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Forum topic by Arlin Eastman posted 05-23-2011 03:06 AM 2283 views 1 time favorited 33 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Arlin Eastman

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05-23-2011 03:06 AM

Topic tags/keywords: stillborn sids

I am a new lumberjocks member. I am a new disabled vet that had 26 years in the military when the bombing happened. I am part of and a friend who is part of lumberjocks found an individual who has done some modifications on a Grzzly cabinet saw 0690 whose name is lilredweldingrod. I have some equipment that the VA bought me and still need to learn how to use it for my hobby.
Lilredweldingrod called me last night and said this is a great bunch of individuals that like to work wood and have lots of information that could help me.
So that is why I am here.

Durning my 6 month hospital stay the nurse was wheeling me around in my wheelchair and I observed a couple leaving the hospital in obvious greif. I asked the nurse why and what was wrong. She told me that the couple just had a Stillborn child and said that the cardboard box that they had was to put things in to remember the child by. Right then I wanted to make nice wooden boxes for these greiving parents that went into the hospital to have a child and left with a cardboard box. It really hit me hard, I am only broken in body, however, they will always have emotional greif. I want to be part of their healing process. I can no longer serve my country in the military, but I can still serve my fellow Americans. The more I thought about it I added SIDS to my list also.
So that is where lilredweldingrod comes into my life and wanting to help me get the equipment the VA gave me down to my level of working.

That is alot to say, but that is why I am here.
So greetings to eveyone and thank you for coming to your site
All the Best

-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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#1 posted 05-23-2011 03:27 AM

Welcome to the community Arlin. I’m also a vet. Retired USAF Reserves.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#2 posted 05-23-2011 03:42 AM

Let me add my welcome as well, Arlin. It is good to have you as a member of the group.

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

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#3 posted 05-23-2011 03:42 AM

Welcome tro the fold, and thank you for your service to this great country.
I can’t think of a better hobby than woodworking. You take it in whatever direction you want or let it take you.

-- Website is finally up and

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#4 posted 05-23-2011 03:58 AM

welcome buddy

-- mike & judy western md. www. [email protected]

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#5 posted 05-23-2011 04:08 AM

Welcome to our group. I think you’ll find a great group of woodworkers here to offer advice and support. And thank you for your service to our country.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#6 posted 05-23-2011 04:19 AM

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.

Thanks you for serving your country.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#7 posted 05-23-2011 04:21 AM

First of all, thank you for giving so much of yourself for our country. I’m a vet as well and I feel our military people today are as good as we’ve ever had. God bless them all. This is a good forum and seems to have a lot of good people posting their thoughts and comments. Welcome aboard.

-- Joe

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#8 posted 05-23-2011 04:23 AM

Yes, Welcome to Lumberjocks Arlin and thank you for your service to our country.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#9 posted 05-23-2011 04:47 AM

Welcome to Lumberjocks Arlin. Sorry to know you’ve lost so much and admire you for your compassion for others in wanting to make these boxes. I work for an agency under Walter Reed and can comprehend to a very small degree what you have experienced. Hope you get a lot from being part of this community. Lot of good people with tremendous knowledge here.


-- Chris ~~Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past."

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#10 posted 05-23-2011 05:14 AM

Hi Arlin! I too, would like thank you for your sacrifice. We all owe you. Now to brass tacks. I’ve modified several machines for chair bound folk, machinery is my trade. While cabinet type equipment is really nice, and typically more powerful than open base machinery, open base designs are more easily adaptable to height adjustment, and overhang development(pretty important when yer on wheels). If you are looking to build smaller projects, I would consider tradin’ down to a contractor type saw, and other open base machinery. Of course you could build up the flooring around the machinery to get you to the proper(and safe) level for operation, this would limit the mobility of your tools. PM if you have any questions.
God Bless

-- One of these hammers oughta fix that...

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#11 posted 05-23-2011 06:26 AM

Welcome to LJ, and thanks for your sacrifice. As you get your idea off the ground, I can imagine that there will be more need than supply, Please consider allowing us to assist. I’d imagine that it would not be to hard for most of us to do a box a year for charity.

-- The basis for optimism is shear terror

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#12 posted 05-23-2011 10:40 AM

Welcome Arlin. This is a great place to come to learn, chat, give info, get info, and lose your shop time by staying online too long. I’m a vet also…. Never lost any limbs but, several people think I’ve lost my mind….

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#13 posted 05-23-2011 02:26 PM

Welcome aboard Arlin. Thanks for your service and sacrifice!

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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#14 posted 05-23-2011 02:32 PM

Welcome Arlin,

Thank you for your extreme sacrifice!

It sounds like you have a great reason to get started in woodworking. There are some really fine box makers on this site. And a whole lot of fine people, like Rand, for example.

Again, welcome.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#15 posted 05-23-2011 02:38 PM

Nice having you join the gang. Im sure you will have no problems gaining all the knowledge you can ever need from everyone around here. Also a big thanks for all of the sacrifices you have made in keeping our country and way of life safe and sound.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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