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Blog entry by Bluepine38 posted 12-26-2013 04:56 PM 1358 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Yesterday I was in my shop finishing up a last minute white elephant Christmas gift, yes Double DD struck
again, I looked around at the shop and the equipment in it and realized that most of it was there because
of Lumberjocks. I started my shop a while back because I knew that when I turned 70 and retired I would
need something to keep me off the streetcorners and out of trouble. I would close my office at the
intersection of walk and don’t walk and start anew. My 1950’s era Delta Lathe was purchased so that I
could make bowls, then people like SASmith and Sam Shakouri showed there was more to it than just
making a round bowl, so I got a basket case cross slide table and rebuilt it to make a bowl from a board in
my own complicated manner. I needed a jointer, so I bought an old one for $50 and rebuilt it, the same
garage sale offered a 1950’s era King Seeley shaper for $50, so naturally I bought that and rebuilt it, it
works great as an oversized router. My old Ryobi table saw was lacking, so I bought a 1949 Delta Cabinet
saw and rebuilt it and rewired it for 220 Volt. A friend north of the border-CanadianChip- if I recall mentioned
an old Delta 8” saw, so when one became available I picked it up for a few dollars and it was the basis for
my Frankensaw. Router tables are always being discussed, so when an 8” Atlas table saw was offered for
“free” I picked it up, cut an oblong opening for a Rockler plate to fit my Milwaukee router in it and by
next summer I may have my version of a router table finished. A free 14 amp 1hp motor with attached
10-5/8” impeller became the start of my dust collector routed through a Thein dust separator. Todd
Clippinger’s review of the Dust Deputy led me to purchase one and it is the basis of my small dust collector.
A Jet AFS1000 bought for $50 is hanging from my shop ceiling and finishes off my dust collection. No
I am not a top notch money making artisan, but I am a happy woodworker. My wife puts up with me, and
my children, grand children, great grand children regard me with affection and just a little apprehension.
Oh yes, there is a Dewalt scroll saw in the corner, because I thought I could use it to make a bowl from a
board and I could not cut a straight curved line, but Sheila Landry has shown us that there are other uses
for it, so its future spot is secure. I want to thank all of you with a special note of people like Jethro and
Arthouse that make me wonder & hope, for this special little shop where I can just be, and as one of the
LJs states, I am not going to grow up, but I am going to try to learn how to behave in public.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#1 posted 12-26-2013 05:20 PM


Great Karma dude! LOL! Your journey of fit and fix seems to be working for you? We are always here and now. I have reflected on my passive intellectual approach and found me wanting. I did get my equipment that depreciated in boxes built LOL! And just when I said “It looks like I’m a woodworker”, the phone rang which started a journey back through my money making profession AGAIN. It appears to be at an impasse, now. Which is scary but I have been persistent at it and learned that’s what I must do for woodworking. A kid I worked with for a year use to yell at me “NO TALK, JUST PLAY!” When he started to come in and talk I yelled his phrase back at him. We both laughed. But it is my new mantra.

Been cleaning up the cat’s messes, food, litter, dust and hair from everywhere and it feels better in the shop.

When I was hired in August I was planning the installation of my dust collection. Guess that’s next even if it’s colder than a witches broom out side. Warm today 20’s

But this is where I am today. Have a vision for my journey, but it’s just a map? Until I travel it.

Have a great New Year! And you are retired?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#2 posted 12-27-2013 02:25 PM

Hi Gus
That is a interesting write up of what is happening in your shop and it makes a lot of sense .
No point in spending on new tools when there is nothing wrong with the ones you have that can’ t be fixed .
Always remember tools do not a project make but a Craftsman does with the tools on hand and his ability to use with what he has to work with.
May you have peace ,health and happiness .
Happy New year .

-- Kiefer

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#3 posted 12-27-2013 04:29 PM

Gus, you are a very resourceful and thrifty man. I admire you and I’m sure that you must love to work in your shop as well as working on your shop. No doubt that it will always be improving as it evolves. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#4 posted 12-27-2013 05:27 PM

It is wonderful that you can take old machine tools and put them into good working order again. I am pretty thrifty minded like so many woodworkers, but it’s next to impossible to find used tools for sale here, but that’s probably a blessing in disguise for me since I’m not very mechanical minded.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 12-28-2013 05:08 AM

I don’t think you’ll learn how to act in public. When your over 70 you just don’t care anymore.

-- Tom D

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