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Blog entry by Lenny posted 01-11-2011 12:34 AM 2008 reads 0 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Today I met and visited the home/shop of fellow LJ, Paul (HarleySoftailDeuce). Paul lives in Bristol, RI about 10 miles from me. We met at a local Dunkin Donut shop and had a coffee and breakfast sandwich. We got to know what tools each owns as well as how much woodworking experience, etc. I thought to bring a small photo album that has some of my projects in it as well as photos of my shop. Paul then asked if I wanted to take a short ride to his home to see his shop and I agreed.

I should back track and say that I arranged our get together by sending a PM to Paul. He replied and I provided my phone number. Paul called me in advance of the visit and one of the first things he told me was he is a firm believer in sharing…if I do not have a tool that he happens to have, I am free to borrow it any time.

Paul has a basement shop and info on it can be found on his LJ home page although he has had a number of updates since posting his workshop. For example he has installed an Oneida cyclone dust collection system complete with 6” metal ductwork. He has amassed a number of great tools. I was impressed with his Powermatic 6” jointer. I didn’t ask but the bed on it must be 6 feet long. Paul also has a Festool circular saw with the long straightedge and attached dust collection. This item is included in his offer to let me borrow his tools! I had to ask him for a napkin to wipe the drool from my mouth. At one point Paul asked if I have hand planes. I explained that I have a few, don’t use them much and need to start doing so. He said I have something to give you and proceeded to hand to me a Stanley Bailey No.4 and No. 5 saying, “These are yours.” I asked “Now why would you give these to me?” He said because I have this and showed me a brand new Lie-Nielson No. 5 1/2. The Bailey planes need some cleaning up but are perfectly fine planes. I have recently been cleaning up and gathering need parts for a Bailey No. 3 that I inherited when my Dad died a number of years ago. With these additions, I will have a 3,4, and 5. This will really get me motivated to start using hand planes more often.

I commented to Paul what a nice crosscut sled he made and how I keep saying I need to make one. He said some snowy day, come by and we can make one together. He added that he has a nice piece of quartersawn fir I can use for the handle/fence. I could go on with things Paul offered…and there IS more.

I guess I am trying to say that I often see on Lumberjocks examples of kind, generous and genuinely nice people and today I had the pleasure of meeting one. Even before meeting me face to face, this man was offering to loan his tools to me! I have to admit that I am not certain I could do that! Now however, I will make an exception for Paul. The visit to Paul’s was not planned so I did not take a camera. I will take some photos when Paul visits me.

Paul it was a true pleasure to meet you and I look forward to having you over to my place within the next week or so. Mi casa es su casa! I’m not sure that’s spelled correctly but you understand. Thanks so much for the hand planes. I will clean them up and tune them up and show you the end product.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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John Gray

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#1 posted 01-11-2011 12:41 AM

COOL!!! A great start for a new year! Great post Lenny.

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#2 posted 01-11-2011 12:45 AM

great get together
and i bet the first of many

good on you both mates !

as the brits or aussies
like to say

your spanish is spelled correctly
it is a phonetic language
what you hear is how it is spelled

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#3 posted 01-11-2011 12:48 AM

Well then, Muchos Gracias David!

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#4 posted 01-11-2011 01:34 AM

Great story. Just another in a long line of an LJ offering help to another LJ.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#5 posted 01-11-2011 01:34 AM

Great story, Lenny. I also have a lot tools that was given to me by other woodworkers.

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#6 posted 01-11-2011 01:39 AM

Lenny, You have no idea how good it is to hear about individuals in this great organization. Thank you.
I don’t speak Spanish, should I translate this into Redneck? lol

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Gene Howe

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#7 posted 01-11-2011 01:58 AM

Es broma con usted, mi amigo.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#8 posted 01-11-2011 02:09 AM

Always great to hear storis like this. Thanks for sharing :-)

Rand: Mi casa, su casa > My house is your house.

-- -- Neil

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#9 posted 01-11-2011 02:27 AM

This is a great story. I love reading the accounts of the LumberJock members hooking up and sharing in so many ways.

Just Awesome!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#10 posted 01-11-2011 03:01 AM

say cacahuate ?


muchAs gracias

igualmente hermano


-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#11 posted 01-11-2011 03:27 AM

Lenny, it sounds like you both had a great time and you both came out winners. I really enjoy seeing posts like this.

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

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#12 posted 01-11-2011 07:55 AM


Great story….sounds like maybe you’ll be making a cross cut sled soon….Snows comming!!!

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#13 posted 01-11-2011 11:10 AM

Muchas Gracias to everyone: John, Barry, David, Ellen, CJ, Neil, Rand, Todd, Scott and Bob. Rand, in redneck I suppose you might simply say: “Paul done good. He done really good.” Bob, yeah the “S” word is definitely on its way but as I was discussing with others, the predictions are routinely higher than the actual amounts we get. We shall see. The snowblower, shovels and ice melt are at the ready!

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#14 posted 01-11-2011 03:06 PM

Lenny was too kind…but I appreciate it. He’s an engaging guy…and I’m sure I’ll see in person the fine pieces he has created. The photo book I saw was just a slice of his talents I’m sure. In this time when it seems the world is coming apart (Tucson tradgedy) and Afghanistan, and our military’s challenge to secure our safe future…I digress a bit….there thousands of people in all walks of life who find new friendships and do random acts of kindness.
I’ll update my photos soon. I’ve been building kitchen cabinets for a loooooong time for sure as many of you who know me here; still not done…but still forging ahead. All the carcasses are done (9) and 7 face frames done (hard maple) and 2 more to go; (the upper & lower corner cabinets) ...which have their own unique challenges.
To me…having a new LJ frined gives both of us an opportunity to learn from each other.
I wish Lenny (and all my LJ community a most happy, healty and prosperous New Year….and keep makin’ sawdust!


PS Big nor’ Easter comin’ tonight…so the Eriens is full of fuel and ready to go !

-- Paul, Bristol,Rhode Island

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#15 posted 01-11-2011 04:00 PM

Lenny, thanks for relating another testimony to the amiable and generous nature of so many woodworkers, specially those in our LJ network!

-- Lorna, Cape Cod

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