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Location: Palm Bay, Florida

I was born in Detroit Mi., raised in Columbiana, Oh., and now live in Palm Bay, Fl for the past 25 years on the east coast in a region known as the "Space Coast." Not sure what they are going to be calling it 20 years from now when the space center is full of condos, hotels, and shopping malls. Perhaps Atlantis.

I was lucky enough to have had what was probably the world's greatest shop teacher. He was a good teacher with a lot of patience and had a passion for woodworking. And detail. As an example, if you simply asked this man for sandpaper, he would hand you a piece of cardboard with aquarium gravel glued to it. "What color?," he would ask. He had a 12" railroad spike and couldn't wait to hand it to a young naive lad who didn't know beans about all the different sizes and styles of nails. One more example was his 2' x 5" auger bit for when you asked for a drill bit. The first month or so of a new school year was the hoots!

Our school offered shop to 7-12 graders and with having failed 8th grade I was fortunate enough to have had 7 years of his class. Guess you could say I majored in shop. I consider myself quite fortunate to have been taken under his wing like he did. Me and a few others. I never saw him again after graduating but he was probably the teacher I missed the most. Just recently found out he's been teaching in that shop class in the sky for the past couple years. Guess I'll have to wait. (I'm in no hurry)

When I met my girl and moved out of home it wasn't long before I bought my own hand drill and circular saw and built a kitchen table in the parking lot of our apartment. It was crude but it served it's purpose, my girl was happy and that's all that mattered. It served us well. We broke bread at that table for many years, until our family outgrew it that is. It still resides with us today, over 30 years later, out in the garage as one of the horizontal surfaces holding things up off the floor. The drill burned out and was discarded. The saw I still have but it has since been retired. I can't bear to throw it away. (sentimental value) It still works but the foot is broken and the last job I used it for was with a cutoff wheel mounted on it cutting re-bar for the addition to my house.

I have since over the years accumulated several tools capable of making sawdust. My arsenal includes a table saw, drill press, miter saw, and a router table to mention a few, plus several hand power tools. I am currently in the process of making a new router table. Of course one can never have enough tools and there are a few I still need I'm sure.{grin} He who dies with the most tools wins, right?

My workshop is a portion of the garage which has to share it's space with my Harley. "My space" consist of about 1/3 of a 2 car garage. This makes working out there almost impossible on rainy days when I can't back the bike out. Life sucks sometimes.

I'm not retired but wish I could. I'm not old enough, just tired of working for someone else. I keep buying lotto tickets but to no avail! I have nothing to fall back on so I'll probably be working 'til I drop dead. Again life sucks sometimes!

I live with my wife of officially 31 years as of Jan 2012. We've been together 33 in Nov 2011. We've raised 3 boys and 1 girl, the youngest boy and girl are twins. We have 8 grandchildren and we love them all. Had all 16 of us at the house this past Jul {2011} for our first family reunion. It was awesome! Except for 2 of the 14 kids/grand-kids live here in FL so getting the two out-a-staters here this past summer was extra special. As an update we just learned that Our out-of-state grand-daughter is pregnant so I guess that makes me a great-grandpa soon. wow.

My hobbies are woodworking of course and riding my Harley. I want a road king but have a sportster. I have it set up to ride quite comfortably. My wife and I have done 300 miles a day on it. I call her my "roadster," the bike that is.

Another interest of mine is aviation. I've wanted to fly since I was a little boy. Tried getting my pilot's license back in the late 80's but quickly ran through the money I had set aside for that venture. I have a log book with several entries to show for it but in all actuality I have 3 times as many hours as what it shows. I knew someone with their license and we would share the cost of the plane, dirt cheap back then, and we would go up for a couple hours. He would get the log time and I would get silent experience practicing what had had been taught in my last lesson. A win-win. One day, after not seeing him at work for a couple days, I went to his house. It was empty with not even curtains. Don't know. Never heard or spoke to him again. Didn't get my license. I won't fly commercially though. Used to but not anymore. I'll ride in a Cessna 172 to California before I'd get in a commercial jet. Absolutely no control over my destiny. No thank you. In a Cessna, if the pilot died at the helm, with a little help from someone on the ground, I have enough experience to give it one hell of a try at landing that puppy somewheres! I have ALWAYS had a good quality flight simulator on what was my current computer at the time, starting with a Commodore 64 and a simulator made by SubLogic. Anybody remember that one? My current version is Microsoft Flight Sim 2000 Professional Edition and I fly often. Someday I would like to have a dedicated video monster of a computer with all the foot petals and yoke of a real plane. THAT would be cool. Now that we have a few empty bedrooms that is a possibility. Too bad it's not a possibility financially.

Electronics is my background. I have a degree in electrical/electronic engineering and was in the profession for over 20 years until the stress of it all got the best of me. I hated my job, finally snapped one day and quit. Turns out the hardest thing I have ever had to do was figuring out how I was going to tell my wife. She understood and life goes on. Sure wish I was making the kind of money I was back then though.

Sorry this is so long. Tend to ramble....

Hope you enjoyed it. :)


-- >> my shop teacher used to say "do the best at everything you make for your mom because you're going to see it for the rest of your life!" <<

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#1 posted 01-14-2011 03:51 PM

“WELCOME to LJ’s” ….Enjoy the experience.

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#2 posted 01-14-2011 04:36 PM

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

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#3 posted 01-14-2011 04:50 PM

Glad to see that you have made LumberJocks a part of your Woodworking experience… Welcome

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#4 posted 01-14-2011 07:36 PM

Welcome aboard. Nice that you could join us on Lumberjocks.

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#5 posted 01-14-2011 07:48 PM

Welcome. 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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#6 posted 01-14-2011 08:03 PM

Welcome to LumberJocks, Good Luck…

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#7 posted 01-15-2011 03:55 AM

Welcome to LJ’s

-- Who can I block now???????????????????????

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#8 posted 08-13-2011 07:12 PM

Hi there,
Welcome to LumberJocks… I joined the site myself just about 2 years ago and will give you fair warning, this site is VERY ADDICTIVE, VERY EDUCATIONAL, and VERY FUN…. so sit back, enjoy the ride and learn from the other LJ’s as they are a group of extremely talented people that are also very friendly…
I apologize for the late welcome but I am currently serving overseas and don’t have a lot of spare time on my hands.

Enjoy your time here on LJ and pass the word to any of your woodworking buddies about us…


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#9 posted 01-29-2012 05:36 PM

i like yer prof pic…....... i’m sure i’ll like yer projects too…

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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