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Location: San Diego

Retired in 2003 after 30 years as a mechanical engineer with the Navy. I've built two wooden sea kayaks from kits made by Chesapeake Light Craft. I've also built a Murphy Bed for my guestroom, cabinets for my garage, and various other things. I also enjoy woodturning, making pens and pencils and bowls, etc.

I also do some metalwork with a mini lathe and a mini mill, recent acquisitions after thinking about it for 35 years or so, ever since I spent a year as an apprentice tool and die maker. It seemed that I was always thinking "if I had a lathe/milling machine I could just make"...whatever item I was searching the stores for at the time - now I can and do just make whatever it is I need, whether it's a spacer for the luggage rack on one of my bicycles or a shoulder bolt for the pannier on one of my motorcycles. Saves a lot of frustrating trips to hardware stores.

Other hobbies include motorcycling, bicycling, camping - in an RV as well as in a tent, kayaking, classical guitar, photography and probably a few others too.

-- John

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added project First Acrylester Pen 06-03-2010 10:22 PM
added blog entry Kayak Hanger #1: Boat storage in a too small garage 05-14-2010 08:52 PM
added blog entry Circle Cutting Jig for a Saber Saw #1: Quick and Easy Attachment for a Ryobi 05-05-2010 02:11 AM
added blog entry Tablesaw Workstation #16: New casters from Woodcraft - much easier rolling. 03-07-2010 12:54 AM
commented on advice please 02-20-2010 04:49 PM
commented on The strongback and forms 02-18-2010 02:39 AM
added blog entry Tablesaw Workstation #15: Well it's been a while 02-02-2010 02:01 AM
commented on Tablesaw Workstation #14: Thanksgiving's over - back to work (so to speak) 12-01-2009 07:47 PM
commented on Router Table Extension 12-01-2009 07:42 PM
commented on Tablesaw Workstation #14: Thanksgiving's over - back to work (so to speak) 12-01-2009 07:33 PM
added blog entry Tablesaw Workstation #14: Thanksgiving's over - back to work (so to speak) 12-01-2009 03:24 AM
added blog entry Tablesaw Workstation #13: The End is in Sight (I Think) 11-22-2009 12:58 AM
added blog entry Tablesaw Workstation #12: Danger - I may actually finish this thing 11-19-2009 04:51 AM
commented on Tablesaw Workstation #11: New Toy and Rough Cutting the Laminate 11-17-2009 06:38 PM
commented on Tablesaw Workstation #11: New Toy and Rough Cutting the Laminate 11-14-2009 07:27 PM

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#1 posted 09-30-2009 02:24 AM

Welcome aboard. Nice to have you join us on Lumberjocks.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#2 posted 09-30-2009 02:30 AM

Welcome to Lumberjocks!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#3 posted 09-30-2009 03:07 AM

Hello John,

Let me welcome to LJs. I am sure that you will find being a member of this group to be an interesting, as well as exciting, experience. Have fun and enjoy.

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

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#4 posted 09-30-2009 03:11 AM

Welcome to LJ’s. We are here to help you with your woodworking endeavors. Feel free to ask for advise. But Be aware…this site can be very addictive…………LOL

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#5 posted 09-30-2009 03:43 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 09-30-2009 04:22 AM

Welcome to LJs a place were there are great people,super projects and outstanding woodworkers.Enjoy


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#7 posted 09-30-2009 04:53 AM

Welcome to LumberJocks. It is a GREAT place to get ideas for your projects and help when you get stuck. There is a ton of information to help you along the way.

-- Whether You Think You Can or You Think You Can't, YOU ARE RIGHT!!!

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#8 posted 09-30-2009 05:07 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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#9 posted 10-01-2009 11:32 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks . This is a great community of people with like interests. There is much to learn here & you will have the opportunity to share your skills & ideas with others. I hope you enjoy LJ’s as much as I do.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#10 posted 10-03-2009 02:10 AM

JohninSD, Welcome to LumberJocks!

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#11 posted 09-25-2010 02:27 AM

Imagine that! A year has almost gone by since you became a Lumber Jock. Congratulations on your anniversary! I look forward to your posts.

-- Gary D.

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