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post #1 of 8 Old 05-23-2008, 11:56 AM Thread Starter
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Hello to Everyone

Hello to everyone from Powder Springs, GA which is in the Metro Atlanta area just West of Marietta. I found this Forum on Google and after looking it over decided that it looked friendly and that I wanted to join. I haven’t been a confirmed woodworker in my life until recently. I have been a do it yourselfer my whole life and was brought up with the mindset “If you want it done right do it yourself”. I have made a lot of mistakes but have learned a lot over the past several decades. I grew up in South Florida (Lake Worth), went in the US Navy for 30 years and specialized in Nuclear Submarines, retired and went back to school and became a Chiropractor for 15 years and sold my practice in April 06. I have been unemployed since. I did some wood working, really crude, back in the late 70’s. I made a coffee table and two end tables. My wife loved them and was unhappy when I sold them. I sold them as I could see every mistake I made when building and finishing them. I couldn’t appreciate the overall product. I sold them to a coworker and he still has them today. So, I haven’t done anymore woodworking until I became unemployed and started working on my house out of necessity as when you are unemployed your disposable income is limited (unless you made big bucks or won the Lottery). My current project is putting in 1500 ft sq of traditional red oak ¾”X 4” unfinished flooring. My wife is my partner and we have done the Florida room, Master Bedroom, and Master closet so far. We have learned about dust control the hard way both of us having had pneumonia twice and the medical doctors saying the dust was not a factor ( what do they know). After researching dust control we have learned is was the fine red oak sanding dust and even though we thought we had taken dust precautions we had fallen pitifully short. We have since cleaned up the house bought extra respirators (myself a PAPR), a JDS air cleaner, and modified box fans with HEPA filters and will take the additional precautions to ensure we can enjoy our work without becoming sick. As I have worked on the floor I have come to really enjoy working with wood and the other products associated with them. We have an older Ethan Allen bedroom set but do not have a head board. When we were finishing up the room and putting it back together my wife said she would like to have a head board. That will be the next project after I finish the flooring job. I have a few tools; Dewalt dbl compound sliding miter saw and stand, Dewalt 10” contractors table saw, various sanders, Pneumatic flooring stapler, Crane Jam saw, Clarke American 12” X 18” orbital sander w/dust pickup (Ha), 15 ga finishing nailer, 23 ga finishing nailer. I have just ordered a bandsaw for resawing and look forward to expanding my horizons in the world of wood. I didn't include pictures because in reading stickys they discouraged it

I need to stop now as my thumbs hurt from typing so much.

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post #2 of 8 Old 05-23-2008, 01:05 PM
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Welcome. You will find this site to be a great source of information and everyone is really helpful and friendly. It never ceases to amaze me the willingness to share information that is demonstrated here. Thank you for your service to this country.

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Welcome and thank you for your servics also! This is a great bunch, there is alot to share here. Rick

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post #4 of 8 Old 05-23-2008, 04:02 PM Thread Starter
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Mart and Pianoman, Thank you for the welcome. I hope I can contribute as an asset to this forum but probably not a fraction of what I will learn.

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Barry, welcome. I think you'll learn a lot here. We're a friendly bunch.

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Welcome Barry

You'll find the people here are more than happy to help out other aspiring woodworkers.

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I posted some pictures with captions in my album. It kinda shows what we have been doing.

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post #8 of 8 Old 05-27-2008, 07:55 AM
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Welcome aboard Barry. I live down the road a bit fom you in Marietta, Ga. Im glad to see some fellow GA WW's creeping into the site. You'll love it here, the people and knowledge here is awesome.

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