Meeting With SoCal @ his Shop

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Blog entry by RBWoodworker posted 05-27-2010 05:43 AM 6974 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had a few very wide Walnut boards that had been sitting around for the last 8 years or so, and I decided I need to make my son a dresser for his clothes..problem was..the wide boards were 8/4, 20” wide, so I shot Rob (Aka SoCal) a e mail asking if he could help me resaw these 3 boards in half, of course Rob told me to come on over.. he Lives about 45 minutes away from me

So Today I loaded up the 3 planks, mapquested Robs address and headed on out, Now..I’m going to tell you that even though I don’t live far from Rob..I had never ventured out to that part of town.. it was on of the most beautiful countrysides I have seen..the drive alone was spectacular with rolling hills and beautiful oak trees and so many different kinds of rock formationsand scenery, that I swerved off the road more than once..

When I arrived at Robs place..the first thing I noticed was all the logs and stacks upon stacks of lumber.. there was lumber everywhere.. I mean everywhere!! all different species.. huge logs.. 48” across or more.. 800 to 1000 year old logs and all of them had a story to be told..

After I pulled in.I turned around to see a tall, slender man walking towards me with 2 big dogs.. the dogs came running up to me and were so fluffy and friendly.. not an ounce of aggression at all in them, and the man was Rob himself.. walking with a hand outstretched ready to be was like I knew this man for years.. he was very kind and hospitable and showed me around his lumberyard..making sure that he looked at me when he spoke since he knew I was severly hearing impared..after he gave me the tour of the place..
Rob asked me how I wanted the slabs cut and told me his recommendation, which I agree’d holeheartldly he thought it would be best to mark each slab, and cut them in half before splitting them into halves.. it would help them with the warping.. so he took one of the slabs and I took the others and he took me into his shop where I stopped and could not believe what I was seeing..this man has all TOP OF THE LINE machines, not small hp stuff, but huge bemoth saws and shapers and sanders and a clamping system that was oh so suweeeet!! he showed me the cutterheads for the shapers and all the different profiles..I was in absolute heaven.. he gave me tons of different woods to take home and use, gave me a set of drillbits.. a tenoning jig that he said he never used and didn’t need.. on top of processing my own lumber too..the bandsaw he has.. Oh ho ho ho..28” with a beautiful resaw fence and a hydraulic feeder..

I will be honest with you guys here.. Rob is the first LJ’er I have met since I joined, and he was a really great guy..I had a blast and will be visiting him alot in the future..

Rob.. thanks a million for all you have done..I had a great time and will be seeing you again real soon. your hospitality knows no bounds.. again.. thank you from the bottom of my heart

-- Randall Child

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View a1Jim's profile


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#1 posted 05-27-2010 06:05 AM

Two of my buddies together how cool .sounds like a good time. Just my comunication with both you guys I know your both super people I’m so glad you had a good day. It’s very nice that you give samples Rob.
A super story Randy.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#2 posted 05-27-2010 06:10 AM

I’ve always suspected as much Randall. He sits out there with all his wood and fancy pants machines just waiting for some poor unsuspecting person to come along. Then he’s all nice to them and everything so they’ll eh, ... er, em… ok, so I’m still working out the rest of the plot but, I’m sure there’s a plot here, somewhere. Yeah, prolly a tracking device he planted in the walnut. So, you’re gonna need to ship that ove to me so I can “clean” it for you. Yeah, that’s the ticket…

Anyway, I wouldn’t put it past most of these LumberJocks to do something like that too. I’ve got my eye on them too.

-- Jim

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#3 posted 05-27-2010 06:22 AM

Yup, when you first meet Rob your brain asks you “why didn’t I come here sooner”! A great guy and his knowledge is outstanding!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#4 posted 05-27-2010 10:27 AM

He has been great to talk to you on here as well. He invited me down to his place as well, about an hour away. I look fwd to getting down there meeting and learning from him in the near future. I can’t go w/o the wife though, so she can help pick out some lumber. LOL… I have mets 5 people on here in person and must say everyone of them are Great! Love this site, and the people on it….
Go LJ’s

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#5 posted 05-27-2010 01:52 PM

Hi Randy;

Sounds like a great time with a fantastic person.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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