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Sam Vollgraff

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Location: N. Fort Myers, FL 33903
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Thank you letting me showcase some of my retirement work on your website. I really like the concept and it gives me a chance to view the work of so many wood working artists.

I have been working with wood, light metals, and construction for over 66 years. After getting out of the Navy in 1945, I assisted my family erecting homes and small commercial buildings on Long Island during the post-WWII building boom. It was a natural transition to move on to swimming pool excavating machinery operations in the 50’s and 60’s. In that market everyone wanted a backyard pool, no matter how large the building lot, and I was there to accommodate.

In subsequent years I got into custom cabinetry, and custom made homes. In the late 60’s, in a partnership with some friends, we even renovated a ‘boat-tel’ in the Hamptons.

I finally retired from all my businesses in 1999, and moved to Southwest Florida. Positively, this has been the best time of my life. Working with wood has kept my mind and fingers nimble, despite my age.

I assisted contractors in Florida to build an economical house that had a large garage wood working shop equipped with easy access for bringing in raw materials. More importantly, the shop that was built has improved overhead lighting, lots of electrical outlets, and a/c. The size is approximately 600 sq ft.

The machines I decided to keep in Florida are best for my pet perversions: hardwoods, wood turning, wood carving, and fine box construction.

My machines are well kept and well used. I replaced most of my old machines when moving to Florida. Hence, these are for the most part all about 12 years old.

I get most of my hardwood at Alva Hardwoods here in FL. They have a huge selection of everything.

-- VocoSam, North Fort Myers, FL, svollgraff@aol.com

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commented on Secret Drawer Candlestick Holder 02-02-2012 11:49 PM
commented on Tyler's First Box 02-02-2012 10:59 PM
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commented on Walnut 7 Tier Candlestick Holder 02-02-2012 10:24 PM
commented on A MORRIS ROCKING CHAIR FOR MY GRANDSON AND DAUGHTER 02-02-2012 05:23 PM
commented on CHAIR REPLICATION 02-02-2012 05:13 PM
commented on a1Jim's Workshop 02-02-2012 05:10 PM
added project Walnut 7 Tier Candlestick Holder 02-02-2012 03:39 AM
added project Secret Drawer Candlestick Holder 02-02-2012 01:39 AM
commented on A Cabinetmakers Workbench 01-27-2012 08:44 PM
commented on Padauk Lion Box 01-27-2012 07:05 PM

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surfin2

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#1 posted 01-21-2012 01:59 AM

Welcome To LumberJocks.
Good Luck…

-- Rick

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a1Jim

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#2 posted 01-21-2012 02:16 AM

Welcome to Ljs a world wide community were there are great people,super projects and great woodworkers.Enjoy

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Max

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#3 posted 01-21-2012 05:05 AM

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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Gary

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#4 posted 01-21-2012 05:10 AM

Welcome to the site. Glad you found us. You’re gonna like it here

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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SgtSnafu

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#5 posted 01-21-2012 05:14 AM

Hey – Welcome to Lumberjocks ! Lots of great ideas, info, inspiration, and support here (as many will tell ya – the site is quite addictive).. Enjoy…

-- Scotty - aka... SgtSnafu - Randleman NC

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Sam Vollgraff

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#6 posted 01-21-2012 05:23 AM

Thanks guys for the hearty welcome. I definitely will be checking out your LumberJocks activities. Over the next few weeks I hope to post many more of my projects. Being a ‘newbee’, I had to practice loading projects with the first little box. I think I got the ‘hang of it’ now.

-- VocoSam, North Fort Myers, FL, svollgraff@aol.com

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SnowyRiver

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#7 posted 01-21-2012 06:28 AM

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

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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Greg..the Cajun Box Sculptor

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#8 posted 01-21-2012 06:53 AM

Hello Sam and welcome. Your cocobolo box looks very nice…one of my very favorite woods when i can find it.

-- If retiring is having the time to be able to do what you enjoy then I have always been retired.

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lrob

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#9 posted 01-24-2012 04:35 PM

Welcome to LJ’s. You will love all the projects and the people are a great source of knowledge and ideas.

-- Remember the one with the most toys when he dies WINS!

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