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Blog entry by Steinbierz posted 01-10-2018 07:46 PM 462 reads 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello all. I am a retired Coast Guard Chief Warrant Officer who had a total of 32 years active service. I am still employed by the Coast Guard as a civilian supervisor in marine vessel inspections in Houston, TX.

I have been in-and-out of woodworking my entire adult life but for the past 10-12 years it has been more DIY projects around the house than it has been creating new and interesting things out of wood.

In 2005, I got transferred to Washington D.C. and knew that I would not have the room for my stationary woodworking equipment so I gave my son (a woodworking fanatic) my old Craftsman contractor saw, a Delta 14” bandsaw and a Delta drill press (all circa mid-80’s). I kept my trusty 12” Ridgid compound miter saw that I have worked to death over the last 15 years.

Two years ago we moved out to the country (Alvin, TX) and I now have a 1500 sq. ft. steel building that I can dedicate probably 1000-1100 sq. ft. of to a wood shop. With that in mind, my research is in full speed ahead mode in trying to decide what equipment to purchase, what to get first because it will take 3-5 years to be able to outfit it the way I would like, etc. I have read until I am blue in the face all the internet discussions on Sawstop or A, Sawstop or B, Sawstop or X discussions and along the way decided to throw European sliding saws into the mix. I also have had my eye on a Laguna Italian band saw for the past several years but haven’t pulled the trigger yet. I was given a fair amount of EZSmart equipment that will find a spot as well in my shop.

Starting to run on so better bring this to a close. I have lurked here for at least three years and have been highly impressed with the knowledge and talent that seems to abound here…I hope to soak up as much of that as I can and look forward to the opportunities ahead.



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Dark_Lightning

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#1 posted 01-10-2018 08:11 PM

Welcome! And thanks for your service. Looking forward to any projects you come up with.

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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helluvawreck

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#2 posted 01-10-2018 08:20 PM

Congratulations for your Coast Guard career and welcome to Lumberjocks.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- helluvawreck aka Charles, http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

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GR8HUNTER

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#3 posted 01-10-2018 08:27 PM

Thanks for your service …..Welcome 2 LJ’s :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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Steinbierz

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#4 posted 01-10-2018 09:28 PM



Welcome! And thanks for your service. Looking forward to any projects you come up with.

- Dark_Lightning

Thanks for the welcome and I will hopefully have some pictures of projects I can post in the future.

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Mainiac Matt

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#5 posted 01-10-2018 09:43 PM

Welcome aboard chief…

I highly recommend the book Setting Up Shop by Sandor Nagyszalanczy. He hits on a lot of topics and it’s good to think all of this through in advance before you get started. Don’t skimp on your infrastructure… it’s a lot harder to go back and make changes to the building fundamentals after you’ve filled it with machinery.

Good luck setting up your shop.

-- It’s the knowledge in your head, skill in your hands and motivation to create in you heart that makes you a woodworker. - Mainiac Matt

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Steinbierz

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#6 posted 01-10-2018 09:46 PM



Congratulations for your Coast Guard career and welcome to Lumberjocks.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

- helluvawreck

Thank you…appreciate the welcome!

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489tad

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#7 posted 01-10-2018 10:30 PM

Welcome and thank you for your service! Enjoy the new shop.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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putty

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#8 posted 01-11-2018 12:28 AM

Welcome aboard!!!

Alvin Tx, home of Nolan Ryan?

-- Putty

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Steinbierz

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#9 posted 01-11-2018 12:41 AM



Welcome aboard!!!

Alvin Tx, home of Nolan Ryan?

- putty

Thanks…believe it or not but Nolan Ryan’s old house (the one that he lived in while still in the majors) is about 1/2 mile down the road from us. The people who now own it just recently tore the house down and are building their dream home…almost seems like sacrilege! ;)

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Bobsboxes

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#10 posted 01-11-2018 04:48 PM

Welcome to a great forum, and thanks for your service. As I age I look more and more at the Sawstop, the new 3 hp saw has everything I will ever need, plus safety. Wish you well.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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Dark_Lightning

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#11 posted 01-12-2018 01:44 AM

OK, I have to add to my welcome. As former Navy myself, I admire you choice of a handle. I’ve tipped a stein or two of beer, myself. Prosit!

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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Steinbierz

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#12 posted 01-12-2018 04:22 AM


Congratulations for your Coast Guard career and welcome to Lumberjocks.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

- helluvawreck

Thank you…appreciate the welcome!

- Steinbierz


Welcome aboard chief…

I highly recommend the book Setting Up Shop by Sandor Nagyszalanczy. He hits on a lot of topics and it s good to think all of this through in advance before you get started. Don t skimp on your infrastructure… it s a lot harder to go back and make changes to the building fundamentals after you ve filled it with machinery.

Good luck setting up your shop.

- Mainiac Matt

Thanks for the tip on the book…I’ll have to check it out. Has anyone seen any other shop set-up books they might recommend as well? Thanks.

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Steinbierz

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#13 posted 01-12-2018 04:26 AM



OK, I have to add to my welcome. As former Navy myself, I admire you choice of a handle. I ve tipped a stein or two of beer, myself. Prosit!

- Dark_Lightning

Thanks for the welcome…my handle is a composite of the first syllable of my last name and, of course, beer. The Z is because my last name ends in z. I have been using this handle for probably 20 years as I came up with it when I started homebrewing back in the 90’s.

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Woodbutchery

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#14 posted 01-12-2018 05:09 AM

Glad you have been taking in the projects and advice.

I have been pleased with this group since I joined over 9 years ago, and find myself in awe of other’s expertise at least once a week.

Welcome to Lumberjocks!

-- Making scrap with zen-like precision - Woodbutchery

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Steinbierz

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#15 posted 01-19-2018 02:32 PM



Glad you have been taking in the projects and advice.

I have been pleased with this group since I joined over 9 years ago, and find myself in awe of other s expertise at least once a week.

Welcome to Lumberjocks!

- Woodbutchery

Thanks for the welcome…I have a lot of reading on this forum to get caught up!

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