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09-06-2013 09:40 PM

A friend of mine, who at this time shall remain un-named, has been an electronics engineer and computer geek all his life.
He was an electronics spook in the Navy for 23 years and retired as an E-9 in the 80’s.
He is now 65 and still plays with computers, (He got me to go back to school and complete my degree at Perdue). We have operated several successful computer repair shops/network consulting and web design firms.

He always has had a really cheap benchtop table saw, junky tools and a singularly terrible hand plane made in Romania circa 1958. I can’t even read the name on it because the casting is so bad.

His idea of fine wood working is to build a computer desk from wet CDX 3/4” plywood from a design he found on line, stain it and finish it with Poly…. on wet plywood!

A couple of days ago I sent him a care package containing a couple of DVD’s of projects to make, a small 60 1/2 Stanley all set up, a couple of hundred blocks that are for his grandson to make stuff with, (Every boy needs wooden blocks!), and a cool little Ryobi Biscuit cutter with biscuits.
The biscuit cutter is the double of one another LJ brought me awhile back, and I have been trying to get my friend into wood working for years.

He got it today, wondered what it was and read through the complete owners manual in English, Spanish, French and Japanese.
He pm’ed me a little while ago and said he had been practicing making biscuits….. umm, the whole upper rail of his rear deck has been “Biscuited”
Considering I only had 4 biscuits to send him, I think he might have more holes than he needs.
He also asked me if the blocks I sent were for him to practice with…. I told him sure, depending on how many fingers he wanted to lose. The blocks are cutoffs from making end grain cutting boards.

I will send him a box of lumber next week when the Eagle becraps itself in my bank account. This will be a whole new experience for him!

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#1 posted 09-06-2013 10:07 PM

Paying It Forward… GOOD ON YOU DALLAS! (insert applauding smiley face here)

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#2 posted 09-06-2013 11:58 PM

My, my you certainly are a great friend. So gracious of you to endue him with your kindness. Here’s hoping he will really continue to be interested and learn.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343

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#3 posted 09-07-2013 01:49 AM

Dallas is always doing a good deed for someone!

Good on you Dallas!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#4 posted 09-07-2013 02:55 PM

Whoa! Wait Wait!

Is this going to screw up my old curmudgeon official status!
I’ve been working on that for years!

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#5 posted 09-07-2013 03:59 PM

Well then.... how dare you to pass on an addiction like that to another human being… you are no better than a crack dealer… and a curmudgeon to boot!!... ;)

(hope that helps you maintain your cred.)

-- Who is John Galt?

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#6 posted 09-07-2013 05:05 PM

Dallas, where is Perdue?

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#7 posted 09-07-2013 05:08 PM

DKV, Indiana

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#8 posted 09-07-2013 05:18 PM

Yeah I think he was joking because Perdue makes chicken. Purdue, on the other hand, is an Indiana university with a decent sports program. ;)

-- Bailey F - Eastern Mass.

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#9 posted 09-07-2013 05:39 PM

Hehe, I moved out of Perdue Chicken Land in North Carolina a few years ago… Now I live in Sanderson Farm’s land in Texas, real close to Texas A&M.

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