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post #1 of 8 Old 02-09-2010, 06:39 AM Thread Starter
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New, and Glad To Be Here!

I'm Bob and I live in Pflugerville (the P is silent) Texas which is a suburb of Austin, the capital of Texas. I'd like to tell you how I got here and how I picked the name "Back tothe Wood".

When I was in High School, my Dad set up a small wood shop in our basement. The only power tools were a TS, jointer and a lathe. Everything else was by hand - a brace and bits for drilling, etc. I went off to college, had a job, married, raised a family and finally retired. (That seems a lot quicker than it really happened.)

I didn't like this retired stuff. A friend mentioned volunteering for Habitat for Humanity, and I've been doing it ever since.

I ran into an old friend and found out that he had created a large volunteer organization to feed the homeless of Austin, Tx. It has since expended finding ways to get the homeless back on their feet. I wanted to do something, but didn't know what. We decided that I would develop a wood workshop and teach them how to make things for themselves or to sell. I am just starting to get tools donated and a project day to raise some money.

I got so excited about this, I started buying used tools for myself and started re-learning. So now I am "Back to the Wood" and glad to be here.

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post #2 of 8 Old 02-09-2010, 06:48 AM
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Happy to meet you! Welcome to the forum, from one of the Canadian members!

Boy, you go from being bored during retirement, to busy, busy, busy!

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Hi Warren,
I think it was a line from a Bob Dylan song about "Those not busy living are busy dying". I like being busy!

Bob

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Welcome from College Station Bob!
Sounds like a great project your working on. Working wood and teaching others.

Did you say tool sale?
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Hey Woodman42, its nice to know I've got such a talented neighbor. I've been reading on this forum for a while and have seen your posts, with good advice. I also looked at your photos. I especially liked the motor cover. It reminds me of my dad. he had a beautiful Chris-Craft for many years.
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Thank you Bob.
Unfortunately it wasn't my boat. It was for a friend of mine who was restoring one he has and takes to shows. He pulls it with a 61 GMC pick up.

Did you say tool sale?
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Sounds like you found a very worthwhile project. Have fun with it.

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Welcome from Cleveland, Texas !!!

Welcome to the forum.

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Where did I put that tape measure???
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