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#1 posted 01-12-2014 04:24 AM

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”
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Ms DebbieP AKA Debbie Pribele (Ljs community manager)
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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#2 posted 01-19-2014 04:53 AM

Hello to you all,

My name is Dave and I started working full time in the construction industry in late 1972 when I got out of the Army. I worked in many areas of that field (residential & commercial) for 34 years. For 11 of those years I owned and operated a cabinet shop which produced an average of 20 sets annually of medium-end kitchen & commercial use cabinets with the occasional low-end and high-end set. Where I had once enjoyed working with wood, the pressures of running a business eventually burned me out, but I was fortunate enough to be married to a woman who encouraged me to attend night school and work toward a degree which would enable me to quit the construction business.

I earned a degree in secondary education in 2006 and shut down my cabinet shop. I still own it, but I’ve never switched on any of the machinery in all the years since. I got a job teaching high school science and did that for six years. I had lost all interest in anything having to do with woodworking. I had been one of those guys who could not get enough of woodworking magazines such as Fine Woodworking, Fine Homebuilding, Woodworkers Journal, etc. where I was always keeping abreast of the newest techniques, and technology, but it was as if some switch had suddenly been turned off in my head. I had just lost all interest.

And then one day I got an interesting phone call. The Superintendent at my home town high school invited me to interview for a teaching position. We had played together on the football team 45 years before, but we had not seen each other since then. This school was trying to revive a wood-shop program that had been axed nearly 25 years ago. Apparently the administration was having little success finding a suitable candidate. They had hired a couple of Vocational education teachers over the course of four years, but had to fire one almost immediately (don’t ask) and the other just up and quit after a few months for a better paying job. The Superintendent had heard that I had worked a full career in construction and was now working as a science teacher so he thought I’d be interested in the job.

My initial reaction was to say no, but I said I’d give it some serious thought and as it turns out, a tiny spark was reignited in my woodworking spirit. It took a few months, but I eventually became excited about the prospect of teaching a building trades and woodworking program. I applied for a Vocational Education endorsement to my teaching license and was very surprised to have been awarded one especially since I do not have any formal education as an Industrial Arts teacher, but apparently my job resume and contractor’s license, etc, were sufficient evidence of my competence to teach an industrial arts curriculum. I started up the new program last semester and turned on a table saw for the first time in over seven years. All my woodworking instincts came back to me in an instant. It was just as if I had never stopped working with wood.

My problem now is that I have to catch up with seven years of advancements in the woodworking fields, including machinery and other such things. I’ll give you a quick example of just what I mean; I teach evening classes a couple of nights a week and a few months ago one of my adult students asked me what brand of impact driver I preferred to use. I replied that I would never use an impact driver for woodworking and I probably said something about such a tool belonging in an auto mechanics shop. My students are all aware that I’ve been out of touch for some years now and one of them proceeded to educate me on the merits of impact drivers. A few weeks later, during a trip to the big city, I visited the tool department at a Home Depot and tried out an impact driver for the first time. What an incredible tool.

I’ve also just recently subscribed to Fine Woodworking Magazine and also ordered their Magazine Archive DVD so that I can catch up on the past seven years that I missed.

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