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I have been a Router Forums member for some time but I've encountered many obstacles when trying to log on. The problems seemed to multiply as time went on and I just gave up. Now I have re-registered with a new user name and password and I hope my good fortune continues. I'm approaching 85 and normally reside on a small farm in SD. I spent 23 years on active duty with the U. S. Navy and went from Seaman Recruit to Commander (O-5) as an Electronic "A" school grad to Naval Aviator. I could fly damn near anything with a prop or a rotor! My wife of 62 years convinced me in 2010 to start spending our winters in Eastern Tennessee so I've had to equip a shop there as well. My SD shop is a little better off for equipment than my winter shop naturally. In SD I have 2 table saws, an elderly Craftsman that normally runs my dado set and a fairly new Grizzly hybrid, an old Craftsman 12 inch bandsaw and a brand new Grizzly 17 inch bandsaw that is still being set up. An oscillating spindle sander, an old Grizzly 1 inch band/disc sander, A big Freud router and a Porter Cable in a router table. Delta planer. I've also got the Incra box joint maker and I find it a bear to properly set up. I've also purchased the Incra miter boxes in two models. The more expensive ones are total junk. The angle plate and marker are so soft they must be made of lead. As you can read from this, no more Incra products for me. My current project after getting the new bandsaw set up is building my own casket from rough sawn pine boards. I've been drying them awhile and selected boards with quarter sawn portions that I've cut off and milled. I intend to biscuit glue them and construct an arched top with the narrower boards. I'm not giving up though. I just submitted a two year subscription extension to one of my several magazines. I refuse to go peacefully and I think I'm old enough to express my feelings and opinions as I see fit. I do not make personal attacks however but don't make me mad! I also like to hunt, fish and shoot and my rifle skills are average. Don't worry, revenge is not my thing. God will take care of my detractors and the few enemies that survive me. I find that Father Time is eliminating most of them and now almost everyone loves me! I've also equipped a "fallback" shop in Florida that my son utilizes. My TN and FL shops have Rigid tablesaws and Craftsman bandsaws, planers and a wide variety of other antique and even cast-off power tools my sons and I have scraped up. Long intro so I'll shut up. VV Old Jack
 

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Hi Jack. Welcome to our little corner of the 'net.
 

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Welcome back Jack . I'm saddened to hear Incra makes some bad products . Wish Incra would read this and perhaps do a redesign where needed .

Building your own casket . Geez, that's the first I've heard of that one , and kind of depressing all at the same time lol
 

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Welcome Jack, I like your introduction, but my "Like button is not working.Seems some of us have problems with this site from time to time. You have enough equipment stashed to keep you going where ever you go. Be sure to make room in the coffin for some tools you might need on your journey.
When you get going on the coffin, post some pictures as you go along, that will be interesting.

On your military duty ,I salute you , you must have had an exciting career, I think it is fantastic a person could do all those things you did in a lifetime. You must have a lot of good memories and seen a lot of the world,. It is funny how a person ,no matter how good or bad his military experience is always remembers the good times, I know I do.

Glad to have you aboard, Jack.
Herb

I had to "go Advanced to post this message" I am getting fed up again with this forum
 

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Welcome back Jack and welcome to East Tennessee. We might live pretty close to each other, depending what you call E Tn. I live in Murfreesboro which is about 30 miles east of Nashville. I use to park on a guys place near Smithville, Tn. and Center Hill lake and wade a small stream. This guy and his buddy made caskets for some funeral homes in Smithville. Most were pine but he did make some out of hardwood.

Thanks for your service. It seems you accomplished quite a bit in the service. If you ever come down to Murfreesboro send me a private message and we can meet for coffee or you can come to the house and we will drink coffee here. The subject of wood working might some up, you can't ever tell. I am retired from the Nissan plant and have lived here all my life.
 

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What a great post Jack. Read every word and enjoyed it all. I died in a plane a few years ago...a very peaceful experience. A Naval aviator was the one who revived me. Near broke a rib but got me back. When you come to know your time is coming, the time you have becomes precious. An old friend of mine used to do her own collections on patients who didn't pay up. She had a couple of coffins in storage she got from one deadbeat. We're all going to check out someday, and you're managing to build your own box. Make it soft and comfortable, just for the fun of it. Having a light heart about the end game is good for your mental health.
 

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What a great post Jack. Read every word and enjoyed it all. I died in a plane a few years ago...a very peaceful experience. A Naval aviator was the one who revived me. Near broke a rib but got me back. When you come to know your time is coming, the time you have becomes precious. An old friend of mine used to do her own collections on patients who didn't pay up. She had a couple of coffins in storage she got from one deadbeat. We're all going to check out someday, and you're managing to build your own box. Make it soft and comfortable, just for the fun of it. Having a light heart about the end game is good for your mental health.
End game? Just wondering, at what age does a guy stop buying green bananas ?
 
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