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Location: Valparaiso, IN
I’m a people person and I’ve got a good sense of humor. I enjoy a good laugh and I have a quick wit. I believe in honor, commitment, integrity and trust. I like to believe the best about people. I love the smell of freshly sawn wood.
I’ve been happily married since 1982 and my wife and I have two adult kids. We are now raising her deceased sister’s two boys that are 12 & 16. Neither of which has any interest in tools or woodworking.
I've liked wood and pounding nails since I was a little kid. I took every shop class in high school and I built some pretty decent furniture. After High School I was too busy to think about woodworking. Fast forward thirty years and here we are. I’ve been working for 25 years in our family business, which has nothing to do with wood or woodworking. I’m a desk jockey by day and by night I like to read and shop for tools for my workshop.
I’ve always been a DIY guy. I like to tinker around and fix stuff. From carpentry to electrical, masonry to pluming I’ve done a little of it and I’ve probably got a tool for it, if I can find it. I’ve had a “workshop” in the basement since we built this house 15 years ago. I have a set of stairs from the garage straight into my workshop. I use the term workshop loosely as I’m not sure most would call a row of cabinets with a cheap counter top, a couple of peg boards and some metal shelving a workshop.
For more than twenty years I’ve had an assortment of hand tools, power tools, a Craftsman radial arm saw, a Craftsman 4” jointer and an old Rockwell table saw that I bought at a garage sale. It does a nice job if you spend five minutes setting the fence.
Two years ago I decided if I was ever going to get back into woodworking that the time was near. I’m not getting any younger. Since then I’ve been buying tools and dreaming about this cool workshop that I’m going to make, hopefully soon. I’ve bought a bunch of cool tools. I’ve bought some new stuff, but I like to find the older tools that have been taken care of. I’ve almost got everything that I need, or so I tell my wife. The problem is I now have three times more stuff then I have cabinets for and it’s piled everywhere!
I’ve reached a point in my life where I can now afford to be a woodworker. Still don’t have the time, but I have more free time than I’ve ever had before. I’m in the process (planning stage) of making that dream shop. I’m facing a total remodel of my side of the basement; about 900 sq. ft. I need to build cubbyholes, lots and lots of cubbyholes.
-- Dan - Valparaiso, Indiana, "A smart man changes his mind, a fool never does."
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