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Workshop by Randall Sly posted 04-15-2013 12:03 PM 1270 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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Randall Sly

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I’ve enjoyed wood working for more than several years, crafting everything from storage solutions to toys and musical instruments. I’ve taken a bit of a break over the last few years, mostly due to losing access to a 1000 sq ft air-conditioned shop and learning the disadvantages of “Joint Tool Ownership”, but that’s all I’m going to say about that. Jump forward 4 years >>>

Finding myself suddenly thrust into an unwelcome medically necessary retirement, everyone says “Find a Hobby”, well I had one and buried out in our small garage I know I have some tools. Just enough to play around a little. Sure I’ll miss the stand up drill press, plainers and table saws. I may also miss having a 35 ft’ miter station, router table and a multitude of carefully built sleds and jigs. A shop vac will replace 2 stage dust collection and there will be no air filtration other than a box fan. The 60YO+ bench top drill press works just fine and as far as I know Grandpa never complained about it. While the HF Lathe is no Jet and certainly not a One Way, it oddly does spin wood. I have made due with lesser quality Ryobi and B&D specials thrown upon one of the work benches and certainly can again.

I’ve been gathering intel (or enthusiasm) here on LJ for a couple weeks now (actually years but not as a member), equipped with my Jr Carpenter Starter Kit I may just start a project or two soon. I might even upload some of my work from the last 10 years, and if I ever clean up the garage I’ll snap a photo of my 150 SF work area after I start the new piles of sawdust. For now please enjoy the photo of what I see from the door of my garage.

Enough about me, I urge everyone to Donate Blood (and I’m not talking about on your shop floor)

-- I could retire nicely if I could sell my experience for what it cost me.

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#1 posted 04-15-2013 02:14 PM

It’s never too late to take it up again so may you always be happy in you’re work. Welcome to Lumberjocks.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#2 posted 04-18-2013 11:14 PM

I’m just a hop, skip, and a jump up the turnpike if you need to borrow anything! I usually have 2 of everything anyway…much to my wife’s chagrin…

-- Dang! I cut it twice, and it's STILL too short!

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Randall Sly

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#3 posted 04-19-2013 12:14 AM

The offer is much appreciated, and the hop and skip are easily accomplished it’s that jump up to Orlando we don’t make as often as we used to.

-- I could retire nicely if I could sell my experience for what it cost me.

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