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Ms Debbie P's 2007 Shop Tour and Inspection #4: Tuesdays With Lee

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Blog entry by Douglas Bordner posted 2537 days ago 4611 reads 0 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: Tuesdays With Bob Part 4 of Ms Debbie P's 2007 Shop Tour and Inspection series Part 5: Tuesdays with Mot »

This week Ms. Debbie P visits the shop of Lee A. Jesberger

Lee is a professional woodworker, inventor, entrepreneur, and a model Lumberjock. He has prepared several blog series including some very detailed entries on vacuum clamping, veneering, jigs and fixtures and tool-making. He maintains a website with a vast array of tutorials :
http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com/

Here Deb takes the readings on a positioning jig to hold work steady during carving. That is one swell post he is working on. I liked the shelf full of routers behind it.

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On to a view of Lee’s innovative workbench. Although he didn’t build the bench himself, it has undergone a Jesberger remake with the addition of a vacuum manifold that can detach from the bench when needed. With the boring of a hole through the bench and some individual hold-down plates for common tasks, Lee can clamp and work on production pieces without the interference of clamps or dogs impinging on the work surface (although he does seem to have a fair amount of handscrews and clamps, just to be on the safe side).

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On to a long shot of the shop featuring Lee’s brainchild
the Ezee-feed system, which allows one man to easily and safely cut sheet goods with accuracy. There are multiple incarnations of this device for the table saw and the shaper table. They all feature no bias feeding, nearly instant set up and fold-away storage. Perfect shop companion, won’t talk to you while you have on your thinking cap or bind the blade while functioning as your side-feeder. I think Deb memorized the spec-sheets during our visit.

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All this and tools, tools, tools in a well-lit, work-flow oriented environment. I think Lee is a shoe-in for the title of

“Mr Wizard of Lumberjocks” and his shop is a definite A+

WIWDPTour

Lee, go get your certificate

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.



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MsDebbieP

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#1 posted 2537 days ago

great shop and a pleasure to visit.

The measurement, in case you are interested was two little lines past the red 17.
Some day I’ll get those little lines figured out.

Routers and I aren’t getting along right now and so I tried not to look at your collection. I didn’t want my personal vendetta to influence your inspection results!

Congratulations on the “pass”.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#2 posted 2537 days ago

Wow guys, spectacular!

Thanks so much. I’m just glad you didn’t notice the rest of the routers. Could’ve pushed you over the edge!

The little lines are called smiggens. 4 smiggens = 1/4”

Thanks again;

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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Karson

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#3 posted 2537 days ago

Great Pass Lee. Good visit Debbie. And Great narration Douglas.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#4 posted 2537 days ago

Hey Karson;

It was touch and go for a while there!

Thanks;

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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#5 posted 2537 days ago

Deb, were those metric or imperial smiggens?
And Lee, if there are eight lines per 1/4˝ those are “jots”, right?
I won’t even worry about the 16 lines per quarter inch. Can’t read them with out glasses since I hit the big 5-O.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#6 posted 2537 days ago

ummmm metric?? the number was in red… haha

I’ll be sure to remember the correct terminology the next time Rick and I are measuring something.
Rick: how long it is, Debbie?
Debbie: 17 and 1/4 plus 3 smiggens.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Bill

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#7 posted 2537 days ago

Congrats Lee on passing. I was kind of concerned when I saw that picture of Debbie checking out the table saw. I hear she has some feelings on table saws like the router.

-- Bill, Turlock California, http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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TheGravedigger

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#8 posted 2537 days ago

I’m from the South & have trouble with those Northern measurements. How many hairs to a smiggen?

-- Robert - Visit my woodworking blog: http://littlegoodpieces.wordpress.com

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mot

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#9 posted 2537 days ago

HAHAHA…Awesome! If Lee didn’t pass, we’re all in potential jeopardy!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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MsDebbieP

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#10 posted 2537 days ago

I don’t have a vendetta against table saws—that’s just plain fear!!!
routers.. well that’s a different story. They are evil.

Tom, I see you haven’t recovered yet from your days of darkness. I miss the bright red symbol of hope.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Douglas Bordner

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#11 posted 2537 days ago

Ah and no one expects the Spanish Inquisition…
noone expects
Deb, maybe you should try your router in a table. Then we are back to plain ole rightly observed fear.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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Sawdust2

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#12 posted 2535 days ago

“How many hairs to a smidgen?”

Too much fun.

Most times we deal with an RCH.

-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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Douglas Bordner

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#13 posted 2535 days ago

Alright Lee, I’ll bite…what’s a RCH (Royal Canadian Hair)?

I hope this isn’t one of those “What does a doofus say? jokes. I’m a natural fall-guy.
(Alright I may have been born yesterday, but I’ve been downtown all afternoon)

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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Douglas Bordner

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#14 posted 2535 days ago

or now that the thought occurs to me, RCH=Real Close, However…
(the reality at the essence of Bordnerization).

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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MsDebbieP

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#15 posted 2535 days ago

it is in a table…..evil

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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