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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 09-11-2012, 09:42 PM Thread Starter
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how y'all doing today? as you can probably tell i live in biloxi ms. originally from michigan halfway between detroit and ann arbor. moved to vegas in '84 and moved to biloxi in '92. i am married to the most wonderful woman in the world. i try to thank her everyday for being stupid enough to say yes to me when i proposed to her 8 years ago last month after living with her for 2 years. i inherited a daughter and son in law (he is soon to be retired from the navy as a seabee senior chief builder of 20 years service and my woodworking mentor) 2 sons and daughter in laws and 7 unbelievable grands 4 girls from 6 to 23 and 2 boys 17 and 19. and as you can tell i hate the shift key on my 'puter.
i am 58 yo with a bad back so i only spend 10 to 20 minutes at a time with my router table. thank the powers that be i have a really comfortable stool out in the garage. i have the absolute lowest priced craftsman router they had at the time and i absolutely love it. i own a black and decker firestorm plunge router that i have a love hate relationship with. both only take 1/4 in shaft bits so that limits me to options i guess but i haven't really noticed yet. i bought a craftsman router table top like 7 years ago and i didn't even have a router! mips a required shift key move. hehehe. i finally got around to making a frame for the table early this year i think. it is just 2x4's and notching out the top of the 2x4 frame to relieve all the casting things under the table top was a real bear. but the rest was easy thanks to a xmas present from my daughter, a little single hole kreg pocket hole jig that i have fell in love with. i don't use the fence that came with it i use a simple clamp down one i made for my old delta table saw. i am living my dream having a 2 car garage as my workshop when we bought this place almost 8 years ago. when told of my plans for the garage there was a bit of disagreement with the wife and she suggested to let james my son in law make the decision by following what ever he suggested. his suggestion was awesome... he said " cars are made to be outside tools however aren't" ratsafrakin shift key. but my wife was good to her word and we had a workshop. sorta. when katrina hit and we returned from west texas where we evacuated to i had to go to indiana to work and we moved everything into the garage setting it up to live in (it has a full kitchen and bath as well as the 2 car part) as we were going to rent out the house (something we weren't thrilled with but figured we would be living on property so it might be ok) then in nov 05 i went to hammond in and we were able to talk the kids who was transferring to the gulfport seabee base in feb so they took care of mortgage. when we came home in july 06 they moved closer to base but had to leave a bunch of stuff in garage in '08 i finally had my shop. didn't like the layout so moved stuff around haphazardly to reset stuff and i got in an accident and here it is 4 years later and it is still a mess. but i love it anyway and someday i might actually get it straightened out.
ok if you don't have an idea about me and my life i guess i failed at introducing myself. thanx for reading my ramblins. biloxi tom and remember do not have a good day HAVE A WILD AND WONDERFUL DAY! (blankin shift key)
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Tom welcome to the forum and thanks for your "ramblins" it's always interesting to here about other people's lives.
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Hi Tom, have a friend and a granddaughter living in and near Biloxi. I very much enjoyed your ramblin'. I like what your son said. I have a 12x24 shed out back that's my shop, a little crowded, but workable. I'm getting all my tools onto casters and will be building a "porch", about 8x 12 so I can roll the messy tools outside. My wife likes me working out there so she hired an electrician to run a 60 amp sub panel out there. I put in an evaporative cooler, but think I'm going to put up a sizable air conditioner this coming year. Made the mistake of not insulating it before installing everything so it leaks heat in during summer, out in winter. She suggested moving into the garage, but the sawdust will get out of hand and there's only 1 circuit available. I put a jointer and planer out there and a Dewalt 12 inch chop saw with them. Hope the weather down there hasn't been too bad, I live in the Mojave desert (where Roy Rogers lived) and we have had clouds and humidity this summer like never before, which blows in over Mexico and into our airspace. Hope you're healing up well. Thanks for sharing about yourself.
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hey tom glad you enjoyed it. i love swamp coolers lived in vegas for 8 years. but i would be afraid of the moisture in the shop. if you put 220 in your shop ad an outlet for a wall unit air conditioner our central on our last place went out and it wasn't worth spending money on a new central unit and we bought a 220 or 240 unit at sams club and man it cooled the kitchen where it was the living room and with the aid of a couple of fans cooled our bedroom to where you could sleep and cost way less coolin a 14x70 mobile home with floors leaking like sieve air wise than a 540 sq ft 1 bd apartment i had a couple years earlier. it ate me outa house and home or apt or home. as to your dust problem in garage you might look at phil thiens baffled cyclone to build for a 5 gal bucket up to 33 gal brute trash can. he has 2 designs i am making the reg one and the other is called a top hat one. look up phil thien or thein not sure on youtube they are impressive and as difficult or easy as you want them to be in making them as everyone seems to stay with the basics but have their own way of getting there. also if you know anyone in the hvac business ask them for an old squirrel cage fan. if not free they will most likely give to you cheap and make an air filter system they can be hung from ceiling or wall or make it into a rolling cabinet and you could add storage. they work really well
later tom thanx biloxi tom " DO NOT have a nice day, have a wild and wonderful day"
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Hello, Tom, from Mobile, AL. Glad to have you join us.

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Welcome Tom. Thank you for opening up your life. I had a great time reading. Continue to have a blissful and wonderful life.
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