Why I do this

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Blog entry by bhack posted 03-28-2008 06:51 AM 1127 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

While making a living for my wonderful wife and two great kids, I always had this dream of doing woodworking. My trade was in telephony. I spent 33 years doing everything from planting line poles to programing switching computers. At the age of 57 I retired and moved from Palm Springs, California to New Bloomfield, Missouri. We bought a 15 acre farm with a 30’ x 30’ horse barn. I gutted the barn and started a shop.

Through the benefit of an inheritance I started purchasing tools. Craftsman cabinet saw, drill press, bandsaw, router and table, planer, and bench joiner. I had never used any of these tools until I purchased them. So I subscribed to a couple of woodworking magazines and got started.

-- Bill - If I knew GRANDKIDS were so much fun I would have had them first.

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#1 posted 03-28-2008 06:55 AM

How about some pictures Bill?

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 03-28-2008 08:59 AM

I think we are kindred spirits. I was a phone guy(among other things) in the Navy for my career. I didn’t set any poles but did all the other things such a career leads one to learn. So, what is the answer to the question? Why do you do ths?

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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Scott Bryan

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#3 posted 03-28-2008 12:04 PM

The answer to the question is probably one that is difficult to articulate. I think that most of us have an innate drive that pushes us into woodworking.

I agree with Gary. How about posting some pictures of your workshop?

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#4 posted 03-28-2008 12:10 PM

Looking forward to seeing pictures of your shop. Hope you are enjoying retirerment as much as I have. You do some very nice work.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#5 posted 03-28-2008 01:57 PM

Hello Bill;
—-asking why I do this is like asking one’s-self, why do I inhale and exhale….these things ‘just are’ and so I live.

My woodworking is all that I am….I’ve been connected and in awe of trees ever since I can remember as a kid and from my earliest remembrances of childhood to now….I only know wood.

Welcome to LJ and to the world of blog stories, wood project posts, along with all the other worker’s of wood and keep on doing what gives you life….

Thank you.

-- --frank, NH,

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#6 posted 03-28-2008 02:25 PM

<—-Another former twisted pair jockey here. I started out pulling/terminating cable , after 15 years I was doing PBX installs and programming. Went into cabinet making, drafting and design after being laid off twice in one year by the same company I put 11 years into.


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#7 posted 03-28-2008 03:52 PM

I rarely go a day with out the need to go into my shop, It my drug and get a great feeling from going in there.

-- Stuart, North Dakota

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#8 posted 03-28-2008 04:17 PM

You have landed at the right place. We all understand what you are saying. Pictures?

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#9 posted 03-28-2008 05:02 PM

Welcome Bill. I also retired at 57 and never looked back. Some retire with nothing to do, they just set around bored with life. Not so with a woodworker! If I don’t have a wood board in my hand, than I usually have a woodworking Magizane, or thinking about something to build, or drawing out a plan to build. You will like it here. A great group of people willing to help. Looking forward to see your projects and comments. Have fun and work safe.

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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#10 posted 03-28-2008 05:25 PM

I got fired after 35 years and decided that the piggy bank was full enough so I also retired at an early age of 52. But I didn’t start wood working until I had a few years later. I got tired of sitting around waiting for the grass to grow so I could cut it again. I always loved wood working. I was interduced to it when I was in highschool.
Now its your turn to enjoy the rest of your life. However, we would also like to enjoy your startup into wood working. Most of us would love to have a barn to fill with tools but only have a garage, so will want to enjoy your start up with pictures. It’s like have a grandchild. We need pictures when we are miles away.
Awaiting your pictures. Welcome

-- Dominic, Trinity, Florida...Lets be safe out there.

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