Monday, May 02, 2016

Back on The Short Bus

It seems I've spent my life riding on the short bus, tilting my head like a dog looking for a treat, and being the last to know something. It's happened again.

A year or so ago I did my teenager rebel against getting old and said no mas, no mas to watching my diet.....If I die so be it....I can't takes it no more, and went on a binge of eating and drinking just what I wanted when I wanted it....Damn life was good. Except I went from around 200 lbs (about 30 lbs over weight) to 240 lbs. Damn Bubba you are fat, your "fat" pants are tight and you haven't seen the equipment in months.  Bottom line, about a month ago it's back on low carbs, forgoing my loved beans and cornbread, tacos, and any thing else that is good including beer and whisky.

Life sucks.

MsBubba to the rescue. Yesterday while surfing the web she came across an article that said: "Whisky has no carbs", the skies are blue once more, the birds are singing, and there is a rainbow on the horizon.

Of the two, booze or food, I would pick food any day but one is a hell of a lot better than none. BTW, maybe I enjoyed the new found freedom a little much last night but that 12 year old Macallan was sure smooth going down.

Other than a boozy afternoon I did get a little done in the shop. The Cherry shorts for the tool box lid have not showed. It's not a big deal, I can make and fit the lid with the box loaded, so that is what I did. The big advantages of loading the box are twofold: I get it out of the middle of the shop and placed where it will stay and I get most of the tools moved to their new place so I can move forward on making 10 lbs of stuff fit into a 5 lb shop.

I did not clean up the interior of the box, all the joinery markings are still there, I did not plane or sand either the inside or outside of the trays and dividers, or the inside of the box. I figure in a 100 years or so if, and it is a big if, it doesn't become a toy box per Bob then folks looking at it might enjoy seeing the tool marks and the marking out of the box and joints.

I expect the "load" will change many times but here is the first load. Top drawer mostly things used daily and/or normally found on the workbench. Second drawer most of my joinery planes and tools. Back side of case H&R's with molding planes, middle wood stock bench planes, front wall will have a chisel rack and saw till. All subject to change often.

Some photos:

From the side with both drawers open.

The front with both drawers open.

The front with drawers closed to the rear and some toes.

The front with drawers closed forward and a red belly.

Not too bad considering how life gets in the way. Looking back I started the tool box build around the first of March, so a couple or three months for the build. I can live with that. 



  1. I did the same thing last year. Got sick of dieting and listening to my doctor. Been eating anything within arms reach and enjoying the hell out of it. Now my pants and shirts don't fit. I've ballooned from 200 to 255. Time to pay the piper when the doc says I may not be able to woodwork at this weight.....

  2. It looks really nice. I think you will be surprised by how convenient working from a chest is. You may find that you want to raise it up slightly, say six inches.

    I think Chris Schwarz takes out all of the tools he is going to be using at the beginning of the day but I like working directly from the chest, putting the tools away regularly.

  3. Ralph,

    As has been said, getting old ain't easy. I'm on my way back to 200 but staying there is the hard part. Finding out that I might be able to have my nightly Whisky could help. The other big problem, at least for me, is flirting with what used to be called Adult Onset Diabetes and is now known as Type 2. I should be happy, I've had a near perfect body for 70 years, it has only been in the last few that it has acted up.


  4. Andy,

    Thanks, I expect I'll be like you and try to find the tools as needed. I'm not smart enough to figure out what's needed before starting. Also one of the reasons to move the chest next to the bench was to hopefully cut down on bench clutter. Needing to move a dozen things to do a task is a RPITA.


  5. My grandfather was an old time doctor (house visits, etc.) and he used to say about eating and drinking: everything in moderation. I do so much of my own "research" about food with the intent of trying to reduce inflammation in my seemingly always inflamed 57 YO joints. I've looked into being gluten free, going low carb and other things (without doing silly fad diets) and noticed a better feeling after the low carb. I have the opposite problem of many - I'm too skinny and would like to put on some weight (the right kind of weight). After trying lots of things I think granddaddy had it right. Having carbs be the largest part of almost every meal - breakfast, lunch and dinner - probably wasn't the best thing for me.

  6. Matt,

    You are correct, I shouldn't have carbs be the largest part of every meal....but damn they taste so good and unless its BBQ, Chile, or Tacos I'm not much of a meat eater. Oh well life is what it is and bottom line my body can no longer handle a high carb load. I have to pick: Eat low Carbs and continue to function or in a couple of years find someone to lift me out of bed and wipe my butt because I'm too fat to do either. Pretty much a no brainer, no fun but a no brainer.

    Have you found what works to keep the inflammation in check?


    1. Man, I love my carbs. Potatoes, cereal, bread, muffins, rice, you name it. I've always had a sweet tooth. But I did notice a change when I went low carb (was it just in my head? Not certain). I didn't dump carbs altogether, but did limit them severely. The thing was, in place of the carbs I ate lots of vegetables. Chicken and broccoli for lunch. I made soups with lots of veggies, but little or no potatoes or rice. My wife is vegetarian and most dinners I have no meat, but I think I need meat to keep my weight up, so I try to get some at lunch if I can.

      Nutrition is a really complex thing, compounded by the fact that what tastes so damned good is not always so good for us. And that every human processes things a little bit differently. And that marketers are always trying to tell us that our lives are worthless if we're not splurging with cakes, rich foods, etc.

      Probably more than you want to know, but for the past year I've kept a food log in a spreadsheet with almost everything I have eaten. Right now I'm color coding the entries that have a high carb load. I had hoped that it might show up certain foods linked to my worst inflammation days, but I haven't seen any tremendous correlations. At least I can see how lopsided my diet was at a glance.

      We're off on vacation tomorrow - all bets are off regarding food consumption.