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Blog entry by eldercop posted 04-11-2014 01:47 PM 1097 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

First of all I want to thank the many of you who responded to my issue with Jet table saw arbor nuts with advice suggestions and support. The problem was solved with help and kindness from Grizzly who ID’d the thing as M16-2LF which I ordered from Jet by spec, with no relation to the website diagram or part number. I’m really amazed by the number, variety and quality of projects I see here, and hope mine will be up to spec. Meantime, here’s a bit about me from the profile:
Joined the group 4/9/14;
The nickname comes from the fact that after various business careers mostly as a business journalist, corporate spy, (excuse me, competitor analyst), I did my give-back-to-society thing and became a parole officer in Colorado. That involved going to the police academy at age 59, throwing people (and getting thrown) around the gym, driving like a maniac and shooting guns. Then spent the next amazing 6 years with gang bangers, druggies, and finally the sex offender unit, with a specialty in mental health cases.

Woodwise, I picked it up from my father who was pretty handy around the house with just about everything. Good thing too, because my wife and I can’t leave old houses alone. We don’t flip, we live in them so the work needs to be right. Been through the Colonial and Victorian phases and having settled down to restoring a 1911 Spanish Revival Craftsman that we’ll hopefully finish before we’re dead. Main interests after the mundane kitchen cabinets and period trim are the pretty things involving furniture, inlay, veneering, etc.

So far my heroes have been Retired Coastie, Stevinmarin and Fr. Thomas Bailey of Monkwerks.

Hope I can contribute as as I’ve been receiving from you all.

-- "Experience is what you get the day after you needed it" Mark Twain

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#1 posted 04-11-2014 02:18 PM

It sounds like you have a great background. Welcome to Lumberjocks.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#2 posted 04-11-2014 02:34 PM

Welcome, you can spend a very long time here looking over the amazing array of fine woodworking.

Have fun !

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#3 posted 04-11-2014 03:50 PM

I can only imagine how strong of a mental constitution one must have to be a cop. Hat’s off to ya.

I’m renovating a huge (to me) colonial home. I’m only 37 and I’m skeptical that I’ll get it done before I die. Good thing that it’s about the journey, not the destination.

Monkwerks is great. He’s so funny. If you like YouTube woodworkers, check out Woodworking for Mere Mortals, Izzy Swan of Think Woodworks, and John Heisz for starters. There’s plenty more, but these guys are fun to watch.

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#4 posted 04-11-2014 05:54 PM

Appreciate the compliment Actually sense of humor helped more than mental toughness. In parole they’ve already been caught and paid. I just kept score on how well it stuck. And of course you see them in the supermarket etc.

already doing some of mere mortal’s French cleat tool hangers, and will do Bro Tom’s clamp hangers. I don’t know Heisz so I’ll have to check him out. I’m going over to the Rehab to see what’s what. Contact directly if you need a hand. Dear Wife does the fabric, paint, paper, wood finish and energy management- solar and geothermal; I got your back with plumbing, electrical, structural stuff. And we garden together daily.


-- "Experience is what you get the day after you needed it" Mark Twain

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