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Location: Shreveport, Louisiana

I'm 68, will retire next year. Have piddled with woodworking all my life, but only in the last year or so have I realized how little I knew about it.
I'm trying to fix that, but have a long way to go.

After losing many thousands of dollars in the stock market, I adopted a new investment plan: spend my money on stuff I've always wanted, stuff that will last and I'll never have to buy again, and do it before the dollar is so devalued their purchase price will look like a steal. So, as a result, I've been buying tools left and right to add to an extensive collection from my father and grandfather.

So far I've acquired a DeWalt planer, a Grizzly 14'' band saw for resawing (I'll use my old Craftsman for most of my other work); a Ridgid jointer, a couple of routers and router tables, a miter saw, a lathe, new japanese chisels and carvers, a Foredom flex shaft carver, a Grizzly workbench and about half of the little gadget stuff in the Grizzly catalog.

In retirement I hope to be able to use these things. Don't have much time just yet but I'm trying to learn how to use all these tools the way they're supposed to be.

I intend to do my own lumber. One of my ultimate projects is to build a large roll top desk using red oak off my own heavily-wooded ten acres. I am in the process of riving out sections of a 24" red oak that lightning struck three years ago. I cut it but it fell into the forks of another nearby tree, so I'm taking the wood out in sections. The sap wood is rotty and bug-infested, but the heart is still beautiful.


-- Getting old is a good thing, but being old kinda stinks.

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#1 posted 1740 days ago

Welcome aboard. Nice to have you join us on Lumberjocks.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#2 posted 1740 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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#3 posted 1740 days ago

Welcome to Lumberjocks!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#4 posted 1740 days ago

Welcome to Lumber Jocks! This is a great place to get – or give – advice about woodworking on the forums and the project posts are a wonderful source of new ideas. I love this site, I hope you will enjoy it too.

Look forward to seeing your projects and posts.

-- gjd Southcentral Wisconsin

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#5 posted 1740 days ago

Welcome to LJ’s. We are here to help you with your woodworking endeavors. Feel free to ask for advise. But Be aware…this site can be very addictive…………LOL

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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Scott Bryan

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#6 posted 1740 days ago

Hello Clarence,

Let me welcome to LJs. I am sure that you will find being a member of this group to be an interesting, as well as exciting, experience. Have fun and enjoy.

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

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#7 posted 1740 days ago

Welcome to LJs a place were there are great people,super projects and outstanding woodworkers.Enjoy

-- Custom furniture

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#8 posted 1739 days ago

Welcome to the shop. I look forward to seeing your projects and I hope you enjoy the site. There is alot of good information available from both professionals and amateurs who are willing to share their craft. God Bless!

-- Rusty

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Jim Bertelson

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#9 posted 1739 days ago

Welcome to LJ’s. We are the same age, and it looks like we are in a similar situation re hobbyist woodworking (see my blog and home). By the way, I just completed making some inserts for my TS. Be sure to make some extra blanks while you are at it.

Have fun, and watch out for LJ addiction (no known cure).

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#10 posted 1734 days ago


You will find Lumberjocks helpful, supportive, inspiring and informative.

Ask a question and you will receive an answer or two or three or quite a few more.

-- Best Regards With Personalized Rocking Chairs And Furniture On My Mind,

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#11 posted 1733 days ago

Welcome to Lumberjocks. The projects are an inspiration, the information is priceless and the people are supportive. The only problem is, the site can get addictive.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#12 posted 1731 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 †

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#13 posted 1379 days ago

Imagine that! A year has almost gone by since you became a Lumber Jock. Congratulations on your anniversary! I look forward to your posts.

-- gjd Southcentral Wisconsin

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