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Ever since i can remember, I've loved working with my hands. I used to just fix stuff around the house and in school, but i've always been looking out for something more specific. I found Jeorg Sprave on youtube, and shortly after i found his forum: "TheSlingshotForum", where i got the nickname "Raccoon", because i'm always scavenging for free materials and tools(You'd be surprised at what gets thrown away!). I got into building slingshots of all sorts, shapes, sizes and materials ranging from wood to homemade plastic sheeting. It was great because it satisfied my need to craft, and to shoot! But recently, I've been wanting to build more than just slingshots. I've been saving up and hoarding tools so i can make bandsaw boxes, and other nifty projects that i see on made on youtube by Jimmy Diresta, Marc Spagnuolo, Dave Picciutto, Jay bates, Steve Ramsey, and a few other channels. In the span of less than a year, i've bought a router and bits, a drill press, a Ridgid oscillating spindle sander, a Delta 13" thickness planer, 2 belt sanders, a random orbit sander, chisels, a jigsaw, and a bunch of other stuff. I've also restored a Delta 40-530 16" scroll saw my uncle gave me. I have a Delta 14" bandsaw, and i'm eyeing a Delta portable 10" tablesaw. I'm still trying to iron out a few kinks, like how i'm going to fit all this stuff in my 8'x14' garage, and getting my mom to let me have a tablesaw. :) I recently visited Jimmy Diresta, who gave me bandsaw lessons so my mom would let me have one.(My profile picture is of me in his shop next to his rockwell and Delta 14" saws). I'll upload some pictures and videos of my work and experiences when i get the chance. In short: Howdy new neighbors!

I look forward to getting to know this community better!

-- still trying to think of a clever signature......

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#1 posted 02-07-2016 09:04 AM

Welcome Raccoon!!!!!!

It’s so good to see a young man getting into woodworking. I gained the love of the craft from my grandfather. I learned so much from him but, not enough. You can never learn enough!! He passed away back in 1972 the day after I joined the Navy. I still miss watching him work in his shop!!

Again a big WELCOME to LJ !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

-- Rod P.........OLD GUY......Learning new things!

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#2 posted 02-07-2016 02:09 PM



Welcome Raccoon!!!!!!

It s so good to see a young man getting into woodworking. I gained the love of the craft from my grandfather. I learned so much from him but, not enough. You can never learn enough!! He passed away back in 1972 the day after I joined the Navy. I still miss watching him work in his shop!!

Again a big WELCOME to LJ !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

- OldGuysRule

WOW!! Thank you for such a warm welcome! May you Grandfather rest in peace. You can’t spell Grandfather without “Grand” in front…...

Just curious, what brought you to write me such a nice message?

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#3 posted 02-07-2016 03:03 PM

Just wanted to welcome you to a great hobby and darn good website! This has to be the greatest collection of craftsman in the world. You can see all kinds of projects from simple jigs and fixtures to all out great craftsmanship. I was looking at a chuch organ just yesterday that was hand craved by a family of craftsman, I think they were in Denmark. Outstanding work. And then there is a member from Israel named Yuval that does some really great lathe turnings. And of course members from all over the U.S. that have amazing skills. You young sir have made a very wise choice by wanting to become a wood working craftsman. It’s a great hobby and could become a career. Check out a1jim, he does this for a living and does amazing work. So again welcome to Lumberjocks.com and to the craft.
Keep the sawdust flying!

Your comment on my sander refurbishing is what brought me to your homepage.

-- Rod P.........OLD GUY......Learning new things!

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#4 posted 02-07-2016 03:18 PM



Just wanted to welcome you to a great hobby and darn good website! This has to be the greatest collection of craftsman in the world. You can see all kinds of projects from simple jigs and fixtures to all out great craftsmanship. I was looking at a chuch organ just yesterday that was hand craved by a family of craftsman, I think they were in Denmark. Outstanding work. And then there is a member from Israel named Yuval that does some really great lathe turnings. And of course members from all over the U.S. that have amazing skills. You young sir have made a very wise choice by wanting to become a wood working craftsman. It s a great hobby and could become a career. Check out a1jim, he does this for a living and does amazing work. So again welcome to Lumberjocks.com and to the craft.
Keep the sawdust flying!

Your comment on my sander refurbishing is what brought me to your homepage.

- OldGuysRule

Wow, again thanks for the welcome! Made me feel a little more at home. :)

I spent a year in israel studying, and one of my teachers was a turner. Never saw his shop, but I was in his home on multiple occasions and his work was beautiful! How funny would it be if the guy you mentioned is him! I’ll check..

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