I do not take meds do to the nerve damage. My motor skills slowed way down but I have recovered much of that…unless I am in the middle of a complicated migraine.

I do feel, in a strange way that my injury unlocked some of my talents. I have always loved woodworking. I have been doing it with my father since I was five. But my brain never saw things this way since the blast. I know it sounds weird!

Thank you so much Doc. You are gifted in encouragement!

Your Friend,

Nate

-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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Nate Meadows

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#9 posted 05-23-2012 02:57 PM

Thank you helluvawreck,

That is very kind of you! I am doing better now. I lose vision out of my right eye regularly but less now with new meds on board. My headaches are manageable down to two to three a week and I have learned to walk with the vertigo with out a cane for the most part, though I hate stairs!!!! I love being with my boys and in the shop when I can. I’m about 10lbs over weight now but working on it. Life is hard but actually very good! You all are awesome!!!

Very Respectfully and Gratefully,

Nate

-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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DocSavage45

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#10 posted 05-23-2012 03:04 PM

Have you ever cosidered building a piece from the new perspective to place in a juried show?

Gotta go kick some psych butt! LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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Nate Meadows

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#11 posted 05-23-2012 03:15 PM

Doc,

I don’t know what you mean?

Nate

-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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DocSavage45

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#12 posted 05-23-2012 03:39 PM

The injury unlocked some talents. Gave a different perspective? I believe you have skill and a great eye for your work. Maybe building a small piece? Then submitting it in a show? In MN the MN Woodworkers have an annual show in all classes and types of woodworking but mostly furniture.

Might be a challenge but one you can do?

Besides you got all that great equipment. LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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Nate Meadows

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#13 posted 05-23-2012 04:51 PM

Doc,

Alas, until my floor is done my equipment is either scatter between storage or my fathers house. It makes working on projects….interesting:). I will definitely consider it when the floor is done though. Thanks for the idea.

Your Friend,

Nate

-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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#14 posted 05-23-2012 05:10 PM

Another floor! Nice work as always.. I bet it’s tough to keep a PMA, but you and your family need you to! What’s the cat’s name?

-- Visit my blog at dave.spalla.com

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#15 posted 05-23-2012 08:54 PM

I don’t know what combat is like. Never had to go while I was in the AF. Just remember; it was the Army’s loss when they forced you out! Seems like alot of good people get forced out because of some kind of political BS. I got to retire but I still see it happen all the time. Just remember, you have alot of support here.

Kitchen looks great. I agree with Doc. When you get time you should see where your talents can take you. You just might surprise yourself! Take care and keep building.

-- Paul, North Dakota, USAF Ret.

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