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r.garrison1's picture
Comments from an old fart...

I like playing with wood, and when what I do looks good, I like it even better.

I received this offer from some new newsletter that said if I signed up, I could learn things to become a better woodworker.

I decided not to. I already know how to be a better woodworker, but with old eyes, aches in my wrists after sanding too much, and just generally wanting to hurry so I have time for a nap before dinner, I don't do half of what I know needs to be done.

Is anyone else in the same condition?

eddiemac's picture

Pretty much the same. I like woodworking, but when I get tired of a project I'll quit until the inspiration returns. Some projects take a long time. Custom sawing, however, commands more dedication as someone is waiting for the lumber. Fortunately, I don't get enough of those jobs to completely dampen my enthusiasm.

r.garrison1's picture

I had an interesting thing happen today.

I accidentally lowered my blade when I hadn't quite cleared the log (LM29). After about 3/4 turn, I caught my mistake, so I raised it, backed up, and lowered it to where I wanted.

I guess I either stretched the blade, or I managed to bend it a couple places (where the guides sit). The cut was wandering all over the place. at least 1 1/2 inches from the highest point to the lowest. I was cutting cedar, tried going slow, but no way to get a straight cut. I stopped after about 6', cut the log off (it was the last cut of the log), and called it a day.

If you lowere your blade on the log, be careful. It may be a good idea to change blades immediately.

Post Oakie
Post Oakie's picture

The tireder you get the easier it is to make simple mistakes around the sawmill.  I'm amazed that I still forget to raise the blade after the cut-- usually no problem, unless stress bends the cant up a bit, lower the log stops, or, as you did, drop the blade on the cant.  Guess that's just nature's way of letting you know it's time to do something else for a while.  Aches & old eyes here, too.

DaveM's picture

There is an old saying around here that I wholly agree with:  "You know that you're over the hill when you mind makes a promise that your body can't fill" !!   AMEN.

countryboymike's picture

Which hill are you referring to?   Corn and beans are in the ground and growing.   Just all sorts of height and colors.   Now,  drain my high ground and dry out the mud around my mill.  

r.garrison1's picture

When I was young, my mind (and mouth) made a lot of promises I couldn't fill; now that I'm old, I continue that tradition, but keep my mouth shut, at least.

I'm hoping the summer isn't too hot in Oregon. if it is, they put restrictions on when I can work outside (all activity with power equipment in forest areas has to cease by 1:00 and have a fire watch afterward). I work more slowly as I age, so I find that 1:00 is pretty close to when I finally get all the kinks out and can get stuff done. It's not fair.

Bill MacLellan
Bill MacLellan's picture

Do all you can do. I work harder at retirement, fisicaly. Than when I worked. Keeps you moving even if you have aches and pains. Plus I am finding you need to keep your mind active as well, milling makes me think.
Not to mention milling for people makes me be social. I could become a hermit really easily.

r.garrison1's picture

I need to stay active. Have a bit of arthritis in my joints; not being active makes things worse. Aside from that, it's a lot more fun to be doing stuff than it is to be sitting on the couch.

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