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Old 02-28-2009, 12:32 AM   #256
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Managed to do the top boards behind the bench, so that's starting to look a little more finished now.
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Old 02-28-2009, 12:33 AM   #257
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After some head scratching, the framing for the plant stand finally came together.
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Old 02-28-2009, 12:35 AM   #258
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It was starting to get dark by the time I had the first of the plant stand boarded in. The pics never seem to come out quite as well when it darkens.
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Old 02-28-2009, 12:36 AM   #259
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And here the bottom is nearly finished. Ran out of the long boards, have to make a few more tomorrow morning. C'est la vie!
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Old 02-28-2009, 10:25 AM   #260
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It is my habit every morning to walk outside to the bank just to see what, if anything, is happening on the water. We are expecting another storm to arrive this morning, so I was pleasantly surprised to see sun on the fresh snow on the mountains. I was able to get off a few shots before the cloud rolled in. Here's the best one. 5 minutes earlier and I think it might have been much nicer.
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Old 02-28-2009, 11:49 AM   #261
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B. E. A. Utiful! Thanks for posting that.
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Old 02-28-2009, 10:24 PM   #262
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You're very welcome.
Today was not a good day for us. Early this morning wife decided she would like me to take her across for some bird seed and a few groceries. OK.
As she is climbing into the boat, she does a decidedly inelegant swan dive and splits and lands with very little grace on the floor of the boat, emitting a suitably blood curdling scream while she is at it. She is convinced that there are no broken bones, so she tries to climb onto the seat. As soon as she put the least amount of weight on her right knee, it gave out. We managed to get her on the seat, and she decided that didn't feel too bad, so off we go.
Arrive at the marina, she goes to stand up, nada.
She needs an ambulance. Now our marina is in a dead area for the cell phone, so I ask one of the neighbours if they would be kind enough to call an ambulance for me. No problem, not only that, but he offered to drive up the road away and direct them to our boat.
The paramedics arrived quickly, given the distance they had to come from, and after some fuss and bother wife is unceremoniously deposited in the ambulance. They do the vital signs thing, and of course her b.p. is damn nearly off the chart.
So to the hospital we go, where after X-rays and subsequent examination, it is determined that she has wiped out the lateral ligament, which is located right behind the kneecap. I bet that must have smarted.
There is nothing that can be done, so they hoof her out the door to fend for herself. OK, so that's a little writer's license there.
She is given a prescription for some illegal narcotics, and we have to pick up some crutches and a big knee brace. That poor knee was just huge by the time we got to the pharmacy.
She is now resting uncomfortably, but well drugged at my mum's house, where she will have to stay until she can at least walk unaided. We think this may be a couple of weeks.
I suppose this means (he says with a resigned sigh) that I will be wasting copious amounts of time going back and forth to town. This will cause me to waste valuable building time, this is not good.
I will still try to get the odd thing done, so please bear with me during these delays.
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Sorry to hear about your wife, that does sound quite painful! Hopefully she'll be back to supervising in no time!
As always, I am enjoying the posts and reading about your progress.
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This will cause me to waste valuable building time, this is not good.
If you think about it, maybe it's a good time to take a break for awhile.

Just say'in.
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I hope she makes a speedy and pain-free recovery. Be careful when you're there working by yourself.
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Thank you all for the kind words, I shall see to it that your well wishes are extended to her this morning.
I'm afraid it isn't going to be a pain free recovery though. I did some checking on the web last night about this injury, some very good info out there. It appears she will be in for an 8 week recovery, or longer.
It wouldn't be nearly as problematic if we lived over on Vancouver Island rather than here.
But she is the one who originally found and picked out this place, so now she will have to put up with it for awhile.
It will be the first week to 10 days that will be the worst. She has been told to do nothing but rest it, and eventually it should heal. As long as she does what the good doctor says, she will be OK. But you need to know my wife. If you think I'm stubborn, you should see what she's like.
And again, thanks to everyone.
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The best thing for stubborn people is Drugs! Keep her dopped up for the next 2 weeks. She will actually thank you later because she will recover and not push it. Dorf Dude...
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Good idea!
Actually, she has just about enough of the illegal drugs to last for two weeks. But since neither of us ever take much more than the occasional aspirin, I doubt she will stay on the pills for too long.
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I had the same injury in december and it is very painful. I am also stubburn and tried walking on it. It gave out a couple more times. I bought a couple of knee braces. The first one was a slip on and I couldn't get it over my knee, it was so swollen. I'm a small guy and I bought the extra large, knee was probably 2 1/2 times the normal size. Then I bought one that uses velcro to close and also has some metal hinges on the sides to take some of the pressure off the knee itself. That really helped the recovery. It still isn't 100% but it's alot better. I laid some tile last week and it did alright kneeling on it. It took about a month and a half before I could do much on it and still had to baby it. After that it seemed to heel faster. Hopefully she gets better soon, I know how painful it is and even more how it's no fun just sitting around not being able to do anything.

On another note, can you describe that 1/16" edge tool you used and what it does to the wood? I've never seen one of them before.

Goodluck and wish your wife a speedy recovery!
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Old 03-02-2009, 10:23 AM   #270
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Good morning ponch:
My wife is a pretty large gal, so I had to find a big brace. And you're 100% right about not being able to use the pull on kind. The kneecap itself loses much of its' stability when this ligament is torn. She has managed a grade 3 tear. It sounds as though we got the same kind of brace you did.
She has used the pull on type for several years on and off for her other knee. She got hit from behind in a skiing accident about 20 years ago. They operated to remove some cartilage and naturally, she has lost much of the strength and flexibility in that one.
So now, she only has a bad knee to use until this one gets better. Not much fun.
That little edging tool I use sometimes is available from Lee Valley Tools. If you don't have their catalogue, and if you are a woodworker, I would suggest you go online and request one. They have about the best range of woodworking stuff on the planet.
I actually prefer my little Japanese plane which has two different size radii, just as this tool does. But after my massive cleanup a few weeks ago, with wife helping, I can't find it. Far be it from me to suggest who has misplaced it, but...
I will pass your wishes along to her today, and thank you.

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