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02-15-2008 04:41 PM

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Good morning, everyone. I’m Tom Iovino, a hobby woodworker in the Tampa Bay area, and I’m looking forward to meeting all of you.

As far as tools go, I have:

A Ridgid 3612 Table Saw
Delta 3/4 hp 14” band saw
Ridgid oscillating spindle sander
Delta 14” thickness planer
Delta 1 1/2 hp dust collector (I have GOT to upgrade this thing)
A DeWalt 618 3 base router kit
A Freud FT2000 router dedicated to the router table
Various hand powered tools (Biscuit jointer, drill, random orbit sander, etc)

But, my love are my hand tools. I have a new Veritas bevel up jointer (That was my splurge), but the rest of my hand planes, chisels, spokeshaves, draw knives, etc were found at flea markets, on eBay, given by friends, etc. I just love working with those hand tools.

With the help of Marc Spagnulo (yup, the Wood Whisperer himself!) , I have established a woodworking blog at I have weekly polls, spotlights on different woodworkers, links of the week… a whole bunch of stuff. Come on by and take a peek.

Thanks for letting me intro myself!

-- Tom's Workbench -

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#1 posted 02-15-2008 04:51 PM

Hi Tom , welcome to Lumberjocks. I recognize you from a few places .
It,s good to see you here.

-- John in Belgrave (Website) ,

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#2 posted 02-15-2008 05:01 PM

John -

I do get around, don’t I… :-D

It’s good to be here – I’ve looked at some info on this site for a while, and it looks like a very friendly and experienced place…

-- Tom's Workbench -

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#3 posted 02-15-2008 05:07 PM

Hi Tom

I am fairly new too and I trust you will find this place as welcoming as I have. Welcome!

-- The CNC machine can either produce the work of art you imagined, or very decorative firewood.

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#4 posted 02-15-2008 06:15 PM

Welcome Tom, I came to this group about a week ago and am just learning the ropes. I envy your list of tools. Looking forward to see your projects and what you have to say.

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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#5 posted 02-15-2008 06:19 PM

Hey, Hall, thanks for the welcome. Believe me, that list was purchased over the past ten years… it was a slow process to arrive at.

I’m going to start posting shots of my projects over at my blog… I figure that would be an interesting thing to share with my readers.

-- Tom's Workbench -

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#6 posted 02-15-2008 07:19 PM

Welcome to the site tom , i will be checking out that blog

-- Hope Never fails

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#7 posted 02-15-2008 07:32 PM

Welcome to LJ Tom. Tell the truth now…..Do you own a wobble dado blade?

-- Brian, Virginia Beach

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#8 posted 02-15-2008 07:35 PM

Welcome Tom. Your list of tools should also be on your workshop page. That way it’s easier to find than in a Topic or a blog.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#9 posted 02-15-2008 07:39 PM

Hey Tom, good to have you with us.

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#10 posted 02-15-2008 07:56 PM


Oh, Brian, do I have a story….

I used to own a Delta wobble dado blade. That was way back when I owned a Delta benchtop saw. The guy at big blue borg told me, “Yeah, this is GREAT! Works just like Norm Abram’s on the New Yankee Workshop.”

Got it home and had to plow a dado in some cabinet sides. Couldn’t get the darned thing to work at all. Reset it, it wouldn’t start the cut where I wanted it to.

After two weeks of this, I tried to return it, but they wouldn’t let me. So, I took it home, stepped into the street and chucked it like an olympic discus. The thing flew two front yards distance before landing on it’s edge and rolling another yards worth… Sparks everywhere! It was dramatic.

After that, I dropped the $100 and picked up a Freud stacked dado. Haven’t looked back since.

BTW – Karson, an excellent idea!

-- Tom's Workbench -

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#11 posted 02-15-2008 08:28 PM

Welcome Tom I’m also new and I can say this site is tops. Again welcome

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#12 posted 02-15-2008 08:58 PM

Hi Tom,

I just hope you have time for your blog. This site seems to take up more and more of my time. So much to look at and so little time (deep sigh).

Welcome to the site.

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

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#13 posted 02-15-2008 09:02 PM

Scott – man, I feel your pain. However, the stuff keeps coming. I’ve been putting the site together for six months now and have ‘yet’ to run out of topics. However, when I get to describing the different kinds of sawdust I find in my navel, be sure to put me out of my misery…

-- Tom's Workbench -

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#14 posted 02-15-2008 09:24 PM

Hey Tom. I recognize you from Marc’s site! Welcome!

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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#15 posted 02-15-2008 09:29 PM

Welcome Tom,
I am new here also and have received a great welcome. I have actually been to your site through “The Wood Whisperer”. I liked your article on flattening boards w/ hand planes. Since I don’t have a jointer, I typically flatten my stock by hand also before it goes to the tabletop planer. I don’t know if you were using winding sticks or not but a tip I got from Chris Schwartz is to use two pieces of aluminum angle to determine if your board is truly flat. Works great and you don’t have to worry about them shrinking/swelling. Take care.

-- S. Box --- "But a Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty, once lost, is lost forever." - John Adams

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