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John Veazey

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Location: Ridgecrest, CA
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I was born in 1941. My parents had come of age during the depression and it seemed like to me that my friends with younger parents got more toys than I did. My dad allowed me to amuse myself with his tools. He was always “remodeling” somewhere in our house and he frequently said “watch me and you will learn how to do it.” He bought a Sears scroll saw with a 24-in. throat to use in making a kitchen lazy susan. I stood on a stool and he showed my younger sister and I how to operate it. I picked up discarded orange crates from the grocery store and made bird houses, toy guns and lawn ornaments. Later he showed me how to use his table saw. I still think of his rules every time I turn my saw on.

When I was in High School I saw plans in Science and Mechanic Magazine for a 12-ft. runabout boat. Dad looked at them and said “there’s no way you can curve the plywood like that.” This had been going on for several years – Dad saying it couldn’t be done and me working really hard to prove him wrong. He knew what he was doing! When he saw me cutting the plywood with a hand saw, he came home in a couple of days with a well-used bandsaw that one of his coworkers didn’t need anymore. I finished the boat after a year but didn’t have money for a motor. I guess it had achieved its purpose: I wanted to prove that I could build it and enjoy the recognition.

I have had a lot of hobbies: woodworking, ham radio, darkroom photography, computers, telescope making (I ground my own mirror), but I keep returning to woodworking. When I retired I added a small shop to the backyard and have made many bookcases and furniture for the grandchildren. I’m tweaking the description for the Sliding Crosscut Table on this forum and I have plans to add two more projects. One of them is a completed 29-in. thickness sander that was inspired by a posting here.

I’m looking forward to new friends on this forum and new ways of giving.

-- John Veazey

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