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post #1 of 11 Old 12-02-2011, 12:27 AM Thread Starter
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Hello from Detroit

Hello, My name is Tom and I have been a woodworker all my adult life (about 35 years). I have bought tools for personal use since I was 18. I started out hanging doors in the Detroit area. Worked for a custom door shop for 6 years buildind door pockets and bastard size flush, solid and hollow, and stave core doors. I then moved on to being a sawman in a cabinet shop for 13 years. When I'd get the weeks parts cut, I helped in whatever department needed a hand at the time, learning all of the tasks from beginning to end. I then got into commercial construction. Did that for about 4 years. Lots of metal stud walls, and doors, trim, and casework. For about the last 12 years I have moved from one place to another doing high end trim and cabinets with my own tools (mostly residential). All still here in Detroit, and it's suburbs. If I had to pick what I did most, it would be doors. I have always had a knack for getting them in right. I have had the opportunity to work on homes that I would never had known what the inside looked like had I not chosen this trade (or did it choose me?).
All the best to you and yours, Tom
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I was raised in Taylor Mi, just Downriver.
Detroit influence and DNA as well as chromosnal damage and destruction turned me into a total automotive fanatic, and I was in Fords design labs as a kid, and got a thrill off of the Dearborn test track , riding passenger at high speed. (now gone)
The 64 1/2 Stang came out and I was just awestruck by it, and been a Mustang owner ever since I could afford to own one.

Well, I went to Henry Ford College (imagine that?), and ended up getting a degree in Architecture, and then the wood bug bit and it's like Lime Disease. I'm to this day (even though work is dead) an Architect and was a builder as well. Also was a Bldg Commish.

So now the wife must put up with the garage filled with specialty cars and woodworking projects. Daily drivers??? Outside ! No Mercy there!
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post #4 of 11 Old 12-02-2011, 07:51 AM
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welcome tom

I have a friend 2 miles away, that builds custom commercial and residentails raised panel doors...beautiful.
This site: http://troycornersdoor.com/ If you are ever up in Northern Oakland Co. give him a call, mention my name and we'll have a beer and burger at The Hamlin Pub, and get a tour of the facilities,... real old school! He made the two 4' x 12' doors to the Governor's office in Lansing, Mich. he was low bidder. bill

The answer to your question will only be as detailed and specific as the question is detailed and specific. Good questions also include a sketch or a photo that illustrates your issue. (:< D)

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I reside in Chi-Town now, it would be fun.
Miss Michigan , actually.
I left when Michigan went belly up in 1982, like it is now.
I saw bumper stickers that said, "Last one out of Michigan...turn out the Lights?"
Ya Hey Der!

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Welcome from Texas !!!

Welcome to the forum.

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Where did I put that tape measure???
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welcome! at last another michigander. the texans are takeing over
just kidding all.

clinton township, mi. without wood their is no woodworking, mill it.
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