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Location: Gilbert, AZ

I’m an amateur woodworker with aspirations of making woodworking my future career by opening my own woodshop.

Presently, I’m working out of my garage, well part of it. Half of my garage is taken up with her car and another quarter with my motorcycle. Honestly, it isn’t that big of a deal. When it is time to make sawdust, I pull her car and my motorcycle out and then roll out my tools; pretty much everything is on wheels. It takes me about 30 minutes to set up shop.

The only thing that really kills my woodworking is the summer heat. I don’t have air-conditioning and during the summer months, my garage usually stays around 115 degrees (day and night). An air-conditioner is an obvious solution, but the HOA is making that a very difficult and expensive addition. I think my future will involve renting a small work space – just not immediately.

Although, I believe in using power tools, I’m trying to put equal attention towards hand tools. I have a pretty good collection of chisels, spoke shaves, scrappers and hand planes. Some need to be fully restored – hopefully I will get to them over the summer.

In regards to power tools, I’m a big fan of Festool although I have been pretty happy with Dewalt and Bosch routers as well. I have a Laguna TSS table saw and a LT16 band saw. If I had deep pockets, they wouldn’t be my first choice, but so far, they have held up pretty well.

I just purchased a Jointer / Planer combo as well as new dust collector from Laguna. As soon as I work out the bugs, I plan on completing a review on here.

I’m very motivated to learn as much as possible about woodworking. I read at least two articles or chapters a day. I make a point to visit Fine Woodworking, The Wood Whisperer, Woodtreks, and here on a daily basis.



-- Festool4

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#1 posted 01-21-2008 08:12 PM

Welcome to LJ. You are going to like it here.

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#2 posted 01-21-2008 08:21 PM

Welcome to LumberJocks! Enjoy yourself.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#3 posted 01-21-2008 09:23 PM

Welcome to LumberJocks. Enjoy the community.

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

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#4 posted 01-22-2008 12:10 AM

Welcome to the wonderful world of LJ’s (Enjoy) Step on in, The water’s fine, fine, fine.
You can ask, show, teach, learn, and Share woodworking experiences.
There’s something here for anyone that likes working with wood.
Plus new friends
God bless

-- Gene, a Christian in Virginia

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#5 posted 01-22-2008 01:09 AM

Glad to see that you have made Lumberjocks a part of your Woodworking experience… Welcome…

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#6 posted 01-22-2008 01:50 AM

Welcome to LumberJocks. Glad to have you aboard.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#7 posted 01-22-2008 07:48 AM

Hey, Welcome to LJ! It’s a good group of folks from all walks of life.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#8 posted 01-22-2008 08:24 PM

Welcome to the forum! We’re glad you’re here.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#9 posted 01-29-2008 06:56 PM

We would like to welcome you to the one and only LumberJocks. If you should need any woodworking question answered, don’t hesitate to ask. Somebody’s gonna have a good answer for you.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#10 posted 01-17-2010 01:44 AM

Congratulations on your upcoming 2 year anniversary being a Lumber Jock. Thanks for your posts and projects.

-- Gary D.

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