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Location: Mifflintown, Pa, USA
Website: jlebkicher@centurylink.net

I am a 70 year young retired Journeyman Lineman(Electrical). I have been a frustrated wood worker since I was big enough to pick up a hammer. After I graduated from high school I spent 3 years in the US Army, the first nine months in the USA and the other 27 months in Kitzingen, Germany. Upon discharge I tended bar and worked different construction job for about 2 years. At about this time I got into the Electrical Workers Apprenticeship(a 4 year, 8000 hour program). This led to a good career in the electrical industry. While I was an apprentice I got married, started a family, bought a house and got back to wood working when time allowed. About this time i started to remodel my parents house. We done the outside first, then the inside, with a complete rewire(upgrade to 200 AMP). While doing this and working a lot of overtime I still managed to do some work on my own house. With the help from a good father in law and a lot of knowledgable friends over the years I have learned to do a lot of good things. Most of my woodworking until I was 49 years old was home repair/rebuild. I retired early because of an accident and to keep myself sane I started working in my shop on smaller projects. My wife and I started small craft buisness in 1992 making clocks,music boxes shelves picture frames, ets. I always wanted to make scale model toys so I bought a couple of plans and built these models. They were nice wood toys but not exactally what I wanted. For the next couple of years, while working on our crafts I kept looking at trucks and equipment and thinking of a way that I could make the models that I wanted. One day while I was thinking outside of the box a friend asked me if I could build a 1/16 scale excavator and I would try. The rest is history. I take pictures and measurements (A LOT) of the piece that I am going to make. Than I start making pieces from these sketches and pictures paying close attention to the measurements etc. After some long walks and some long drives (where I do a lot of thinking) these pieces eventually will start to fit together. It is suprising where and when some of these ideas come to me. A few last thouthts. I have no secrets about what or how I do things. Every once in a while I am telling someone how I do things I am told that I can not do that and my answer is that I did not read that chapter in the book. When I get a little more electronical knowledge I will try to post some pictures. Later

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a1Jim

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#1 posted 582 days ago

Welcome to Ljs a world wide community were there are great people,super projects and great woodworkers.Enjoy !
Because I often get asked questions by new members I’ve included the answers to the most( FAQ) along with my welcoming message to LJs.
You should know that posting questions or projects here (your profile page) will not get you very many responses’ just because it’s your profile page not part of a main forum. To post in a main forum read below.
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Just for the record even though I have a large number of post I’m not involved with LJs management ,I’m just another member.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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surfin2

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#2 posted 582 days ago

Welcome To LumberJocks.
Good Luck…

-- Rick

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ralbuck

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#3 posted 513 days ago

DO NOT EVER LISTEN TO “IT CAN’T BE DONE THAT WAY!” Just ask the Wright Brothers!

Hell, I have used wooden jigs welding! Yes, really! I only needed to do a few; and for that I could keep the wooden one from burning up!

If it works for you DO IT!

Just a “Hello” and Very fine work!

-- just rjR

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