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#1 posted 11-13-2012 09:29 PM

I have worked with both wood and metal working tools all my life. I don’t know where the interest came from. I guess it was because I grew up at a time when technology was at it’s peak and before TV and video games took the spotlight. Magazines like Popular Science and Popular Mechanics were filled with DIY projects, from building one tube radios to building your own metal lathe. This exposure to a wealth of information I think stirred up interest in youngsters. I started with woodworking and gradually got into metalworking. I could perform most metalworking tasks and became proficient in the use of precision tools. I never really gave up on woodworking, but when I tackled a wood project, I found that my skill at precision measurement was a plus factor in woodworking. Today I combine the skills of both while building large scale locomotives. They require precision and wood and metal skills. While many will struggle with 32nds of an inch layout, I am perfectly comfortable doing layouts to thousands of an inch. Although not necessary in woodworking, my reply is; “I do it because I can”.

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