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Project by awsum55 posted 09-18-2021 03:39 AM 711 views 1 time favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello everyone, I’m just about ready to get back in the shop after having a laminoplasty operation on my C3, C4, and C5 vertebrae. I’ve had spinal stenosis in my neck and lower back for years and I had to finally get it fixed in my neck. I was losing sensation in my fingers and was told if it wasn’t fixed, it could progress to a point where I wouldn’t have control or feeling in my thumb and index fingers.

Here is a couple of things I made just before I went in for surgery. The acorn is made with red oak for the bottom and cedar for the top. I covered the inside of the top with tiger maple to hide the the hole made from the tailstock. I used leather in the bottom of the container. I used my wood burning pen to make the design on the top and I drilled a crooked hole for the stem. I finished everything with shellac.

The base is unknown wood with a walnut trim. I used brass to form the stand and used shrink wrap to form a cushion on the brass to keep the acorn from slipping off the stand.

The mushroom is made from a chunk of wood from a fireplace log, however I have no idea what it is. I used my wood burning pen to add the detail. I have no idea what I’ll do with it, I was just bored and decided to try one.

-- John D, OP, KS





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pottz

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#1 posted 09-18-2021 04:16 AM

oh man john your what ive been missing in my life bud.very cool my friend.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#2 posted 09-18-2021 06:09 AM

I hope you are getting well now! Cool stuff you made, indeed!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#3 posted 09-18-2021 10:46 AM

Excellent. Hope you are back to full health soon.

-- MrLaughingbrook

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oldrivers

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#4 posted 09-18-2021 11:08 AM

That is nice excellent workmanship.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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Eric

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#5 posted 09-18-2021 11:12 AM

Beautiful little piece, great job.

-- Eric, building the dream

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doubleDD

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#6 posted 09-18-2021 01:26 PM

Great job on this. Everybody loves an acorn.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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splintergroup

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#7 posted 09-18-2021 02:25 PM

The squirrels will be darkening your door John, don’t let ‘em in, they’ll never leave 8^)

Fine detail work!

Hope the surgery is the last and you are back to 100%!

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#8 posted 09-18-2021 03:12 PM

Really nice. Very nice work on the stand, too.

-- Earl

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#9 posted 09-18-2021 03:20 PM

Best wishes to you and yours, hope you get better…

Wow, well done!!...Very different…very cool

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#10 posted 09-18-2021 04:20 PM

Spectacular little somethings… Well done on both.

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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rtbrmb

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#11 posted 09-18-2021 05:32 PM

Your boredom led to a couple of very impressive projects there- wow.

More importantly – I hope that back heals up for you.

Thanks for posting.

Bill in MI

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#12 posted 09-18-2021 05:33 PM

John both pieces have killer detail, fine work.

Since the Laminoplasty can you tell a difference in your hand sensation? I had one on my low back several years ago, and have lived pain, symptom free for years.

Heal well.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#13 posted 09-18-2021 07:26 PM

im afraid thats what surgery they are gonna tell me i need my hand goes to sleep alot

Very nice acorn almost a work of art GREAT JOB :<)))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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#14 posted 09-18-2021 09:42 PM

Everybody loves a nut. Especially with squirrel storage.

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awsum55

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#15 posted 09-19-2021 02:13 AM

Thanks so much for the well wishes and the compliments on my projects. Everyone is always so kind, I wish I was able to visit everyone of you.


John both pieces have killer detail, fine work.

Since the Laminoplasty can you tell a difference in your hand sensation? I had one on my low back several years ago, and have lived pain, symptom free for years.

Heal well.

- therealSteveN

They told me it might take a while to notice a difference, so I can’t really tell yet. I sure hope I have the same results as you when I get my lower back fixed. This one was only real tough for about 2 weeks, then it was just sore and limiting.


im afraid thats what surgery they are gonna tell me i need my hand goes to sleep alot

Very nice acorn almost a work of art GREAT JOB :<)))

- GR8HUNTER

If you have to get it done, there are a couple of different ways a surgeon can do it. I consulted with 3 doctors. One orthopedic surgeon and 2 neurosurgens. The orthopedic surgeon wanted to fuse my vertebrae, both neurosurgens told me that was the wrong thing to do and would limit the movement in my neck. So the orthopedic surgeon was out and I had it done by a neurosurgen.

One wanted to go in from the side of my neck, which the other surgeon told me that procedure is much more painful and messes with your esophagus, so it is difficult to eat for a while after the surgery. I was told I would also have to wear a hard neck brace for about 6 to 8 weeks.

The surgeon I used went in from the back of my neck so he didn’t have to cut as many muscles and it healed quicker than the other doctor told me it would. I was given a soft neck brace and was told I could use it but didn’t have to. I only needed to use it for the first 2 weeks on and off and then I could take it off and hold my head up all day without it.

-- John D, OP, KS

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