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05-10-2008 05:29 AM

Ben here. Been looking through woodworking sites and found a link to this one. Thought I would join in.

I do woodworking just for fun. Out of high school started out in the Carpenters Union apprentiship program. But after a couple years decided going to school was a better option. Went to school and after another couple years finally settled down to aviation. I currently work for a Charter airline flying DC-10’s and 757’s for military and passenger charters. For the last 5 years or so I have been working for them as a Quality Control Inspector. I travel constantly for work. Litterally been all the way around the world. Far north as Alaska, and down south to Fiji.

Recently moved to Maine, close to Bangor. House we bought included a 24’x140’ storage building (no typo). One end is a newer addition approx 24’x60’. I have made this my workshop. Still kinda in shock as my previous shop was 16’x25’. Most of my machinery woodworking wise are inexpensive imports / some Craftsman. Being mechanical I have spent time on them and they are in tune nicely. My hand power tools are a bit more mainstream, Milwaukee, Dewalt, Makita, no Festools though. To rich for my blood.

Have not done any larger projects since moving. House needs work to bring it inline with current economy conditions (oil heat, no insulation). So this past winter the oil man got all my money. Now that its warmer its time to bring the house into the 2000’s and get it sealed up. Going to take out the plaster walls and ceilings as I want to not only insulate, but bring the wiring up to national code. Can’t insulate over some of it due to fire danger. So might as well do both at same time.

And as for my Lumberjocks name. Yes I have a Jeep. Actually, I currently have 5 Jeeps. So thats another hobby that takes up time and money. Another hobby is photography, yup another expensive hobby. I used to fly small planes, again another expensive hobby. That one was the most wastefull so I have not flown personally in the last 7 years or so. Travel enough for work I don’t really feel like it anyway.

So I will be in and out as time permits. One luxury is when work is slow I can do all my planning and surfing for things I want to do when I go on days off and back home.

-- Ben, Living the good life in Maine now (almost, just need to retire in 2 decades time)

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#1 posted 05-10-2008 07:54 AM

That’s one heck of a shop space you have! How about some pictures?


-- 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 05-10-2008 08:13 AM

You’re going to love that shop!!... Welcome to LumberJocks. If you need anything, ‘holler.

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#3 posted 05-10-2008 08:34 AM

Welcome to LumberJocks!

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#4 posted 05-10-2008 12:20 PM

Hi Ben,

Welcome to Lumberjocks and to Maine!

-- There is no such thing as scrap wood!,

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#5 posted 05-10-2008 12:58 PM


Welcome again and thanks for the post. I agree with Gary about the shop pictures. I, being an avowed shop addict, would enjoy a visual tour of your shop. It sounds as if you have a wonderful shop space in which to work.

From your personal blog it does look like you enjoy expensive hobbies. Woodworking is certainly no exception.

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

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#6 posted 05-10-2008 04:17 PM

I don’t have any pics of the shop with anything in it. Just the outside and one shot from inside just before we bought it a year ago (bought it but did not move in for another 5 months). On a company laptop right now, so no current pics I can upload.

Outside of Barn
South end / shop area.

Apparently it was originally a chicken barn. Had a fire at some time. They just removed the 2nd story and installed a new roof on top. The shop space is 24’ x 60’ and is the left end in the picture. The majority of the building to the right is divided into 7 10’x12’ storage rooms on the front face with the windows. The back half of that is 1 long 12’w x 80’ long space. Currently have 4 jeeps parked in there end to end with room for at least 1 more.

-- Ben, Living the good life in Maine now (almost, just need to retire in 2 decades time)

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#7 posted 05-10-2008 04:39 PM

I think that that space will make for one fantastic shop. I’m sure that you’ll keep us posted on it. And welcome to LJ’s.

-- bobdurnell, Santa Ana California.

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#8 posted 05-10-2008 06:32 PM

Glad you have joined up. I certainly envy your shop space. I fly, too. (Smaller stuff – King Air and Bonanza) I realize, as I near retirement, that will likely end my flying.

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#9 posted 05-10-2008 09:27 PM

good score on the shop, and good to have you aboard. ha ha.

-- Roper - Master of sawdust-

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#10 posted 05-13-2008 06:15 PM

A little fire was probably a welcome thing after the chickens! Looks like a solid workshop and I wish I had a fraction of the space you have. Welcome to LJ’s.

-- If you think healthcare is expensive now, wait until it's free! PJ O'Rourke

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#11 posted 05-13-2008 06:22 PM

Now thats a shop!

Welcome to Lumberjocks Ben… I’m sure you will find this to be a great community of woodworkers of all skill levels. I look forward to seeing some pics of the house and shop as you progress.

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#12 posted 05-14-2008 12:28 AM

Ditto Chris.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#13 posted 05-14-2008 12:37 AM

wow…very cool space…good luck with all of it…look forward to seeing it progress…

I always wanted to be a pilot…never pursued it…just a dream…ended up as a poor history teacher with a small shop…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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