Dale J Struhar Sr

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Location: Madison, Ohio

Retired Chief of Police
Marine Corps 1962 - 1966
Married to Vicki
Four Boys - John, Scott, Daniel, Dustin
Hobbies - Golf, Fishing, Reading, Woodworking

I can attribute my handy-work to my father. When I was 2yrs old (1946) my father built our home himself in Bedford Ohio. I watched and learned. Dad did everything with uncles and my grandfathers and great- grandfathers helping He had to hire a plumber for that work. Four bedrooms, living room, kitchen. full basement, one full bath. Later came the detached 2 car garage. Dad was a machinist by trade always working in thousands of an inch. He was a perfectionist. Since my uncle owned the plant dad used to take me to work with him. I learned to use a metal lathe and was making aluminum ashtrays and ball pein hammers by the time I was 12yrs old.

In 1957, dad wanted a swimming pool. We built a 20ft x 40ft x 10ft deep cement/block pool. Again dad did all the work. We hand dug the hole, laid and filled all the block, poured and finished the floor, plumbed the filter system, everything.

While in high school I took woodworking and machine shop. When I graduated 7 days later I was in the Marine Corps for 4 ½ yrs.

In 1972, I bought my first home. In 1976 I bought some Time Life do-it yourself books and with help from dad built a 17ft x 27ft family room with a cathedral ceiling addition to the house.

In 1981, I moved to an old farm house in Madison my present residence. Around 1987 with help from dad and many, many friends and relatives we began working on this old place. First we tore off the roof, added a second story with four bedrooms and a full bath. Then we gutted the first floor moved the kitchen from the west side to the east side of the house. Took out hallways, three bedroom added beams opening the kitchen, living room and dinning room into one L shaped room and made the master bedroom where the old kitchen was. After that was all completed we added on a billiard room to the south side of the house and onto that attached a three car garage. All this took 8yrs since I was working a full time job at the time.

Since then we've added a full 12ft wide length of the house deck and an attached by bridge to the deck a 16ft across screened in gazebo.

I can go on and on about many other projects I've done before I was able to start doing the things I have time for now as I'm sure all you can. But I believe that if it wasn't for my dad teaching me the fundamentals and instilling in me that “once you start a project finish it and do it to the best of your ability” I wouldn't have had as much fun doing the things I've done and the things I'm going to do.

Thanks Dad

-- Dale, Ohio

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#1 posted 10-30-2009 09:55 PM

Hey there, glad to see another person join the LumberJocks community! It’s a great place to meet new people, post projects, ask questions and so much more, hope you enjoy it as much as I do. Welcome!

-- A hammer dangling from a wall will bang and sound like work when the wind blows the right way.

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#2 posted 10-30-2009 11:15 PM

Hello Dale,

Let me welcome to LJs. I am sure that you will find being a member of this group to be an interesting, as well as exciting, experience. Have fun and enjoy.

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

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#3 posted 10-31-2009 12:09 AM

Hello Dale, Welcome to LumberJocks!

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#4 posted 10-31-2009 02:35 AM

Welcome to LJ’s. We are here to help you with your woodworking endeavors. Feel free to ask for advise. But Be aware…this site can be very addictive…………LOL

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#5 posted 10-31-2009 02:48 AM

Welcome aboard. Nice to have you join us on Lumberjocks.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#6 posted 10-31-2009 02:48 AM

Welcome to Lumber Jocks! This is a great place to get – or give – advice about woodworking on the forums and the project posts are a wonderful source of new ideas. I love this site, I hope you will enjoy it too.

Look forward to seeing your projects and posts.

-- Gary D. Stoughton, WI

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#7 posted 10-31-2009 02:56 AM

Welcome to LJs a place were there are great people super projects and outstanding woodworkers. Enjoy

-- Custom furniture

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#8 posted 10-31-2009 03:03 AM

WELCOME to LJ’s ….the best place to enhance your woodworking skills and knowledge.

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#9 posted 10-31-2009 05:08 AM

Welcome to Lumberjocks!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#10 posted 10-31-2009 01:11 PM

Welcome, glad to have you here. I like the locks a lot.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#11 posted 10-31-2009 03:35 PM

Welcome to LumberJocks. Glad to have you aboard. †

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#12 posted 11-01-2009 01:03 AM

Hi Dale, Thank you for serving our country!

-- Greg, Southern Oregon, What can I say but God Is Good!

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#13 posted 11-02-2009 06:20 AM

Hi Dale. The is lots of positivity here on LJs. You do interesting work. Thanks for joining in. Feel welcome.

-- Peace in Wood ~

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#14 posted 11-03-2009 02:35 AM

Hope you don’t mind me telling some of the stories behind some of my projects.

-- Dale, Ohio

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#15 posted 11-05-2009 06:08 AM

Hey I know this guy !!! Dale, you sure are a multifaceted guy, Harleys, Bonsai trees, now woodworker. I’m honored to know such a talented guy. lol. Neat projects. I think I’ll give up woodworking and turn to Avon.

-- Nick Mastropietro

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