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Location: Ruch, OR
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I am a self taught cabinetmaker with an apprenticeship as a jeweler under my belt. This background gives me some interesting insights on the craft.

I am primarily a hand tool user, and I make (or restore) my own hand planes.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#1 posted 1157 days ago

Welcome To LumberJocks.
Good Luck…

-- Rick

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#2 posted 1157 days ago

Welcome aboard. Nice that you could join us on Lumberjocks.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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Max

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#3 posted 1157 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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kowtow

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#4 posted 1157 days ago

Let’s talk about saw restoration at some point. On my FB page I found an article from Make about restoring old hand saws, because, as I’m sure you know, nothing good is made new anymore. (Not at non-gouge-y prices anyway). So I’m thinking about picking up at antiques stores some old hand saws and some moulding planes just for grins and giggles to refurb and then use. Any thoughts?

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ND2ELK

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#5 posted 1156 days ago

Welcome to Lumberjocks. The projects are an inspiration, the information is priceless and the people are supportive. The only problem is, the site can get addictive.

God Bless
tom

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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RGtools

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#6 posted 1156 days ago

Thanks all for the warm welcome.

Kowtow. I have restored a few handsaws Distons and Keen Kutters’ are the best. What do you want to know?. Mark Harrell of Bad Axe Toolworks is an amazing resource on this.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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HallTree

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#7 posted 1156 days ago

Welcome. You have found the right place for woodworking. A great group of people willing to help. Looking forward to see your projects and comments. Work safe in the shop and don’t forget to use pushsticks.

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

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RGtools

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#8 posted 1156 days ago

I very rarely use my table-saw. All my other saws have built in “flesh detection” technology anyway. They even emit a high pitched alarm when flesh is cut.

All joking aside, I do everything I can to make sure I am intact at the end of the day.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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Splinterman

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#9 posted 1156 days ago

“WELCOME to LJ’s” …Enjoy the experience.

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Julio Alonso Diaz

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#10 posted 1154 days ago

Wellcome Ryan and thank you for this friendship too. You have so much to share

-- El hombre que amo la madera. http://aulaflamingo.wordpress.com/

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Beginningwoodworker

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#11 posted 1149 days ago

RG, Welcome to LumberJocks!

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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WistysWoodWorkingWonders

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#12 posted 977 days ago

Hi there,
Welcome to LumberJocks… I joined the site myself just about 2 years ago and will give you fair warning, this site is VERY ADDICTIVE, VERY EDUCATIONAL, and VERY FUN…. so sit back, enjoy the ride and learn from the other LJ’s as they are a group of extremely talented people that are also very friendly…
I apologize for the late welcome but I am currently serving overseas and don’t have a lot of spare time on my hands.

Enjoy your time here on LJ and pass the word to any of your woodworking buddies about us…

Wisty

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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RGtools

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#13 posted 967 days ago

Thanks everyone again for the welcome. I really am enjoying this site so far. Can’t help but learn things.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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LeslieC

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#14 posted 591 days ago

Hi RG. Thanks so much for your offer of help. I will definitely take you up on that. Unfortunately there are no local workshops or folks who specialize in hand tools where I live. I think I’ve got a good start with the Taunton series of books, Jim Tolpin’s The New Woodworker book, and Tage Frid’s first 2 books in his woodworking series.

It’s one thing to read about hand tools and how to use them, but I think I could learn more quickly if I had someone to teach me, either in person or on video. The main reason I added you as my buddy is because you are self-taught and I’m sure I’ll make all the same mistakes you made in the very beginning. If only I could afford to go to the Port Townsend school of woodworking, or stay a week at Roy Underhill’s place. It’s nice to dream, huh?

-- There is nothing like a Grateful Dead concert.

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