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Blog entry by 76winger posted 11-15-2009 06:05 AM 1713 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A short history putting me to where I’m at now.

I’ve always had an interest in woodwork, but unfortunately had too many other interests and thus am getting a late start into it. Over the years I’ve had and enjoyed many hobbies, and most have come and gone, but my interest in creating things for myself has never died. I’m avid do-it-yourselfer anyway and have generally done everything myself from home maintenance and room remodeling, to working on my own cars, motorcycle and mowers. I even ran my own wiring in the house I live in and the garage that houses my shop, and my day job has me working in computer support where I’ve held several positions over the past 20+ years with my employer.

Through the past couple decades I’ve collected various woodworking hand and power tools, incrementally expanding my growing list of equipment with each remodel project or cool idea that’s come my way. Through it all I figured by the time I retire I would be in a great position to pass the time making stuff in the shop I’ve gradually built. One of the more recent pieces I’ve added is an old 1954 Shopsmith that was a basket-case I purchased in a garage sale for $50. I spent the winter of 2004 rebuilding that unit with a mix of new parts from the manufacturer and used parts, mostly found on eBay. Once done, it was back in like-new condition with an investment of about 1/4 the cost of everything purchased new. This gave me several functions in one package to expand on what I was already able to do via the dedicated equipment for sawing and drilling that I already had on hand.

In Feb. 2007 I turned 50 and that milestone caused me to make some commitments to get things in my life in order for my 2nd half-century. I started that year committing to loosing 65lbs of weight and getting my blood pressure down (which was getting on the high side) through changing eating habits and starting to exercise. This could turn into another story, but suffice it to say a year later I had exceed my goals and lost a total of 80 lbs, dropping from a high of 270 down to under 190. With the health in order I turned to next big mess in my life, which was my finances. I made a commitment to stop using credit, paying cash for everything and getting out of debt before 60, with a goal of doing so by 55. After selling off a lot of excess “stuff” over the past year to pay things down, I’m now entering the next phase of my plan: using my DIY talents and woodworking to go the next step and turn this long time interest and hobby into something that’s not only self-supporting, but hopefully profitable.

That puts me to where I am today. My first venture in to increasing earnings through woodworking has been several small projects and pens that I can easily list and sell online and start getting feel for what I’m doing as I turn this pastime I love into something a bit more. It’s an area that’s new to me and I’ve got a lot to learn, but every journey has to begin somewhere, and this is my beginning.

-- Dave, See some of my creations at:

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#1 posted 11-15-2009 06:56 AM

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#2 posted 11-15-2009 10:14 AM

Hey Winger,
Amen Brother…LOL.

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#3 posted 11-15-2009 02:02 PM

Isn’t it amazing how priorities change when you hit the big 50. Congrats on the weight loss, I conquered the same mountain only to fall off, now I am climbing it again and hope to maintain this time. Debt free living is stress free living. Cash is King.

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#4 posted 11-15-2009 02:53 PM

It is good to have you on board here and thanks for sharing a part of your life’s story with us. It sounds like you are have both a good plan and have made the committments that are necessary to staying on the path to your future goals.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#5 posted 11-16-2009 03:01 AM

Congrats on the weight loss. I could stand to lose some myself, but I just haven’t got myself there yet.

I’m currently attending the Financial Peace University class by Dave Ramsey and would recommend it to anyone that is looking to clear up their finances. I’m working to be debt free by the end of 2010.

nice looking Etsy store!

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#6 posted 11-17-2009 01:01 AM

yeah, I fell off when I tried “just dieting” at 30 and 40, but after a year or so I went back to the old ways (and size), because I really didn’t know what I was doing. I made a commited effort this time to learn, do it, and keep maintaining afterward, changing lifestyle to support it going forward.

I sure to hope the plan keeps working for me. There’s some hurdles still to cross over the next couple years, I plan to stay focused and committed. The woodworking as also proved to be a great stress reducer a few time, doubling it’s value to me.

FPU is great! I’ve not been to a live class, but have the home study kit and have gone through the entire CD/DVD set at least a dozen times. I’m thick-headed, but repetition drives it in. I also find a lot of value in the web support forums on, If you’re on there, I’m under the same alias. I’ve learned a lot by asking questions as well and providing answers when I have them. It’s a great place. I feel this site may well provide a similar experience for my woodworking activities. So far everyone seems quite friendly and helpful.

My activites here may be hit and miss, depending on what’s on my plate, but I hope to get to know many of you as get to spend time in here.

-- Dave, See some of my creations at:

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#7 posted 11-17-2009 01:19 AM

Darryl…AMEN to Dave Ramsey!!! Keep up with the baby steps!!

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#8 posted 11-17-2009 01:40 AM

Amen MedicKen!

-- Dave, See some of my creations at:

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