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Forum topic by RussellAP posted 01-03-2015 08:01 PM 866 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-03-2015 08:01 PM

As I said in my last post, life has dealt me a blow. It was a blow that could have devastated me as it does to most people it happens to, but I kept my head and turned things around.
I’m 56 years old, and I was always a late bloomer. I have allowed myself to get into a life that alienated me from friends and family. I was always an idealistic person, mainly because I have a friend who woke my mind up when I was a teenager. He’s still my best friend and I’m not the person I would have been without him in my life.
So to make a long story short, I decided to change some things in my life and be the person I know I should be.

I’m not out of the woods yet, but things are getting much better.

I’m currently working two builds, one is an entertainment center with bookshelves.

The other is a bar top made from a 2” thick slab of pecan that is 10 ft long and roughly 22” wide. I’m also gluing up some 5/4 pecan for some counters behind the bar.

I’ve been gluing up some pine for the shelving, and noticed that you have to keep the wood from bowing on the pine by clamping it across the joint to keep it flat while I clamp the pieces together. I’ve started using biscuits every 10 inches to minimize any offset between the boards, the 5/4 pecan doesn’t need this extra step because of the thickness of the wood.

One of the hardest things about this line of work is that some projects take so long to complete that you almost go broke before you get paid. The logistics of working two large projects in a small shop also contribute to the time involved. At present I have to finish gluing up the pecan, 88” long pieces, before I can start on the center part of the media center. I already finished and delivered the 81” tall shelves so I can at least move around in the shop easier, but the 10’ slab which rests on 4 saw horses is taking up a lot of space.
When the pecan is all glued up, I’ll run it back over to the mill and have it planed and sanded by their very large machines, then haul it back to the shop and stain it and give it a couple coats of System 3 marine finish. System 3 is about the best top coat I’ve found so far. It’s tough and looks good.

Anyway, I’m going to make an effort to come back because I miss all of you and I love being a part of whats going on around here. You encourage me. Thank you all.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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#1 posted 01-03-2015 08:24 PM

How about a bow clamp to flatten things out.

Welcome back Russell!

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#2 posted 01-03-2015 08:35 PM

That is a great idea waho6o9. I have about 50 HF clamps which work well for small stuff, but I use bar clamps for the large wood and I only have 6 of them, well 8 if you count the 6ft bars I have two of them on. I could save a lot of time if I could clamp up more than one piece at a time.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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#3 posted 01-03-2015 11:16 PM

Glad your back Russell, keep your head up!

-- ~ Bob ~ Newton, N.H.

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#4 posted 01-04-2015 12:30 AM

Hey RussellAP, you are too tough to break and too hard to melt. Keep following your dreams and think 20 years down the road.


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#5 posted 01-04-2015 07:29 PM

Hang in there Russ… I used to work with a guy that no matter HOW BAD a situation was, he’d always say “It’ll get better”
And even though I haven’t seen this guy in 15 years, I STILL hear his voice when things get me down!
Keep the faith Buddy. ‘Cause It WILL get better

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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