After struggling with an injured knee for 6 months I am getting the operation to fix it in 5 days. Last Sunday afternoon I started making a new work bench as built by Paul. As I won’t be able to stand for long periods for a few weeks after the operation, what do you think my chances are of completing the bench by Monday night? I have the toolwell and aprons ready to cut to length. Everything else is still to do. Its all timber that was used for shuttering/formwork so there is a fair bit of cleaning up to do before planing it. At least my bench will only cost me for glue, screws, bolts and a lot of resharpening of my plane iron.
Well, good for you for getting this taken care of. Let’s just hope the doctors fix it properly and that you’ll be back in the shop sooner than later. When you do get back, good luck on the bench. Somehow I doubt it’ll get done before the surgery:)
p.s. – I once had my left knee operated on laparoscopically. Minimally invasive, but still it was a lot of hard work to rehab after that. Instead of having a muscle just above the knee towards the inside of the thigh, there was a cave. Make sure to put in the work to rehab it after the surgery – there could be some pain involved, but you’ll be happy you did. Good luck.
Oh no! @mattmcgrane, you are not the first person to tell me from their personal experience that laparoscopy operations on the knee don’t always result in a quick pain free recovery. I have been hearing of 6 – 7 weeks recovery needed before being able to return to work 🙁
You are right by the way, the bench wont be completed by Monday night. I’ll keep going and get as much done as possible. I might have the leg frames made and the two tops laminated. I have some 12″ X 2″ DAR for the apron and tool well, which has saved some work.
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