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post #1 of 29 (permalink) Old 04-23-2018, 05:40 PM Thread Starter
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Hi, I don't want to bore any of you, but I wanted to share my "getting old story".
Seems I will be 75 next month. Hard to believe since I remember being just 50 a few days ago.
Could be that I missed something in between.
Any way, last year on this day, and I am sure of this because Sandra told me that it was true.
I posted a video of me finishing the touch up painting on one of those 3 way high chairs.
You know what they are, you stand it up one way and it is a high chair, lay it down and it is a desk, then flip it over and it becomes a rocker.
My Great grand daughter Sasha, flips it over herself and she is just 16 months old.
Well, her mom decided that she would be much happier if she had a tray on this high chair, desk, rocker.
So, yesterday, I began to build the tray. I cut two pieces of 1 inch maple, drilled the edges and doweled the two pieces together.
Glued the two halfs, and left it over night in clamps to dry.
Today, I laid it put and cut the shape of a tray out.
Routed and sanded the edges and got it ready to rout out the center to make the bowl shape for when she spills her milk.
I got out my Porter Cable fixed base router and went to change the bit in it.
Seems the Porter Cable takes two open end wrenches to remove the bits.
I began to search for my wrenches.
I just used the thing a couple of months ago so I knew they must be here.
I tore my shop up searching, even went through the tools i keep in the camper.
I just could not find them.
I finally went on line to replacement parts and called them to order new wrenches.
The guy on the phone said the new wrenches were 1 1/8 inch open end wrenches.
So me being not sure what size the lock nuts on the Porter Cable were, said well, let me check and I will call
back. So, I returned to my shop, and with utmost difficulty, measured the locks nuts.
When I was satisfied that they were as close to 1 1/8 inch as I could figure, I returned to the house to call them again.
Before they connect you to a real live person they tell you to be sure to have the model number and the part number handy.
Since I had left the scrap of paper with these very important numbers on it in the shop.
I kept the phone which was on hold and returned to my shop.
AS I waited, I walked around the shop ONE MORE TIME, and check to be sure the wretches were non retrievable (lost).
Just as the girl answered and ask what part I was searching for, I reach behind my tool box that I had set on the counter
just this morning to search for a wrench for my neighbor, and I laid my hand on both 1 1/8 inch open end wrenches.
I told the girl that I was no longer in need of her services and hung up the phone.
Now, I don't think any of this had anything to do with age. All day I knew exactly what I had lost. At no time did I say" Now, what was I looking for?".
I am sure that if you guys would be completely honest, you would have to admit to doing the exact same thing. Maybe more then once.

Hmmm, I need to read all that I just wrote to find out what i was working on today.
Say, what are these two wrenches doing here on my desk?
They should be out in the shop.
This is how stuff gets lost

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David, first of all, congrats on reaching that age soon.

So, I feel for you. I've put things down in the shop and within minutes, I mean, literally minutes, can't find them and don't remember what I did with them. Geez, it sucks getting old and I've still got 9 years before I catch up to you.

Now, about those wrenches. I attach the two wrenches to the Porter Cable's electrical cord on the router with twist ties - they're always there when I need them. For my Bosch, which usually sits in a router table, I've got a small box in the table that holds those wrenches, the second collet, the key for above-table adjustment, etc. I do the same for other tools that require hex wrenches - for those, I put them in a small baggie and tie that to the cord - try it, you'll like it.

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I'm 75 now. Short term memory isn't what it used to be, that's for sure.
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I'm 77. What did I come in here for? I knew where the tools and such in my shop were. Were that is before a batch of them apparently left when my younger son did. Still find a few, on occasion, but definitely not where "I" left them. It's not the getting old and losing track of things I just had, it's an overactive mind. I can have something, lay it down, then something else strikes my mind, and off it goes. At times I feel like it is a railroad switching yard. My mnd is a locomotive barreling along, then it is switched to another track, then another, another, another, and repeat, until I have no clue about where I started out. So, it's not your age that makes you lose track of things, rather it is sthe fact that your mind is so busy you are just overwhelmed. That's my story anyway.

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I'm 77. I never lose tools. They are all right where I left them. I do, quite often, fail to recall where that is, though. But, I think my memory is as sharp as ever.

I'm 77. I never lose...hey, wait..

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Great story David. I have been there too.
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I only just turned 59, and have those problems. By 70, i don't know....... LOL
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David, first of all, congrats on reaching that age soon.

So, I feel for you. I've put things down in the shop and within minutes, I mean, literally minutes, can't find them and don't remember what I did with them. Geez, it sucks getting old and I've still got 9 years before I catch up to you.

Now, about those wrenches. I attach the two wrenches to the Porter Cable's electrical cord on the router with twist ties - they're always there when I need them. For my Bosch, which usually sits in a router table, I've got a small box in the table that holds those wrenches, the second collet, the key for above-table adjustment, etc. I do the same for other tools that require hex wrenches - for those, I put them in a small baggie and tie that to the cord - try it, you'll like it.
Twist ties are a very good idea Vince, Thanks a lot.
That's my plan now.

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Amazing how you guys make me feel so young !
I will be 60 at the end of June and my kids claim I have OCD, but I say everything in it's place and a place for everything ! it makes it easier to find the things I look for. We moved last June and I am still re-arranging things in the shop to make it easier. Moved the kitchen clock to a different wall about a month ago and I still look where it was before I realise it's not there anymore. Humans a creatures of habit they say !
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