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Location: Mountains of Virginia

Recently retired after 34 years as a black bear research biologist, I have spent the last two years putting together a wood and metal working shop in the basement. The metal working tools include: lathe, mill, bandsaw, welder (stick,TIG, MIG), and a plasma cutter. For wood working I have found very good buys on: a Powermatic 72 table saw, PM 16" planer, PM 6" jointer, 20" PM band saw, an old Walker-Turner belt/disk sander, old DeWalt 5hp radial arm, and my only new machine is a PM 3520 wood lathe, plus smaller tools like a scroll saw, routers, a drill press, and several used grinders. The majority of my used tools run on 3-phase current, which was a wiring challenge in my allocated space (about 750 sq. ft.). Currently I am working on my turning skills and making wood turning tools and hope to sell a few of both soon. I have most tools reconditioned and running, but need to work on the planer and install a used 5hp couble-cyclone dust collector I bought a year ago. Most of my used tools were purchased for about $0.10 on the dollar. There are some excellent buys out there if you can wire your shop for 3-phase - I use a 5hp converter.

My bride of 43 years and I have a small 67 acre farm (about 1/2 wooded with cherry, oak, walnut and white pine), and at one time had 42,000 Christmas trees to keep me out of the pool hall. This business also helped support 3 children who have now provided us with 6 grand youngins. We live in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia where for many years I flew a small airplane for our agency, did a little hunting and fishing, was the state black bear project leader and all this time wished I had a wood working shop.

I have an interest in trying my hand at building furniture. My tastes lean toward Green & Green, Stickly and Queen Anne, but I am really enjoying the wood turning club I joined. I am a far better turner as a result.

-- Ursus

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#1 posted 06-26-2009 06:05 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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#2 posted 06-26-2009 06:08 PM

Welcome to LumberJocks. Glad to have you aboard. †

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia †

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#3 posted 06-26-2009 06:10 PM

Hello Ursus,

Let me welcome to LJs. I am sure that you will find being a member of this group to be both a rewarding and an inspirational part of your woodworking adventure.

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

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#4 posted 06-26-2009 06:42 PM

Welcome to the shop. I look forward to seeing your projects and I hope you enjoy the site. There is alot of good information available from both professionals and amateurs who are willing to share their craft. God Bless!

-- Rusty

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#5 posted 06-27-2009 01:50 AM

Welcome to LumberJocks….This will be a great resource for you and your projects. There are a bunch of great people here willing to help……have fun….

I’m looking forward to seeing your projects and posts…..

WARNING: Visiting LumberJocks has proven to be addictive

-- Todd, Oak Ridge, TN, Hello my name is Todd and I'm a Toolholic, I bought my last tool 10 days, no 4 days, oh heck I bought a tool on the way here! †

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#6 posted 06-27-2009 02:46 AM

Welcome to Lumber Jocks! This is a great place to get – or give – advice about woodworking on the forums and the project posts are a wonderful source of new ideas. I love this site, I hope you will enjoy it too.

Look forward to seeing your projects and posts.

-- Gary D. Stoughton, WI

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#7 posted 06-27-2009 02:48 AM

Welcome to LJ’s. We are here to help you with your woodworking endeavors. Feel free to ask for advise. But Be aware…this site can be very addictive…………LOL

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#8 posted 06-27-2009 03:55 AM

Welcome to LJs a place were you will find great people, super projects and outstanding woodworkers.Enjoy

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#9 posted 06-27-2009 01:19 PM

“Welcome to LJ’s”……The best place to enhance your skills and knowledge.

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#10 posted 07-06-2009 12:03 AM

Welcome to Lumberjocks . This is a great community of people with like interests.There is much to learn here & you will have the opportunity to share your skills & ideas with others. I hope you enjoy LJ’s as much as I do.

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

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