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Blog entry by Kent posted 08-29-2021 05:37 PM 425 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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In Part 1 I introduced a vintage tool chest that I picked up. Over the last year plus I’ve managed to clean it up, build a shop to put it in and to start to use it.

Here’s a picture of the view from about that time, taken from about where I’m sitting right now.

Here’s a shot from the same place this morning.

It has been a tremendous improvement in so many ways: warm and cool enough, drier, brighter, more secure, better power, guest seating and, of course, my electronics bench and internet command post.

For those that missed it, I suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury in 2014 and will never fully recover. Because of that, I cannot react quickly enough to safely operate most power equipment. Sure, there are some things that I can do, but it is usually more work and effort for me to do it safely with power than to safely do it manually. So I have decided to go to a mostly unplugged workshop. See my other blogs for more info on that.

So I’ve been doing very small, insignificant projects slowly in my shop since it was completed last January. Most of these projects revolve around cleaning and restoring vintage handtools or finding a place to store them. Ironically, my shop is a place where I work on improving my tools and their storage in the shop. I also call it therapy.

Lately, I’ve been building some garden boxes from recycled pallet wood. The quality of the lumber is giving me lots of opportunities to mill the lumber into more even and straighter pieces. It may sound trivial, but that is a very difficult task for someone with my injuries. I may not notice it day-to-day, but the last 9 months in the shop have definitely improved my cognitive functioning.

My next entry will be on my recent experiences using a mitre jack (Boîte à recaler) with a French mitre saw (Scie à recaler)

-- If I knew then what I know now, I'd have made a completely different set of mistakes.



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theoldfart

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#1 posted 08-29-2021 10:40 PM

Shop does look good Kent especially the mitre jack.

Looks like shop therapy is working well for you. My hit to the head took several months before I was back to “normal” so I can begin to really appreciate what your doing. Keep it up.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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Kent

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#2 posted 08-30-2021 01:54 AM

Thanks, Kevin. I rewatched your video on the mitre jack today, among others. Thanks for that.

I’m gathering my thoughts for the next entry, so I wrote this one up because the next one needed a better segue. I find it also helps my disposition to reflect on how far I’ve come; writing these entries helps with that and keeps me from losing things in the other threads.

-- If I knew then what I know now, I'd have made a completely different set of mistakes.

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Madmark2

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#3 posted 08-30-2021 02:51 AM

Looks like fun. Can you feel the hands of the chests original owner on it? I love the vibes off an old tool like that.

-- The hump with the stump and the pump!

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#4 posted 08-30-2021 02:56 PM

^flagged

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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