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Location: Palmyra, PA

I've always been doing something with wood but in 1996 I had to retire from a job due to Multiple Sclerosis. After driving my wife and three kids nuts, I needed to get a hobby - and one that I could spend some time with. One thing let to another and now I've got most of the basement. The MS makes me a slow woodworker, not enough good days, but I sure do enjoy it. A series of stupid decisions cost me 2/3 of a finger and I am no longer allowed to have a jointer. That has made me a hand plane nut. My shop includes a Delta 5 hp cabinet saw, Laguna 18" band saw, Delta drill press, Laguna 18/47 lathe, Oneida dust collector, DeWalt scroll saw and a fabulous Roubo style bench. I have a wide assortment of mostly Lie-Nielsen hand panes. Lots of great tool/toys, thanks to my wife!

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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commented on Tapered tenon cutter & mortise reamer #5: Tapered cutter - finale 02-27-2015 03:39 PM
commented on Split Top Roubo Bench Build #1: Preparing for the build 02-11-2015 05:51 PM
added project Beaver Toys 02-10-2015 05:30 PM
added project Cutting Boards 02-01-2015 01:31 AM
added project Napkin Holder 02-01-2015 01:02 AM
commented on Morris Chair #5: The Bent Arm Conumdrum 01-27-2015 04:47 PM
commented on Folding Camp Stool - Osage Orange and Leather 09-06-2014 11:44 PM
commented on Winding Sticks 08-30-2014 05:17 PM
added project Winding Sticks 08-30-2014 04:40 PM
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commented on Holly's Jasper #36: Holly's Jasper #36 08-20-2014 01:47 AM
commented on Pennsylvania Blanket Chest 08-05-2014 08:41 PM
commented on Power Upgrade #31: Nearly There...I can almost taste it! 07-26-2014 04:44 PM
commented on Just some planes restored #25: A "B" Plane restoration 07-25-2014 06:36 PM
commented on Disston Handsaw Restoration #6: Sharpening the Blade 07-25-2014 06:33 PM

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#1 posted 03-20-2008 06:18 AM

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 03-20-2008 07:15 AM

Welcome to LumberJocks. Enjoy the community.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#3 posted 03-20-2008 09:58 AM

Welcome to LJ. You will like it here.

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Scott Bryan

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#4 posted 03-20-2008 11:21 AM

Hi Kenn,

Let me welcome you to LJs. I hope that you will find this to be an exciting and rewarding part of your woodworking adventure.

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

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#5 posted 03-20-2008 03:56 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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#6 posted 03-21-2008 12:59 AM

Welcome to Lumberjocks Kenn. Sorry to hear you are not well. 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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#7 posted 03-21-2008 04:38 AM

Thanks guys. Scott, sorry about the Wildcats. I lived in Kentucky for quite a few years, so I know what a big loss that is. Actually lived in Georgetown, so that’s close to you.

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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#8 posted 03-21-2008 04:38 AM

Welcome to the wonderful world of LJ’s (Enjoy) Come on in, The water’s fine, fine, fine. Happy, that you have chosen to join the family.
You can ask, show, teach, learn, and Share woodworking experiences.
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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#9 posted 03-22-2008 03:43 AM


I share a couple things with you. We both live in the same county of PA, we both share the same hobby, and I to have MS. I like to think that I have MS but it doesn’t have me. Keep smiling and keep on planing.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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794 posts in 2542 days

#10 posted 03-22-2008 03:48 AM

Wow, that’s too much of a coincidence. I just got on here tonight to try to upload a few shop and project pictures.

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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#11 posted 03-22-2008 06:03 AM

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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#12 posted 07-24-2008 04:38 AM

sorry to hear about your finger.
my wife has layed down the rule that if I cut any digits off, she’s going to have a yard sale with my tools!

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Paul D

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#13 posted 07-24-2008 09:41 PM

Welcome to LJs!! Glad you have joined us!!

-- Paul D - Lawrenceville, Georgia

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Don "Dances with Wood" Butler

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#14 posted 03-12-2009 02:36 PM

Your work on chairs is beautiful. I choose to comment on your chairs because I have been restoring chairs for a long time, and I know how hard it must be to make a good chair. The Windsors are especially difficult because of the any parts that have to be brought together all at once.
By the way, I, too, live in PA, but not very close. I’m way up by Lake Erie in the NW corner.


-- Will trade wife's yarn for tools.

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#15 posted 03-14-2009 06:28 PM

Congratulations! This coming week you will have been a Lumber Jock for 1 year! Thanks for your participation.

-- Gary

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