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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-21-2009, 08:18 PM Thread Starter
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Just wanted to share with you my visit to a local woodworking shop. I live in a small town in Iowa. For one of my projects, I needed some 2 inch actual size thick boards. I drove all over town and couldn't find it. Then I made a wrong turn and found this little shop that is hidden from view. The guy's name is Paul and he has been there for over 25 years. His shop is basically two garages connected to each other. One of those holds a lot of lumber and the other is his professional grade tools: joiner, table saw, etc. He's got a 50 plus inch belt sander and the dust collection pipes run all over the ceiling. While I was there, another guy drove in with a huge table top all made of quarter sawn red oak. The two of them ran that table top thru the sander and after about 20 minutes or so, the table top came out all smooth and clean. It was great! It really brought out the beauty of the oak.

Anyway, I picked my two inch lumber and Paul drove a forklift to take them to a Powermatic table saw. It cut the lumber effortlessly. I have a Rigid at home but I think I made the right decision to have him rip it.

I am going to go back there a lot and one of these days will have a drink or two with Paul. Just the way he ripped the boards has earned my respect. You know, you know a pro when you see one, right?
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Yes you do, sounds like the kind of a fella one would want to get to know.

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Yep.. his trash could be your treasure!!

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Yep.. his trash could be your treasure!!
Hadn't thought of that one either----hummm now to find a cabinet shop!!

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Jerry,

You have not joined "Dumpster Divers of Georgia" yet?
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Speaking of trash, as I was waiting for this other guy to finish sanding the table top I walked around the shop and found among a pile of loose boards two beautiful inlay pieces. They are smaller than a book and are patterned with oak, walnut, cherry and another type I can't identify. The pattern is very nice. And that is his "trash"

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"You can identify a skilled craftsman by the way he chooses and uses his tools."

I don't know where I read it or heard it almost 40 years ago, but it is still true today. It has been one of my favorite quotes.

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