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Location: Washington, NC
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Retired Naval Flight Officer - 22 years flying in the Grumman EA-6B Prowler, electronic warfare carrier-base jet, when not flying a desk in the Pentagon. That was followed by a very short, but very stressful, 3 year stint as a high school math teacher, before returning to work for DoD as a civilian this time for another 6+ years. I retired for good in 2004 at age 55.

I'm a lifelong woodworker and inveterate tinkerer. For the last few years, in addition to doing woodworking I have done some writing about it- I've had over 20 shop tips, one or more published in most of the major woodworking magazines, including two in Fine Woodworking. I also authored one short article on making blast gates and two long companion articles on my adjustable height assembly table and its torsion box top that were published in American Woodworker Magazine. Except for tips, my writing has tapered off and has been replaced by tinkering and design work (I have a problem with the term inventing).

I spent a lot of time tinkering in and on my second story shop and its contents. A few years ago, that resulted in my shop earning top honors in the Wood Central/Woodcraft Stores "America's Top Shops" contest. Typical features that contributed to this honor- kitchen cabinet grade shop cabinets made with White Oak harvested from my lot, adjustable height assembly table and woodworking bench, unique stowing I-beam hoist, various tool modifications, shop-made, fully automatic blast gates and cyclone-based dust collection system, etc.

Of late my tinkering has taken a slightly new direction. I designed an adjustable box joint jig with a totally new mechanism that makes the jig easier to set and use and results in perfectly cut joints on the first try. I licensed the design to INCRA Tools who turned it into a fantastic retail product that is due for release in early 2012. I have a couple of other designs in different stages of development. One of the most respected North American manufacturers and retailers of quality woodworking tools and accessories has verbally committed to license two designs. I expect to execute contracts on both in early 2012.

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commented on The Stumpy Nubs Workshop #14: Maybe the greatest way man has ever devised to cut box/finger joints... 03-21-2012 04:22 PM
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commented on Decked Out Ridgid Model R4511 Table Saw #10: Tilt Indicator Redesign 01-04-2012 12:26 AM
added workshop AlaninlittleWash's Workshop 12-26-2011 05:06 PM
commented on Adjustable Height Workbench 12-04-2011 12:11 AM
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#1 posted 12-04-2011 02:56 AM

Welcome To LumberJocks.
Good Luck…

-- Rick

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#2 posted 12-04-2011 03:25 AM

Glad to see that you have made LumberJocks a part of your Woodworking experience… Welcome

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#3 posted 12-05-2011 01:29 AM

Welcome Alan. You have found the right place for woodworking. A great group of people willing to help. Looking forward to see your projects and comments. Work safe in the shop and don’t forget to use pushsticks.

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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#4 posted 12-05-2011 03:46 AM

Welcome aboard. Nice that you could join us on Lumberjocks.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#5 posted 12-08-2011 04:03 AM

Welcome ,we Can’t wait to see your projects and shop plus any input you may have.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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