In The Beginning #1: 40 hours until it begins

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Blog entry by Crushgroovin posted 06-03-2010 10:08 AM 1176 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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It was all started 8 weeks ago as a way of spending more time with my sons & a desire to build a common hobby before they reach the age of rebellion. So we 3 set off on this foray into woodworking with a 20 year old duct taped circular saw, a 20+ year old jigsaw, a new (under powered) table router, & about 100 projects & about a million ideas of what we would like to do first.

The first project of course was a work table/bench. That was followed by two cutting boards. These three projects were followed by the knowledge that we were under tooled for the level of projects we would like to do. So one day while looking for a table saw on Craigslist I cam across something called a Shopsmith. I was intrigued and after some very in depth research I made a purchase of a used Shopsmith Mark V. Although the machine is almost 30 years old it looks showroom new. So now we are all giddy with anticipation as we are picking up the machine this Friday afternoon.

I can’t wait to get started! I look forward to sharing my projects and lack of skill & education with all of you. I am sure the fine folks on this board will have much to share.


-- I wouldn't be so arrogant if you weren't such a moron!

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#1 posted 06-03-2010 10:45 AM

Welcome to lumberjocks: Cudos to getting your kids involved. I think that is part of the problem these days with some kids. They don’t have something constructive to do, so they find things to do that are not constructive.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#2 posted 06-03-2010 04:13 PM

Welcome to LJs! I have made use of my Shopsmith for 28 years. Looking forward to hearing more of your adventures with your sons.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#3 posted 06-03-2010 05:11 PM

I’m so glad you have time with your sons and shop time is good time. Enjoy your new toy.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#4 posted 06-04-2010 08:52 AM

very awesome Crushgroovin….can I call you Crushgroovin? :) j/k…wow..anyways…i’m a fairly new woodworker myself, and learning quickly! it is awesome you are getting your kids involved – I can see myself doing this for my entire life!! Hopefully by the time I have kids, I’ll have gained enough insight to teach them a thing or two!! welcome to LJs!!

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#5 posted 06-04-2010 11:42 AM

Welcome Chris. As stated above, it is great you want to do this with your kids. This is a great place to bounce ideas around, ask questions, display your successes and your not-so-successes. You will find, as I have, that there is a lot that can be learned from the folks here and if you discover a little trick, teach us.
Again welcome and thanks for this blog. Very enjoyable.
P.S. Love the safety glasses.;)

-- Pete - "To every thing there is a season Turn! Turn! turn!" [Ecclesiastes and Pete Seeger]

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