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Location: Defiance, OH
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Retired from GM Oct 2003. I've been building my shop since 2003. I used to be located in Napoleon, OH and my shop was a 1 car garage. In 2013 I bought a new house in Defiance, OH that had 2 detached buildings. One is 20x24 which houses my grasshopper mower/snowblower and also serves as my brewery for craft beer. The other building is 24x44 and houses my woodshop, finishing room and a bowling pro shop. I've never done anything like a blog before and will enjoy posting my shop and projects. I'll frequent other blogs for clues on how to proceed. Hopefully someone will take an interest and give me tips on how to better my blog and let me know if I'm doing anything wrong.

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Max

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#1 posted 07-29-2011 05:43 PM

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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#2 posted 07-29-2011 07:06 PM

Welcome To LumberJocks.
Good Luck…

-- Rick

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cvalley

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#3 posted 07-29-2011 09:08 PM

Thanks for the welcome. I hope to be a member for a long time. I’ve perused the site for some time now but wanted to ask a question.
I recently purchased a new Table Saw (Steel City 35905) and was going to build an out-feed table. I was wondering what happens to the foot that they affix to the back of the fence. If I construct a out-feed table and affix it to the back fence channel, then the foot couldn’t ride along the rear fence channel. Do you simply remove the rear foot?

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#4 posted 07-30-2011 12:31 AM

In regards to your question, if you post it in one of the forums here on LumberJocks you will get a much better response.

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#5 posted 07-30-2011 02:40 AM

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

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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woodshaver Tony C

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#6 posted 10-19-2015 04:07 PM

cvalley,
I retired from GM also! Started in Framingham MA on 1/5/71, Plant closed in 89 and I was on sub for 2 year then ended up at the Saturn plant in TN on Oct 19th, retired on 12/2000.
What a small world! Glad came to your home page! We are UAW brothers!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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cvalley

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#7 posted 10-19-2015 07:53 PM

Thanks woodshaver. Back around 85/86 I was offered to transfer to several plants. Terrytown and I think Farmingham. I don’t remember exactly. But I turned it down and waited. It was to expensive of an area around old Boston. In 1987 I transfered from the Saginaw Grey Iron Foundry to Defiance, OH Powertrain Foundry. and retired from there on the new UAW contract in 2003 October. Nope I wasn’t offered any incentive, all those came after I got out. Bummer. But I was happy to be FREEEE. I had a friend go to Saturn name was Morehead, can’t recollect his first name. But I could never forget his last name. lol

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woodshaver Tony C

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#8 posted 10-19-2015 09:24 PM

Freedom! I never knew how magnificent freedom would feel until I retired. At first it was strange driving around while everyone was in the plant working. I felt a bit left out like I didn’t belong to anything anymore. But because I had all my ducks in a row, paid off house, my investments and my “I can fix anything” attitude began to do the things I never had time to do when I was working. My woodworking goes back to 1965 wen I was a junior in high school. I got a taste of wood shop and love it. So after moving to FL I set up my shop and been keeping busy doing whatever I wanted to do and I’m still having fun 15 year later. GM offered me $25K if took my 30 and out so I took it and said so long it’s been a stressful journey but worth it.
I don’t recall the name Morehead, but now when ever I hear that name I’ll LOL too!
Tomorrow my wife and I will head for Palm Beach for a union meeting. It’s ok but sometimes it can be very boring!

Tony

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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cvalley

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#9 posted 10-19-2015 09:43 PM

I used to dream, then I’d wake up and cuss. I awoke thinking I was working again. What a horrible awakening. I’d soon realize it was only a nightmare. I think everybody who retires goes through some kind of withdrawal. That is long gone by now. I didn’t have all of my ducks in a row. I had health issues and didn’t know what was wrong. well it kept getting worse until I couldn’t do anything with out being winded. I’m a bowler and it got to the point I couldn’t throw 2 balls in a row. I’d throw a ball and couldn’t walk back to our table as I was embarrassed to be so out of wing. I had quit smoking back in 1984 so it wasn’t that. One night I slammed my fist down and said I was going to find out what was wrong the next day. Next day I tried to go see a cardiologist they made an appointment for 3 monts in the future. I said I needed to see someone now. She told me the only way I could see a cardio specialist was to go to emergency. So away I went and sure enough inside of an hour I had a cardio dude standing over me. After examining me he stepped back and asked me what was wrong. I told him the bowling story all the time he made me feel like i was over reacting. Well when I got done explaining to him he sighed and said I was lucky because if I had thrown one more ball I might be dead now. They threw me in an ambulance and carted me off to Toledo. (Thank God for spell checkers) I had a regurgitating Aortic valve. It seems my blood was missing the venture thru my lungs. So my blood wasn’t oxygenated which made me weaker and weaker. They scheduled me for a heart valve operation. this was back in Oct 2004 and it’s still going strong. Now I’m a pill popper.

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woodshaver Tony C

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#10 posted 10-19-2015 10:36 PM

Holy smokes what a story! You got a 2nd chance at life that’s for sure! Glad it all worked out for you. I think at our age, (me at 69) are now taking some kind of pills, I only take a few compared to what my wife takes. She’s a diabetic and has heart problems also. She has her own drug store in one of our kitchen cabinets, LOL! We both quit smoking in 91. It was hard to do but we did it and never went back.
I hope your well now and having a great retirement, seems you are from the looks of your great projects! I’ll be looking forward to see more of your work!
Cheers for now!
Tony

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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