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    Getting old is tough on a neander

    Volunteered to make a small kitchen table for my son (42x60). Using maple, the edge jointing and glue up for the top went pretty well. The top flattening is giving me quite the workout. wasn’t way out, but a slight high spot down the middle. 15-20 minute sessions, then break time. I love the spirit that goes into a neander piece, but just about now I’m wishing for a giant drum sander or thickness planer

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    PS: loml is thrilled I’m using the finished side of the basement. Sorry, dear, it’s for our son.
    Last edited by Phil Mueller; 06-10-2021 at 9:02 AM.

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    Getting old isn't for faint of heart or weak of spirit.

    It has lately set me to thinking about starting a "You Know Your Getting Old When _________" thread.

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    As my father said, “Getting old is everything it is cracked up to be.”

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    Saw a funny tee shirt this morning.

    When is this, "old enough to know better" supposed to kick in?

    jtk
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    While working the gun range clean up/build weekend , we had just this conversation. One fellow older than even me said "Getting old is for masochists ." We all laughed. How true.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ray Selinger View Post
    "Getting old is for masochists ."
    Better than the alternative!

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    Just came in from emptying some barrels of compost to the compost pile and shoveling potting soil out of the truck into barrels and feeling a bit tuckered out.

    Have to keep on keeping on…

    Time for a short rest, my Metamucil and back to work.

    jtk
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    Getting old ain't for wimps.

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    I hear you Phil. Actually 42 by 60 ain't that small. I could see how that would be challenging. I think Warren commented on maple in a previous post, saying that it is a very challenging wood to hand plane. But it is looking good!

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    As long as I can see the top of the grass when I wake up....I'm doing good.

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    My Dad used to say "If I get up in the morning and I don't hurt, I'll know I'm dead".
    I refuse to succumb to old age. It's for people younger than me.
    Young enough to remember doing it;
    Old enough to wish I could do it again.

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    Thanks Mark, as I plane it, it feels larger and larger . The maple has some curl in it, so using the 62. I’ve been very happy with the results (following Derek’s suggestion to sharpen to 50 degrees) with frequent strops between sessions. No tear out at all, but certainly takes a bit more push to move it through the wood.

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    Some nice looking maple there…!

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    Yes it is, Pete, thank you again. It’s finally being put to use!
    Last edited by Phil Mueller; 06-13-2021 at 7:04 AM.

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    Nice to see some one else using the finished part of their house for wood working. I usually only do this for finishing, glue-ups and some times sharpening. How are you holding the work while planing?

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