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I have been a hobby woodworker since I graduated from high school in 1957.
Most of that time, I have had some sort of wood shop that I moved every time I moved. I did that a lot during my 23 years in the USAF. Several years before I retired from the AF, I purchased all of the major equipment I have in my shop today.

I have a nearly complete Shopsmith shop that has been built around a Shopsmith Mark V Model 510 that has now been upgraded to a 520. In addition, I have a Jointer, Surface Planer, Bandsaw, Belt Sander, Power Station setup as a Sanding Station and a miriad of other power and handtools.

I chose the Shopsmith primarily because I had to "keep it small, keep it mobile". I am no longer so mobile as I once was and I am no longer so cramped as I once was but I am hooked. I would not give up my Shopsmith unless I was told that I could never cut, sand or drill another piece of wood in my lifetime. Even then, I could not give it up because I have groomed three potential shop owners of my own. The kids and grand kids use the shop nearly as much as I do. This is a well built machine that I expect to last at least another generation or two.
BTW, my schedule and woodworking needs have first priority in the shop.

Most of the time.

-- Making Sawdust Safely

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Todd A. Clippinger

8699 posts in 2606 days

#1 posted 1936 days ago

Welcome to LumberJocks – The best woodworking community anywhere!
I look forward to seeing your posts and projects.

Share the Love ~ Share the Knowledge

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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55950 posts in 2780 days

#2 posted 1936 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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Todd Thomas

4969 posts in 1955 days

#3 posted 1936 days ago

Welcome to LumberJocks….It will be a great resource for you and your projects. There are a bunch of great people here willing to help……have fun….Looking forward to your projects and posts….. WARNING: Visiting LumberJocks has proven to be addictive

-- Todd, Oak Ridge, TN, Hello my name is Todd and I'm a Toolholic, I bought my last tool 10 days, no 4 days, oh heck I bought a tool on the way here! †

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8132 posts in 2274 days

#4 posted 1936 days ago

Welcome to LJ’s.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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82 posts in 1952 days

#5 posted 1936 days ago

Welcome to LJ’s. I have not been here long, but what a great place and group of fellow woodworkers. I am so glad I found it.

-- The Man in the Can, Craig M. North Carolina

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5661 posts in 2274 days

#6 posted 1936 days ago

Welcome Dusty. 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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Scott Bryan

27251 posts in 2328 days

#7 posted 1936 days ago

Hello Dusty2,

Let me welcome to LJs. I am sure that you will find this to be a rewarding and enriching part of your woodworking journey.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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1347 posts in 2170 days

#8 posted 1935 days ago

Welcome to LJ’s

-- Glenn, New Mexico

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34798 posts in 2907 days

#9 posted 1935 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 †

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14124 posts in 2097 days

#10 posted 1935 days ago

Welcome to Lumberjocks!

Take care and work safely.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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19089 posts in 2358 days

#11 posted 1935 days ago

Welcome to Lumberjocks . This is a great community of people with like interests.There is much to learn here & you will have the opportunity to share your skills & ideas with others. I hope you enjoy LJ’s as much as I do.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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11295 posts in 2381 days

#12 posted 1935 days ago

Welcome to LJ. You will like it here.

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2644 posts in 2348 days

#13 posted 1935 days ago

Hay Welcome to LJs Its a Great Place

-- Jim, Kentucky

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13495 posts in 2280 days

#14 posted 1934 days ago

Welcome to Lumberjocks. The projects are an inspiration, the information is priceless and the people are supportive. The only problem is, the site can get addictive.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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Callum Kendall

1918 posts in 2210 days

#15 posted 1933 days ago

Welcome to LJs


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