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Location: Presque Isle, Maine

I'm retired disabled Army (1978-1989), live up here in the northeast now. Moved from the S.F. Bay Area in 2006. Can we say serious change!!!! From big city life to rural small town life.

I have a basement shop which is still a work in progress, I need to still work on air cleaning and insulating it. But have it close enough to work in with burning up the heating bill. Yes it's heated not the best but it works ok. It's only a 25 foot long by 15 foot wide shop and I have to share it with the well house, oil tank, and water softener. So it gets cramped at times.

My tools are a planer, jointer, drill press (9"), 12v drill, orbital sander, and Router Table which are craftsman brands. My table saw and 18v drill is a Ryobi, want to eventually upgrade to a Grizzley or Steel City. I have several hand planes which are all E-Bay buys which I cleaned up and tuned. I plan on upgrading both drills which are both having problems with holding bit with a 18v Hitachi Lith. Drill which is as light as a 12v. I've given up on Black and Decker products which include Dewalt, Stanley, Porter Cable, and Delta.
I've either tried them all or have a friend which has had them and switched because of quality issues or support issues. So that doesn't leave much for USA made stuff. Maybe laguna but they aren't cheap. I've stuck with Sears because it's easier to get support/parts through them then it is through my local Lowe's. No Home Depot here closest one is about 3 hours away in Bangor. So I may end up getting the Sears hybrid table saw which a re-branded Steel City.

Well that pretty much cover's it

-- Beginner, Hobbyist, Serious Dust Maker!

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#2 posted 12-02-2012 07:39 PM

Welcome To LumberJocks.
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#3 posted 12-02-2012 08:58 PM

Thanks Rick

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#4 posted 12-03-2012 01:13 PM

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

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#5 posted 12-04-2012 08:38 PM

Glad to see that you have made LumberJocks a part of your Woodworking experience… Welcome

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#6 posted 12-11-2012 08:39 PM

BRrr… Welcome to LumberJocks! I think I’ll stay in south Texas and stay warm ;-)

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#7 posted 12-12-2012 05:15 AM

Thanks all for the greets!!

HorizontalMike- Lived in Killeen off and on for about 12 years, Fort Hood was my assigned homebase. So unless I was overseas or special assignment I was there. My Daughter and her mother (EX) are still there. Got tired of the heat!! Hmmmmmm!! Actually I don’t mind the cold, you can dress for it, but can’t go too far with the removal during those REALLY hot summer days though. Here now in Presque Isle, Maine it’s a fairly small town. That can be bad or good at times. I was raised in the S.F. Bay Area so this is a tiny town compared.

Anyway thanks all!!

Hey while I’m at it what’s the best way to seal knots in white knotty pine? I plan to stain not paint if that makes a diff. It wwill be more of a tint than a real stain just want to give it a little color not too much.


-- Beginner, Hobbyist, Serious Dust Maker!

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