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post #1 of 7 Old 03-14-2010, 10:26 AM Thread Starter
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Hi from South Dakota

Hi everybody,

My favorite wood has been ash since I found a stray board one day in a unit of red oak. I always liked mechanics and industrial arts as a kid. I had a great high school shop teacher who introduced me to welding and metal work. Initially I was passive about woodworking. I became interested in woodworking when I was 24 in 1968.

I bought a second hand Shopsmith in 1969 and in 1974 I went into the cabinet business with my dad. My dad retired after 10 years and I bought his share. I stayed in that for 20 years total, sold the business, took 5 years off from working and away from wood. In 1994 I started to put a small wood shop back together. I have a 32' x 48' heated, dedicated shop with 3 phase power. I have 2 variety saws (PM66 and a vintage Unisaw), 2 PM 26 shapers, 3 Delta HD shapers, 18" Woodmaster, 15" PM planer, SCMI 37" widebelt sander, and the usual assortment of usual cabinet shop machines I won't list. Now I manage real estate and do interesting shop projects.

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post #2 of 7 Old 03-14-2010, 10:34 AM
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Welcome to the forum,Itchy Brother
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Welcome from Illinois !! I think we should call you Mr. Shaper. FIVE shapers ?!? Holy smokes! Just kidding, glad to have you with us. Would love to see pics of your shop and some of your work.
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I'm down to 5 shapers from I think 16:-)

I posted some pictures in the photo album.
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Welcome from a relative new comer! I have some power tools, but much prefer the hand tools. Born 200 years too late, I guess.
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Thanks for the welcome. I don't have the patience or the natural ability to do much with hand tools. I admire the people who can. I remember an afternoon in 1947 of building bird houses with my grandfather out of peach crates and tin coffee cans using hand tools working on the back porch. We hand sawed the parts and drilled the hole with a brace and bit. I really didn't enjoy that very much.
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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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