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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-26-2012, 08:02 PM Thread Starter
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New to forum. Just found it. I have had a shopsmith since 1980 and as part of my woodworking shop I bought a Craftsman router. I was on active duty and unable to move my tools to Hawaii and Japan, so no woodworking for many years. I just started to do some wood projects for Christmas presents this year - A 20 bottle wine rack made out of red oak and an aircraft carrier (complete with jets, helicopters and PT boats) for my 5 year old grandson. Both were a big hit.
Best part is that I forgot how much I enjoyed working with wood. The bad part is that I forgot much of my woodworking skills. When I did the wine rack I wanted to use the router that I just relocated under my work bench but was unsure of what I was doing. The project was on a tight timeline - so I skipped the routing I wanted to do.
Now it is after Christmas, no more deadlines - so I am going back to re-learning my wood working skills which includes - using my router.
So, here I am!
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G'day Kelly.

Take your time to re-hone those skills. Woodworking is supposed to be fun for us retirees....

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Welcome aboard New Dude. Old dude here, Army retired in '81. They didn't have base woodworking shops in Hawaii and Japan? Bummer.

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Welcome. First I would like to thank you for serving for our freedom.It will take a little time but you will find your skills again.It sounds like the gift you made for your grandson took some time and skill so you are on your way back to finding your skills.
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Thanks for serving! You might try looking up some of the thousands of woodworking videos on YouTube as a way of refreshing your skills. There are free downloaders for Firefox that make it a one click deal to download. These were very helpful to me in large part because they contain so many fine points that make all the difference in finished results. Have fun.
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