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I got my first tablesaw at 14, I worked hard and bought a new unisaw and a Delta jointer which someone else decided they deserved more than me! For years after that I used a skill saw mounted under a sheet of plywood. I started yup ding stuff when I was a kid, one of my fav projects at nine was hang glider I made out of PVC and sheet plastic. I made one flight off a slope behind my house and crashed into a truck with a lumber rack, it hurt so much I decided I wasn't old enough for flight! At 15 I built a sub from plans in a Pop Mechanics mag, it was awesome! I never got the motors installed but I was able to submerge, great fun until I found girls and cars. I used to build boats including the ski boat my wife and kids enjoyed for years, i also built a couple of smaller hydro boats with 40 hp outboards, those suckers were fast! Now I like making all sorts of stuff, I love working with wood but also love aluminum. I built small foundry out of a propane tank and cast all sorts of things including bike parts, car parts, all sorts of stuff. I just cast a new coupler for my washing machine, a new one costs about $80, mine cost nothing. I also like anodizing aluminum and have a little system that I make a little $ anodizing motorcycle parts and things I make out of aluminum. I am far from an expert at any of my hobbies, I never had anyone to teach me stuff so I had to figure it out by myself. I often wonder what a real woodworker would think of some of the methods I use!
I mostly enjoy making things that look different, challenging things. Once I learned to not let things intimidate me I realized I could make anything I set my mind to, It took a while to realize that all the things I thought were cool were made by people and those people don't have super powers, they're just like me, a person. Don't let any project intimidate you, always try to out do your last project, you'll be surprised what you can do!


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#1 posted 03-11-2013 08:52 PM

Welcome To LumberJocks.
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#2 posted 03-11-2013 11:37 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks – enjoy the Community.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#3 posted 03-12-2013 03:05 AM

Welcome to Ljs a world wide community were there are great people,super projects and great woodworkers.Enjoy !
Because I often get asked questions by new members I’ve included the answers to the most( FAQ) along with my welcoming message to LJs.
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#4 posted 03-12-2013 06:44 PM

Welcome aboard. It’s great that you could join us on Lumberjocks.

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#5 posted 04-10-2013 03:59 PM

Your profile is really cool…. nothing really beat the projects that were in the old popular mechanics magazines.
Tried the hang glider myself, but was only able to jump a bit farther, never really fly. (probably a good thing)

-- “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” Mark Twain

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#6 posted 06-05-2013 04:15 PM

I enjoyed reading your profile/biography. In adolescence we tackle great imaginative projects, before life teaches us to spend our time more wisely. your talents and will to succeed are what sets you apart from the rest. You certainly march to the beat of a different drummer, and I know you derive great pleasure from your workshop endeavors. This is truly what the hobby is all about!!

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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