Woodworking For Therapy #2: WOW! Fast results!

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Blog entry by Steve Kreins posted 12-12-2013 01:09 PM 1638 reads 1 time favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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A week ago I had to take a nap every afternoon and spent much of my day sitting on my butt reading, watching TV and surfing the net. Zero energy had become my new normal. Oh, I had a legitimate excuse, ”Well, I have cancer. What do you expect?” Then my wife bought me a miter saw and suggested woodworking. Wow! I never would have thought this would have a such a fast positive effect on my energy and mental well being!
I joined LJ, got some great advice right away, and some very encouraging comments!
Within a few days I found myself scooting around Lowes in one of those old man electric chairs. (I had a little pride issue at first) I spent hours scooting around, getting some ideas and advice and picking up some stock for my first projects. The staff at Lowes was awesome, helpful and friendly! They even got me coffee! BTW, if you are a Veteran, don’t forget to ask for your 10% discount at Lowes.

They made a few pre-cuts for me so I could handle the material for my work bench top and loaded all my purchases for me.

Then I went to Harbor Freight to pick up a few clamps. Several of you told me HF was a good place to pick up clamps and it was, but what a different experience from Lowes. One work, “JUNK”. Enough said about HF.

Now my first need was for a couple of saw horses. I started to cut my 2×4s and noticed the cuts were rough and slow. This wouldn’t have bothered me before, but hey, I’m now an official LumberJock! So back to Lowes and my scooter. I picked up two new blades for my old 10” circular saw, one for rough cuts and one for fine cuts. When I got home I almost ran to my saw, installed the new blade (yes I unplugged it ;) and made my next cut. WOW! Like a hot knife through butter and smooooooooth! I finished my first saw horse and then noticed something…......

It was 9:00PM, no nap and I still had energy. I think it’s the saw dust. Boy, did I have fun! I got up this morning and with my first cup of coffee in hand and still wearing my bath rob, I found myself outside making measurements, squaring and marking cut lines for saw horse #2.

I have one question. Is this addictive? ;)

-- I thank God for everything, especially all of you!

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#1 posted 12-12-2013 01:21 PM

That’s great to hear, Steve! I can definitely relate to your excitement. Post some pictures of your saw horse when you get time. Half the fun of woodworking is looking at other people’s accomplishments (for me, anyway).

-- Billy

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#2 posted 12-12-2013 01:35 PM

Yes Very addictive!! You’ll be dumpster diving for lumber in the near future or looking at standing trees and saying wow what I could make out of that!! have Fun!!!

-- Curly, South Dakota! Now where did I put that board stretcher?

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#3 posted 12-12-2013 02:02 PM

Love your story. Hate the cause. My hats off to you. Just keep it up. If any of us can we will help. Welcome.

-- I,ve had amnesia for as long as I can remember. Vernon

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Steve Kreins

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#4 posted 12-12-2013 04:05 PM

NinjaAssassin asked for pics of the saw horses. My daughter thought they were too tall, but I’m 6’3” and she’s, well, built closer to the ground than I am. I also put a 5ft cross member so I can build my next project which will be a new door for my storage building. The old one rotted away.

-- I thank God for everything, especially all of you!

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#5 posted 12-12-2013 04:17 PM

That’s great stuff, man. Keep up the good work!

-- Billy

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#6 posted 12-12-2013 04:37 PM

Steve, if you are so fond of Lowes and the other box stores, hop in the SUV, take an hours drive down here and I’ll load you up with projects and wood.
I even have a place for you to take a nap if you need to when you get here.

Don’t let pride stand in your way. Be Ye Not Proud, LOL, says the pot calling the kettle black!

Seriously, I am not able to ride for an hour anymore without a lot of pain.

If you want to build a storage shed door, design it and come down to use the shop. I’m sure there is probably enough wood around here to “Get’r’dun!”
Just decide if you want a solid wood door or a plywood door. Oak? Cedar? Elm? ..... among others, your choice.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#7 posted 12-12-2013 04:46 PM

Glad to hear woodworking is doing the trick ,keep on trucking,great start.

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#8 posted 12-12-2013 07:56 PM

There is just something raw and natural about woodworking, getting back to our prehistoric selves, which brings peace to the body and mind. I love your story so far and I am sure it will get even better. Keep it up!

-- Measure twice, cut once, cut again for good measure.

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#9 posted 12-12-2013 08:58 PM

Movement (exercise) is literally a nutrient to your brain….Its actually the most important nutrient to your brain (and possibly to your whole ecosystem).

It would seem that if you ate all day and didn’t exert any of that energy, that you’d have energy stored up and have tons of energy, right? But we all know that just makes us have even less energy! Now, if you are up moving around all day, you feel energized afterwards. Thats because movement energizes our brains!! Science! :) :)

I’m glad you found something to get energized! Be safe!! ...and Welcome to Lumberjocks!!! :)

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#10 posted 12-12-2013 10:03 PM

Hang in there with that energy issue—you just have to fight through it to get going or it will get the best of you, at least that has been my experience with health challenges. You fight through it and everything get better, and you find energy you thought you’d lost. Otherwise, you just loose huge chunks of what time there is. Just MHO.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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Steve Kreins

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#11 posted 12-12-2013 10:40 PM

Started on the shed door today and had fun. My daughter wanted to help so I got some scrap 1/4 ply and had her cut out some corner braces. We had a blast and laughed our tails off. She did good and only cut off one of my fingers. ;) Kidding.

-- I thank God for everything, especially all of you!

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#12 posted 12-13-2013 02:15 AM

Steve, Keeping busy always keeps me from dwelling on negative thoughts which I feel is very important when trying to get well. I fought the big C 18 years ago and so far I’m winning. Best of luck to you and know you have a lot of folks keeping you in their prayers.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#13 posted 12-13-2013 02:44 AM

Steve, look at that. Not only are you enjoying a new hobby and feeling better, in general, you’re making memories with your daughter. Not much can top that in my book!

-- Billy

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#14 posted 12-13-2013 03:35 AM

What a heart warming story and man I got to say your hooked. Also it only gets more addictive from here on. So keep on keeping on and stay young in your heart, it works wonders.

-- Denis in Grande Prairie. Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mistery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called the present.....Pink !

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#15 posted 12-13-2013 05:14 AM

This was a great read. If you work inside, you might invest in a good dust mask or a dust management system—the dust is very bad for you, and not being bothered by dust will mean you’ll be able to spend more time in your workshop! Keep the updates coming!

-- Here to learn

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