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Location: Olney, Ill.
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retired from the phone co. back a few years ago. I have been married for 43 years, 2 kids both grown,6 grandkids, 2 boys, 4 girls. I live 11 miles from town, on 4.5 acres. do a little gardening, and some shooting.

did some antique repair and refinishing for a while. took on more jobs than I could handle by myself, I don't want to be that busy, and I don't want to hire help, so now I do mostly projects for the family and sell something occasionally, I've made grandfather clocks, wall clocks, stirring paddles, pens, pencils, mostly things that seem interesting or fun to do.
my shop, is 2300 sq ft, 860 of it is actually my mancave, 1440 ft is shop. I started in a 10x 12 storage shed, then to a 12x24 section in my barn, then moving to a 24x36 building then I attached a 30x 48 onto the end of that. first having only a radial arm saw, then a shopsmith, now I have all individual tools, with a PM66 being the center piece of my shop, it is so smooth running that I can stand a nickle on edge and start it up and it stays right up there.
the large part of my shop is heated with radiant heat in floor, very comfortable, no cold spots. the small part is heated with water through a heat exchanger, also due to a kitchen remodel about 4 years ago, I got to put a kitchen in the shop, w/ bathroom, hot and cold running water, sat tv, beer fridge, reloading bench, recliner, and computor.

-- Smitty!!!

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SteveKorz

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#1 posted 09-10-2008 04:29 PM

Hey Woodsmithshop!! Welcome to LumberJocks!! Walk around and enjoy yourself, the site is vast. If you need anything, give us a ‘holler.

—Steve.

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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Max

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#2 posted 09-10-2008 06:13 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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Scott Bryan

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#3 posted 09-10-2008 06:49 PM

Hello Woodsmithshop,

Welcome to LJs. I hope that you will find this to be an exciting and rewarding part of your woodworking journey.

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

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Paul D

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#4 posted 09-10-2008 09:56 PM

Welcome to LJs!! Glad you have joined us!!

-- Paul D - Lawrenceville, Georgia

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trifern

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#5 posted 09-10-2008 11:56 PM

Welcome to LJ’s.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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Grumpy

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#6 posted 09-11-2008 05:10 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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rikkor

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#7 posted 09-11-2008 04:20 PM

Welcome to LJ. You will like it here.

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woodsmithshop

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#8 posted 09-11-2008 04:47 PM

Thanks for the great welcome, it looks like there is a lot of experience out there to fall back on if needed, in my endeavor to ruin good firewood.
Looking forward to getting to know you all.
Thanks again,
Dick, or Smitty, (which ever you prefer)

-- Smitty!!!

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Kipster

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#9 posted 09-18-2008 10:48 PM

Welcome to lumberjocks. I hope you take advantage of all the possibilities LJ’s offers.

-- Kip Northern Illinois ( If you don't know where your goin any road will take you there) George Harrison

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Karson

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#10 posted 11-30-2008 05:37 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. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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ND2ELK

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#11 posted 12-13-2008 04:47 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
tom

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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Bureaucrat

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#12 posted 09-05-2009 01:06 AM

Congratulations on your upcoming anniversary as a Lumber Jock! I look forward to more of your posts.

-- Gary

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woodsmithshop

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#13 posted 09-05-2009 03:42 PM

thanks Gary, it has been an interesting year to say the least here on LJ’s I have met some very knowledgeable people, and I have learned many things, I am looking forward to learning much more and meeting more people.
Thanks

-- Smitty!!!

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Jamie Speirs

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#14 posted 08-09-2010 10:39 AM

Hi Smitty,
you made my day. I’m smiling cheek to cheek. Your shop/cave is wonderful.
The finger saw link. Ouch!
I thought at first your centre piece was for one of those ouja boards.
Thanks for sharing
Jamie

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Bureaucrat

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#15 posted 09-11-2010 04:08 AM

Another year has rolled by. We must be having too much fun, cause it seems like just yesterday when I congratulated you on 1 year. Congratulations on your 2nd anniversary at Lumber Jocks. Thanks for helping make LJ a great place to visit and happy anniversary!

-- Gary

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