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post #1 of 4 Old 09-11-2010, 12:14 PM Thread Starter
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Hi folks! I'm getting back into woodworking and was looking around for a forum to discuss setting up shop, etc. You folks looked like a helpful bunch, so I thought I'd join in.

In my day job, I work as a manufacturing engineer. I put myself through school back in the 1970's working at a machine shop, building and rebuilding all sorts of industrial equipment. Back in the 1980's, I built up a pretty complete woodworking shop by buying old machines basically for scrap price, and rebuilding them. I built cabinets, a bunch of furniture, a boat, etc. I got fairly good at turning too . . . but about ten years ago, I developed some inner ear issues that made me hyper-sensitive to loud noise . . . so I sold off most of my shop thinking that I'd never be able to adjust. I kept a table saw and a drill press, thinking that I could get by with those and some hand tools when I absolutely needed to build or fix something.

Well, here it's 2010, the kids are gone, and my wife and I bought a wreck of a monster of an old house a couple years ago. My ear issues have gotten much better, and I need to build a bunch of cabinets, some office furniture, and some built-ins.

Off of Craigslist, I just bought a $40 1930's Craftsman wood lathe, in need of a stand, a like-new $35 Performax compound miter saw, a six-year-old but still in-the-box Ridgid 13" planer and a still-unassembled 6" Ridgid jointer for $200 apiece. I also managed to buy back my old 1950's sears scroll saw. The miter saw is not the best one on the market, but the price was right and it will serve my immediate needs. Overall, I think I did OK. Now on to find a deal on a bandsaw . . .

I'm looking forward to participating here, gleaning wisdom from the group, and contributing where I can!

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Hi Big Al, welcome!! Glad to see your ear problem improved to the point that you feel comfortable getting back into woodworking. Just remember to never turn on a machine without muffs. Especially that blasted router! There's something about the whine of that thing that drives me nuts! Everybody here is always glad to help someone out so don't be shy asking questions. With your metal working background you sound like a good source for info along those lines.
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Welcome aboard, we're always looking for new members with new input and ideas. I hope you like it here and I am looking forward to seeing some of your work. Make sure to post lots of pictures of the shop setup. Heck, how about some photos of the new tools that you scored?

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Welcome from Texas !!!

Welcome to the forum.

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