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I am 65 yrs. young,, "that is a reach" I worked in the Machinest/Tool & Die field for 40 of those years, in the late seventies I took up gunsmithing as a hobby which led to going to one of the best Gunsmith schools around at the time, I have own 3 shops all in different parts of the country, CO. AK. KS. WE/my wife and I moved to SC in 86 where we live now, guess I should say she was a ARMY NURSE for 17 years, that is why we lived in a lot of towns around the world. I bought a 16,000 sq.ft. 125 year old building to put my woodworking shop in and over night became a Antique Shop Owner ??? not sure how that we build living quarters for she and I and our old American Bull Dog named SPIKE...he has passed now and we miss him everyday, but no more dogs good, bad, or whatever. I had bought a full shop of woodworking tools and machines, all of the machines were SCMI brand, except for some of the small stuff, a 16 in jointer, 30 " planer, 20" bandsaw, 66 Powermatic tablesaw, and who knows what else, "I may be a tool collector" if you know what I mean. A couple walked in one day and said do you want to sell all of this stuff, first I said "thinking to myself sure you want to buy all of this" so I gave him a off the cuff price, except for the old cat and this here computer, and he said would you like that in CASH, and how soon can you be out. 10 days later I walked off and left everything I had put my hands on for the past 65 years all most.
We live in the country now with 30 + or - acres of grass, that is right I cut a lot of grass. I said I would never have another woodworking shop again, well that didn't work out so to keep it from being a wood shop I put a car picker-upper in it so I could change my oil myself and just call it a shop.
In the past year I started to buy woodworking tools/machines for the shop again. I am doing a remodeling thing on the house and as I told my wife "I really need these tools" So that is about it for me and my woodworking, well I forgot about the sawmill I had, a 40 horse woodmizer and I loved it almost to death, I would buy another mill but it may very well be my demise. OK that is it! LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS SITE AND HOPE TO GET SOME GOOD HELP ALSO.
Up date, I am now 70 , with some health problems soon after I posted this I took off some time. I am back to making furniture and at this time starting a Island in the kitchen for my wife.

-- Daniel of Due West

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#1 posted 01-03-2009 03:19 AM

Welcome Henry. You have found the right place for wooodworking. 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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#2 posted 01-03-2009 03:24 AM

Welcome to Lumberjocks!

Take care and work safely.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#3 posted 01-03-2009 03:25 AM

Welcome to LJ’s.

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

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#4 posted 01-03-2009 03:28 AM

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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#5 posted 01-03-2009 05:24 AM

Hello Henry,

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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#6 posted 01-03-2009 08:25 AM

HenryJ383, welcome to Lumber Jocks! From the length and breadth of your experience you’ll be given as much as getting advice from the forums. Some of the videos are really helpful too. I look forward to seeing some project pictures and I hope you enjoy the site.

-- Gary D. Stoughton, WI

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#7 posted 01-03-2009 11:27 AM

Welcome to LJ. You will like it here. Quite a background. I look forward to your contributions.

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#8 posted 01-03-2009 03:36 PM

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 soon moving to Virginia †

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#9 posted 01-03-2009 03:39 PM

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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#10 posted 01-03-2009 06:47 PM

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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#11 posted 01-03-2009 07:57 PM

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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#12 posted 01-03-2009 11:18 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks community , the best woodworking community on the internet!

-- Not my woodworking

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#13 posted 01-04-2009 02:54 AM

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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#14 posted 01-02-2010 08:30 AM

Congratulations on your anniversary as a Lumber Jock! I look forward to more of your posts.

-- Gary D. Stoughton, WI

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#15 posted 01-02-2010 06:02 PM

Congratulations on your Anniversay. We look forward to your continued posts and projects.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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