Plywood Storage Cart #3: Man that hurts...

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Blog entry by chopnhack posted 02-03-2012 05:23 PM 13462 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well no progress today, I had taken a vacation day to get some work done but unfortunately I have been hurting since Wednesday when I bought the plywood. Apparently I had hurt my lower back/hip that day and didn’t realize the severity. It was windy and I think the twisting may have done it. I have nursed it over the last few days and it really wasnt impeding my work but this morning I woke up stretched a bit went into the garage to get a nice long day of building to wrap up this project: I bent my leg and stretched forward to put my shoe on and BAM! My lower back and hip were in some serious pain, I could barely straighten up… What a way to use a vacation day, eh?

Have you ever lost time on a build due to injury? This is my first and all I can think about is ways to get back in there to finish!

-- Sneaking up on the line....

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#1 posted 02-03-2012 05:30 PM

Be very careful,I got sciatica coz of some slight wrong twist.I just hope you don’t it.
I used to just sit in my shop and wondered when I’d start wood working again.Took me a month to heal though I still feel the pinch but I am extra careful while bending and twists.
Get well soon :)

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#2 posted 02-03-2012 05:54 PM

I feel your pain, I have been drastically slowed by 2 herniated discs. Also have a couple of knees that need replacement. It’s very frustrating to not be able to do much work in the shop before you have to quit due to the pain. Take it slow and easy and pay attention to how you bend and lift. Good luck

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#3 posted 02-03-2012 07:09 PM

After lower back surgery and all the other health issues. Bending over and/or picking up heavy objects is out of the question
This is what I built to safely move those large sheet goods and no longer deal with back issues from that reason.
Hope it can help, get better soon.

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#4 posted 02-03-2012 09:00 PM


You know it. Not sure if you recall my posts I guess a year and a half or so ago, when I literally had to take I guess it was a month and a half off of doing any lifting due to back injury flareups… Happened the day before my Grizzly air filter showed up… So that was I guess October of 10, took me until almost December 1 to get that thing hung. Sure do use the heck out of it though…

I like that little plywood wheels gizmo pictured above. I am gonna have to build me one of them!

I’ve been looking at your cart build design, as well as the one I did the Sketchup on. I have to ask… What’s the advantage that you can see with the A Frame?

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#5 posted 02-03-2012 10:03 PM

Thanks all, Db I do remember that! I think you ended up doing some sort of cribbing with 2×4’s? to raise it little by little until you could hook up your chains. As for the A frame, I just figured it was a stable design, I had seen many carts in that fashion and knew that I could build one relatively quick and cheap using sheathing ply, some 2×3 for the base and a 2×6 beveled at the top. The lower center was a nice area to use for long rips of ply under 26” wide that might be leftover from other projects with finally a small shelf area in the upper middle for probably some lumber that I don’t want to store on the rack. The other idea I had toyed with but scraped because I have a limited depth to work with (think looking at the broad section of the cart – the depth from front to back, not across the sheet) was to make dividers with one side closed off. That side would have dadoes to capture the divider sheets. I thought the design was too limiting from an access point of view. Also, I didnt think that design would be strong enough to hold all those sheets pressing against the dividers. The A frame is certainly not going to spread from the weight of sheets inside nor collapse on itself from sheets pressing from the outside. The lower plywood portions of the A frame are capture between the angled wedges and at this point either pockets screws on the inside or another sheet of plywood on the inside. I haven’t decided yet.

Jim, did you attach a handle to that? I have seen something like that before, I think its called a panel troll or something like that. I have in the past made a stick with a t at the end and just put the sheet on and held onto the stick, saves the bending, but I disassembled that years ago – I had only made it at the time because I was roofing and needed to move many sheets. Just getting old I guess :p

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#6 posted 02-04-2012 01:52 AM

Hey chop:

I can really relate to your injury on the old back….I’ve had back trouble for about 25+ years, and already had 2 back surgeries, and really need another one now…but 3 years ago I had to have both knees fully replaced, and about 8 months ago I had to have a hip replacement, so I’m right there with you…About 1 1/2 years ago here on LJs I did a forum topic about how many of us have severe back trouble…..WOW….there were probably 100+ hits on the subject, and surprizing to me how many poeple do have back problems….and now with so many people on here now, I’d bet it probably has doubled….nothing worse (I don’t think) than back problems….you can’t do ANYTHING when your down in your back….I hate evey minute of it, and nothing you can take for it helps that much (meds)...So we just have to endure as best we thing I found out…...back surgery is NOT the helps, but it’s not the cure for sure….take care of the back, and take it easy as best you can….very fustrating….

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#7 posted 02-04-2012 03:51 AM

Medicine, electronic muscle stimulator and a hot bean bag work wonders! Onto Part 4 for today’s progress!

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#8 posted 02-04-2012 03:54 AM

no woodworking on percocets chop! seriously glad to hear your all mended up.

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#9 posted 02-04-2012 04:11 AM

LOL, no way man, just motrin. Not all mended up, but in a working condition, just can’t bend too far or too fast :-)

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