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post #1 of 7 Old 01-22-2020, 10:36 AM Thread Starter
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Hello from Texas folks. New to this forum. I've been perusing this forum for a while now, absorbing everyone's knowledge. So, i figured i'd finally register and contribute.

I would say i am an intermediate woodworker, but just barely. I have always had a love of woodwork and have many fond memories of playing around in my Grandfather's garage with some of his tools as a very young boy. He had a chest full of family heirloom tools passed down from a great, great (some count) relative that was actually a wainwright by trade. Or so I have been told. I have recently received what was left of that chest, but unfortunately it had been left in a barn and both the chest and a good number of the tools inside were ruined or in very bad shape. I am working on restoration of those that are salvageable and am finding some real gems in there, not the least of which is my relatives handmade wooden mallet. I have cleaned that one up and restored it pretty well if I do say so myself. I'll have to get some pics and post them. Not that it's all that spectacular, but it's sure special to me!

I've been getting more and more back into the hobby in the last several years. I must be slowing down in my old(er) age. I've been using a very old Ryobi BT-3000 table saw forever it seems. I purchased it new back in the 80's (showing my age). I also became to owner of an old Craftsman 10" contractors saw that I have mostly refurbished, but it has no dust collection and I just didn't feel like going to that much work to establish a dust containment box under it. I just don't see it being that accurate in the long run for what I would have to put into it. Instead, I just pulled the trigger on a new Laguna Fusion F2. Can't wait for that to arrive!! I suspect my little dust deputy/shop vac setup will struggle to do well with collecting that dust, but we'll see. I might just be in the market for a new collection system in the near future. I also have an very old Craftsman 12" 240v radial arm saw that I also partially refurbished. I couldn't pass it up when it fell in my lap, but never used it much. I just don't that style of saw even though that's what I grew up using since Dad had one (a little Craftsman 10"). They just seem too dangerous to me. Again, as I have gotten older, I'm a lot more conscientious about health and safety. Still got all my fingers and I'd like to keep it that way. If anyone wants/needs either of the Craftsman saws, drop me a PM. They are headed out!!

I look forward to chatting here.
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welcome aboard Rane.
please feel free to jump into the discussions and make yourself at home.
you can post your project photos to the gallery when you are ready.
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Thanks John. I thought I had done that already...
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Good morning, welcome! This is a good site.

Originally Posted by Raneman65 View Post
I'll have to get some pics and post them.
Yes, please. I'd appreciate seeing what was passed to you, even the ones you consider beyond repair. Wood rots, metal rusts. But it's amazing how "junk" can be refurbished into good working tools.

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Welcome to WoodworkingTalk! Enjoy the site. Nice intro, by the way.
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Welcome to the forum. I am considering thr Fusion 2 also. I believe they solved a problem they had with dust collection. It used to collect in the bottom of the cabinet.
BTW, I am also in Texas. I will be back to Dickinson, Tx in the sometime near future. Dickinson is near Gaalveston and not far from Houston also.Where are you located?

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Welcome. I to would love to see pictures of those old tools.

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