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    Back in the saddle again.......

    I had another of my famous "retirement" projects on my assembly bench without any progress since last October. I was racing the winter weather and an October 13th surgery date. I did manage to remove the patio metal roof, replace the damaged soffit and paint the new soffit and facia and get the patio metal roof reinstalled 2 days before the first winter storms.

    Then I had my cochlear implant surgery and it effected my equilibrium. It's only in the last couple weeks I felt confident enough to start walking on a treadmill again.

    I bought and assembled a new scroll saw for the wife last week.

    Today I went back into the shop to work on the oak entertainment center for the first time since last September. It took a couple hours to figure out where I had stopped, what to do next and get started. I began dryfitting the full extension drawer slides and the 6 drawers and the 4 sliding shelves. This will allow me to calculate, measure and mark where the European hidden hinges should go on the doors and drill the doors. Then I will dry fit the hinges and doors. I have 2 pieces of molding to make and install before some final sanding and start finishing.

    It felt good to be back in the shop woodworking for the first time in 4 months!
    Last edited by Ken Fitzgerald; 02-20-2012 at 01:54 PM. Reason: corrected spelling

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    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Amherst, New Hampshire
    Good news Ken. Glad you are feeling well enough to start making sawdust again
    Faith, Hope & Charity

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    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Plainwell, Michigan
    Great your are finally able to get back in your shop Ken Don't forget to show us pics of the entertainment center

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    Nov 2006
    Delton, Michigan
    good for you fitz
    If in Doubt, Build it Stout!
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    Don't put off today till tomorrow!

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    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Tokyo Japan
    Welcome back to the workshop Ken!
    The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
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    May 2007
    Thomasville, GA
    It's good to hear you're back at it, Ken!!!
    Bill Arnold
    Citizen of Texas residing in Georgia.
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    Live every day like it's your last, but don't forget to stop and smell the roses.

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    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    North West Indiana
    Yes, glad to hear you are feeling well enough to get out to the shop, let alone work in it. Maybe I missed it, what kind of scrollsaw did you end up purchasing?
    God and family, the rest is icing on the cake.

    I'm so far behind, I think I'm in first place.

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    Jonathan, I ended up buying my wife an Excalibur EX-21. My wife will be the primary user, has no experience using power tools and I was concerned about safety. The tilting head of the Excalibur brand leaves the table top flat and for me that was an increased safety factor. That coupled with a deal we couldn't refuse at the Spokane WoodCraft caused me to buy it then even though I wasn't ready to buy it at the time.
    Last edited by Ken Fitzgerald; 02-20-2012 at 02:59 PM.

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    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Oceanside, So. Calif. 5 mi. to the ocean
    Welcome back Ken. I wish you all of the hearing, stability, woodworking fun, that you can stand.


    First of all you have to be smarter than the machine.

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    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    DSM, IA
    Quote Originally Posted by Jim C Bradley View Post
    Welcome back Ken. I wish you all of the hearing, stability, woodworking fun, that you can stand.


    Yes Sir! So happy for you Ken, and can't wait to see the entertainment center completed!
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