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Location: IN

Pretty much a static newbie. Have been slowly collecting tools as life allows over the last 20 years. Several years back, had to sell what I had collected, including a BT3100, Planer, Bandsaw, and Craftsman 6" jointer (bench top on a stand).

Recently, thanks to patient searching on CL and a willingness to travel a bit, I have been able to start again. Also, my wife came through with a Jet 12" bandsaw as another CL find for my Christmas present.

My shop is a small, old, detached 2 car garage that has seen better days. I started with a single outlet and a 2 overhead lights, frost heaved and cracked floor. In fact the floor was so bad, you couldn't roll a ball 2' in any direction as it would either drop 6" or run into a 6" chuck of concrete.

I have since added a circuit breaker, outlets, a few more over head lights, busted all the concrete with a sledge and removed all of the chunks by hand, pickup load at a time until clear. 11 tons of crushed limestone was hauled in and unloaded by hand, leveled and hand tamped. I then rented a power tamper for an afternoon. Plastic vapor barrier was laid and temporary subfloor has been laid on the majority of the space until concrete can be poured.

I have redesigned a main door to replace the 2 sliding barn style doors that unfortunately were installed on the eave side of the building. This flaw was not properly designed and resulted in the north side of the structure having a sagging roof. A lolly gag was installed and the sag has been removed. The entire north wall structure (doors, jambs) will be removed, new foundation wall poured, new walls framed and the new double carriage door will be installed. The door will be a little over single car width to accommodate the occasional vehicle maintenance. Essential I am restoring the old building into my dedicated workshop, a little at a time.

-- If You Haven't Got the Time to Do It Right, When Will You Find the Time to Do It Over?

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#1 posted 01-12-2011 04:54 PM

Welcome aboard. Nice that you could join us on Lumberjocks.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#2 posted 01-12-2011 05:33 PM

Welcome. You have found the right place for woodworking. A great group of people willing to help. Looking forward to see your projects and comments. Work safe in the shop and don’t forget to use pushsticks.

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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#3 posted 01-12-2011 05:38 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks. The projects are an inspiration, the information is priceless and the people are supportive. The only problem is, the site can get addictive.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#4 posted 01-12-2011 07:10 PM

Glad to see that you have made LumberJocks a part of your Woodworking experience… Welcome

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#5 posted 01-13-2011 01:01 AM

Welcome to LumberJocks!

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#6 posted 01-14-2011 05:12 AM

Hey John,
I just noticed you are brand new here on Lumberjocks. Welcome on board. You are most definitely a great addition. You already have the Lumberjock spirit. Thanks for the jointer blades. Rand

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#7 posted 01-14-2011 06:09 AM

Welcome to Lumberjocks, good luck…

-- Rick

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#8 posted 02-25-2011 08:05 PM

Hi there,
Welcome to LumberJocks… I joined the site myself a little over a year ago and will give you fair warning, this site is VERY ADDICTIVE, VERY EDUCATIONAL, and VERY FUN…. so sit back, enjoy the ride and learn from the other LJ’s as they are a group of extremely talented people that are also very friendly…

Enjoy your time here on LJ and pass the word to any of your woodworking buddies about us…


-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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#9 posted 02-26-2011 01:10 AM

“WELCOME to LJ’s” …Enjoy the experience.

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#10 posted 06-27-2012 02:17 AM

Welcome, and I did a very similar rebuild of my shop a few years ago

-- Norman

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