After Several years (9 on this site) after setting up shop and posting 41 projects, multiple blog and forum posts, I’m doing a retrofit of the shop. Nothing spectacular, just adjusting a couple of things. I’m getting ready for the next...
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Back in the late 70's I attended the Maine School of Luthiery and learned to make guitars. It was a wonderful experience and I just loved the smell of the sitka spruce tops and the mahogany and rosewood. I made several instruments after that and sold them to college students. It was a meager but helpful income at the time. I was in college to become a science teacher.
After graduation I got married, moved away from home, lived in rents, built a house, had kids.. you know the story. You've had similar. Anyway, the woodworking thing just wasn't a priority either financially or time wise.
Jump to now. 30+ years later. I'm retired after 30 years in a Jr. High classroom. Ha, enough is enough! And I've fixed up the shop in the old family home by the lake and moved in. I haven't built a guitar yet but I have had fun with some furniture and learning new skills with the router. I've picked up some new tools and interestingly I've found that my old ones that have been in mothballs for 30 years, but with just 5 years of wear on them, are antiques. But, I know them. They are familiar to me. So, I've restored them and they feel as comfortable as they did years ago. I've also picked up some new ones and they are nice.
I hope you look at my work, and I enjoy my sojourn here on LJ's. I'm trying to post my work and of course my teacher heritage might raise it's head now and again. Can't help that, it's in my blood.
Oh, and Martin' Many thanks for this wonderful woodworking forum. I understand about the addiction comments of others now.
Jump to 2014: I'm still here and still buildin'.
Jump to 2016: Still alive! and still buildin' but not posting as much.
Daniel Gagner, Craftsman on the Lake
-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.
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|commented on||Shop Vac Tip||04-21-2017 11:45 PM|
|commented on||Sandbox for the neighbors||04-21-2017 11:41 PM|
|commented on||Discontinued Drill sharpener was what I needed||04-20-2017 02:34 AM|
|replied on||Wood hoarder||04-19-2017 08:54 PM|
|replied on||Are quick release vises any good?||04-19-2017 08:52 PM|
|commented on||Discontinued Drill sharpener was what I needed||04-19-2017 08:51 PM|
|replied on||New planer in my shops future||04-18-2017 11:45 AM|
|commented on||About the Little Things||04-17-2017 07:06 PM|
|started topic||I need an accurate ruler||04-15-2017 12:58 PM|
|posted review||Discontinued Drill sharpener was what I needed||04-15-2017 12:09 AM|
|commented on||Coffee to Dining Table||04-14-2017 11:18 AM|
|commented on||About the Little Things||04-14-2017 04:27 AM|
|posted review||About the Little Things||04-12-2017 01:48 PM|
|commented on||Note to self: Put blade in facing forward, it cuts better||04-12-2017 11:28 AM|
|replied on||Router Bits||04-11-2017 11:28 PM|
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I freely present my stupidity for all to see… Today I got the dust collection hooked up on my new Sawstop. I aligned everything and started it up. Try something simple, a soft spruce piece of 2×4. Smoke and burning wood! Not a good i...
The past couple of afternoons I put in a 220 plug for the soon to be obtained Sawstop. I also put in a dust collection pipe and duct for the saw. All my other tools are connected to a collector but my table saw never was as it was across the room....
A rambling post about cleaning. But hey, I’ve been working on it for a few hours each day for 4 days. A few picts while it’s still clean. The table saw you see will be replaced by a 3hp sawstop cabinet saw by the end of April while the...