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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 1854 days ago

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 1854 days ago

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. Southern Delaware †

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#3 posted 1854 days ago

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 1854 days ago

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 1854 days ago

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 1854 days ago

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.

-- gjd Southcentral Wisconsin

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#7 posted 1854 days ago

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 1854 days ago

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

-- Custom furniture

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#9 posted 1853 days ago

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

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#10 posted 1845 days ago

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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