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I. H. Hart...Maker of things, fixer of stuff. #1: Return to the shop.

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I. H. Hart… Maker of things, fixer of stuff. Such will read the sign I plan to put above my shop in the near future. I am in Decatur, a suburb of Atlanta GA. My “shop” is a 16’x20’ shed that currently has no power. In my early 20’s after I bough my first house, my setup was far superior. I had a full basement dedicated to making things. In my bachelorhood I obtained a couple of table saws, a 14” bandsaw, jointer, and a lathe. My primary focus was and still is, woodturning.

9 years and several life changes later i am starting over. All thats left of my machine tools is my lathe, a Nova DVR. I have been in this house for almost 2 years and only in the past couple of months have I started transforming the shop from a ramshackle storage of tools from the glory days into a shop where I can return to my true calling in life… making and fixing.

My current goings on…..

I just cranked up my lathe for the first time in almost 2 years. Didn’t make anything….just knocking the rust off my tools and my hands. Should be adding permenant power in the next couple of weeks. My wife is sick of me leaving drop cords strung out across the yard. I have a medium sized dogwood tree that has died. I’ll be taking it down soon. Spalted dogwood is my favorite wood to turn!!! I think I would like to mill some boards out of it if it turns out to have some nice decay inside. Most fellow woodturners would agree….decay is beautiful. I want to make a desktop humidor. Does anybody know where I can get the trunk milled in the Atlanta area? it goes from 8” to 4” diameter over about 6’ of main trunk.

I am happy to have joined the Lumberjocks community and should be making frequent updates. Not that mine will be the most interesting, but its cathartic for me. I’ll be posting some photos of my shop and some work from the past this week. I’ll be finishing up working 5 nightshifts in a row and will have a few days off. I can’t wait to Return to the shop!!!

-- Isaac- Decatur, GA - "Your woodworking....NOT machining parts for NASA!!!"



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bladedust

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#1 posted 717 days ago

Welcome to LJ, looking forward to seeing your work. I’m pretty new here myself and in the process of completely tearing down my shop and rebuilding it…..Fun, fun, fun. It will be when it’s done…....in a year or two if I’m lucky.

To answer your question, sorry I don’t know and been looking for one myself. I’m in Alpharetta and my office is in Perimeter area. I’ll be keeping a close eye on this post in the hopes that someone here can help. Good Luck and thank you for posting this.

-- ok, is it cut once measure twice, cut twice measure once???? I know....I'll just keep cutting until it's long enough.

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IsaacH

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#2 posted 717 days ago

Thats funny, I live on the perimeter, and work for an Alpharetta based company!

-- Isaac- Decatur, GA - "Your woodworking....NOT machining parts for NASA!!!"

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bladedust

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#3 posted 717 days ago

Small world. I’ll waive to you on 400 as we go in opposite directions. Where in Alpharetta is your company?

I’m lucky in that I get to work from home a good deal of the time. I pretty much set my own hours.

-- ok, is it cut once measure twice, cut twice measure once???? I know....I'll just keep cutting until it's long enough.

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IsaacH

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#4 posted 717 days ago

Off of Mansell. I actually work at a field facility in Austell, but I travel to the home office fairly frequently. I get the “luxury” of working swing shift. I work 12 hr days and nights with lots of days off in between….lets see, how does it go…

on 4 days, off for 7 1/2 days, on 4 nights, off for 4 1/2 days, on 2 days, off 1 1/2 days, on for 3 nights, off for 2 days then on-call for a week…..then repeat…..

crazy, but it gives me alot of time off. :-P

-- Isaac- Decatur, GA - "Your woodworking....NOT machining parts for NASA!!!"

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bladedust

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#5 posted 717 days ago

I’m one exit up from Mansell, about a 5 minute drive, so pretty close.

The schedule must be a bear to keep track of, but it’s great that you have all that time off….sorry, what was I thinking, I meant shop time.

-- ok, is it cut once measure twice, cut twice measure once???? I know....I'll just keep cutting until it's long enough.

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Grandpa

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#6 posted 716 days ago

My plant once used a schedule like that. After years they did away with it. Employees had to have a calendar by their bed instead of an alarm clock. Fortunately I nver worked that….just 8 to 5.

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ITnerd

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#7 posted 695 days ago

Hey GA guys, there’s a few sawyers nearby.

Right off the west side of the Perimiter is Eutree, Joel is a good guy and I’ve sent a chunk of change his way. He doesn’t list too much on the website, but has always had an interesting selection. He has an open house on Saturdays, and I’ve found Cherry, Beech, Magnolia, Persimmons, Walnut, QS Oak, and Holly. I’ve picked up both surfaced boards and raw slabs. I am currently working on a bench based on a 3” Live Edge Holly Slab, can’t wait to get it finished. I’ve never brought him my own lumber to cut, but it’d be worth asking him because he’s pretty close.

Danny runs a mill thats about 2 hours south of the city. He always has a nice selection of local stuff and usually posts his bigger hauls here in the forums.

Out in Elijay about 1.5 hours north of the city, Ray (mswoodtrader (at) gmail, 404.790.zero932) runs a mill with a pretty good selection. I have not bought from him but he has some beautiful slabs. He’s currently got slab and lumber in the following species: Cherry, Elm, Deodar Cedar, Cypress, Maple, Hickory, Sycamore and Walnut.

I apologize for any checkbook damage this post creates,

Chris

-- Chris @ Atlanta - JGM - Occam's razor tells us that when you hear hoofs, think horses not zebras.

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#8 posted 695 days ago

@ITnerd- This is a problem! I don’t know whether to laugh or cry…...I want to laugh because you’ve given me information I’ve been looking for quite a while, but I want to cry because I know this information will cost me a fortune.

Does anybody know of an organization like AA for woodworkers????

-- ok, is it cut once measure twice, cut twice measure once???? I know....I'll just keep cutting until it's long enough.

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