"May I interest you in a pushstick?"

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Project by mgb_2x posted 08-02-2010 11:22 PM 3545 views 20 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I know this may not fit the precise definition of a project but the congeniality of this forum leads me to believe that there is some latitude in the range of topics.

Allow me to introduce Russ , he is a good friend and local woodworker of the highest order, and one of the kindest men we share this planet with. We met a few years back at a local wood working show where he was demonstrating some equipment. I was invited to his shop where I entered into wordworkers heaven, a barn with 2 floors of all of the goodies we think/dream about. You know you are in a good place when there are three bandsaws. From wall to wall and floor to ceiling there is much to see, equipment, fixtures, tools, hardware and lots of wood. Russ is a retired lineman and has been doing wood working for a very long time. He has plenty of loyal customers and is often building cabinets or furniture or whatever they want. He is the local “go to guy” when someone needs something made of wood. Precision is a hallmark of his work.

Now the good part, I have been the recipient of his kindness more times than I can count. Here’s how it works, tell Russ about an idea you have. He will kindly share his experience in that area, loan you a book from his vast llibrary, fish around for the right tool, get the right bit, loan or build you the right fixture, just happen to have some extra hardware and then load you up with some extra wood that would just happens to be right for the project I have often left his place with everything I needed to build a project. If giving was an art meet Michelangelo.

The first thing Russ gave me was a push stick, I think there is a reason he keeps a stack of them available near the exit. I am trying to get him to join LJ as he has much to share and would fit in quite well.

-- "aim small miss small" m g breedlove

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#1 posted 08-02-2010 11:33 PM

That’s a wonderful push stick, I’d love to have a template to make a few of my own. :-)

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#2 posted 08-02-2010 11:37 PM

That is a great story. . . .I hope Russ comes and joins us . .and shares his knowledge. . . .and a couple of push sticks. . :-)

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#3 posted 08-02-2010 11:44 PM

sounds like you’ve made a great friend..we sure would love to have him apart of our home here at jocks..he could add some very welcome knowledge here..what a wonderful way to send someone from your shop…with a great push stick..thanks for sharing your wood worker friend…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#4 posted 08-03-2010 12:06 AM

Keep telling Russ to sign up.
We need talented guys like him.
That is some nice shop he has too.
Thanks for this post.

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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#5 posted 08-03-2010 12:21 AM

thank´s for the story its just great to here about such kindness and freindship
and a very good idea to send people home with a pushstick in the hand
a real busnesscart you will remember :-)
and I second the other please tell him to join L J
it wuold be a pleasure to meat him online

take care

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#6 posted 08-03-2010 12:31 AM

Send him our love.
I have to make also one of his push sticks.

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#7 posted 08-03-2010 12:47 AM

Looks like he is a very busy man …maybe he doesn’t have time to spend online , but we would sure love to hear from him and see what he is building now or has built in the past : )
Great shop …thanks for sharing your friend and the photos with us !!

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#8 posted 08-03-2010 12:49 AM

Awesome story, would love to have him here on LJ’s seems like someone that would have a great wealth of knowledge.

-- Greg P, Washington State,

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#9 posted 08-03-2010 01:07 AM

Speaking of push sticks…I’m thinking of making one and his design looks tempting. My old one is basically, a ‘stick’ with a notch in it.

Please, save me from buying a plastic one! ;-)

-- “Once more unto the breach, dear friends...” Henry V - Act III, Scene I

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#10 posted 08-03-2010 01:54 AM

Please tell him to join the greatest family around, the LJ family! He will almost immediately feel the love that is here. He has a lot to give and I think he will learn a lot too.

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#11 posted 08-03-2010 02:07 AM

Oh Bliss!
Please tell us more about the details in his workshop!
For example, Russ is standing in front of his table saw in Pic No3
By his right hand is a rearward extension to the table saw guide.
What exactly is that, and what’s it for?
And what is the gagetry on top of it?
More Pictures.. .. Please….Please!

-- I wish I could sell my experience for half the price it has cost me.

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#12 posted 08-03-2010 03:20 AM

Very nice sticks..thanks for sharing this.

-- My Master is Mankind's Greatest Carpenter.

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#13 posted 08-03-2010 03:49 AM

Sounds like a great fella. I have a friend who is just about like that as well. I feel bad going to his house and asking him for advice or information because he always hooks me up with something before I leave and I just don’t feel I can ever repay him, and it isn’t just the physical items I can’t repay him for, I just don’t feel I can repay him for the amount of pleasure I get out of knowing such a good guy.

But I know where you are coming from. Knowing people like this is an honor, and it is great to see you have found one of those special people.

-- Got Wood? --- Somewhere along the way the people in Washington forgot that they are there to represent the people, not to rule them.

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#14 posted 08-03-2010 03:52 AM

Sounds like a heck of a guy. Reminds me of this man that lived next to my Grandmother when I was a kid. I used to love to go and just hang out and watch him work. The best part, he would give me scraps to create with and just let me come up with whatever my imagination could dream. His name was Mr. Garrett. The world could use a lot more people like Mr. Garret & Russ.

Cool design for the push sticks. I could see using my favorite Disston saw as a template for the handle.

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#15 posted 08-03-2010 04:46 AM

sandt38: ”he always hooks me up with something before I leave and I just don’t feel I can ever repay him”

Maybe he’s paying it forward? Which means you get to pay it forward…!

-- “Once more unto the breach, dear friends...” Henry V - Act III, Scene I

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