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Location: Hoosick Falls, NY
Website: http://timetestedtools.wordpress.com

I use my Systems Engineering skills to pay for the use of my woodworking skills. I've worked in the information technology field about 20 years. My career transition was from being self employed as a general contractor where I did a lot of custom woodworking, cabinet making and furniture building, along with typical carpentry and building activities. Basically my hobby became my job and my job became my hobby.

At 54 years old I finally built myself a decent shop and began working more with hand tools and less with power equipment. I’m by no means a purest and still love my shaper, but sometime the quietness of a hand plane is soothing enough to not want to turn the planer on. I like the Quiet and Solitude that comes with working with the handtools.

That said I've also always like to restore things. Almost anything from old Victorian homes to screwdrivers. My shop is full of tools I have restored. My grizzly cabinet saw was $200 and a few days of sweat Equity. I recently restored a Walker Turner 16" bandsaw I bought for $100. I have restored well over 300 handplanes of all types. My planer is a restored Craftsman (Belsaw) planer.

The list goes on and on, but I couldn't have afforded the quality and quantity of tools buying new. I understand restoration isn't for everyone, but it sure is a fun way to get what you want if you enjoy it like I do.

I'll still never part with my table saw or bandsaws. I don't turn my jointer on a lot (restored delta), and i could probably be convinced to live without my planer, but I also have a sawmill, so I use rough sawn almost exclusively. I like the mix and every hour in my shop is a decision, hand or power.

-- There is nothing like the sound of a well tuned hand plane. - http://timetestedtools.wordpress.com (timetestedtools at hotmail dot c0m)

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SnowyRiver

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#1 posted 1070 days ago

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

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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Max

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#2 posted 1070 days ago

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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HallTree

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#3 posted 1070 days ago

Welcome. You have found the right place for woodworking. A great group of people willing to help. Looking forward to see your projects and comments. Work safe in the shop and don’t forget to use pushsticks.

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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surfin2

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#4 posted 1070 days ago

Welcome To LumberJocks.
Good Luck…

-- Rick

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huntter2022

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#5 posted 1070 days ago

Welcome to LumberJocks !

-- David ; "BE SAFE BE HAPPY" Brockport , NY

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Splinterman

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#6 posted 1069 days ago

“WELCOME to LJ’s.”

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taoist

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#7 posted 994 days ago

If all these welcomes are for me, then thank you all. I am new to woodworking although it is something I have wanted to do for years. So far I’m just making the worlds most expensive sawdust.
I hope to gain a little knowledge from your experience and maybe make it my own.
Look forward to talking to you all.
Thanks

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Blackie_

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#8 posted 761 days ago

Hi Don

I noticed your pic, do yall have riding weather up there yet? Notice the Yall, that should be a dead give a way for me. LOL

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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Don W

13950 posts in 1070 days


#9 posted 761 days ago

Did some work in Austin. Did my dues on 6 st. It was nice enough to ride last weekend but I never got the bike out of the garage.

-- There is nothing like the sound of a well tuned hand plane. - http://timetestedtools.wordpress.com (timetestedtools at hotmail dot c0m)

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BigRedKnothead

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#10 posted 451 days ago

Enjoyed the stuff about making your own totes on your website. The only beef I have with the old stanleys is that the totes are way too small for my big hands.

-- Red -- “I ain't as good as I'm gonna get....but I'm better than I used to be."

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Don W

13950 posts in 1070 days


#11 posted 451 days ago

I’m not going to disagree, but since almost all planes have followed a very similar pattern, what do you do?

-- There is nothing like the sound of a well tuned hand plane. - http://timetestedtools.wordpress.com (timetestedtools at hotmail dot c0m)

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BigRedKnothead

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#12 posted 434 days ago

Forgot to check back. I’m gonna have to make some totes though. I don’t have the heart to modify some of the old rosewood ones. Kinda silly, because they will just sit in a drawer, and I have no intention of selling my planes. You can relate.;-)
Will say I really like the totes veritas puts on their planesl Fit my gorilla hands very well.

-- Red -- “I ain't as good as I'm gonna get....but I'm better than I used to be."

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