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Forum topic by Sandra posted 12-11-2013 01:14 AM 1986 views 0 times favorited 26 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-11-2013 01:14 AM

I’m almost, but not quite at a loss for words. After rambling on awhile ago about wanting to improve my router table, I got a PM from a fellow Canadian, LJ Doe. She had a router table top that she wasn’t using. After looking at some options to get it to me, and my protests, here’s what arrived by mail. Anyone who deals with Canada Post knows this wasn’t cheap.

The whole time I was opening the boxes I was humbled by the fact that this gift is a huge act of kindness by a person who is asking nothing in return. Anyone who thinks that those people no longer exist needs to spend a little time on this website.

Not only did she send me a router table top, but also a set of router bits, router fence and a right-angle sled, insert plates and all the instructions. I have some smaller Veritas tools from Lee Valley and love them.
Here’s what it will look like when assembled, and I’m already sketching out a cart that it will sit in.

I turned to woodworking to deal with the stresses of being on a medical roller coaster for the past 2 1/2 years. I joined this site to find answers to woodworking questions and to get ideas and look at tool reviews.
What I found was a whole lot more and I’m blessed to have my LJ friends in my life.

Merry Christmas Doe. And again, thank you very much.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#1 posted 12-11-2013 01:31 AM


this is a very kind and thoughtful gesture
comes from being open and honest
as you are

bless you and doe
sharing is what it is all about
(i haven’t forgotten doe)

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 12-11-2013 01:32 AM

What a wonderful LJ Santa, and God Bless you!

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343

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#3 posted 12-11-2013 01:42 AM

That is very cool….....LJ Santa Doe and Sandra…......very cool…......

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#4 posted 12-11-2013 01:43 AM

Way to go, Doe… you done good

Sandra.. now you are on a roll. What great projects will you accomplish now.

Congrats on the new toy

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#5 posted 12-11-2013 01:56 AM

Thanks folks.

I have a big idea percolating about the router table…. I can’t wait to get started after Christmas.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#6 posted 12-11-2013 01:57 AM

awesome story.good going doe.congrats sandra.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#7 posted 12-11-2013 02:00 AM

That is so sweet of Doe, and so is your appreciation of her gift to you. Very cool

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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#8 posted 12-11-2013 02:29 AM

Congrats to you….awesome story…

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#9 posted 12-11-2013 03:57 AM

It never ceases to amaze me….
The thoughtfulness, kindness and the compassion….
That the members of lumberJocks exhibit on a daily basis!!!

Congrats to you Sandra!
& kudos to Doe!!
‘Tis the season!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#10 posted 12-11-2013 04:08 AM

Obviously doe is a wonderful person. But it says just as much for you to draw this kind of consideration. I hope both of you have a very happy holiday season.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#11 posted 12-11-2013 04:12 AM

Congats, LJs is full of kind and generous people..

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#12 posted 12-11-2013 04:28 AM

I have been waiting all day to see what was in those boxes.
A wonderful thing it is.
Doe you are a nice person.
Merry Christmas to you and Sandra to.
May both of your families be blessed and watched over this season.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#13 posted 12-11-2013 05:04 AM

Congrats on your present. I’ve had the Veritas Router table for 9+ years, love it and know you will too. I got tired of lifting the top after seeing lots of videos with people using lift systems last year and drilled two holes in the top to provide access to the lift on the plunge mech of my Freud router and closed up most of my base with a port for a dust collector. This made the router table even better.

-- socrbent Ohio

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#14 posted 12-11-2013 11:16 AM

Thanks for the comments.

Socrbent – do you have any pictures of your modifications??

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#15 posted 12-11-2013 01:26 PM

An amazing gift from an amazingly generous LJ Doe. Randy said it very well.
You’ll have a blast with it, Sandra. The RT is the second most used tool in my shop.
Is that a pin router attachment in the picture? If it is, it will increase your fun exponentially.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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