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Location: Van Buren, Arkansas (Winter) and Clear Lake, Minnesota (Summer)

Worked as a Draftsman most of my life and retired in 1996.
We live in a retirement moble home park in Van Buren, Arkansas in the Winter and a small moble home park in Clear Lake, Minnesota in the Summer.
The mobile home park in Minnesota will not allow an outbuilding larger than 10 x 10, so my workshop is 1/2 of a 10 x 10 storage shed
In Arkansas I have a 12 X 15 workshop.
My dad was a woodworker and I always enjoyed being in the shop with him. He had a pool hall in a small town in SW Oklahoma in the 40's and 50's. In the mid 50's I helped him rebuild pool tables and pool cues. On Saterday nights I would help him close up by sweeping the pool tables, sweeping the floors and cleaning out the spittoons.

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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Scott Bryan

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#1 posted 2373 days ago

Welcome to LJs. I am sure that you will find this to be an interesting and unique aspect of your woodworking journey.

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

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#2 posted 2373 days ago

Welcome to LJ. You will like it here. My In-Laws live in Osseo, so we get over there frequently.

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Les Hastings

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#3 posted 2373 days ago

Welcome to LJ’s Ron, glad you decided to join us!

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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#4 posted 2373 days ago

Welcome to the wonderful world of LJ’s (Enjoy) Come on in, The water’s fine, fine, fine.
You can ask, show, teach, learn, and Share woodworking experiences.
There’s something here for anyone that likes working with wood.
Plus new friends
God bless

-- Gene, a Christian in Virginia

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#5 posted 2372 days ago

Welcome to LumberJocks. Enjoy the community

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#6 posted 2372 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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#7 posted 2372 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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#8 posted 2349 days ago

Thanks, Ron,
I’ve got a table to deliver to Georgetown at the end of the week. I did the opposite of you. I retired in Maine, but supporting the heating oil company started getting old, so I moved back to Texas.

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#9 posted 2349 days ago

We would like to welcome you to the one and only LumberJocks. 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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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#10 posted 2336 days ago

Welcome to a fellow Minnesotan, from “Da Range”.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#11 posted 2322 days ago

Ya know what?
That ol’ 10” T-saw will do alot more than what you say…I’d guess that you have the ability to make it sing to you, after seeing your dulcimer! My tablesaw is a 1952 Delta- Homecraft contractor’s model…very heavy.It came with a cutter/shaper head and two sets of bits as well as a bunch of really really old steel saw blades and some funky airplane propeller looking dado blades that actually have carbide teeth on them. The fence is not only bent in the middle, but there is a slight twist as well. The only things I’ve changed is upgraded to a Baldor motor- nearly doubling the RPM’s to @ 3200, and I replaced the cinch-down at the other end of the fence. I’ve built quite a few projects with it, including making my own trim for my house when I remodeled it-using that saw and a skil-wormdrive that’s about twelve years old now, and a 1968 craftsman 1/4” router w/ depth adj.
The thumbnail on my handle is a DVD cabinet I built using that old Delta…the cabinet has been finished for a few years and to date there are about 650 titles in it… mostly kid vid’s or the like that are suitable to kids, like 7 Brides for 7 Brothers, Some Like it hot, Singing in the Rain, Oklahoma,White Christmas( my kids watch that year ‘round on their own) ya get the picture, old timer? Mr. Rogers died, ya know. Buddy.

-- Sometimes my wife wishes that she was a block of wood... ;-)

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#12 posted 2214 days ago

Great story, Welcome to lumberjocks. I hope you take advantage of all the possibilities LJ’s offers

-- Kip Northern Illinois ( If you don't know where your goin any road will take you there) George Harrison

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#13 posted 2062 days ago

thanx for the welcome

-- Greg S.E. Ga.

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#14 posted 2052 days ago

Thanks for the welcom Ron

-- RKWoods

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#15 posted 1994 days ago

Hi Ron, thanks for the hello.

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