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Forum topic by Rick Dennington posted 08-15-2014 01:12 PM 831 views 0 times favorited 37 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Rick Dennington

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08-15-2014 01:12 PM

A few years ago I had to have new knee replacements, a hip replacement, and had 2 back surgeries previous to that…...Sincew then I’ve had to take breaks pretty often while in the shop…I’m good aof about an hour at a time, and then I have to sit down, rest, have a cup of joe, and a smoke…..I have a “break area” where I have a computer chair (it was given to me), a small table for my ashtray, coffee, and smokes, plus a stack of woodworking magazines, and while I’m contemplating my next move, or next step to take in the project, I sit, relax, and rest my body for a spell…....How about you….? Do you have a break area…??

-- " I started with nothing, and I've still got most of it left".......


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Madwood

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#1 posted 08-15-2014 01:35 PM

Having COPD, it gets kinda rough at times working in the shop. Add bad knees and being a fata$$ doesn’t help either. I can usually get about 15-20 mins worth of work done, then have to rest for a few minutes. I persist though! I have mats on the floor and DC and air scrubber in use, along with a dust mask to help prevent further damage to myself. I just try to make the best of a not so good situation.

John

-- In the shop making chaos out of order

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Redoak49

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#2 posted 08-15-2014 02:29 PM

I sympathize with you and have had spinal fusion, hip replacement and revision and various other older people ailments. I think that this is all to common for many of us. I am good for an hour or so and then have to sit and have some coffee. I am retired and in absolutely in now hurry to get anything done but just want to enjoy.

I have mats everywhere that I can. I took up the scroll saw two years ago and have a comfortable adjustable high stool with a back that I use. I do Intarsia which means a lot of shaping of pieces I have cut and have things set up so I can sit on my stool and work with things.

Everything in my shop is set up higher than normal so that I do not have to bend. I raised my cabinet saw almost 6” to make it easier on me. I also do not even try to lift a full sheet of plywood and will spend extra for the half or quarter sheet.

I am certain that there are plenty others on this site with similar problems. It would be interesting to hear from them on what they have done to help with physical limitations like the back.

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Rick Dennington

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#3 posted 08-15-2014 02:50 PM

Yep…...like you also, when I built my work tables, benches, RAS station, etc., I made everything 42” high so I wouldn’t have to stoop either….When I bend over, and do what I call a “half stoop”, that just kills my back…This is one reason I don’t work with hand tools, like planes, etc…..I too have big thick mats at every work station, and they do help, but I still have to have them breaks…..Like Redoak49, I’m retired also, and I work or play, as I call it, at my own pace, unless I’m doing a customer job, but they will just have to wait till I’m done….

-- " I started with nothing, and I've still got most of it left".......

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ChrisK

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#4 posted 08-15-2014 03:05 PM

I do not have a break near the shop, too tempting to stop. I usually work to a good stopping point and stop. Sometimes that is in the 15 to 20 minutes before dinner is ready, sometimes 4 hours will go by. I am starting to feel the back and feet more, sucks. But I am told, old age is better than the alternative.

-- Chris K

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Greg..the Cajun Box Sculptor

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#5 posted 08-15-2014 03:20 PM

I take several breaks during the day but they are usually very short breaks…about 5-10 minutes or so…just enough to check emails and rest my feet for a few moments… any longer than that makes it harder to get back working. I have an office/man cave above my workshop that has my desk, computer, photography setup, exercise equipment (5-10 minutes working with the barbells gets the blood flowing) my recliner and is decorated with a lot of stuff I have collected to make it enjoyable to hang out in.

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English

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#6 posted 08-15-2014 11:23 PM

I have two replacement knees and if I stand more than an hour or so I have problem so I stop about once an hour and sit. I work from a sitting position as much as possible.

-- John, Suffolk Virgina

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Woodmaster1

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#7 posted 08-16-2014 01:16 AM

I take breaks when the back starts hurting. The break last about 10 minutes and I am good to go for awhile. I just enjoy being in the shop the breaks do not bother me.

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TheFridge

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#8 posted 08-16-2014 01:31 AM

Wow. Some troopers in here. I take breaks whenever the funnel I have running through the wall in my shop, isn’t the proper receptacle when I need to go. Or if I need a drink. Or go to the hospital.

-- "We build our workshops. Then we enjoy the fruits of our labor by laboring for more fruits." - Me

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timbertailor

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#9 posted 08-16-2014 02:33 AM

During the summer, I can go about three T shirts long before I call it quits. I have also built my latest work stations at 40” and noticed a huge improvement in long term comfort.

When you are in the groove, three hours can pass very quickly.

-- Brad, Texas, https://www.youtube.com/user/tonkatoytruck/feed

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Rick Dennington

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#10 posted 08-16-2014 02:34 AM

Good reasons to take breaks, guys…..I figure many of us are not as young as we once were, and I know by my own experiences, that I’m not able to do a lot of things I could do 10 years ago…..I got pretty heavy, and fleshened up with a few pounds, but I’ve been on a diet (still at it), lost about 20 lbs., and that has helped me sustain a bit longer…. But, I still need the breaks for the other reasons…

-- " I started with nothing, and I've still got most of it left".......

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firefighterontheside

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#11 posted 08-16-2014 02:59 AM

Typically I stop for lunch. That’s it. I recently put a fridge out there so I could keep myself hydrated with cold water.

-- Bill M. I love my job as a firefighter, but nothing gives me the satisfaction of running my hand over a project that I have built and just finished sanding.

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Rick Dennington

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#12 posted 08-16-2014 03:05 AM

I’ve thought about putting a little fridge in mine, but since I drink a lot of coffee, especially in the morning, I have a coffee maker and all the amenties for it..Well…. I did have a coffee maker…..It crapped out on me yesterday, so now I got to go get my back-up out of the garage…...You’ve always got to have something in reserve for emergencies…....!!!!!!!!!

-- " I started with nothing, and I've still got most of it left".......

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firefighterontheside

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#13 posted 08-16-2014 03:21 AM

This is a small fridge that belongs to my wife from college. My grandma had it in her nursing home for the last 5 years. She passed away and it came back to me. It sat in my shop for a while before I decided to plug it in. I like it, but I have run out of water bottles. Need to restock.

-- Bill M. I love my job as a firefighter, but nothing gives me the satisfaction of running my hand over a project that I have built and just finished sanding.

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Rick Dennington

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#14 posted 08-16-2014 03:35 AM

My wife has a small one in her beauty shop she uses to keep cold drinks, water, etc. for her hair customers….If she ever decides to retire and sell it, I’m gonna get that one and put it in my shop for the same purpose…...I don’t drink water, so I’ll keep some drinks in it, but mainly I drink coffee more than anything…...Like I need another obsticle in my way…...!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

-- " I started with nothing, and I've still got most of it left".......

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Paul

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#15 posted 08-16-2014 03:39 AM

It really depends on the project for me. If it’s larger projects cabinets, shop furniture etc I can get lost in my work. Last Saturday I opened the door of my basement shop and it was dark, I was in there since lunch. On more intricate smaller projects that I’m not used to I take frequent smoke, coffee breaks sometimes only working for 15-20 minutes before I really have to think about my next step.

Paul

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