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I know ... "Just find something you like to do, and do it!"

I have been in the deepest frump for the past 18 months or longer. I have been trying to climb out of it, but the motivation just isn't there. I have two home hobby shops full of machines and tools, but no desire to get out there to use them. I swear there must be a BIG spider web spun across the entry doors ... the spiders are thinking, "When that fat guy walks in next time, we've got him!"

I am 63 now. Not "old" yet, but the world sure isn't what I thought it would be at this age. I have added a few things to my shops, in the hopes of getting excited again about working out there. I recently added a DeWalt planer, a Grizzly 20" helical planer, and a 48" 12 ga. sheet metal finger brake from Grizzly, as well as a big new dust collector, a small HFT lathe, and other things.

I don't have that friend who stops by the shop. I normally work alone. Those red oak church pews are calling me, but I never seem to get the energy to mess with them. I have lots of material, a CNC router table and a CNC plasma table, etc. I recently acquired a nice powder coating machine, but now I have to buy (or build) an oven and a spray booth.

I spend a lot of time flipping though my "Eye Candy Store" (PINTEREST.COM) for ideas. People are so creative! I should probably just pick SOMETHING and say, "I'm going to build THAT today!" I even have a TIG welder on order through Northern Tools, but just like everything else, "Delivery is delayed because of COVID!" I swear, it has become the universal excuse for poor customer service, poor job performance, and a glaring lack of intelligence.

Today is another day. I'm going to go grab some breakfast, and see if I can force myself to walk into the shops and stay there for a few hours, if only to sort things and clean up a bit. I do have some big projects I want to accomplish this year. MAYBE 2022 will be better.

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How about asking around if there is anyone who would like to learn from you how to use some of the equipment you have. I am sure there is are folks who have a project but little skill and few tools who would love a mentor to get them started.
I do like the idea, but with this covid bogeyman and all ... people are AFRAID to get too close to each other. My own cousin in Florida is 82. She got the jabs, and I have not. so she said, "I guess we will never be able to see each other again, since you won't get the vaccines..."

This thread is NOT about the jabs, but it does address the FEAR that so many people have in this mass hysteria about what is essentially the common cold, or the common flu. No one is going to want to come into my shop with this unclean ogre walking around inside. 馃槙

I really DO have one goal for this year. I want to build a giant wind sculpture that will be seen from the main highway. I have studied the work of Anthony Howe. His You Tube Videos show his magnificent work. I want to make at least ONE of these before I die.

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Get back out there. Clean the shop, organize stuff. Try making something you never made before. I have a big white board where I write a job/wish/improvements list. There is always something next to do.
I headed out to the shop early this morning, confident that I would start!

Then I saw three guys dragging cables (?) across my property. Hot Diggity Dog! My Fiber Optic Internet is FINALLY being installed! I have waited 10 years and 7 months for this to happen!

So of course I got involved in the project, which I probably should have avoided. Now I am sitting here with the usual aching back, and trying to wrap up loose ends. I ordered four USB monitors today from Best Buy. I teach DesignEdge software online via ZOOM, but I also go out to remote locations and do on-site training. So between the monitor order and the FioS project, I didn't make it to my shop again.

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All that equipment. It appears you enjoy buying than working. If you have any unfinished projects take care of them. That鈥檚 what I intent to do.
I wish I was close by to inspire and get inspired
Well, it is easier to buy than to dive into a project, for sure. I do want to take another run at it this year. I still need one thing that will give me a boost of enthusiasm.

I am now shopping for a good powder coat oven and spray booth combination. Eastwood Tools has a set for about $10K. I'd jump on that if it were larger. 4x4 is not a lot of space for larger things but then ... since I am not making ANYTHING, I guess I am just using that as an excuse. If I get myself bank into it, and sell lots of stuff that can fit into THAT oven, then I might see the income to get a larger oven ... perhaps next year?

I am going to a doctor very soon to check out this old body. I seem to run out of steam WAY too soon. I get up with all kinds of enthusiasm, but even after what I consider to be adequate sleep, I am nodding off only a few hours later. I know it is due in large part to a glaring lack of exercise. So I will start walking again just as soon as some good old American chemistry lowers my blood pressure below walking time bomb status, according to my previous doctor. :unsure:

Also, my 2022 "BIG PROJECT" is still on my mind, a 'YUGE wind sculpture that will sit on my property and be seen both day and night from the main highway about 3/10ths of a mile away. The TIG welder I ordered from Northern Tool should be here soon, and THAT is something I want to get working right away. It will be littered with small glass hobby mirrors, and lit by colored spotlights from below. so at night, it should be spectacular, even in a slow breeze, or no air movement at all.

Yes, this is "metal art" and not really a topic for a ROUTER FORUM, but I truly do enjoy the input here from you guys with a LOT more experience. My 5'x10' CNC router table is 1/2 completed. I was building the VAC table surface for it when something ... it is always something ... tore me away from the project. That is something else I'd like to have up and running by April or so if possible.

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You probably won't like this, especially if you're not a Christian.
"God gave you a spirit NOT OF FEAR, but of POWER, LOVE and a sound mind". (2TIM 1:7)

Things "in motion" tend to stay in motion and things not in motion tend to stay "not in motion". You're in control.
I agree with you. Also, there is the parable about the "talents" given to three men, and the test of whether or not those talents were used for good.

Five Lessons for Our Lives from the Parable of the Talents
 

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Today, after waiting some eight months ... I finally got the home backup 20Kw generator serviced, and it is working again. $4,200.00 later, of course. 馃槻

Every day, I try to get up ... get moving (reference to the 70's disco song) and something always seems to get in the way. I was going to drop in on an old country doctor today, to see about renewing the Rx for blood pressure meds. UGH! Getting old SUCKS! I didn't make it today, so if I live through the weekend, I will try to drop in on him on Monday or Tuesday.

I am currently looking to add a powder coat booth and oven to my shop. I think that will be "you know ... the thing" that pushes me to get back into the game. I sure could use a helper. I cannot afford to employ someone full-time or even part-time, but I could pay someone to put in a few hours here and there. My neighbor's son was great, but he is grown up now, out of college, and he is now his own contractor. Good for him! But he doesn't have time to do "small projects" now.

Tomorrow is another day.

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I know what you mean about a helper. I turn 79 in about 3 weeks and I recently had to practically go into a fist fight with a cardiologist to stop blood thinner meds prescribed for what turned out to be a mis-diagnosis. Now I get by with just a baby aspirin.

As to a helper, I'd suggest you hire a teen ager. I'd contact a local school that has a wood shop. Or you could just start asking around, church is a good place to start, for a young person who'd like a part time job as a helper in the shop. Let them know you're going to teach them woodworking, especially safety issues. Get them a good dust mask and safety glasses and make sure your insurance covers them. If you pay more than $1,000 you should file a 1099, which is really easy and will CYA in many ways.

I found a great hispanic family that started doing yard work for us on an occasional basis. He has sons who would probably be very happy to have part tie work. And you might also find a kid who would like to make projects of his own, for which he wouldn't be paid, but would use your tools. That will get you out in the shop. You can find a stool to sit on when you run out of steam.

I'm about to hire a guy to rebuild part of the patio cover that the wind destroyed last year. He's not over expensive but man, he's reliable and does a good job, but I not only pay his fee, but usually add a substantial thank you tip. Got to take good care of good people.

My home is rather remote, being 7 miles from "town." Finding a teenager, even an older teenager who has a car is difficult. The thing about helpers is, the ones who are WORTHY of hire already have jobs, and the ones who are alcoholics, or oxycodone junkies, or meth heads, or parolees, etc. aren't worth %$^&.

I hired a guy to come here to power wash the house in the summer. I provided the power washer, and the gasoline, and everything. He showed up in a beat up old car, with his pregnant girlfriend, and a child, and a baby, and two dogs. He spent more time checking on his family, smoking cigarettes and updating his Facebook status than he did actually working. I told him I did not need him to come back again.

Another worker was a "friend of a friend" who turned out to be an oxycodone junkie. He was friendly enough, and he worked hard, but almost TOO HARD, as I kept telling him to SLOW DOWN. Turns out he was running on some drug or another (Speed?) and his hyper movements resulted in an accident that my homeowners insurance thankfully picked up. He also ripped off several expensive tools that turned up in the local pawn shops.

I hired a friend, and HIS FRIEND to come into my come to remove carpeting and lay down solid maple tongue and groove flooring throughout the home. Okay, my friend KNEW what he was doing, but it quickly became evident that HIS FRIEND did NOT know how to read a measuring tape! Once I determined that, I let my friend call out the board measurements. I cut them with a good miter saw, and we handed them to the third man who COULD reliably nail them into place with a nail gun and a mallet. It all worked out.

I hired another young couple to pull weeds, SIX FOOT TALL WEEDS from all around my property. It was blazing hot, and I knew it would be a lot of work, so I paid them VERY well. Even so, they took three full days for both of them to pull the weeds, and when the job was done, it looked great.

NOW I have a 60 gallon power sprayer I tow behind my mower. The gravel driveway, the region around the home and the large gravel patches around both workshops and the 600 foot gravel driveway all get regular "KILL EVERYTHING" treatments :ROFLMAO: I'll probably die of cancer, but the property will look nice for the funeral.

When I picked up those 100+ 16-foot red oak church pews (for future projects :rolleyes: ) I hired two friends, and a guy who used to detail my truck. I asked him if he knew of another available worker, as I figured it would take five guys two days to disassemble and carry out all of this lumber.

Well ... he did. This guy was your typical inner-city Hispanic gang banger, with the sagging pants, the tattoos, the shaved head, etc. Still, he SEEMED coherent and capable, so I hired him. During the course of work, a syringe fell out of his hoodie pocket. He just picked it up and tucked it into his pocket without comment. I later asked the guy who brought him along if he was a diabetic. "No... He just has some problems..." 馃槵 Well, he DID the work with no complaints, and I DID pay him, but three days later, the BRAND NEW 18-foot car carrier we used to transport the planks was ripped off from my property... my REMOTE property that cannot be seen from the highway I cannot PROVE it, but ...

So I am VERY leery about hiring someone as a casual worker.

Joe
 
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