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Hi all,

Soon I will be reunited with my love that was taken from me about two years ago. On April 4th, I will be reunited with my house and, most importantly, my workshop after a very long divorce that went on for almost two years. I can hardly wait. I have been lost without my hobby and went through several months of sawdust withdrawal. Agonizing!

But with the settlement complete, I will be able to get my fix every day!

From the pictures provided during the settlement conference, it is clear that the workshop became a dumping/storage area for things that were inconvient to store in the house or garage. I’ll be spending most of April clearing that stuff out and getting the shop and tools back to operational order. Since most of the tools were covered, I am hoping that the surface rust is at a minimum, but with the power off and hence the dehumidifier off, the Pacific Northwest is particularly unkind to unfinished steel.

I also am not looking forward to ridding the workshop of the uninvited guests (mice, rats, squirrels) that may have taken up residence in my absence, but hopefully, the warmer weather will have most of them critters outside and I’ll just have to clean up their winter quarters.

I am also looking forward to a few “wacky” projects to let the neighborhood know that the crazy woodworker is back. So I’m thinking of taking one of those wood dinosaur kits that you see in the craft shops, scanning it into my CAD program, scaling it up (how about 1” = 1’), and then cutting the pieces our on my CNC machine. How about a 12’ Stegosaurus in the front yard. That will get some attention, I’m sure.

-- The Pacific Northwest - where men are men and trees are scared.



14 comments so far

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John Steffen

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#1 posted 1538 days ago

Happy Ending! Want to see the dinosaur when you get it done.

-- Big John's Woodshed - Farmington, IL

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Raspar

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#2 posted 1538 days ago

ROFL… The neighbors are going to love you. I say go for it, we need to have fun and laugh when we can. I know that the divorce process can be horrible I went through it and the day we decided the ex said to me “you know that half the tools and racecar(I was racing sports cars at the time) is mine” Well I got through that and I am sure you will this as well. Cant wait to see the pics of your projects.

-- Have thy tools ready. God will find thee work.

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a1Jim

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#3 posted 1538 days ago

Enjoy getting back at it.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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SPalm

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#4 posted 1538 days ago

There is a pretty attention looking Raptor at the first post here.
Also DXF files which should convert a bit better for you.

Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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Dez

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#5 posted 1538 days ago

Welcome back to the wonderful world of making sawdust!

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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Zuki

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#6 posted 1538 days ago

What an excellent idea . . . a 12 foot Stegosaurus. Better yet, how about one of those moving ones from LV. Hook a motor\windmill up to it and watch it attract the kids.

-- BLOG - http://www.colorfulcanary.com/search/label/Zuki

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DaddyZ

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#7 posted 1538 days ago

A good solid roar is all you need, good luck with the tools

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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dustbunny

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#8 posted 1538 days ago

Hey Brother,
I have been waiting for this day forever. Twofold…..
First to see you on LJ’s brings me supreme joy : )
Second that this ugly divorce is final
and you get your house back!! and your daughter! and your TOOLS ! Yahoo!!

I much prefer a Diplodocus. But that’s just me. I know you can work some robotics into
this project and make in functional. LOL

Welcome to LJ’s : )

Hey everybody this is my big brother !!
Sorry…. I just had too…..

Lisa

-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~ http://quiltedwood.com

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woodworm

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#9 posted 1538 days ago

Things should go that way, a wi win situation. Happy woodworking!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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LittlePaw

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#10 posted 1536 days ago

Glad to hear your good news. That’s great! Though I am hearing about all these terrible divorce news, I have been extremely lucky and my two x’s and I still get along and what really floored me was that my current (this one is the one) and my 2 x’s get along too! It’s so funny to see the three of them huddled together during Thanksgiving and Christmas get togethers. They wouldn’t let mehget near them, but it was obvious that they were having a ball , probably exchanging stories – giggling and laughing! Yes I know i am very lucky that we stayed friends – and so are the kids.

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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8iowa

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#11 posted 1536 days ago

Congratulations on your good news. Think of this as an opportunity to pull out all the manuals and put oil and grease in all those little places that we tend to forget about.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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patron

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#12 posted 1525 days ago

welcome back to here ,
any brother to the bunny ,
is a brother to us all !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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digitalwood

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#13 posted 1524 days ago

Hi SPalm,

Thanks for the links. With those and others that turned up, I now have enough DXF files for the CNC to cut out a whole Jurrasic park for the front of the property. I hope that the CNC has survived these past two years. I know the slides, bearing, drive chains and such were very well lubed and/or has silicon spray on them. The thing that worries me is the stepper motors and the driver / controller board. !

!Those have some old componets in them that I fear don’t like the moisture. funny – my cell phone has more computing power than these boards. Anyway I’ll know in six more weeks!

-- The Pacific Northwest - where men are men and trees are scared.

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dustbunny

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#14 posted 1524 days ago

My brother….
He’s such a computer geek…LOL

: )

Lisa

-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~ http://quiltedwood.com

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