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Location: Los Banos, ca

I got here because they no longer have industrial arts programs in our local jr high schools. I have decided to teach my 11 year old son at home. My background is 30 years in the electrical construction industry working for one of the largest privately held union electrical contractors in the united states. Over the last several years we have seen young people enter the building trades with ever decreasing fundamental mechanical aptitude skill sets.
I started out exposing my son to basic tool and shop safety fundamentals we then moved on to some basic metal working ( cutting , wire feed welding, fabrication) my new challenge is to transform a 3 car garage into a organized well equipped and laid out work shop.
So far we built our first basic workbench 30" X 44" X 34"h using a worm drive skill saw and a sliding compound miter saw. The boy had a blast and took a liking to wood. Next project was a stand to mount a Wiltron 15" table stand drill press for this we added a Makita plunging track saw to our tool crib ( thank you rod at Bay Tool San Jose,Ca) as the quality of our work improved so has our excitement. We are now building a rolling work cabinet and found the perfect excuse to upgrade a DIY 10" tabletop saw to a more accurate hybrid cabinet saw as the old saw is missing all the safety guards and not a proper tool to teach on. Next on the list is build cabinets and counters around the whole garage. Then on to inside the house projects as our skills improve.
I find myself spending a lot of time surfing this site on my iPad and enjoy most of the postings as a lot has changed since I had wood shop so many years ago!

-- Joe

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#1 posted 01-15-2011 02:20 AM

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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#2 posted 01-15-2011 02:23 AM

Welcome to LumberJocks, Good Luck…

-- Rick

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#3 posted 01-15-2011 03:26 AM

Welcome to LJ’s

-- Who can I block now???????????????????????

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#4 posted 01-15-2011 06:52 PM

Welcome. 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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#5 posted 01-16-2011 04:57 AM

Welcome aboard. Nice that you could join us on Lumberjocks.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#6 posted 01-16-2011 04:58 AM

“WELCOME to LJ’s” ….Enjoy the experience.

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#7 posted 01-17-2011 07:14 AM

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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#8 posted 01-18-2011 07:40 AM

Thank you all for the warm welcome.
What a great place till Golf season. I spent the day today adding a 220 V 100a sub panel in the garage.
It should be big enough for the new saw, dedicated circuits for the drill press, air compressor, a future dust collector and air filtration system , lighting circuit and dedicated circuits for router table and future planer & jointer.
My goal is to procure the larger equipment over the new year. Clamps, jigs and accessories are the hidden costs that scare me on the fit up.
my plan is to use schedule 40 PVC for dust collection ( it is a cheap and readily available product for me)
I look forward to posting photos soon.

-- Joe

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#9 posted 08-13-2011 07:17 PM

Hi there,
Welcome to LumberJocks… I joined the site myself just about 2 years ago and will give you fair warning, this site is VERY ADDICTIVE, VERY EDUCATIONAL, and VERY FUN…. so sit back, enjoy the ride and learn from the other LJ’s as they are a group of extremely talented people that are also very friendly…
I apologize for the late welcome but I am currently serving overseas and don’t have a lot of spare time on my hands.

Enjoy your time here on LJ and pass the word to any of your woodworking buddies about us…


-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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