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Location: West Ocean City, Md.
Website: [email protected]

At 65 I'm old enough to be sliced up and be kiln or air dried. Worked in tobacco fields as a youth then rigger in a yacht yard. Moved on to lineman for the phone company. 8 years national guard- arm/cav. Assistant project mgr. large consruction co. Started my own small outfit. Home repair and remodeling. Moved on to new construction- houses, townhouses, condos, apartment buildings. Got tired of keeping 29 guys busy and fed. Worked and ran inhouse construction for the state for 6.5 years. Quit and started my one man shop, Red Whale Wood Works, mainly for the peace and tranquility that working with wood provides. Have been involved in custom wood work for about 25 yrs. Have been trying to learn how to use a computer for the past 4 mos. Still have no idea what a blog is, or a url but I am learning. My shop is 36' X 36' with a second floor storage. Separate lumber storage building. Have most comercial tools or at least all I need. I'll take this moment to thank my father and grandfather for instilling in my genes several microscopic grains of sawdust. Thankyou.

-- MrAl

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#1 posted 09-03-2007 09:01 PM

Welcome to LumberJocks. Enjoy the community.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#2 posted 09-03-2007 09:46 PM

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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#3 posted 09-04-2007 02:56 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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#4 posted 09-05-2007 03:25 AM

Welcome to Lumberjocks!

-- Greg Mitchell--Lowell, [email protected]

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#5 posted 09-05-2007 04:34 AM

Welcome to the one and the only LumberJocks website. Enjoy your time spent here. Should you have any woodworking questions do not hesitate to ask…Somebody will know the right answer.

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

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#6 posted 09-16-2007 03:56 PM

Welcome to our woodworking community!

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#7 posted 10-09-2007 11:00 PM

Hope this works. Calgirl, congratulations. Setting up a new shop is a wonderful, wonderful experience, sometimes frustrating but very satisfying. I’ve read through the comments and your responses. It seems as though you’ve already pulled out most of the info you need. Just a few thoughts on what has worked for me. Added an 8’ step down slab to house my vac. system and upright air compressor. Extend that as far as you need across the back of your shop to house lawnmowers, etc. plywood storage. Extend your rafters in that area (mine ended up about 6’ from the ground). Made my own doors-double to fit the opening with a standard swing door on the side. It’s very quiet even without insulation. Marty S. this is your thought too. I used schedule 40 pvc (cost and ease of installation governed my decision). Steel is much preferred- Gary K. If you can afford to, now is the time to add the concrete slab at the rear. The yard is torn up, the contractors are there and you won’t regret it. Also for everyones information-fellow lumberjock, Lee Jessberger’s eezee-feed infeed table is the real deal. A question for miss debbie—-will you be coming out with a poster for our shop walls? Something like Betty Grable-WW11. Stay safe all and be well. As I said in my profile I’m very new with computers, now let me see if I can turn this thing off. Al.

-- MrAl

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#8 posted 08-29-2009 03:58 AM

Congratulations on your upcoming 2 year anniversary being a Lumber Jock.

-- Gary D.

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