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I have been a hobby woodworker since I graduated from high school in 1957. Most of that time, I have had some sort of wood shop that I moved every time I moved. I did that a lot during my 23 years in the USAF.

Before I retired from the AF, I purchased my Shopsmith Mark V Model 510 along with most of the Special Purpose Tools (attachments) that Shopsmith offers. Being something of a tool junkie, I have added many "must have items" to that collection.

I chose the Shopsmith primarily because I had to "keep it small and keep it mobile". I am no longer as mobile as I once was and I am no longer so cramped in a small shop but I am addicted. I would not give up my Shopsmith now unless I was told that I could never cut, sand or drill another piece of wood in my lifetime.

Medical conditions keep me from building much any more but I still enjoy my time in the shop. I tinker a lot and I still make a bit of saw dust but not like I once did. I do find solace in the shop.

Even though I do longer use it as I once did, I could not give it all up because I have groomed three potential shop owners of my own. The kids and grand kids don't use the shop like I had hoped but it'll always be there for them.

The Shopsmith equipment is all quality built and is well designed for the small work shop. As such I would expect that this shop will be serviceable for many, many years to come. A bit of lubrication, some cleaning and some tlc is all that is required to keep it humming.

-- Making Sawdust Safely

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#1 posted 01-04-2009 09:45 PM

Welcome to LumberJocks – The best woodworking community anywhere!
I look forward to seeing your posts and projects.

Share the Love ~ Share the Knowledge

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#2 posted 01-04-2009 10:23 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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Todd Thomas

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#3 posted 01-04-2009 10:40 PM

Welcome to LumberJocks….It will be a great resource for you and your projects. There are a bunch of great people here willing to help……have fun….Looking forward to your projects and posts….. WARNING: Visiting LumberJocks has proven to be addictive

-- Todd, Oak Ridge, TN, Hello my name is Todd and I'm a Toolholic, I bought my last tool 10 days, no 4 days, oh heck I bought a tool on the way here! †

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#4 posted 01-04-2009 11:37 PM

Welcome to LJ’s.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#5 posted 01-04-2009 11:55 PM

Welcome to LJ’s. I have not been here long, but what a great place and group of fellow woodworkers. I am so glad I found it.

-- The Man in the Can, Craig M. North Carolina

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#6 posted 01-05-2009 12:11 AM

Welcome Dusty. You have found the right place for woodworking. A great group of people willing to help. Looking forward to see your projects and comments. Work safe in the shop and don’t forget to use pushsticks

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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Scott Bryan

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#7 posted 01-05-2009 02:05 AM

Hello Dusty2,

Let me welcome to LJs. I am sure that you will find this to be a rewarding and enriching part of your woodworking journey.

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

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#8 posted 01-05-2009 02:48 AM

Welcome to LJ’s

-- Glenn, New Mexico

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#9 posted 01-05-2009 05:54 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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#10 posted 01-05-2009 12:11 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks!

Take care and work safely.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#11 posted 01-05-2009 11:05 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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#12 posted 01-05-2009 11:37 PM

Welcome to LJ. You will like it here.

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#13 posted 01-06-2009 02:26 AM

Hay Welcome to LJs Its a Great Place

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#14 posted 01-06-2009 02:50 AM

Welcome to Lumberjocks. The projects are an inspiration, the information is priceless and the people are supportive. The only problem is, the site can get addictive.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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Callum Kendall

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#15 posted 01-07-2009 02:00 PM

Welcome to LJs


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