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post #1 of 10 Old 11-17-2011, 10:56 AM Thread Starter
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Born Again Woodworker...

Hey! My name is Ron, I live in Illinois 'bout 20 miles west of
Kankakee. I am currently employed at a chemical company. I have a
BS in Chemistry and currently work in sales, fallen to the dark side... I
have been married for 16 years and have 2 sons. Better known as
“Shade Jr.” and “The Spawn of Shade…” The “The Spawn of Shade” is
meant to sound ominous because he is. He is in fourth grade and the
7th and 8th graders on the bus are scared of him, but he is their size or
better. Shade Jr. is my older boy and we leave tomorrow for a week of
hunting in Wisconsin.

When I was a kid I always enjoyed watching my Dad doing his work
working and building. As a teen I helped him, but was too busy
chasing girls to really learn much.

As an adult I learned welding and metalworking in the Navy. Out of
the Navy ('91), I started back into the things I enjoyed as a kid
rocketry, woodworking and hunting. Got married the "final time" in
'95 and bought the farm, literally bought a farm and tool acquisition
began in earnest. In ’95 the barn was built and ’96 the shop
(detached) was built. It is small but cozy, 24 foot square with 10 foot
ceiling, 400A/230V power, limited 3 phase power (RPC – up to 5hp
motors). With in a few years I had a good start in wood working
tooling but had also purchased a welder.

Well in ag communities there seems to be a lack of skilled welders
and machinists. So by ’99 I accidently found myself in business and
from ’99 to ’08, I was Shade Tree Welding Services. In those, nine
years my tooling expanded fast and I made good money but by ’08 it
was time to either go full time with the welding or call it quits
because the “side business” was taking more that 40 hours of time a
week and the day job was suffering. So after discussion with my wife
and various head hunters, decided to jump jobs and shut the doors on
the welding, I still have customers calling me. But no more liability
insurance so no more welding… So sorry, like anything that become a
job some of the joy is lost.

’08-09 was spent getting the new job headed in the right direction.
The company I work for is one of the top petroleum additive
companies so my customers are large oil companies, I like my work
and enjoy (most) of my customers, because many of them are hunters
and even one (Mike Z.) I discuss wood working with regularly.

Well in the last year, when I am not fixing or helping my wife (she is
the farmer not me) with the farm/farm equipment/animals/kids/
running to soccer or wrestling I have been cleaning and reconfiguring
the shop from a welding and fabrication shop to a hobby/wood
working/reloading (as in ammunition) shop. I am finally getting there;
my wood working tooling has been dug out and cleaned up and where
needed derusted. One of my projects was to build a mobile work base
for my table saw but that has been expanded as I think more about it.
I will post a separate thread. I have been playing with my PC dovetail
jig (4210) this week with some success, I was using some old poplar
that had a slight cup to it so I got so so results, but I will have more
questions on that later.

So anyway looking forward to future discussions and if anyone has
and metalworking or lubrication question please ask me or stop by my
website www.shopfloortalk.com.
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post #2 of 10 Old 11-17-2011, 11:09 AM
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No welding issues here but I am a car guy and play with em heavy.
As of late, the woodworking has been a secondary but predominate thing I've been playing with.
This site has the answers when you need em.

Enjoy
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post #3 of 10 Old 11-17-2011, 11:17 AM
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Welcome Ron,

From LaSalle Co. IL.

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OH, wait a minute ............Yep!.............That's what he said!

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Welcome Ron, from Aurora,Il.
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Welcome from Texas !!!

Welcome to the forum.

Tools are like guns, You can never have enough.
Where did I put that tape measure???
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Welcome--Kane county here---
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post #7 of 10 Old 11-18-2011, 09:18 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the warm welcome.

I was born in Kane County, Sherman Hospital.
Grew up in Cary. Go Trojans!
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Welcome Ron from DuPage County!
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