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JohnDi last won the day on August 18 2019

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  • Birthday 11/22/1958

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  1. I have no experience with the grizzly, but got to use a Hammer combo J/P recently and was very impressed with how easy the changeover was. For me the 12” jointer was an eye opener. That will be my next tool purchase.
  2. Thanks for all the encouragement. I have to figure out how to add pics from my phone. By the way, not to preach but.... Go get checked! I had ZERO symptoms. Most guys avoid the urologist because of the exam but it probably saved my life. The biopsy showed low grade tumor. The report on the prostate after surgery showed a more aggressive type of tumor.
  3. Last week I got to fulfill something on my bucket list. I was able to spend a week taking a class with Chuck Bender working on a Massachusetts serpentine chest. Last August I was diagnosed with prostate cancer, and when the shock wore off, the only thing that I could think that I would like to do would be to take a woodworking class with a professional. Thankfully surgery went well, and after 2 check ups since, no more cancer. While I was home recuperating I stumbled upon Chucks blog and saw that he had moved back to Jim Thorpe Pa. and was offering classes. The minute I saw the picture of the chest I knew I wanted to take the class. Had to borrow from my 401k to swing it but having just hearing a doctor tell me I had cancer I figured I can't take it with me. Chuck is one of the nicest people I have met. Very patient teacher, great sense of humor. And oh, an amazingly talented woodworker. We weren't able to finish the chest in the 5 days and Chuck graciously offer for us to come back on a weekend in November so that he could help us finish. Thank goodness because I definitely don't have the skills yet to finish the chest on my own. Just kinda wanted to share as I felt like this was a big step forward in woodworking for me and this was the first forum. I ever participated in.
  4. I'm really enjoying this build. Can't wait to see more. sorry about your friend.
  5. I've been a fan for a few years now. He's a skilled woodworker. And the Howard's polish he uses is now my go to.
  6. Look for online catalogs for U-Line or Hubert. Both are major suppliers of retail fixtures.
  7. I built Norms. I think I still have the plans if you would like them.
  8. Keep the crotch. What would you think about cutting the other side square to match the other? nice slab!
  9. Half of my projects start out the way you describe. slow down, take your time with each step. practice EVERTHING first, whether it's clamping, cutting, whatever. I have been there, and I swear that when you complete one task well, it gets better as you move through the project. Hang in there.
  10. THANK YOU for sharing this build.
  11. Welcome! Since you mentioned following plans, I would recommend any of the NYW plans. The accompanying videos are now hosted on the NYW site. Good Luck with your first project. Post some pics of the process.
  12. Beautiful shop. I could live in there!
  13. +1 for the Osbourne EB3. Love mine.
  14. Welcome to the forum. For what it's worth, I think the Shaker table is a good first project. I built 2 for night stands and love them.