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Location: Wallingford, CT
Website: www.bigdogwoodworks.com

I was introduced to woodworking by my grandfather, Ira DuGay, when I was a very small boy. He was a retired millwright and could build or repair anything. His shop was attached to his house with a bench running around half the length of the walls. There were drawers the entire length of the bench with cutouts for every hand tool he had. There were hundreds of baby food jars attached to the walls with every fastener you could possibly imagine. There were vises everywhere, it seemed.

He used to say that his tools were in their correct place only twice. The first was when he finished building the storage space for them and the second was when I, at about age 9, put all of the tools back into their proper places. His power tools consisted of a four by eight foot table saw that he designed and built, lathe, jig saw, band saw, drill press, grinders, and many others. His hand tools ran the gamut from his pocket knife to chisels and handplanes, each of them freshly sharpened.

My grandfather taught me that a cheap tool is exactly that, cheap. He would never use filler on a miter joint. He would redo it. “Sand with the grain of the wood.” “Clean those brushes.” “Don’t be in a hurry.” “Plan ahead.” “Measure twice, cut once.” His words of wisdom are timeless.

-- Shawn DuGay, Wallingford, CT http://www.bigdogwoodworks.com

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Scott Bryan

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#1 posted 2227 days ago

BigDawg,

Let me welcome you to LJs. I hope that you will find this to be an exciting and rewarding part of your woodworking adventure.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#2 posted 2227 days ago

Welcome to Lumberjocks! Enjoy yourself.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#3 posted 2227 days ago

We welcome you to the one and only LumberJocks. We hope that you enjoy your stay/visit each and every time you show up on our door step. If you should need any woodworking question answered, don’t hesitate to ask. Somebody’s gonna have a good answer for you.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#4 posted 2226 days ago

Welcome to LumberJocks. Enjoy the community.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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#5 posted 2226 days ago

Welcome to LJ. You will like it here.

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Grumpy

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#6 posted 2226 days ago

Welcome to Lumberjocks. This is a great community of people with like interests.There is much to learn here & you will have the opportunity to share your skills & ideas with others. I hope you enjoy LJ’s as much as I do.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#7 posted 2226 days ago

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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Karson

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#8 posted 2224 days ago

Welcome to LumberJocks. Glad to have you aboard.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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