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07-26-2007 10:37 PM

I want to thank you all for all the warm welcomes posted after I signed up.

My name is Teresa Jones and I live in Carrollton, Texas, somewhat of a northern suburb of Dallas. My shop resides in an oversized garage (20×30) that is shared with my little pickup truck and another full size vehicle. The pickup stays out in the elements anytime I have a project underway, but the other vehicle MUST come in at night.

I am a hobbyist woodworker at best and probably closer to a woodworker wannabe. Hopefully, I’ll get some of my projects posted. I have come along way since my first projects but I know I will continue to learn for as long as I practice the craft.

I work full time and participate in family and friends activities as often as possible. That means shop time is down the list a bit so it usually takes forever to finish a project of any size. I am working on my first workbench at the moment.

Thanks to a podcast over at The Wood Whisperer I recently fine tuned my Grizzly G0555 and commenced to resaw a mound of Douglas Fir I am using to make the panels for the workbench. I know Douglas Fir is not all that exciting but I was pretty pumped with the results.

The most important skill I am working on at the moment is PATIENCE. I spent a full day out there tuning the band saw and making the resaw fence and I was rewarded with great results. I’m usually only good for a couple of hours before patience wears thin.

I believe I have officially worn out my welcome by now. 


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#1 posted 07-26-2007 11:28 PM

Hello Teresa and welcome.

Sounds like you have a nice setup. What kind of car is it that must come in? Sounds like something much loved.

I have the G0555 as well and just did some resawing of my own. I’ll have to look at the fence you made. I still have to play with mine some.

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker

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#2 posted 07-26-2007 11:38 PM

yah, I’m curious about the “baby” as well :)

Re: fine tuning sounds like it has really made a difference (not only to your woodworking but to your life—wow, a whole day on one task? Boy THAT”S Patience!!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#3 posted 07-26-2007 11:45 PM

Hi Bob and Debbie,

I am fortunate to have accumulated a pretty decent shop over the last several years. Nothing special about the car other than it belongs to my roomate and she is VERY particular about it. It is a very nice Toyota Avalon with all the bells and whistles. But nothing classic or anything, but relatively new.

The bandsaw functions as it should now as opposed to the first time I used it without doing all the upfront work. The fine tuning included cleaning it from top to bottom, new blade, table maintenance, wheel alignment, new wheel brush installed, cleaning and resetting the guides, etc. It was probably overkill but now I know that machine inside and out.

Next up is running all those resawed pieces over the jointer, through the planer, and then I’ll test the setup of my new Jet drum sander.

Thanks for the welcome,


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#4 posted 07-27-2007 12:22 AM

Hi Teresa and welcome to LJ

-- John in Belgrave (Website) ,

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#5 posted 07-27-2007 12:36 AM

We have a whole lot of wannabes on here. (Like me! :-D )

Then we have some really good woodworking, genius types on here. All types of great woodworking folks on “board” the LumberJocks web site.

I have learned a lot from them I am glad and proud to say.

You always learn from your trials and errors along life’s highway….on here you can learn from somebody else’s errors!

You can find out a lot about tools from people who have tried or used them as well. The good, bad and….well the ugly, etc…

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#6 posted 07-27-2007 12:45 AM

Welcome TJJ. This is a great place to hang out and read ww stuff.

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#7 posted 07-27-2007 02:05 AM

Welcome to our community!

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#8 posted 07-27-2007 04:36 AM

Curiouser and curiouser…we have the same bandsaw and the same car….mines a few years older though. 200K miles and it’s still the most comfortable car I’ve ever driven.

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker

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#9 posted 07-27-2007 06:12 AM

I know what you mean about the satisfaction that comes from a well set up machine. It is great to see those clean, straight cuts after tweaking the machinery.

-- John

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#10 posted 07-27-2007 05:57 PM

Thanks, everyone!

Bob, that car is the smoothest ride and an easy drive.

I tackled the planer last night. Cleaned up, blades changed, rollers cleaned. This is the first time I’ve had it apart. It’s always eye-opening to me to actually see how the machines work.

Gona get that jointer next!

Hope everyone has a great weekend.


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