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Location: Delray Beach, Florida

Just a woman, learning new things each day! I have always loved working with wood, but never had any real training/education. A few years ago, I bought the contents of a cabinet shop, that was going out of business. Shortly afterwards, my husband and I moved to Asia (for his job)! After spending two years rescuing dogs from the dog meat trucks, we returned home, at the beginning of COVID. I started a business building dog ramps. (One of my dogs was paralyzed, so I learned the importance of ramps!) my husband is a pilot full-time, but has always been creative and naturally skilled- someone asked us to build a hostess stand, for a local restaurant… flash forward… we are now building out the entire restaurant… plus multiple other locations.
Needless to say, we have A LOT to learn… I’m really into the cutting boards (it’s a steakhouse and they use the boards to present meat options, as well as when people order “the big steaks”, they sit on the boards, on the tables… and they are selling them in their meat market. I really want to use some cool wood combos- but want to make sure I don’t poison anyone in the process!! I found one app specifically for board patterns etc, but oddly it’s a windows-based program… most people who have a background in any sort of creative graphics, are MAC… so I am at a loss.. (I have all MAC products… no PC/windows in my home! We are doing a lot of “boring work”- tables, more hostess stands, etc but the cutting boards are FUN for me!! We are also in the process of upgrading our equipment- (currently a nightmare with grizzly, as our new table saw was supposed to be here on the 1st- with a confirmed appointment time and still no saw- and we sold our old one a week ago!! Needless to say, everything has been at a complete stand still in our shop (not happy with grizzly)- zero accountability!
Anyway… just learning so much. And having fun. Traded day spa gift cards for home improvement LOL

-- -Jess

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#1 posted 12-09-2021 04:18 AM

Just waiting to be able to post!! I need feedback- sooooo looking forward to being a part of this group! I feel like everyone has so much to teach me!! I’m so incredibly happy that I joined this site!! Hurry and approve my first project so I can begin to post the stuff I’m really struggling with!! Please? How to do I push the approval along??

-- -Jess

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#2 posted 12-09-2021 05:41 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks!
I enjoyed reading your story of how you got started.

I couldn’t imagine starting with an entire shop full of tools.
My tools came one piece at a time over a few decades.

It’s good that you are having fun with it — that is how it should be.

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS

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#3 posted 12-09-2021 06:01 PM

Welcome to LJ’s. Sounds like you are jumping in with both feet. I have learned plenty from the guys here and they are super friendly.

Happy to meet another enthusiastic budding woodworker to share projects with. I bet you’re going to love your table saw once it arrives and the sting of delays will melt away as you start exploring its potential, start thinking about accessories such as riving knives, cross-cut sleds, push sticks, and more.

Don’t worry, the ability to post will come soon. ^_^ Just keep responding to folks and it will happen before you know it.

Acquiring a whole shop? At once? Wow! I would go crazy exploring everything. Everything I picked up—working or not, clean or crusty—would intrigue me as to its possibilities.

We’re definitely here to help with any questions you may have. Cheers! Welcome aboard.

-- Devin, SF, CA

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#4 posted 12-10-2021 12:36 AM

go pick up a dewalt contractor saw if you are desperate. It will allow you to do finish work on site as well.
Sorry about your experience with Grizzly, if it never comes, buy a SawStop.

good luck with the business. Sounds like you roped your husband into 2 full time jobs.

-- Jeff NJ

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#5 posted 12-13-2021 03:25 PM

Hi guys and thanks for the warm welcome!! The saw has arrived!!!! It’s almost put together… should be ready to go today. Picked up an old jet planer (was already fitted with dust collection thing) and an additional grizzly dust collector. We used the time with no saw to rig the shop up for optimum dust collection. So it wasn’t all wasted.

-- -Jess

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