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Hello:

new member here but i have snooped here and other forums lately. I appreciate the helpful info and the kind words I've observed here. I'm not new to routers or woodworking for that matter but am always interested in learning more. I began designing and building in my teen years (now late 60's). I've been retired about 8 yrs. from a career as a machinist and more recently, set design and building. I have a two car garage that I'd love to enlarge, and also live within the confines of a HOA.

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Welcome to the forum Bill. Please add your name to your profile so NA doesn't show up. We are a very friendly bunch here. We love pics too.
There are many knowledgeable folks here that are always happy to help out.
Have a great day.
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Welcome to the forum Bill . There’s a great bunch here and I’m sure you’ll enjoy it .
We like pictures if your willing to share .

Btw I missed my calling in life ,as I should have been a machinist . Can’t think of a better trade if you like to work with your hands and be creative
 

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Welcome, Bill...you're gonna love it here...and with your experiences you will be able to teach us a thing or two...

...and you will find there are some on here that will talk 0.000's with you... :smile:
 
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welcome to the forums Bill...

...and you will find there are some on here that will talk 0.000's with you...
and that's the rough in crowd..
 
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Welcome to the forum, Bill! We do like photos so show us your shop, tools, projects, etc. whenever you're ready. We also live in a newer subdivision with the omnipresent HOA but we fly under the radar. I also do things for neighbors and have made some items for the HOA manager... :wink: Can't hurt, right!?! LOL!

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Welcome, Bill...you're gonna love it here...and with your experiences you will be able to teach us a thing or two...

...and you will find there are some on here that will talk 0.000's with you... :smile:
What's a couple thou amongst friends? Welcome!

What I think Nick is alluding to is the ongoing (but friendly) debate between the precisionettes and the "it's wood, it moves" camps. I'm probably more of a precisionette but can quit anytime...
 

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What's a couple thou amongst friends? Welcome!

What I think Nick is alluding to is the ongoing (but friendly) debate between the precisionettes and the "it's wood, it moves" camps. I'm probably more of a precisionette but can quit anytime...
uh-huh...
good luck w/ that...
 

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Hi, welcome. Very nice hangout here. I lean toward the precisionist camp a little, but if you don't account for the expansion/contraction, the project won't work over time. But why not go for close tolerances where it works for you. Lots of techniques for dealing with dimensional changes, which is part of the art aspect of woodworking. Glad you decided to join the fun.
 

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One of the most used tools in my shop is my dial calipers. I probably use that more than I use my scales, rules, and tapes. Put me squarely in the '0.005" is like an open barn door' camp! :wink:

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What's a couple thou amongst friends? Welcome!

What I think Nick is alluding to is the ongoing (but friendly) debate between the precisionettes and the "it's wood, it moves" camps. I'm probably more of a precisionette but can quit anytime...
So what you’re saying is you like to keep things interesting, eh? (Pssst, I’m on your side...)
 

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Welcome Bill, glad you decided to make yourself known. Looking forward to hearing about your trials and tribulations of the wood-movement kind.
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Welcome to the forum Bill.
 

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Thanks to all for the welcome. I will try to post pics when I can. I do pick up my calipers a lot, maybe because of my aging eyes. I was just thinking today that I need to add a few more led lights. thanks again yall
 

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uh-huh...
good luck w/ that...
He say's with shaking hands...


Welcome aboard Bill. I grew up with a strong respect for not using "close enough" as my Farther was a machinist at Wright Patterson Aeronautical in New Jersey many years ago. Well we moved here (Virginia) from Hackensack in 1961. An army vet who had not finished HS but well disciplined he was trained as a machinist. When he passed away I inherited his tool box and note/tools. It amazed me ever more how he made his way through complex operations when I saw his notebooks. I have an extreme respect for the precise, accurate, ability to make the parts he did.

After this past week-end and watching a good friend of mine who is a recently retired pathologist take my 3/4" Acme rod down to 1/2" at the end to fit the wheel handles I bought, perfectly center the rod and handle to drill the spring clip hole, I realized that although I could have done this in my shop taking many hours, laborious work, and probably ruined a tool or two, lost part of my soul due to swearing, it still would not have looked anywhere near as good as it does now. It actually looks like it was made in a custom shop, which in fact it was now.

It still took a few hours to cut the 6' 3/4" steel rods and 3' 3/4" Acme rods down, mill the ends on the lathe, and find the center (neat little edge finding tool). The Acme rod ends were measured precisely to fit in both length and diameter for the 4" aluminum wheel handles. It wasn't good enough for Chuck until it was precisely perfect and it is a matter of pride. when the 1st rod was cut and ends milled it was about 1/64th shy of perfect so back on the lathe. It was fine with me but.......I respect that. Once it was done setting the stops made them all universally perfect.

Now I have to make sure my work is fitting for the rest of the project........talk about pressure.

Well that went places I didn't see coming
 
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