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Location: Poway CA
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I've been pounding nails and sawing wood since I was a little guy growing up just outside Pittsburgh in Millvale PA. My friends and I where building tree houses, go carts (gravity type) and the various school shop class projects. After serving 8 years in the Navy I returned to the states and have restored a couple of homes in Pittsburgh and Cleveland. I'm now back on the west coast and looking down the throat of my next big house project. My wife and I have purchased ~ 1,500 square feet of salvaged gymnasium flooring from some guys who cut the old gym floor out of Saddle-back College. The wood is premium grade 1" thick x 2 1/4 " wide Maple tongue and grove and I'm pulling it apart board by board ~ lots of work but in the end it'll be nice. Plus I'll have some wood for fun projects.

While disccusing the project with the house ways and means committee (the wife) I added a rider to the bill which would include a table saw. So I started tooling Craigslist, eBay, Newspapers, etc and I started getting a hankering for a Shopsmith. Eventually I found one that hit my price point 150 bucks and another one 1 week later for 50 bucks (both via Craigslist~ love that site). So now I'm the proud owner of two classic Shopsmith 10E machines, The serial numbers are 2240 (slightly rough when purchased) and 4299 (very rough when purchased) so they are 1947 vintage machines. So the labor of love is under way ~ there both cleaning up nice with complete tear downs, a lot elbow grease and new primer/paint jobs. I'll have pictures soon.

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#1 posted 2384 days ago

Welcome to LumberJocks! Enjoy yourself.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 2384 days ago

Welcome aboard. You will like it here.

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Max

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#3 posted 2384 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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gene

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#4 posted 2384 days ago

Welcome to the wonderful world of LJ’s (Enjoy) Step on in, The water’s fine, fine, fine.
You can ask, show, teach, learn, and Share woodworking experences.
There’s something here for anyone that likes working with wood.
Plus new friends
God bless

-- Gene, a Christian in Virginia

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#5 posted 2384 days ago

Welcome to LJ

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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gizmodyne

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#6 posted 2384 days ago

Welcome to Lumberjocks. Glad to have another Californian.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke." www.flickr.com/photos/gizmodyne

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Karson

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#7 posted 2383 days ago

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 karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#8 posted 2383 days ago

Welcome to LumberJocks. Enjoy the community.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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mot

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#9 posted 2382 days ago

Hey, Welcome to LJ! It’s a good group of folks from all walks of life.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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Blake

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#10 posted 2379 days ago

I’m not sure where Poway is, but it’s nice to see another California woodworker on the site. Welcome to Lumberjocks!

-- Happy woodworking! http://www.openarmsphotography.com

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#11 posted 2375 days ago

We would like to welcome you to the one and only LumberJocks. If you should need any woodworking question answered, don’t hesitate to ask. Somebody’s gonna have a good answer for you.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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