Woodworking For Therapy #17: A Week Without Woodworking Makes One Weak

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Blog entry by Steve Kreins posted 04-28-2014 05:51 AM 1720 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 16: Modify Projects To Fit Your Limitations Part 17 of Woodworking For Therapy series Part 18: OVERCOMING ANXIETY BY WOODWORKING »

Tomorrow will be the seventh day since my not so good surgery for Chemo Embolization of my liver. They lied to me 1. You’ll be asleep and 2. You wont remember a thing. I was awake and remember everything. Today I actually got to eat something and hold it down. Tomorrow I’m going to make some sawdust even if I just cut some scrap!

I knew that Woodworking For Therapy was helping, but I had no idea how much!

I sat at my workbench and remeasured and remarked the same piece of wood for a box jig 12 times! I didn’t feel up to standing or safe doing so, so I’ll wait, but it’s driving me CRAZY!

Short blog, I just needed to get that off my chest. I have to have the same procedure done again in three weeks, so I figure I might actually get a couple of weeks of work in.

How come you guys didn’t tell me how addictive this is?

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

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#1 posted 04-28-2014 06:06 AM

Would’ve warned you on how addictive it was, but I was busy making sawdust a.k.a. feeding the addiction, no type to type. Sorry. :)

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

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#2 posted 04-28-2014 06:29 AM

hang in there Steve pray you get it behind you and youll be making saw dust again

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#3 posted 04-28-2014 12:15 PM

Praying for you, brother. All things in His time. Maybe you’ll be able to use this time to read up on some techniques to try when you’re feeling better.

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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#4 posted 04-28-2014 01:11 PM

Oh my, Steve! Eddie and lightcs1776 are sounding a bit “Christian” in their replies! Watch out, that could rankle the feathers of the Atheist Woodworkers Union on this site! No worries though….I’m a rankler from way back!

May the grace of our Great God and the peace of our Savior, Jesus Christ be yours in abundance! May the Holy Spirit heal your cancer and guide your words!

Now, go make a box!

-- Spudhogg Woodworks

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#5 posted 04-28-2014 01:15 PM

Spud hog, I’m saved by faith in Jesus Christ. No maybe about it. I don’t say it to offend or rankle anyone, just the simple truth. Although I will admit to chuckling at your post.

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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#6 posted 04-28-2014 01:35 PM

Chris, This “simple truth” is the best!

-- Spudhogg Woodworks

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#7 posted 04-28-2014 03:00 PM

Steve…you will heal up just fine…the woodworking therapy definitely puts your mind and attitude in the right place

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#8 posted 04-28-2014 08:38 PM


Sometimes I simply go out into the shop and sit. It is not only the loudest spot in the house, but sometimes the quietest…

Remember that therapy isn’t all about cutting wood.

A couple of years ago now, I was having some troubles medically, not like yours, but, well sleep issues, digestive, you know, that stuff… Anyway I went out to the shop to just get some relaxing time, and I took my Grandmothers old broken down recipe box, that my Dad had made for her in 1965, and refinished it. Not much, just swapped new hinges in, and sanded it down, applied fresh stain and poly… Probably be good for another 50 years now! But it was more importantly quiet time to be with my thoughts, away from worries and pressures, reconnecting to something that was an everyday part of life for my family.

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I haven’t given up hope that maybe one day my wife and I will be blessed with our own and I can maybe, just maybe pass the tradition on…

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#9 posted 04-29-2014 01:18 AM

Steve, Hang in there my friend. We are all pullin and prayin for you! Just look at and enjoy the projects you have completed and contemplate future ones. And go saw some scrap if that works for you!

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

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#10 posted 04-29-2014 02:03 AM

Steve, I too started woodworking in my 60’s. Then for about a year I could do little due to some physical injuries/limitations. I did spend a lot of time watching videos of other people woodworking and also spent time planning future projects. It was not the same as cutting wood, etc, but satisfying in its own way, like I was woodworking in my head. Figuring out how to do stuff with wood is fun, too. I did learn some things that I’m now using. Still a bit limited in what I can do, but enough for now.

I read once about a famous pianist who was imprisoned in Russia for some number of years. He finally got out and went on tour. His reviewers noted that his skill seemed undiminished even though he’d had no piano in prison. What he did, he said, was to practice every day in his mind. Woodworking in your head is kind of like that.

Keep the therapy going and enjoy it!

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#11 posted 04-29-2014 03:27 PM

You guys are awesome! I appreciate the encouragement so much! As for atheists, they don’t exist, because God doesn’t believe in them.
As for ruffling a few feathers, I don’t worry about that because of the calling I have on my life as a Pastor. “I was called to comfort the afflicted, and afflict the comfortable.”

Watching videos, reading up on joinery, looking at others projects and dreaming, is part of the therapy. I don’t dream about tumors eating away at me, I dream about how I can make those miter joints better. I have a picture of an Octagon box in my brain. I have this 22.5 degree angle driving me crazy! It took me a while to realize I was thinking of 16 cuts, not 8. I never was very good at math.

If you read this today, 4-29-14, I’m actually going to get dressed and go out to my shop and see if I can make some practice 22.5 deg cuts. I guess I should get dressed anyway, naked woodworking doesn’t sound safe somehow.

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

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#12 posted 04-30-2014 11:46 PM

hope your feelimg better today and keep up the recovery.when i’m in the shop it makes alot of worries go away or until i make a mistake which is real quick:)

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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