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Blog entry by CraftsmanCollective posted 08-25-2008 10:21 AM 1036 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello Fellow Shop Geeks! I cant actually believe I have only now just run across this forum/website. What a great find. I have a feeling alot of shop time will be lost here… This is my very first blog entry so I’ll just post a little background and current whats up.


Been woodworking forever, more building in the last decade but I always had a knack for wood and composites. Perhaps thats due to my upbringing, I was literally raised in a lumberyard as lumber is the family business. I finally got to build my own home last year, a tuscan style villa in Nor Cal. Im really happy with the way it turned out and so is the wife. Now I just have to pay for it. Fortunately the woodshop attached is helping with that as custom woodworking nights and weekends has been my saviour.

Current Whats Up.

Spent Saturday running some prefabbed showroom parts / details up to our new millwork showroom in Lakeport. Got one of the vinettes painted while I was there and installed a few pieces I had built the week before in the shop, mostly a wine country themed knotty alder casings and beams and a nautical themed mahogany door casement detail. I’ve been building bits and pieces all summer and really need to get that buttoned up, my dad (the boss) wants to start phase two… Spent most of today (Sunday) working on dust collection. I made significant gains on the table saw system and am pleased, real pleased (if I do say so myself) with the results, I think I am now collecting better than 95% of dust generated on the table saw. It may even be better than my miter saw setup. Sometimes I feel like a total nerd for putting some much energy into dust collection but for some reason I have become obsessed with it. Partially, Im prototyping for our new doorshop, but I enjoy the challenge of improving what the manufactures think is ‘good enough’. Its soo easy to make it soo much better. I cant believe the improvement I got today. If I could just find a Hepa filter for the DC, I’d really be in business. I may have to move to a cyclone system, if I can get this system this efficient, I might as well go for the micro particulates and do my health a favor too. Wont have much time in the coming months though as the wife is due to give birth next week. Add that to the showroom second phase, new website launch, upcoming install video, magazine artical, and content for the site launch, and I’ve got both hands full. I do love being busy though.. Well see what I can get done and I’ll post some stuff here..

Cant wait to figure out how to better utilize this website and start posting up some work. Looks like there is a ton of talent here, some of the stuff I’ve seen so far has blown me away.

-- Robby Myer, Walnut Creek, CA

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Grant Davis

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#1 posted 08-25-2008 02:32 PM

Welcome aboard, jump right in and get dusty.

-- Grant...."GO BUCKEYES"

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#2 posted 08-25-2008 02:43 PM

Welcome to LJ’s, You will surely loose shop time and find it completely worth it.

-- Can't never could do anything, to try is to advance.

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#3 posted 08-25-2008 05:07 PM

Great to have you onboard. We have a bunch of Jocks in Cal. Me I’m about as far away as you can get. On the eastern shore of Delaware.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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Mark Shymanski

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#4 posted 08-25-2008 05:30 PM

I too stumbled upon LJs; it has been a wealth of information and a real joy to read. Welcome a’board’!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#5 posted 08-26-2008 06:23 AM

Welcome! Let your creativity run wild.

-- Rich, Seattle, WA

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#6 posted 08-27-2008 10:08 PM

Welcome to LJs CC !

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#7 posted 08-28-2008 12:32 AM

I too have been on a Dust Collection trip. Love to see your Miter Saw solution and what you did for your TS.

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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