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Location: Makawao Hawaii

Got my earliest appreciation for making things in wood from my mom who with great pride built all of our dinning tables, however humble until we inherited her mom's dinning table. Mom instilled in me a great respect for tools and their proper use and care, and especially to put them back where you got them. I still have her plane. Somewhere along the line I lost my grandfather's bit and brace drill.

So from my teens I had the knowledge and confidence that useful things could be made as needed from wood and a few basic tools. But I never had a toolshed before our house in Seattle where we lived from 1989 to 2009.

It was something like our 4th remodel in that home when some serious tools started to appear as my wife, Geri, acted as the general contractor for our master bedroom suite and major rebuild. In the meantime I'd picked more than a few invaluable tips and trainings from my son-in-law the architect and jack of all building trades, Vince, for the parts of remodel 1 -3 which we did ourselves. After firing the framers-roofers for totally unacceptable performance in the dry-walling phase, Geri and I dropped a bundle at home depot and picked up my first table saw, nail guns, and spray painter so we could do the remaining finish work ourselves.

With early retirement and the move to Maui, to get near our daughter and bring Geri back home to the islands, we let all the tools go cheap in a moving sale mostly to close neighbors and I never expected to ever do much with wood or tools again. Gone was the Hitachi compound miter radial saw, the Ryobi portable table saw, the router and table, the drill press, the bench sander and much else.

But like a plant that will not die, our new home in Maui, despite not needing any remodels did require a gardening project or two and to my great joy and again with Geri's encouragement a new tool shed emerged in a (large) corner of the garage (something never used for cars on this island). Drill press, table saw, compound radial saw, bench sander, router table .... were all back, plus some new friends like a scroll saw! But something was different, rather than completely projects of necessity I had a new itch just to just made stuff that interested me....

To be continued....

-- -T

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“WELCOME to LJ’s” ….Enjoy the experience.

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Welcome aboard. Nice that you could join us on Lumberjocks.

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#3 posted 01-13-2011 05:05 PM

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

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Welcome to LJs

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#5 posted 01-14-2011 05:30 AM

Welcome to Lumberjocks, good luck…

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#6 posted 08-13-2011 06:36 PM

Hi there,
Welcome to LumberJocks… I joined the site myself just about 2 years ago and will give you fair warning, this site is VERY ADDICTIVE, VERY EDUCATIONAL, and VERY FUN…. so sit back, enjoy the ride and learn from the other LJ’s as they are a group of extremely talented people that are also very friendly…
I apologize for the late welcome but I am currently serving overseas and don’t have a lot of spare time on my hands.

Enjoy your time here on LJ and pass the word to any of your woodworking buddies about us…


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