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, an "all--nighter" is not having to get up and pee...!!!