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Location: Santa Maria CA

I was that rare bird, the newspaperman who actually knew his subject - in my case, business finance and insurance. I could write plain English, too, and for four amazing years, I had a voice in a big-time newspaper - a weekly column for the biz page of the LATimes. My readers were people who ran small and mid-sized business in Los Angeles - men and women who knew manufacturing or marketing or distribution but rarely back-office finance and almost never business insurance. It was the great joy of my life that I could help them make sense of those two subjects and thus strengthen their businesses.

My wife and I left Los Angeles four years ago to retire in Santa Maria, a mid-sized farm town 12 miles from the ocean on California's central coast. I'd done lots of woodworking before then (see my website for details) including such items as a low TV cabinet of cherry and alder, a lovely incidental cabinet of white oak for Elise, a beech and walnut veneered writing desk, and bedroom furniture of beech and walnut.

Then one day in January, 2013, Elise announced that she had plenty of nice furniture, thank you very much, and would I please find something else to make.

It happened that I'd just seen a piece in one of the woodworking magazines on making infill planes, and I thought: How's about we give this a try? The result was pretty crude design-wise, and the workmanship left a good deal to be desired. But the darn thing cut a decent shaving, and I loved the heft and feel of it. Ditto the sound of the iron as it did the work. And I thought: Let's make another and see how the puppy barks.

The result was what you see in the photo of me nearby - my second plane, somewhat less crude in design than the first but a pretty good worker.

I was now hooked.

I've done nothing but make infill planes since then with a simple goal in mind: to wake up in the morning knowing that the plane I'm working on will be better than the last one. I meet that goal with every plane I make, and the work utterly and completely absorbs me. How amazing!

-- Juan Vergara, California,

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#1 posted 06-08-2014 02:25 PM

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.
You should know that posting questions or projects here (your profile page) will not get you very many responses’ just because it’s your profile page not part of a main forum. To post in a main forum read below.
Want to know how to post something?
See the drop-down box underneath my Lumberjocks in the upper right hand corner. Click on the arrow and select which type of posting you want to make (Project, Blog entry, Forum topic). This will take you to the appropriate page and you just fill in the form.
Sending Private messages(PMs) to other members
Click on the word” home” next to the profile picture of the member you want to contact ,then click on “send message”
Need help with posting or other questions ?
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Just for the record even though I have a large number of post I’m not involved with LJs management ,I’m just another member.


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