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I'm 69 years old and have been married to my wife Diane for 43 years. We have a 7 year old daughter... don't think that there is some Abraham and Sarah type miracle here, we adopted our granddaughter 3 years ago. I'm still working, balancing steam turbines, gas turbines or other rotating power plant machinery. I think 70 is the magic number for retirement.

Right now my 'shop' consists of temporary use of one half of the garage. I have saw horses with an old door for a workbench. I also have a Black and Decker Workmate that I chase around the garage when I'm planing a board. My daughter wanted her own workbench so we built 2 Paul Sellers trestles and put a piece of hardwood plywood across them, it's great for Legos, drawing or homework. She just enjoys being in the garage with me. Most nights everything has to be put away so my wife's car can be put inside. We are looking for another house now and my only requirement is a shop, or room to build a shop. I think my wife has a few more requirements such as a bigger kitchen or something and the daughter expects a bigger back yard. All I want is a shop with a real workbench that I can hit a chisel on without the work piece bouncing.

Since I got interested in hand woodworking, about a year ago, I have come down with an affliction that makes me buy and restore every rusty plane I see. It started as only Stanley planes but it has gotten worse lately and now it includes Sargent and old Miller's Falls planes. A Craftsman made by Sargent and a Lakeside slipped in too. To a lesser extent I have also been buying Disston saws. I watch a lot of Paul Sellers, Rex Krueger, Wood by Wright and other hand woodworkers videos. I'll probably build a variation of Paul Sellers' workbench. I have started watching many videos on hand woodworking benches but as soon as they fire up their thickness planer, table saw or jointer I quit watching. It just doesn't seem right to build a hand woodworking bench using machines.

-- Greg, Amarillo quote - 'Tis dangerous meddling with edge-tools. ~John Tatham, c.1652

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#1 posted 08-02-2020 12:54 PM

Welcome aboard Greg! I’m sure you will enjoy LJ’s!

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#2 posted 09-18-2020 02:36 AM

Greg, welcome to the funny farm. I would not reject power tools altogether. I have two machines, a 14” bandsaw and a lunchbox style planer. They will save you time to devote to hand tool learning. Practice making the perfect board a few times then plan your workbench. You will have a much better idea of what you’ll need. There will be plenty of hand tooling as you build it. This is what I did.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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