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Blog entry by nailbanger2 posted 10-17-2009 05:21 PM 1918 reads 0 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just finished signing in ( I’ve been lurking for about a month) and I thought it would be a good idea to say hello. I’m John Abraham, and I’ve been a professional carpenter/ painter/ plasterer/ concrete mason since leaving the USAF in 1982. After seeing some of the projects on here, I find I have wasted these last 20+ years. Not really, but my chapeau is definately doffed to quite a few of you jocks!

I currently run my own business remodelling homes or whatever other projects anyone is willing to pay me for. Although I have been banging nails for quite a while, I really hadn’t done any personal projects until 2000 (the year) or so. It is a good thing I live in sunny Florida, or I probably would not have started yet. For some reason or other, I haven’t had a space big enough to have a shop until now. That’s right, shade tree carpentry! It does take some of the fun out of it when you have to grab your project and put it in the dining room when the clouds start forming (garage converted to family room), not to mention covering up your tools or putting them in the van. Now, however, I’m renting an 11×30 unit with a 10 foot ceiling. I will be writing about that later, as I’m still working on it and will need some help with layout, dust collection, new tools, etc., etc.

I look forward to conversing with y’all, and though our names are diferent I would not be here today without the guy I like to call Uncle Norm. With all the people I’ve worked for and with over the years, he is the one that has taught me the most. So you can call me a southern yankee, or Norm’s nephew, I will try to live up to that honor.

-- Wish I were Norm's Nephew

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#1 posted 10-17-2009 05:39 PM

Welcome to lumberjocks!!!

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#2 posted 10-17-2009 05:51 PM

Welcome to Ljs We look forward to your new shop set up.

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#3 posted 10-17-2009 06:06 PM

Thanks, Jim and Paul, though I don’t want to get your hopes up, this is a combination shop and warehouse for my business. I also don’t have a real tablesaw yet, just a portable Delta 10”. I will be getting one, however it must be portable (renting) and on wheels. I’ll post a call for help when I’m at that stage.

-- Wish I were Norm's Nephew

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#4 posted 10-17-2009 06:07 PM

Welcome and good luck with the shop.

-- AJJ, Eugene OR

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#5 posted 10-17-2009 06:25 PM

John, it is good to have you on board. Norm has been a major influence for a lot of us here. As I said in an earlier post it is sad to see the show going off of PBS after 21 years but it was not unanticipated. It will be interesting to hear about your rented shop when you get the chance to post it.

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

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#6 posted 10-17-2009 06:33 PM

Hi John and welcome to Lumberjocks. This is an outstanding community of woodworkers always willing to offer suggestions, advice and opinions. In my one year on this site, I have learned so much and have found it to be a wonderfu resource when I am not sure on how to proceed on a project or just want the perspective of another woodworker. Be it a technique, a tool choice or whatever, someone usually comes through with help. I have been at this hobby for 30 years and I would have to say that even though I never met the man, “Uncle Norm” is my mentor. I learned so much watching his show and it inspired me to extend my skills. It was so sad to learn yesterday what many of us had been expecting…The New Yankee Workshop is no more! Again, welcome and good luck as you build your shop.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#7 posted 10-17-2009 06:38 PM

Welcome aboard John. I think you will find that alot of us are in the same “shed” as you. We have to make do until we get something bigger. Alot of great projects have come out of small shops. Glad to have you here.

-- Ed E. " Taking one board at a time "

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#8 posted 10-17-2009 06:48 PM

Welcome to LumberJocks – The best woodworking community anywhere!

It’s about time you signed up!

I went to your Picassa album and took a peek. I look forward to you posting the pix and stories about the projects.

Share the Love ~ Share the Knowledge

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#9 posted 10-17-2009 07:00 PM

Welcome to “neighborhood watch” as I call it. There’s always someone lurking in the shadows to lend a helping hand , or to give support, suggestions, and advice if you need it. I’ve only been a LJ’er for a couple of months now, but I know one thing—- these are a great bunch of guys willing to put forth the effort to help.
You will learn from us just like we’ll learn from you. Get that shop up and running, and make some sawdust with us!! Believe me you’ll like it hear. But be warned—- it’s an addictive site, and you can’t stay off.

-- " The secret to staying young looking.....hang around old people.." R.D.

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#10 posted 10-17-2009 07:14 PM

A hearty welcome.So where in Fl are you? I have been there many times and love it I hope you stay and become a family member

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#11 posted 10-17-2009 07:17 PM

Welcome to LumberJocks!

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#12 posted 10-17-2009 09:13 PM

Welcome to LJ. This is a wonderful site with a lot of great, helpful, friendly folks, both guys and gals who are willing to share their skills and give good advice when it is solicited. I hope you enjoy yourself here.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#13 posted 10-17-2009 09:29 PM

John, Welcome to Lumber Jocks. We look forward to seeing your shop. When I first started woodworking (and I mean for a living), my first table saw was a sheet of 3/4 plywood with 2×4 legs and a 7 1/4” cicular saw stuck up thru the bottom and a home made fence. We all have to start somewhere, and it sounds like you’re on your way. Good luck and have fun.

-- John @

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#14 posted 10-17-2009 10:12 PM

Welcome to Lumber Jocks. You will find this site Addictive. You will not meet any negative people and you will feel welcome and comfortabe here and part of a GREAT FAMILY of Woodworkers. Welcome Aboard

-- DeputyDawg

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#15 posted 10-17-2009 11:44 PM

Thanks to everyone! Heck, I think I have to go post a ‘TOO MUCH RESPONSE’ thread. Just kidding, as I think that poster was. Come on, how can you not like this kind of response?

-- Wish I were Norm's Nephew

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