Hoping to get the woodworking bug back

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Blog entry by Jim Reeves posted 11-10-2017 02:44 PM 1170 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have not been in my workshop in over 2-3 years can’t remember last time to be honest.
Depression got a hold on me struggling with an advanced Neaurpathy ( Diabetic nerv damage advancing head to toes ).

Been diabetic #2 since 2005 Neaurpathy nerv damage started in 2007 in feet only now no feeling feet up to knees.
Have lost so much strength in upper half of my body because it is in both of my sides and now in arms going up into neck and my head allot may be related to my heart decease as well.

So being in so much pain and fingers hands swelled knuckles some days can’t bend nervous of using table saw etc.
But hoping with new medication and soon seeing Toronto pain doctor hoping to be back in my shop by Jan/2018.

What l need to know is do l need to do anything before starting up machines like bandsaw table saw planet jointer etc?
I miss making Saw dust thanks
Jim Reeves, Ontario, Canada

-- jim

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#1 posted 11-10-2017 03:00 PM

Wow, Jim, sorry to hear this. I certainly hope the meds are successful.

As for the machines, a good visual (especially the belts) and then a cleaning. Crank them over by hand a few times to make sure nothing is binding and tight before powering up.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 11-10-2017 03:01 PM

Hi Jim
Good to see your post, sorry to hear about your troubles, I hope everything is in good order with your tools.
Not much help on what to check out with your tools. If it were me I’d just look at what I could and try the tools out if everything looks in good order under the hood so to speak,I’d just turn them on see if the run properly and don’t make any weird noises. Best of luck.


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#3 posted 11-10-2017 03:05 PM

I’d give everything an “oil change”. Just like when a car/truck gets left in the field for years. Pull it out, give it a once over, and check everything.

No, but really, wipe the dust off, check belts and lights, plugs, cords. Get familiar with using the tools again (with them off), walk around and get the blood flowing again. Start small, make a cut, drill a hole. No body is grading you, the fact that your trying to get back out in the shop is a feet (sp) in-of-it-self. (type 1 for 19yrs here, different problem, but still a problem). I remember reading once, cant remember, but it went something like. “Make a big project, table, chair, toy chest, swing. You think, oh I’ll make a small project. But think about it, the amount of work that goes into a small project is the same as in a bigger project, just the scale is whats different. The bigger the project, actually the easier it is to work.” (paraphrase, something like that) I have found that to def. be the case.

Either way, pick a project or something you want, need and just start. If it takes a week, month, year…who cares, your putting the time and effort into it, so you make the timeline.

Hats off to you for getting back in the swing of things, or would it be grind….no thats not right, we’re woodworkers so maybe cut? LOL

-- Justin

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#4 posted 11-10-2017 04:30 PM

Sorry to hear about your health issues Jim.

Common sense stuff to regarding firing up your tools for the first time.

I would suggest safety concerns should be top priority due to your situation. Numb fingers could have disastrous results.

Wishing well,


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#5 posted 11-10-2017 09:53 PM

Glad you are getting ready to make sawdust again.
Looks like you are getting good advice from others.
Take your time and have fun.


-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#6 posted 11-11-2017 01:10 PM

when i start each day with the tools
‘keep me safe Lord please’

it focuses my thoughts about where i am
and what i’m doing there

lately extended it to driving too
‘keep me focused on the hyway please Lord’

the mind can wander in familiar situations

these simple prayers help with the task at hand

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#7 posted 11-12-2017 05:26 AM

Tools do better than us. Especially power tools. Advice here is to be followed. Just keep that bio woodworking machine in good order. the rest will follow. Hope all goes well.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#8 posted 11-21-2017 03:22 AM

Jim sorry about your health. I have type 2 and had a quad bypass last Nov also was depressed. But as soon as I got to puttering around in my shop I felt a lot better.
I agree check belts, lights, re-lube bearings. check air dryers, and lube air air tools.

-- Tommy SVFD Fireman

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#9 posted 11-23-2017 12:16 AM

SVF Hope you get feeling better cause I sure love your wooden model projects!!!
Always love it when I come on here and one of the model makers is able to show off their latest project.
My health is slowing me way down big time but getting in the shop puts it out of my mind for an hour or so.
So keep up the good fight and see you in the funny papers ;-}

-- An Index Of My Model making Blogs

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