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Forum topic by JBorfair posted 07-02-2014 05:57 AM 1290 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-02-2014 05:57 AM

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10 months after I retired from the Air Force in September of 2012, my first (and only) wife relit my passion for wood working by asking me to make her a blanket chest for the foot of our bed. I researched for days for something I really liked and I expanded on what I found. She had no idea what she was getting into when she asked me to do this. Since then, I have not stopped making things and improving on my skills. Since then, I have spent over 2000.00 dollars on tools to upgrade. I really love her for the new inspiration!!

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#1 posted 07-02-2014 09:51 AM

Hope she still loves you! :-)

Welcome to Lumberjocks, we all have very tolerant spouses here.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 07-02-2014 01:35 PM

It’s a great thing to have an understanding wife.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#3 posted 07-02-2014 02:24 PM

Your work looks very clean. Well done.

Step up your results by making chests with frame and panels held together with mortise and tenons. Sounds like you have the proper tools, so expand your techniques.

It’s good to see your enthusiasm. That goes a long way in the results of your work, as do good tools and a lot of instruction. Check out websites like Wood Whisperer for how-to videos.

Regards from a retired USAF fighter pilot.

-- --Dale Page

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#4 posted 07-02-2014 03:31 PM

Great work and thanks for your service! You will find it truly addictive. I’ve been at it a very long time and it never gets old. Since you are starting down the tool building route, I’ll give you some advice I wish some one had provided to me. As you look for big pieces look to old american iron. You can get them at a good price and they beat just about all thats out there today. You may have to deal with 3phase but you can do that too. I’ve got several pieces now and it’s the way to go. Only exception to that rule I have now is the sawstop. Great piece!

-- Sooner or later Liberals run out of other people's money.

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#5 posted 07-02-2014 10:45 PM

Nice work JBorfair. Welcome to LJs. Only $2000?

-- Paul, Duvall, WA

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#6 posted 07-02-2014 10:51 PM

The chest looks great and if you’ve only spent $2000 in upgrades so far, you might just be getting started!

-- "Lack of effort will result in failure with amazing predictability" - Me

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#7 posted 07-02-2014 10:53 PM

I already had a lot of the tools I need, but I still have a lot more to buy.

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