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Forum topic by Rick Dennington posted 10-21-2009 04:38 PM 1191 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Rick Dennington

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10-21-2009 04:38 PM

Yep—just another typical day in the Ozarks I thought as I woke up, and instanly realized I had a severe back ache again. Man was I stiff!!! I got dressed, muddled my way to the toilet, and then to the kitchen, where I poured a big hot cup of joe, and popped 3 Advil down. I raised the blinds in the kitchen, and saw 3 doe and a buck standing in the woods across the road. Beautiful sight! I waddled out to the sunroom, and was greeted by the breaking sun and great fall colors. As I eased down in the chair, I proceeded to suck on that joe and have a smoke, waiting for the drugs to kick in to help the back. I wallered around in my head what I was going to do today in the shop. More joe and another smoke! It usually takes about an hour before I can move good. But a little streaching and twisting helps. Then I begin to put the plan together!!!!
My aggenda was to change joiner and planer blades, check/ change saw and ras blades, put a new return air filter in my a.c & h unit, empty the d.c. bag, empty the shop vac and clean and wash the filter. Then on to rearranging some machines(good thing I have most on mobile bases) and re-connect the d.c. hoses.
Changing out the joiner knives, I thought about how much these suckers have gone up since I bought my extra sets several years ago—$30 then—$60+ bucks now. Same knives. I try to keep 1-2 sharp sets on hand for both. By the time I got some of the chores done, it was time to go have dinner. After dinner, I continued til about 2:30, and it was time to take a nap and rest my back for an hour so so. I was glad to get most of it done. After all the shop chores were finished, things moved around and hooked up, it was time to pick out some nice oak for my project. I started planeing, jointing, and sawing the wood. About 17-20 b.f., I was ready to start designing. I got out my drafting kit and table(homemade), and went to drawing. My project was a hall table my wife wanted for the house. Around 6:30, I knocked off for the night, took a shower, and had supper. Boy—I was beat. I’d get back to it in the morning, but now more Advil and rest. I felt good about what I had got done. Shop maintance is a necessary, on-going project in itself. The plan I had paid off today, and things are shaping up. So the question is: What are your going to do in your shop, and do you have any plans for the day? Woodworking fills a void in my life, and I’m really glad I have a shop to go to !!!

-- " At my age, happy hour is a crap and a nap".....

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Scott Bryan

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#1 posted 10-21-2009 04:54 PM

Rick, it sure sounds like you had a busy day. I am not the kind of person to sit around all day watching tv or taking a nap. I have to be busy doing something. If it wasn’t for this site and working in my shop I might actually have to either get back into the work force or start doing things around the house (that my wife assigns me to) like cleaning windows and dusting. :(

I had rather be in the shop I assure you. Even a day of maintenance is far preferable to cleaning windows.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#2 posted 10-21-2009 05:01 PM

Great story Rick. It sounds like you live in a beauitiful area. I know what you mean about the back trouble. I have had a couple bouts over the years with sciatica and its got to be the worse pain I have ever been in. Back trouble is not fun. I dont do a lot of woodworking in the summer. Just too much yard work etc. I also do my shop equipment tune-ups during the summer. Everything is set to go again. I have been working on a small panelled door for my brother. We are installing it in his his house…its an entry to a room he has. After that I will start a grandfather clock. The door should be done this week. I am waiting on the clock plans so I will start that once they arrive. The clock will be my early winter project. It’s starting to get cool here. Heavy rain today and its about 45 degrees…typical Minnesota fall. Take care.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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Rick Dennington

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#3 posted 10-21-2009 05:21 PM

Hey Scott, like you, I don’t watch t.v in the daytime—never have. But after 2 back surgeries, and probably need a 3rd, I’ve got to get off that hard concrete for awhile, although I have rubber mats to stand on at nearly every tool. I can’t hardly stand to just sit around. Sometimes it hurts to move, but you either move or get stove-up!!

Hey Snowy: Sounds like you got things going ,too. I think this time of year we all like to be in the shop.
And yes—it’s beautiful up here this time of year. Cool here too, this morning, but mighty toasty in the shop!!

-- " At my age, happy hour is a crap and a nap".....

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#4 posted 10-21-2009 05:29 PM

Who has time for TV when there’s Ljs and the shop. Enjoyed your story Rick.

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#5 posted 10-21-2009 08:30 PM

I try to schedule all my MUST DO stuff in the mornings (as much as possible) so I can spend the afternoons in the shop – if I want to. (I make sure that any projects that I am doing for other people do not have a deadline.) The TV is not turned on until noon when I might catch the local news. It goes off again until the 6:00 PM news.

I take the laptop to the shop unless I’m creating a lot of fine dust so I can periodically check what is happening here, Facebook, email, and play a little chess. Life is good.

-- Joe

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Rick Dennington

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#6 posted 10-21-2009 09:26 PM

Thanks a1Jim: It’s actually a true story. But it happens to me all the time with my back.

Joe, I don’t have any local channels around here close. We get our l.c. from Springfield, MO, a 2 hr. drive from here. That’s what happens when you live in the sticks!! What we get sucks for locals being close. Thank goodness for satellite. And I really don’t care what’s happening there. Either that or Little Rock, and that’s 3 hrs. away—I’m screwed either way!!!!

-- " At my age, happy hour is a crap and a nap".....

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#7 posted 10-21-2009 10:02 PM

I can relate to your back pain, too. in 1986 I had two lumbar vertebrae fused and it helped until 1994 when I had a very severe attack of sciatica which kept me out of work for six weeks. Since then, I have been referred to a pain center where I have at least semi-annual spinal injections of steroids and live on pain killers. Except now, since I had three stents inserted in my cardiac artery and have to take Plavix, I can’t have the injections. So the pain is even worse and more constant. Usually when I’m working in the shop, I can stand for about 15-20 minutes then have to sit for a half hour or so before I can continue. Real pain in the …...... back!!!


-- A veteran is someone who, at one point in his/her life, wrote a blank check made payable to "The United States of America," for an amount of "up to and including his/her life".

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#8 posted 10-21-2009 10:46 PM

Great story. Makes me want to be there.


-- Jerry Boshear, Professional Kitchen Designer, amature woodworker.

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