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post #1 of 6 Old 11-19-2011, 09:28 PM Thread Starter
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Hello from Chicago Area

Hello all.

I'm a casual woodworker as of late. Back in high school (Early 80's) I took 9 total woodshop classes starting with Woods I and ending with multiple courses of Independant Study. I figured if college didn't work out, I should have a trade to fall back on. College worked out, but I still love making things.

Unfortunately, my chosen profession keeps me travelling from time to time and I just don't have the time to devote to woodworking like I want to. Hopefully, I'll be home more in the near future and I can continue putting the last touches on my shop.

My dad was my inspiration to go towards woodworking. He was always tinkering around in the garage and I liked to help. When he passed on, I got most of his tools but the one thing tool I wanted more than anything was his hammer. He had an old Craftsman claw hammer that he built everything with. It has a white fiberglass handle with his name burned into it with a soldering iron and I always identified that tool with him. Now, it's passed to me and always make sure "dad' is with me when I pack my tool bag or take on a project.

I found this site by a search engine and it looked very helpful. Last night I spent quite some time doing searches, looking for info on miter saws and blades. Based on the recomendations / advice / education I picked up, I made a few purchases. I hope to learn more as I read on and hope to pass on a little bit of what I've learned over the years. See you all around the board, especially the turning forums.

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post #2 of 6 Old 11-19-2011, 10:33 PM
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Very cool thinking of your Dad's hammer like that. Welcome to the Madhouse, and ask any, and all questions.

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I'm up in the Wauconda/Lake Zurich area
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Welcome to wood talk

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post #5 of 6 Old 11-28-2011, 01:12 PM
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I know exactly how you feel with your dads hammer. When I was a kid, I helped my grandpa when he built his log home in the dells, and when we sold his place a few years ago, I took a bunch of his tools, but Ihave one, his drawknife/spokeshave (not sure what it is called exactly), but everytime I look at it, it reminds me of those summers helping him out.

Welcome to the forum. There is a wealth of knowledge here, and sometimes some spirited debates that you learn from as well.

I live in the Saint Charles area, just north of you a few miles.....

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welcome to the forum. It's great that you have a tool from your dad that carries meaning for you and that you can still use yourself.

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